Stories by John Dix

Will new accounting rule slow adoption of cloud computing?

Yes, says one buyer, who can no longer write-off upfront project fees that can run into the millions

Tribune Media rebuilds IT from the ground up and is living the dream

With everything software controlled, workloads can be moved at will, and VMware’s NSX offsets the need for more than $1m of network gear

CHRISTUS Health’s private cloud provides the Rx needed to accommodate roiling change

Agility is critical in this rapidly evolving industry, and analytics is the key to long term success, says CTO Lynn Gibson

Inside ATT’s grand dynamic network plan

The service provider shares lessons learned from early adopters of its first Network on Demand service and outlines what comes next

Brocade CEO says they built an easy button for IP networks, are benefiting from SDN/NFV

Lloyd Carney says the arrival of SDN/NFV has buyers looking in earnest at alternatives to their legacy suppliers.

Aruba succeeded where other Wi-Fi companies failed: A talk with the founder about the acquisition by HP, what comes next with Wi-Fi

Keerti Melkote talks about the acquisition by HP, product line rationalization, gigabit Wi-Fi, and IoT

Hybrid array helps cosmetics company address its storage performance and scale problems

Nimble Storage system reduces compiles from 12 hours to 25 minutes, and it even self diagnoses problems before they become IT issues

SDN: The emerging reality

Change is still afoot in Software Defined Networking, but it is now at least clear that SDN is here to stay, that SDN will be the way we build networks going forward. In this Network World Spotlight special report, pulled together by the editors of Network World, we analyze key developments and gauge where organizations stand today in their SDN planning.

In Pictures: The top 15 tech companies on the Fortune 500

We scour the F500 list to home in on the largest tech companies gracing the list.

Collaboration companies argue their case at Demo Traction

The recent Demo Traction event showcased a host of young companies that are gaining market momentum.  Each gave their pitch and then answered to a panel of judges.  If it is important for you to stay on the up and up with emerging technologies, this is must watch stuff.

Big data companies argue their case at Demo Traction

The recent Demo Traction event showcased a host of young companies that are gaining market momentum.  Each gave their pitch and then answered to a panel of judges.  If it is important for you to stay on the up and up with emerging technologies, this is must watch stuff.

Cloud companies argue their case at Demo Traction

The recent Demo Traction event showcased a host of young companies that are gaining market momentum.  Each gave their pitch and then answered to a panel of judges.  If it is important for you to stay on the up and up with emerging technologies, this is must watch stuff.

In case you aren't suitably impressed by the scale of Amazon Web Services

Although the video has been up for awhile, if you haven't had the chance to watch Amazon Web Service's VP & Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton spell out AWS facts at the re:Invent conference last November, do yourself a favor and pull up a chair. Fascinating stuff that gives you some insight into the rapidly evolving world of cloud computing.

The first place to tackle SDN? In the WAN

Disruptive innovation in infrastructure is on the rise, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Software Defined Networking movement. But while much of the SDN discussion has focused on the data center, the better initial use case might be in the wide area network. One advocate of that approach is Michael Elmore, IT Senior Director of the Enterprise Network Engineering Infrastructure Group at Cigna, a global health service company headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Michael is also on the board of Open Network Users Group (ONUG). Network World Editor in Chief John Dix asked Elmore to participate in an email-based Q&A to explore the promise of Software Defined WANS.

Directory-as-a-Service lets you extend Active Directory to all those items AD can't support

Startup JumpCloud was making waves with its server management tools when it occurred to them what they really had was a cloud-based alternative to Active Directory that could address all those resources AD can't reach -- like Macs, tablets, Linux servers and smartphones. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with JumpCloud CEO Rajat Bhargava to learn about the effort.