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EdgeRouter X SFP

Upgrading to Ubiquiti’s EdgeRouter X SFP

New house.  New city.  New ISP.  New router.  This time I opted for the big brother of the EdgeRouter Lite, the EdgeRouter X SFP model.  While it includes all of the goodness that I previously reviewed with the EdgeRouter, including the Vyatta based OS, the X SFP model includes some additional hardware capabilities. Why a […]

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Aruba Networks talks intelligent workspaces during HPE Discover

Aruba Networks co-founder Keerti Melkote thinks the future of workspaces is all about augmenting technologies and the Internet of Things to assist workers to get their jobs done.  During the Day 2 keynote at HPE Discover, Melkote shared a model of the intelligent workspace while sharing the stage with Özer Dondurmacioglu, general manager of Meridian apps for […]

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Solarwinds releases Network Performance Manager 12

Monitoring and management software company Solarwinds has announced the release of Network Performance Monitor 12 – a release that includes their most significant updates in the history of the product.  Originally known as Orion, NPM is a comprehensive network monitoring and management tool.  The new release features to major new features known as NetPath and Network […]

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edgerouterlite

The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a Swiss Army Knife for Home Lab networks

Building out the networking side of my home lab has been the most challenging part of my home lab.  I’ll be the first to confess – I’m not a networking guy – at least, that’s not a primary focus for me.  I rely on my network folks at work – but I understand enough to […]

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Upgrading to a better class of home Wifi – the Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point

A few weeks ago, I purchased and installed a Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point in my home and its the best WiFi coverage that I have ever had.  The UniFi AC is an 802.11ac access point that supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz simultaneously.  At the 5Ghz frequency, the device is rated for up to 1300Mbps throughput and […]

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ps1810

HP’s PS1810-8G is a perfect compliment to the MicroServer

When I unboxed my MicroServer several weeks ago, I was surprised to find an unexpected second box inside.  The surprise turns out to be an HP PS1810 8-port gigabit switch to compliment my Proliant MicroServer. The PS1810-8G is specifically manufactured to sit perfectly on top of the Proliant MicroServer Gen8.  Its the epitome of “made for […]

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DNSReport

Solarwinds converts DNSstuff from subscription to free service

SolarWinds announced today that its subscription-based DNSstuff will now be offered as a free service to customers.  The DNSstuff site offers customers with many tools to quickly troubleshoot and solve DNS issues on the internet.  Some of the tools are fairly straight forward – like webified versions of Whois and Dig, but others provide more insight […]

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SolarWinds launches new VOIP quality monitoring suite

On Wednesday, SolarWinds announced the VOIP and Network Quality Manager, formerly known as SolarWinds IP SLA Manage, aimed directly at quality control of Cisco IP telephony systems today with support for additional vendors in the future.  But beyond the core phone system software, the monitoring suite watches the entire VOIP environment holistically, including the transport, servers […]

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vnet-side

NextIO releases the vNet I/O Maestro, a SAN and network convergence device

Converging networks and condensing server footprints have been major trends in computing for the last several years.  Examples of this range from protocols like Fiber Channel of Ethernet (FCoE) to blade centers to interconnect technologies like HP’s Virtual Connect.  In the blade world, shared interconnects have changed how connectivity is defined to a blade chassis […]

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FlexNetwork Architecture

Converging network with HP FlexFabric and FlexManagement

This week, we shine the spotlight on network convergence and management in the FlexNetwork portfolio, specifically the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules and the Intelligent Management Control (IMC) software.  Networking is generally not my forte, so some of this is a stretch for me, but I use and understand Virtual Connect. FlexFabric is an implementation […]

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