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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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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

Riverbed Steelhead Product Family
sponsored by Riverbed Technology, Inc.
DATA SHEET: What's the Riverbed difference? Speed. Scalability. And simplicity. Discover it for yourself and get the facts about the entire family of Steelhead solutions from Riverbed. Companies of all sizes depend on the Riverbed Steelhead product family to accelerate the performance of applications over the WAN.
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 | Published: 01 Oct 2009

Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Unraveling Web Malware
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: There has been a rapid rise in the use of web blended threats. Defending corporate networks from these threats requires modern protection that functions on many levels. Find out how cyber criminals infiltrate your network and how FireEye's blended defense against Web malware prevents data loss and intellectual property theft.
Posted: 01 Sep 2009 | Published: 29 Sep 2008

FireEye

Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer Software
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
TRIAL SOFTWARE: 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: 19 Aug 2009 | Premiered: 01 Aug 2009

Hitachi Data Systems

802.11n Drives an Architectural Evolution
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: Today's enterprises deploy wireless LANs (WLANs) as a standard business tool to drive productivity and enhance collaboration. Enter the state-of-the-art WLAN 802.11n. Organizations can expand their wireless capabilities with this expanding technology to dramatically boost network capacity and speed up to 600 Mbps. Read this paper for more details.
Posted: 10 Aug 2009 | Published: 29 Aug 2008

Hewlett-Packard Company

Customer Success Story: Charlotte County Public Schools Optimize WAN Performance with Blue Coat
sponsored by BlueCoat
WEBCAST: Watch this webcast to learn about the challenges and successes of Chris Bress, Director of Learning Through Technology for a public school system in Florida, which serves 17,000 students.
Posted: 09 Jul 2009 | Premiered: Jul 9, 2009

BlueCoat

Enterprise Application Delivery: No User Left Behind
sponsored by BlueCoat
WHITE PAPER: Blue Coat ProxyClient extends Blue Coat's visionary application delivery infrastructure to include all of these use cases - from any network, any device, and to any application - keeping users productive wherever the business takes them.
Posted: 01 Jul 2009 | Published: 01 Jan 2007

BlueCoat

WAN Optimization for Executives: Accelerating the Distributed Network
sponsored by BlueCoat
PRODUCT LITERATURE: This white paper outlines the basic obstacles enterprise business' face having remote employees. More specifically, it provides a problem - solution approach to WAN latency and bandwith hungry application issues that disrupt profitability.
Posted: 01 Jul 2009 | Published: 01 Jan 2006

BlueCoat

Case Study: First Trade Union Bank Adds Vault for LAN-Speed Restores and Robust Replication
sponsored by i365, makers of Evault
CASE STUDY: Despite the economic downturn, First Trade Union Bank is continuing to grow... this case study examines the data center challenges the bank faced in the midst of this growth and show's how by working with i365, they were able to create faster backups/restores, in some cases reduce RTO's by up to 98%, enhance DR and protect their virtual servers.
Posted: 30 Jun 2009 | Published: 30 Jun 2009

i365, makers of Evault

Health System Builds Highly Available Wired and Wireless Network
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
CASE STUDY: Baptist Health South Florida uses a Cisco Medical-Grade Network powered by highly available Cisco Catalyst® switches to safeguard the reliability and uptime of critical hospital services and applications.
Posted: 22 May 2009 | Published: 22 May 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Backing Up Virtual Servers
sponsored by BakBone
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: In this presentation transcript, backup expert, Mark Bowker, answers questions regarding virtual server environments and how their deployment affects the backup process.
Posted: 06 May 2009 | Published: 15 Apr 2009

BakBone

Motorola's Wireless Broadband Indoor/Outdoor Solution
sponsored by Motorola, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: With a Wi-Fi network, businesses can increase the efficiency of their mobile employees resulting in increased ROI and greater profitability. This document highlights two specific indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi network configurations based on Motorola's MOTOMESH Duo product solution.
Posted: 28 Apr 2009 | Published: 02 Apr 2009

Motorola, Inc.

Virtual Data Center E-Zine - Volume 8
sponsored by Virtual Data Center E-Zine - Volume 8
EZINE: Read this month's issue to find out why it's time to rethink high availability (HA) strategies and how current virtualization tools can complement familiar high availabilities techniques.
Posted: 17 Mar 2009 | Published: 17 Mar 2009


The CIO's Guide to Mobile Security
sponsored by BlackBerry
WHITE PAPER: Learn about the challenges associated with increased worker mobility and how to create an effective enterprise wireless security strategy with some suggestions for an enterprise wireless security policy.
Posted: 03 Mar 2009 | Published: 07 Apr 2010

BlackBerry

The Ultimate Guide to Gaining Control of Your WAN
sponsored by SearchEnterpriseWAN E-Books
EBOOK: Many of today's cost-saving IT projects are placing excessive pressure on the WAN. Learn how to overcome these challenges with WAN optimization technology.
Posted: 19 Feb 2009 | Published: 19 Feb 2009

SearchEnterpriseWAN E-Books

Presentation Transcript: WAN Acceleration and Optimization FAQ
sponsored by Riverbed Technology, Inc.
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: In this paper Jeff Boles, Senior Analyst with the Taneja Group, outlines the significance of WAN optimization in the disaster recovery (DR).
Posted: 11 Feb 2009 | Published: 11 Feb 2009

Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Clustered Storage
sponsored by Isilon Systems
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: In this document you will learn about Clustered Storage and how Clustered Storage is useful for server and storage consolidation without introducing bottlenecks or excessive energy consumption while enabling modular growth.
Posted: 23 Dec 2008 | Published: 23 Dec 2008

Isilon Systems

Tackling the Top Five Network Access Control Challenges
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper by Juniper Networks describes the top five networking access control challenges that companies like yours are facing and solutions that they are deploying today.
Posted: 19 Dec 2008 | Published: 01 Apr 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Meeting Today's Security Challenges with End-to-end Access Control
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This White Paper explores how Juniper Unified Access Control (UAC) solution deployed with Juniper EX-series switches delivers a comprehensive network access control (NAC) solution.
Posted: 19 Dec 2008 | Published: 01 Mar 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.
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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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