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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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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

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.

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.

Advancing the Economics of Networking
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Download this white paper to find out how you can change this economic model and reduce capital and operational expenses, freeing up IT budget dollars and allowing your business to invest in innovative technologies that will reduce the cost of doing business while improving the bottom line.
Posted: 19 Dec 2008 | Published: 01 Apr 2010

Juniper Networks, Inc.

IT Briefing: Efficient SAN-Based Tape Encryption
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document discusses the protection of stored data, particularly the data that resides on backup tapes.
Posted: 17 Dec 2008 | Published: 16 Dec 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Virtual Data Center eZine - Volume 6
sponsored by Virtual Data Center eZine - Volume 6
EZINE: This expert e-zine shows you how lacking a solid plan can sabotage your virtualization implementation. Read on for proven best practices for virtual lab management planning and physical-to-virtual migrations.
Posted: 16 Dec 2008 | Published: 16 Dec 2008


Managing SharePoint in an Enterprise Environment
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and other SharePoint technologies are excellent tools for a modern, web-based office environment. This white paper gives pointers on managing them.
Posted: 10 Dec 2008 | Published: 11 Oct 2008

Global Knowledge

WPA2 Security: Choosing the Right WLAN Authentication Method for Homes and Enterprises
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This paper will explore the authentication methods available with WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) and identify several important best practices to consider when deploying a wireless network at home or in the enterprise.
Posted: 10 Dec 2008 | Published: 11 Oct 2008

Global Knowledge

Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains how Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) allows Oracle Database to run any packaged or custom application, unchanged across a set of clustered events.
Posted: 09 Dec 2008 | Published: 09 Dec 2008

Oracle Corporation

Delivering Holistic Business Continuity with Auto-Replication
sponsored by Dell | EqualLogic
WHITE PAPER: Every organization needs a holistic business continuity solution for data protection, Auto-Replication protects you from all disasters, as well as improving backup.
Posted: 05 Dec 2008 | Published: 05 Dec 2008

Dell | EqualLogic

Emerging Multicast VPN Applications
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper provides background information on MVPNs, as well as describes emerging MVPN applications.
Posted: 25 Nov 2008 | Published: 25 Nov 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Securing the Everywhere Network
sponsored by SonicWALL
WHITE PAPER: Everywhere networking streamlines facilities and energy costs, eliminates commuting time and expenses, builds global business partnerships, broadens markets and staffing pools and shortens customer response times.
Posted: 18 Nov 2008 | Published: 18 Nov 2008

SonicWALL

WEP Cloaking for Legacy Encryption Protection
sponsored by Motorola, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Several known vulnerabilities and attack tools have compromised Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), making it unsuitable for secure WLAN implementations without additional layers of security. This white paper describes a WEP Cloaking solution.
Posted: 10 Nov 2008 | Published: 10 Nov 2008

Motorola, Inc.

Accelerating Satellite WANs with Riverbed
sponsored by Riverbed Technology, Inc.
PRODUCT LITERATURE: This solutions brief explains how using a satellite-based wide area network (WAN) can enable more robust LAN-like performance over satellite connections with out-of-the-box compatibility that accelerates the broadest range of applications remote workers need to function.
Posted: 31 Oct 2008 | Published: 31 Oct 2008

Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Accelerating the Next Phase of Virtualization
sponsored by Riverbed Technology, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this paper, see how wide-area data services (WDS) is now having tremendous success in enabling server virtualization and remote site consolidation.
Posted: 31 Oct 2008 | Published: 31 Oct 2008

Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Enabling Carrier-class Communications with EX Switches
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains why a high-performance, highly available and secure network is essential for supporting a wide array of traffic types and a diverse user community.
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 | Published: 21 Oct 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

IT Briefing: How to Optimize ETL for Demanding Data Environments
sponsored by Syncsort
WHITE PAPER: This document is based on a Syncsort/TechTarget Webcast entitled "How to Optimize ETL for Demanding Data Environments."
Posted: 21 Oct 2008 | Published: 21 Oct 2008

Syncsort

Ten Tips for Reducing Storage TCO
sponsored by LSI Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines the top ten strategic steps that should be taken to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a storage infrastructure.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 | Published: 14 Oct 2008

LSI Corporation

Five Reasons to Go Wireless
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Wireless networks are a powerful tool for boosting productivity and encouraging information sharing in a small company. With access to network resources, employees can roam where they need to and have constant access to the tools required to do their jobs
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 | Published: 10 Oct 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

The Promise and Pitfalls of 802.11n
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses the pitfalls that might arise such as increased power output, multipath signal propagation and "smart" antenna designs which affect range and performance.
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 | Published: 08 Oct 2008

Fluke Networks

Practical Considerations for Deploying 802.11n
sponsored by Siemens Enterprise Communications
WHITE PAPER: 802.11n will enable pervasive wireless deployment in the enterprise and may eventually become the dominant enterprise local area network (LAN) technology. This paper explains it all.
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 | Published: 08 Oct 2008

Siemens Enterprise Communications

Stopping Inbound and Outbound Threats: Juniper Networks Firewall/IPSec VPN with Unified Threat Management (UTM)
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
PRODUCT LITERATURE: Juniper Networks firewall/VPN appliances include UTM features that are backed by world class technology partnerships.
Posted: 06 Oct 2008 | Published: 03 Oct 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

High Performance Wi-Fi Demystified
sponsored by Xirrus
PRODUCT LITERATURE: The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array represents the next generation in wireless LAN (WLAN) architectures.
Posted: 02 Oct 2008 | Published: 02 Oct 2008

Xirrus
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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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