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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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Understanding the pros and cons of network virtualization
sponsored by Datalink and NetApp
EGUIDE: This expert E-Guide from SearchServerVirtualization.com explains the benefits of virtualizing the network. Find out how to utilize this technology to combine multiple networks into a single logical network. Plus, get answers to common questions about network virtualization technology to ensure a smooth transition.
Posted: 29 Nov 2011 | Published: 29 Nov 2011

Datalink and NetApp

Accelerating Revenue through Carrier Ethernet Service Differentiation
sponsored by InfoVista Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Many CSPs are looking towards Carrier Ethernet services – a way to more rapidly and efficiently deliver the bandwidth requirements and service requirements. If not properly managed, however, operating costs could end up increasing instead of being cost-effective.
Posted: 22 Nov 2011 | Published: 22 Nov 2011

InfoVista Corporation

EX Series Ethernet Switches
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: High-performance businesses demand a high-performance network infrastructure that provides fast, secure and reliable delivery of the applications that drive the business. Switches deployed in regional offices, campuses and data centers enable these business processes by connecting users.
Posted: 15 Nov 2011 | Published: 15 Nov 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc.

North Carolina Center for Automotive Research uses borderless network to keep engineers connected to data and services anywhere, anytime
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
CASE STUDY: This case study demonstrates how one organization used borderless network technology to help them grow substantially in a short amount of time.
Posted: 10 Oct 2011 | Published: 10 Oct 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Expert guide: Understanding cloud types and benefits
sponsored by SAVVIS
EGUIDE: This e-guide provides the answers to the most pressing questions in regards to cloud computing. Uncover what you need to know about cloud computing services, the different types of clouds available, top benefits and how to take full advantage and more.
Posted: 09 Sep 2011 | Published: 09 Sep 2011

SAVVIS

The iEverything Enterprise: Understanding and Addressing IT's Dilemma in a World Dominated by Wireless Smart Devices
sponsored by Aerohive Networks
WHITE PAPER: Virtualization, cloud computing and wireless technologies are providing gains in productivity and cost savings. Enterprise applications can now be delivered to almost any device, regardless of whether they are issued corporately or personally owned. Learn how almost every IT department is experiencing the effects of smart device adoption.
Posted: 09 Sep 2011 | Published: 09 Sep 2011

Aerohive Networks

RF Management
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
VIRTUAL SEMINAR: This IT decision center discusses the types of RF management offered in their wireless solutions.
Posted: 07 Sep 2011 | Premiered: 20 Sep 2011

SearchNetworking.com

Best Practices for Assuring VoIP Performance
sponsored by AppNeta
WHITE PAPER: Since no two networks are exactly the same, no two network assurance programs will be either. Fortunately, PathView Cloud adapts to your needs, and provides a complete approach.
Posted: 07 Sep 2011 | Published: 07 Sep 2011

AppNeta

A Virtual Bridges Briefing Paper
sponsored by CDG in association with Virtual Bridges
WHITE PAPER: Most VDI solutions available today to solve the branch user problem require complex installation and configuration processes, along with ongoing intensive IT management. With branch VDI technologies, users get a LAN-like desktop experience with decreased IT complexity and faster deployment times.
Posted: 07 Sep 2011 | Published: 07 Sep 2011

CDG in association with Virtual Bridges

Optimization is for the Clouds
sponsored by Riverbed Technology, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper begins with an outline of the characteristics of computing from a distance, describes how WAN optimization of cloud resources improves the user experience, explains how Riverbed’s Cloud Steelhead achieves this, and concludes with several deployment examples.
Posted: 06 Sep 2011 | Published: 06 Sep 2011

Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Life Critical Networks for 21st Century Healthcare
sponsored by SearchHealthIT.com
EGUIDE: Because of the lifesaving nature of the networked devices, healthcare facilities need networks that are different than ordinary businesses. The network has to be designed to never go down, to accommodate fluctuating workloads and a variety of other requirements. Access this e-guide to learn more about the importance of healthcare networks.
Posted: 18 Aug 2011 | Published: 17 Aug 2011

SearchHealthIT.com

Intel® Ethernet for Unified Networking
sponsored by Intel
MICROSITE: This video explains why 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) is the foundation for unified networking, and provides details on how Intel can provide support for Open FCoE, LAN, and SAN traffic on your ethernet network.  
Posted: 05 Jul 2011 | Published: 05 Jul 2011

Intel

Building Secure Wireless LANs
sponsored by Aerohive Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides a holistic view of Wi-Fi security, offering guidelines to deploy a wireless network that’s as secure as your wired one.  
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 | Published: 02 Jun 2011

Aerohive Networks

IT in Europe: Networking Edition: Wired and Wireless: Can you achieve an integrated network?
sponsored by SearchNetworking.co.UK
EZINE: This European edition of Network Evolution E-Zine discusses the myths surrounding integrated wired and wireless LANs, security considerations, and wireless and mobile technology trends the UK should be on the lookout for.
Posted: 01 Jun 2011 | Published: 01 Jun 2011


HP FlexBranch Office Solution Transforming Branch Experience
sponsored by HP & Intel®
WHITE PAPER: Branch office solutions based upon converged infrastructure can deliver higher levels of security to ensure data protection and prevent costly, damaging breaches. Read this set of documents to learn more about servers, storage and network resources can be safely shared without inhibiting system response and availability.
Posted: 26 May 2011 | Published: 26 May 2011

HP & Intel®

NHS Trust Enhances Healthcare with Juniper Networks
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The Belfast H&SC Trust had recognized the benefits of wireless technology, but the existing network was proving increasingly difficult to manage. A Juniper Networks Wireless LAN Portfolio pilot was deployed, proving to be a success in terms of its stability, security and manageability allowing centralized management at the touch of a button.
Posted: 20 May 2011 | Published: 20 May 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Hospital Improves Patient Care and Clinician Productivity with WLAN
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: To facilitate high-quality patient care, Memorial Hospital deployed a wireless LAN to provide both data and voice access throughout the facility. The instantaneous communication and broad information access has significantly improved the quality of patient care, because it lets staff spend more time caring for patients and less time on paperwork.
Posted: 20 May 2011 | Published: 20 May 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc.

LogMeIn Rescue
sponsored by LogMeIn, Inc.
TRIAL SOFTWARE: LogMeIn Rescue lets internal and external IT provide on-demand remote support for PCs, Macs or smartphones. Now IT can access and control the device, to diagnose and solve the problems quickly and securely anytime, anywhere.
Posted: 02 May 2011 | Premiered: 02 May 2011

LogMeIn, Inc.

E-Guide: Choosing an edge switch: What to consider before you invest
sponsored by NETGEAR Inc.
EGUIDE: While edge switches may not be as powerful or expensive as 10GbE core switches, it is just as important to evaluate these products before investing. This e-guide details your options to help make your decision easier and discusses top considerations before you make an investment.
Posted: 08 Mar 2011 | Published: 08 Mar 2011

NETGEAR Inc.

Choosing the Right Metropolitan Ring for Your Business
sponsored by AT&T Corp
WHITE PAPER: Businesses are evolving and looking for more effective and efficient methods of handling bandwidth, performance and end-point needs. In addition, they are trying to anticipate future needs to help make good networking decisions.
Posted: 01 Mar 2011 | Published: 01 Mar 2011

AT&T Corp

Take Control: How to Keep Traffic Moving, at a Low Cost
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Network performance problems bring everyone down. They drain productivity, spirits, and profits. But your IT resources and budget are limited. Really, what can you do? Read this paper to find out how to take control with a managed switch.
Posted: 21 Jan 2011 | Published: 21 Jan 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

LogMeIn Central
sponsored by LogMeIn, Inc.
TRIAL SOFTWARE: Access, manage, monitor and automate tasks on all your computers from one central console
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 | Premiered: 17 Dec 2010

LogMeIn, Inc.

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
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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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