Brandon Butler

Senior Editor

Senior Editor Brandon Butler covers the cloud computing industry for Network World by focusing on the advancements of major players in the industry, tracking end user deployments and keeping tabs on the hottest new startups. He contributes to NetworkWorld.com and is the author of the Cloud Chronicles blog. Before starting at Network World in January 2012, he worked for a daily newspaper in Massachusetts and the Worcester Business Journal, where he was a senior reporter and editor of MetroWest 495 Biz. Email him at bbutler@nww.com and follow him on Twitter @BButlerNWW.

Fidelity Investment’s key to hybrid cloud: Application flexibility

Fidelity Investment’s key to hybrid cloud: Application flexibility

How Fidelity Investments is evolving its application-development strategy to adapt to the future of infrastructure

Cisco snaps up streaming-data startup Perspica

Cisco snaps up streaming-data startup Perspica

Cisco today announced plans to acquire San Jose-based startup Perspica, a company that specializes in using machine learning to analyze streams of data. Cisco says it will integrate the Perspica technology into its AppDynamics...

GE CIO: Machines will tell humans what to do, not the other way around

GE CIO: Machines will tell humans what to do, not the other way around

GE CIO Jim Fowler outlines his vision of connected machines and advanced analytics creating tangible economic impact

What is hybrid cloud computing? The benefits of mixing private and public cloud services

What is hybrid cloud computing? The benefits of mixing private and public cloud services

How to architect a hybrid cloud that combines on-premises and public cloud infrastructures. Definitions of hybrid cloud vary, but here’s what it means to Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

Chambers stepping down from Cisco’s board

Chambers stepping down from Cisco’s board

John Chambers, who served two decades as CEO of Cisco and for the last two years has been executive chairman, announced today that he will be leaving Cisco’s board of directors this year. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins will become chairman...

Juniper to buy advanced threat protection security startup Cyphort

Juniper to buy advanced threat protection security startup Cyphort

Juniper today announced intentions to acquire Cyphort, a Santa Clara-based startup that offers an advanced threat detection, analytics and mitigation platform. Juniper says it will integrate Cyphort’s technology with its Sky Advanced...

How to buy intent-based networking today

How to buy intent-based networking today

Network industry stalwarts and startups alike are jumping on the intent-based networking buzzword bandwagon.

How Google is speeding up the Internet

How Google is speeding up the Internet

Google has developed an algorithm that speeds up TCP/IP, the internet’s primary data transmission protocol, by up to 14%.

Cisco brings its SDN to Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s public cloud

Cisco brings its SDN to Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s public cloud

Today Cisco announced it is developing a way to integrate its software defined networking product named Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with public clouds from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. ...

Top network monitoring software and visibility tools

Top network monitoring software and visibility tools

If you need to know what’s happening in your network, these are the tools to use

Azure Stack: Microsoft’s private-cloud platform and what IT pros need to know about it

Azure Stack: Microsoft’s private-cloud platform and what IT pros need to know about it

Microsoft’s release of Azure Stack, an on-premises version of its public cloud, could be important for networking and data center pros for one simple reason: It gives customers a way to use a popular and familiar cloud platform...

How are SDN and NFV different? [And what about VNF?]

How are SDN and NFV different? [And what about VNF?]

Software-defined networking and network function virtualization are two important, but sometimes confusing, trends in the networking industry.

What is intent-based networking?

What is intent-based networking?

Cisco jumped head-first into the intent-based networking market, saying the technology that uses machine learning and advanced automation to control networks could be a “paradigm” shift in how networks are managed. But what exactly is...

What Cisco’s new programmable switches mean for you

What Cisco’s new programmable switches mean for you

At Cisco Live, executives and customers are talking up the abilities and benefits of a programmable network and what it means for end users.

Why Cisco’s new intent-based networking could be a big deal

Why Cisco’s new intent-based networking could be a big deal

Cisco has announced hardware and software capabilities that use machine learning to provide advanced network automation The system allows users to express policies and includes a software platform that executes the policies and...

Hyperscale data centers are pushing the limits in the Gigabit Ethernet switching market

Hyperscale data centers are pushing the limits in the Gigabit Ethernet switching market

For the first time since their debut on the market in the mid-2000s, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches are set to lose share in the networking industry this year as service providers and hyperscale customers continue to adopt faster...

Early adopter finds SD-WAN yields better management, costs, uptime

Early adopter finds SD-WAN yields better management, costs, uptime

Industrial supplier Redmond Inc. gets tighter control over bandwidth allocations, makes configuration changes with a software-defined WAN.

4 Tips for a successful virtual network deployment

4 Tips for a successful virtual network deployment

As new technologies like software defined networking, SD-WAN, cloud computing and the Internet of Things continue to grow in maturity and adoption, organizations are faced with transforming their network to keep up with the changes....

What Extreme’s string of networking acquisitions means for enterprises

What Extreme’s string of networking acquisitions means for enterprises

Extreme has recently bought Avaya and Brocade networking technology and Zebra Wireless

Top 5 Reasons IoT projects fail

Top 5 Reasons IoT projects fail

If you’re doing an Internet of Things deployment, prepare to fail because of company culture, organizations and process.

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