Security: September 2011 Archives

emsignia.jpgWireless events tend to be transient, seemingly happening here and there without rhyme or reason. This can make analyzing security and performance issues difficult, given that interference or a security event might not be visible at the time an RF administrator or monitoring device checks the environment. So for trend analysis, granular historical records of what took place over the airwaves is imperative. How can having the ability to "rewind" and see what's happened historically benefit Wi-Fi performance, connectivity and security in an enterprise? That's the question that this Thought Leadership Discussion with Nathan Rowe, senior product manager at Motorola in the company's AirDefense group, will answer.

There is considerable discussion in the trade press about the value of converging the data center LAN and SAN.  The typical argument that is raised is that it is notably more efficient to run one network than it is to run two networks.  That argument sounds very familiar.  That is the same argument that was made as part of the justification for converging voice and data networks.   So, one could conclude that since that argument worked for voice and data networks it will work for the LAN and SAN.  While that may be a valid conclusion, it took several years before a converged voice and data network became mainstream.  Will that be the case with the convergence of the LAN and SAN or is this situation different enough that adoption will occur more rapidly?

This month's discussion will focus on the convergence of the data center LAN and SAN.  We will explore some fundamental issues such as why exactly would an IT organization want to converge their LAN and SAN and if they do, how should they best go about doing it?

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