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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 Benefits of a Converged LAN/SANinfrastructure
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In today’s Enterprise and Data Center environments, Ethernet is clearly the dominant interconnection medium of choice. This in-depth guide outlines the rise in 10GbE connections and their importance to IT professionals.
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 | Published: 31 Aug 2013

Dell, Inc.

Simplify the Data Center Network and Optimize Operations with LAN and SAN Convergence
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this informative white paper, explore the challenges in maintaining costs of virtualized data center operations, and unveil the benefits of converging local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN) to keep up with today's evolving needs.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

Dell, Inc.

Accelerating network convergence in virtualized and cloud data centers
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you will discover an innovative unified storage switch that provides a comprehensive platform and modular design that supports leading edge networking protocols – enabling IT organizations to converge LAN and SAN throughput in high I/O, virtualized environments.
Posted: 11 Nov 2013 | Published: 11 Nov 2013

Dell, Inc.

Applying the Four Standards of Security-Based CIA
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: High levels of optimization help to ensure that an organization's information security approach is both well-rounded and flexible enough to meet current and future threats.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013 | Published: 28 Oct 2013

Global Knowledge

Solution Spotlight: Wireless LAN performance and application optimization
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT: This solution spotlight answers the important questions companies should ask before implementing a WLAN.
Posted: 07 Oct 2013 | Premiered: 25 Oct 2013

SearchNetworking.com

Converged network, storage and compute infrastructure: Are we there yet?
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EBOOK: Access this expert e-guide to learn how you can make a converged network infrastructure a reality and achieve top efficiency.
Posted: 19 Sep 2013 | Published: 19 Sep 2013

SearchNetworking.com

Basics of Switching
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: A switch is a Layer 2 network device that forwards Ethernet frames based on the destination media access control (MAC) address. A switch has RJ-45 ports for connection and the intelligence to read MAC addresses to make forwarding decisions. The purpose of the switch is to quickly and accurately forward frames toward the destination.
Posted: 05 Sep 2013 | Published: 28 Jun 2013

Global Knowledge

Case Study: How Liverpool FC and Alexandra Palace successfully rolled out Wi-Fi
sponsored by Xirrus
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide examines two recent wireless case studies. Inside, learn how Liverpool FC and Alexandra Palace each navigated the challenges of Wi-Fi deployment and reaped the rewards of wireless.
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | Published: 15 Aug 2013

Xirrus

Computer Weekly Network IT case studies
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Jennifer Scott takes a look at what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the Computer Weekly European User Awards.
Posted: 01 Jul 2013 | Published: 01 Jul 2013

ComputerWeekly.com

Networking for Application Performance and Delivery
sponsored by Citrix
EZINE: This expert TechGuide from SearchEnterpriseWAN.com on network application performance optimization explains the top do's and don'ts that will help you achieve the application performance your users expect.
Posted: 26 Jun 2013 | Published: 26 Jun 2013

Citrix

Foundational Focus: Basics of Ethernet
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: Ethernet is the most common LAN used. As you start to learn about networking, remember that communication and the movement of large numbers, whether it is people, cars, mail, or network traffic, have a commonality. Everything you know and use in your daily life can be compared to the way traffic moves.
Posted: 14 Jun 2013 | Published: 09 May 2013

Global Knowledge

LAN Fundamentals: Logical Addresses vs. Physical Addresses
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: There are two basic types of addresses used in Local Area Networking (LAN): logical addresses and physical addresses. Ethernet is the most common LAN and is the example used in this document. Understanding the differences of how the two addresses are used is the focus of this discussion.
Posted: 14 Jun 2013 | Published: 20 May 2013

Global Knowledge

Application Optimization for the Network
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EZINE: In the new WAN, we'll see user-aware WAN optimization, the rise of software-defined networking and WAN-on-demand. There may be some bumps along the road to WAN innovation, but it's sure to be an interesting journey.
Posted: 06 Jun 2013 | Published: 06 Jun 2013

SearchNetworking.com

Alcatel-Lucent Unified Access
sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
WEBCAST: This brief webcast examines a unified access solution that allows both wired and wireless to be one network, letting users experience high performance on both Wi-Fi and LAN, improving productivity, efficiency, and worker satisfaction.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013 | Premiered: Oct 28, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Netsocket Virtual Network for Distributed Enterprises
sponsored by Netsocket
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive paper examines a virtual network solution that offers a low-cost, efficient, and centrally-managed virtual network specifically designed for the enterprise LAN and WAN edge network deployment.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 | Published: 11 Oct 2013

Netsocket

Optimizing Your Wireless Network
sponsored by Xirrus
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you will discover how Wi-Fi has become an essential business facility.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 | Published: 30 Sep 2013

Xirrus

Enterprise Networks: Four Top Trends for 2014
sponsored by Azzurri
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, unveil the top 4 trends in enterprise networking for 2014, and use these as guidelines in your network management planning for next year.
Posted: 07 Oct 2013 | Published: 07 Oct 2013

Azzurri

Demystifying 802.11ac
sponsored by Xirrus
WHITE PAPER: This infographic demonstrates a new and very high throughput Wi-Fi standard. Find out how it delivers data rates in excess of 1 Gbps in its first phase of products with future iterations planned to take performance to nearly 7Gbps.
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 | Published: 04 Oct 2013

Xirrus

Creating a Mobile-Centric Organization
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: Discover an innovative approach to designing and deploying networks that can help you support a mobile workforce while lowering costs and cutting complexity.
Posted: 24 Sep 2013 | Published: 24 Sep 2013

Hewlett-Packard Company

Unified Visibility Fabric Architecture – A New Approach to Visibility
sponsored by Gigamon
WHITE PAPER: In this informative white paper, uncover a unified visibility fabric architecture that centralizes network monitoring and management tools for improved and simplified performance and security analysis.
Posted: 24 Sep 2013 | Published: 30 Aug 2013

Gigamon

Category 8 Cabling Standards Update
sponsored by CommScope
WHITE PAPER: This resource explores the reasoning behind the development of Class II cabling limits and reveals why Category 8 cabling standards are critical to the future success of applications, Ethernet, and networking.
Posted: 04 Sep 2013 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

CommScope

OpenFlow and SDN: What's in Store?
sponsored by Big Switch Networks
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide explores the top factors driving the adoption of OpenFlow and software-defined networking (SDN) technology in the campus network, as well as the benefits you can realize with this strategy – including improved security, effective BYOD management, and more.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 | Published: 05 Aug 2013

Big Switch Networks

Enterasys Data Center Networking – Connectivity and Topology Design Guide
sponsored by Enterasys
WHITE PAPER: View key concepts that will help you build a data center fabric capable of meeting the needs of both organizations and users both today and in the future. View now to learn more!
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

Enterasys

Bring-Your-Own-Device Requires New Network Strategies
sponsored by Xirrus
WHITE PAPER: This resource examines the need for new network strategies in the age of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and mobility. Inside, learn about the challenges of current network architecture, and uncover the value of wireless LAN.
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | Published: 30 Sep 2012

Xirrus

Five Steps to Successfully Migrate to 802.11ac
sponsored by Aruba Networks
WHITE PAPER: 802.11ac is quickly becoming the definitive standard for next-generation Wi-Fi. This brief resource counts down five essential steps that will help you successfully migrate to 802.11ac.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | Published: 10 Jul 2013

Aruba Networks
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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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