Virtualization, software-defined networking, 802.11ac, and IPv6 were chart-toppers during the past year. Check out the complete list of 2013 favorites.
The most popular Data Center posts of the year ran the gamut from virtualization to SDN to IP address management to DCIM. Here's a rundown of the pieces that garnered the most attention in 2013.
The top 10
Is world domination by Linux a fanciful dream or could it be a reality in ways we don't expect? Scott Reeves discusses the signs.
The newest wireless networking protocol is 802.11ac, and it's on the brink of ratification. Learn about the improvements and tradeoffs.
Nick Hardiman describes the seemingly arcane engineering of the IPv6 address and explains what makes it tick.
Software-defined networking is new enough that pinning down its practical use is still tricky. Here is some perspective on SDN from the net admin's point of view.
Virtualization is certainly not a new technology, but actual deployments have lagged behind predictions.
There are several ways to go about procuring a network monitoring solution -- buy, build, or rent. Here is an example of a "buy" solution.
Rick Vanover says he prefers disk-based systems for backups -- but that doesn't mean that tape is completely out.
IP address management is difficult for large organizations with hundreds of networks. Windows Server 2012 has an IPAM feature that allows for management and configuration from a database perspective.
Rick Vanover lists the short definitions for 50 VMware terms and acronyms you should be familiar with if you're venturing into a VMware project. (Also read: 50 more VMware terms and acronyms you should know.)
What exactly is Data Center Infrastructure Management? Is DCIM truly a new idea or just a repackaging of the same old methods?
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