Bi-weekly Computer Networking industry updates (27 Aug to 09 Sep, 2012)

Welcome to another edition of Computer Networking industry updates. Let us look at some important and interesting articles/news relevant to the Computer Networking/IT industry published over the last two weeks.

#1. Is the Layer-3 Switch different from a Router? (From ioshints) – In this blog post, the author highlights the differences between Layer-3 Switches and Routers and analyzes if they perform different functions. Read it if you want to know whether the L3 switch does something more than a router.

#2. Google+ for Business collaboration (From Google+) – The Google+ team has released some features like private sharing of documents for members within an organization and Google+ Hangouts integration with Google Calender (among others) in order to make Google+, a viable platform for business meetings and collaboration for private companies. Read more… 

#3. Importance of Protocol Specific Optimization (From Riverbed) – This excellent blog post from Riverbed explains why Protocol specific WAN optimization is important and is required in addition to CIFS optimization and TCP compression.

#4. Rent a Chromebook (From Google) – What will you do if a major conference is coming up or a training session is due and you need a lot of laptops? You can now rent a Chromebook (in the US) temporarily on a monthly basis. Read more…

#5. Axis introduces a 60 FPS Encoder (From Axis Communications) – Axis Communications has introduced the Axis Q7411, an analog to digital encoder for surveillance requirements that can support up to 60 FPS for dealing with high quality images. Read more…

#6. Advantages of Mobility to an organization (From Palo Alto Networks) – Are mobile workers more productive or less productive? Is mobility driven by the management or individuals? Which is more important: Securing the devices or the network? Read this blog post to get answers to these questions.

#7. Limitations of Virtualization (From Dell) – Have you ever wondered if Virtualization could have any limitations? This blog post from Dell addresses this point and shows how we might have complicated virtual systems.

#8. Why can’t networks and devices be more beautiful, more simple and more exciting? (From Brocade) – If Steve Jobs could do it with Apple, why can’t network companies make their products easy to use, simple to trouble shoot, beautiful to look and proud to posses? Well, why not? Read this blog post for an expanded version of this question that will make you think.

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