Networking is a central focus of IT. With all the virtual machines running on today's networks, it stands to reason that the experts would someday find a way to virtualize the network itself. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an architecture that promises to cope with new demands.
In classical network settings, software-defined networking (SDN) is a nice add-on, but in clouds, virtual networks are an essential part of the environment. OpenStack integrates SDN technology through the Neutron module.
Most OpenFlow-ready hardware switches are prohibitively expensive if you just want to set up a small-scale test lab. Northbound Networks has stepped in with a Kickstarter campaign, filling the gap with the Zodiac FX switch.
The upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 introduces major innovations in the field of storage. With built-in storage replication, Storage Spaces Direct, and traffic shaping for storage access via QoS, Windows Server looks like a good candidate for employee of the month.
A REST API is especially useful for a developer if the API provider extensively documents the methods used. The Swagger tools not only semiautomatically generate an API reference, but a matching client SDK for many programming languages, as well.
Managing virtual machines with PowerShell used to require some complex configuration steps, but with version 5, PowerShell can now access a Hyper-V VM directly, which means you don't need to configure a virtual network connection.
The Internet of Everything, a fully networked and analyzed society, seeks to enhance the quality of life of all people and drive new technologies, products, services, and markets. But where are developments headed, and what are the driving factors, fields of application, and challenges?