network management

  • Review

    10 top tests of 2013

    Posted December 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    We tested hundreds of products in 2013, but here are our top 10 tests of the year.
  • Review

    Top open source network management tools

    Posted July 8, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Zenoss Core edges Nagios Core, NetXMS and OpenNMS in four-product roundup
  • Review

    How to keep your network in tip-top health

    Posted May 6, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    Using any one of the six net management suites in this review will help diagnose and cure network ills.
  • Gigamon targets 40Gb networks with new blade system

    Posted January 29, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Gigamon announced Monday that it will offer a higher-density blade server as part of its Traffic Visibility Fabric solution, a network management product designed to make data centers more efficient.
  • Riverbed's billion-dollar Opnet buy could pay off big, analysts say

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    Despite a substantial decline in Riverbed's stock price after the news of its $1 billion acquisition of Opnet this week, industry experts say that the buyout leaves Riverbed in a uniquely strong position in the network management arena.
  • With explosion of consumer devices, IT finds greater need for network management tools

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 7:39 am

    The rapid addition of consumer tablets and smartphones to corporate networks has created a greater demand for network-based application traffic analysis tools.
  • Network management: Out-of-band ports are your get-out-of-jail-free card

    Posted January 13, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    Innocuous details can bring a network to its knees, so expect the worst and prepare for widespread outages before they happen.
  • Review

    WLAN management takes to the cloud

    Posted August 2, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Aerohive, D-Link and Meraki deliver enticing alternatives to on-site management
  • 10 must-have utilities for small networks

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 9:49 am

    If you have a small network at your business or at home, you need help--and lots of it. For your home network, you are by default the network administrator. You may also be the de facto network administrator at work, in addition to the other job titles you could claim. And if you are the acknowledged network administrator, you probably have little or no backup staff.
  • Out of court, Net Neutrality becomes political football in Congress

    Posted April 7, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    The lawsuit over FCC Net Neutrality rules has been delayed, but the House is trying to overturn them anyway; the Senate and White House say 'no'
  • IT's superheroes snag new skills

    Posted April 4, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Layoffs and hiring freezes have left many IT professionals with new tasks and additional responsibilities. While some might grumble about being overworked, the savvy ones are pushing past the negative vibes and learning to see opportunities in this rough economy.
  • $1M Google award to give users more power on the web

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    Google awarded researchers in Georgia $1 million for tools to show end users what's really happening to their packets on the way to Facebook.
  • Just say No to DDOS attacks

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    A new report shows DDOS attacks are more successful than they should be because most nets aren't set up to just turn bogus requests away.
  • Five open source network management projects to watch

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    Open source software has a long history in lower-level network software so it's not surprising there is a healthy range of free tools available for network and systems management. Often with commercial support available, open source network management tools offer an easy way to gain more visibility into the workings of disparate systems and software. In this edition of 5 open source things to watch, we take a look at network management projects that will allow IT managers to take control of the shop without selling the farm.
  • Is Videoconferencing the Next Big Threat to Your Job?

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Citrix Systems' new HD video is just one more bandwidth-sucking app to the hogs already clogging up your net. If you try to resist, they'll eat you.
  • How to consolidate IT management tools

    Posted September 23, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Years of acquiring specialized IT management tools have left some enterprises with too many network and systems management tools and too much overlap. It’s time to clean house.
  • Infoblox buys out Netcordia in network management union

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Infoblox acquires Netcordia in a move the companies say will enable closed-loop management and automation of change and configuration across network devices.
  • Don't Forget DHCP

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 11:17 am

    When it comes to managing IP addresses, few of us would forget to track the IPs we assign manually to our WAN interfaces, servers, switches, and etc. However, once we decide to assign a DHCP scope to a subnet we tend to "set it and forget it". In many cases, this is a big mistake.
  • 8 ways to expense an iPhone

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 10:14 am

    Management vendors have gotten wise to the fact that most in IT can't sit in front of monitoring consoles to detect problems and potential failures. Now several have designed their applications to run from the graphical user interfaces of iPhones and other smartphones. Here is just a handful of iPhone-friendly management tools.
  • Downloads for Managing Your Network

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Ten great networking downloads--many of them completely free--that will allow you to manage your small office or home network effectively, solve wireless-networking problems, gain remote access to your network, and more.
  • Review

    Have a Network? Get Network Magic Pro

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:21 am

    If you own or are involved with a small business with a peer-to-peer network, you need help. You'd rather run your business than get bogged down with network administration--and you most likely don't have the tools for administering your network. That's where Cisco Network Magic Pro ($50, 7-day free trial) comes in.
  • Review

    Free Network Management Tool Saves Your Budget

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Spiceworks IT Desktop replaces your current, paid IT management software with a free administrative interface. Or--perhaps more likely--it offers robust management tools to companies that hadn't been able to afford products aimed at large businesses. Plus, its generally simple interface could work for tech-savvy workers without dedicated IT staff.
  • NAC used for something other than what it was designed for

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    Few customers of network access control use it for what it was intended, preferring instead to deploy the security technology to keep guests and contractors away from corporate production networks, according to a new report.
  • Comcast confirms new network management practices

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Comcast, the second largest broadband provider in the U.S., has stopped network-management practices that focus on slowing the BitTorrent peer-to-peer application, the company said.
  • What are Cisco's top network-management challenges?

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 9:47 am

    Cisco CEO John Chambers annually seems to lament the state of Cisco network management when he's asked where the company is most challenged or weakest from a product development and marketing aspect. Perhaps it doesn't help that Cisco has acquired more than 125 companies since 1993. An acquisition binge at that pace will keep network management integration efforts continually on the back burner.
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