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ALSO CALLED: Networks, Local Area Networks
DEFINITION: A local area network (LAN) is a group of computers and associated devices that share a common communications line or wireless link. Typically, connected devices share the resources of a single processor or server within a small geographic area (for example, within an office building). Usually, the server has applications and data storage that are shared in common by multiple computer users. A local  … 
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Advanced Virtualization E-Book: Chapter 7 - Network Virtualization: Unifying the Data Center
sponsored by SearchSecurity.com
EBOOK: We are potentially at the beginning of a new generation of IT administrators who manage a range of technologies outside of the traditional realm of virtualization. Read this E-Book to learn more.
Posted: 04 Aug 2010 | Published: 04 Aug 2010

SearchSecurity.com

Debunking the Myth of the Single-Vendor Network
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
ANALYST REPORT: Read this analyst report to see why most organizations should consider a dual-vendor or multivendor solution as a viable approach to building their network.  Not only are significant cost savings achievable with no increase in network complexity, but there is also an improvement in focus on meeting business requirements.
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 | Published: 06 Dec 2010

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Unified Networking on 10 Gigabit Ethernet
sponsored by Intel
WHITE PAPER: Unified networking over 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) in the data center offers compelling benefits, including a simplified infrastructure, lower equipment and power costs, and the flexibility to meet the needs of the evolving, virtualized data center.
Posted: 01 Dec 2010 | Published: 30 Nov 2010

Intel

802.11n: The End of Ethernet?
sponsored by Aruba Networks
ANALYST REPORT: This report compares 802.11n to Gigabit Ethernet for use in local area network (LAN) access applications. More specifically, the report compares both technologies in six dimensions: mobility, performance, security, management, staffing, and cost.
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 | Published: 14 Sep 2009

Aruba Networks

Is Your Network Ready for VoIP?
sponsored by BlueCoat
WHITE PAPER: This paper summarizes in question and answer format the many critical factors pertaining to VoIP’s viability, regardless of which vendor’s IP-PBX system is deployed across the distributed enterprise.
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 | Published: 07 Oct 2010

BlueCoat

Deployment Strategies for 802.11n: Key Considerations for the Next Generation of Wireless Networking
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: While 802.11n wireless networks let enterprises create a seamless working environment by combining the mobility of wireless with the performance of wired networks, the best ways for deploying 802.11n—while minimizing acquisition and operational costs—may still be unclear. Read this white paper to learn more.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 | Published: 05 Oct 2010

Brocade

Top 10 Reasons Your Company Does NOT Need McAfee Vulnerability Manager
sponsored by McAfee, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Some IT and security teams wonder if automated vulnerability management is important, given pressing demands for other IT projects and investments. Why not stick with manual processes or traditional scanners? It is possible that McAfee® Vulnerability Manager may not be right for your organization. Use this simple evaluation checklist to find out.
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 | Published: 04 Oct 2010

McAfee, Inc.

The Corporate Network of the Future: Convergence 2.0
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: We are in the midst of a major innovation cycle in IT - moving from infrastructure designed to automate existing processes to services-oriented architectures that speed the delivery of innovative new services. Read this paper to learn about the features and benefits of a unified fabric and its critical role in the corporate network of the future.
Posted: 09 Sep 2010 | Published: 09 Sep 2010

Brocade

 802.11n Migration
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: In the last few short years sales of 802.11n wireless networking gear have skyrocketed, and have effectively displaced the legacy 802.11a/b/g versions in many organizations. It's rapidly becoming the wireless technology of choice for networking professionals in all-sized organizations.
Posted: 01 Sep 2010 | Published: 01 Sep 2010

Brocade

Optical Fiber Cabling for Data Communication –Test and Troubleshooting Quick-Reference Guide
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This booklet reviews best practices for test and troubleshooting methods as well as the test tools to ensure that installed optical fiber cabling provides the transmission capability to reliably support LAN or enterprise network applications.
Posted: 26 Aug 2010 | Published: 26 Aug 2010

Fluke Networks

Effective Cabling Techniques for IBM BladeCenter Chassis
sponsored by Panduit
WHITE PAPER: This guide defines specific cabling techniques that simplify cable pathways and promote airflow for maximum cooling, ultimately improving overall system performance and uptime.
Posted: 20 Aug 2010 | Published: 20 Aug 2010

Panduit

VoIP Without Hype: What Businesses Need to Know
sponsored by Fonality Inc.
WHITE PAPER: It’s important to approach VoIP with your eyes wide open – to understand the technology involved, the investment required, and an affordable migration path to VoIP that will deliver value to your business, both short- and long-term, without compromising the quality of your communications. Read this paper to find out more.
Posted: 16 Aug 2010 | Published: 16 Aug 2010

Fonality Inc.

Impacts of Healthcare Applications on WLAN Mobility
sponsored by AirMagnet
WHITE PAPER: WLANs are the often-underestimated strategic resource that provides the foundation for the success of any mobile initiative. This paper will address how to build and manage a solid WLAN foundation that protects healthcare organizations from poor application performance, security vulnerabilities and compliance issues.
Posted: 30 Jul 2010 | Published: 30 Jul 2010

AirMagnet

Brocade FCoE Solutions for I/O Convergence
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: Fibre Channel over Ethernet is extending the reliability benefits and service of Fibre Channels to LANs and other Ethernet networks. Learn how this approach enables flexible, scalable, and simplified data center fabrics that support increasingly powerful applications and growing amounts of data.
Posted: 11 Jun 2010 | Published: 11 Jun 2010

Brocade

VMware View™ on NetApp Storage
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn how VMware View 4 and virtual desktop storage options from NetApp deliver flexible, cost effective, secure virtual desktops. Enterprises can now deploy cost effective virtual desktop environments (over LAN or WAN) that meet the needs of a wide range of end users.
Posted: 06 May 2010 | Published: 01 Dec 2009

VMware, Inc.

Validate LAN Installations for Optimal Service Delivery
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses LAN validation – what it is, who benefits from this practice, and why it should be part of a network installer’s and network owner’s best practices. An overview of how to perform validation testing will also be covered.
Posted: 13 Apr 2010 | Published: 03 Oct 2008

Fluke Networks

Delivering IT as a Service for Virtualized Data Centers
sponsored by Continental Resources
WHITE PAPER: Architecting a successful cloud computing infrastructure can be challenging. The secure cloud architecture offers the best products and features to create a cloud service that can realize the efficiencies of shared infrastructure while still offering the security, flexibility, resilience, and ease of management of a traditional IT deployment.
Posted: 01 Apr 2010 | Published: 01 Apr 2010

Continental Resources

E-Guide: Unified Fabric-- Data Center Bridging and FCoE Implementation
sponsored by Panduit
EGUIDE: This E-Guide details how to deploy unified storage and network fabric. Learn the necessary components, differences in approaches to deploying this technology and best practices for choosing the right adapter.
Posted: 12 Mar 2010 | Published: 12 Mar 2010

Panduit

Voice and Unified Communication-Enabled Networks: Three Critical Considerations
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: The multi-service, mission-critical, business-enabling campus LAN needs consistent features and service reliability from edge to core. Talk to Brocade and find out how to deploy an extraordinary network for the entire enterprise-converged campus to consolidated data center.
Posted: 09 Feb 2010 | Published: 09 Feb 2010

Brocade

Best Practices for Virtual Infrastructure Management
sponsored by Brocade
WHITE PAPER: By understanding the unique management challenges of virtualized environments and leveraging innovative solutions to meet those challenges, you will be able to help your organization reap the wide range of business benefits that virtualization can deliver.
Posted: 28 Jan 2010 | Published: 28 Jan 2010

Brocade

Frontline LAN Troubleshooting Guide
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This guide addresses the challenges network professionals face when it comes to network troubleshooting and outlines eight key steps every technician should know to aid in successful troubleshooting.
Posted: 27 Jan 2010 | Published: 25 Sep 2008

Fluke Networks

Minimize LAN Switch Tiers to Reduce Cost and Increase Efficiency
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
ANALYST REPORT: Established LAN design practices were created for an environment of limited switch performance. Today's high-capacity switches allow new design approaches, thus reducing cost and complexity in campus and data center LANs. Read this Gartner report to learn about maximizing LAN performance by minimizing LAN switch Tiers.
Posted: 25 Jan 2010 | Published: 17 Nov 2009

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Unified Application Delivery
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: By providing a unified Application Delivery Networking platform, F5 BIG-IP offers the ability for organizations to adopt a single platform for all its application delivery needs.
Posted: 10 Dec 2009 | Published: 10 Dec 2009

F5 Networks

Frontline LAN Troubleshooting Guide
sponsored by Fluke Networks.
EGUIDE: This guide provides frontline network troubleshooters with practical advice on how to maintain LANs and solve common layer 1 and 2 problems. This guide addresses the challenges network professionals face when it comes to network troubleshooting and outlines eight key steps every technician should know to aid in successful troubleshooting.
Posted: 18 Nov 2009 | Published: 01 Apr 2008

Fluke Networks.

Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer Software
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD: Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer delivers all-in-one monitoring for the data center. A single interface provides a view to the availability and performance of servers and network and storage devices on a network. It eases troubleshooting without agents.
Posted: 13 Nov 2009 | Premiered: 12 Nov 2009

Hitachi Data Systems
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LAN DEFINITION (continued): …  area network may serve as few as two or three users (for example, in a home network) or as many as thousands of users (for example, in an FDDI network). Major local area network technologies are:  Ethernet  Token Ring  FDDI   Ethernet is by far the most commonly used LAN technology. A number of corporations use the Token Ring technology. FDDI is sometimes used as a backbone LAN interconnecting Ethernet or Token Ring LANs. Another LAN technology, ARCNET, once the most commonly installed LAN technology, is still used in the industrial automation industry.Typically, … 
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