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  • When will SD-WANs 'cross the chasm'?

    It can be difficult to separate hype from reality, especially when it comes to SDN technology. Here, analyst Jim Metzler explores when software-defined WANs might go mainstream. Continue Reading

  • What duties are in the network manager job description?

    Get the inside scoop on a network manager's job description, workload and responsibilities which keep an organization's network infrastructure running smoothly. Continue Reading

  • Hardware vs. Software: The role of hardware in a software age

    In this software age, is there any role left for hardware? In our three-part guide, our experts' response is a resounding, "yes." It may feel like this is the era of software-defined everything and that there's no place left for hardware, but that's an illusion. It only seems like network hardware is out because software is oh-so in. The time has come to correct that assumption. Just because most things appear to be getting software-defined, that doesn't mean hardware should be placed on the metaphorical back burner.

    In the big hardware vs. software debate, hardware definitely has its place, and some of its roles are expanding rather than shrinking. Even in this virtualization revolution, there's an ongoing hardware evolution. This technical guide looks at why and where hardware is still an essential networking choice in terms of scale, reliability and performance.

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