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How to Build a VMware vSphere 6.x Home Lab

White Paper | Dec. 12, 2017

Take your VMware vSphere training to the next level—set up your own training lab environment. This paper is broken down into three major sections: the hardware required, the VMware Workstation configuration, and installing vSphere and vCenter (vC).

How to Ask Your Company to Pay for VMware Training

Article | Oct. 16, 2017

A lot of IT pros would like to get their work to fund their training and certifications, but if the issue isn't approached with care and forethought, it can be dangerous territory. So how do you justify the costs of training? Luckily, a help desk tech in the healthcare field named R. Lee Young offered up some great suggestions.

How Data is Delivered

Article | Sep. 21, 2017

Every second of every day, data is being sent and received. Billions of data packets are processed by your company’s network every day. In fact, you received dozens of packets just to read this article, but the vast majority of us have no idea how this works. People have no clue as to what goes on behind the scenes to ensure data actually gets to the right device.

What is a LAN?

Article | Sep. 12, 2017

If you’ve been around IT for even a few minutes, you’ve likely heard the acronyms “LAN” and “WAN” used by fellow technicians. But with all of the possible variations of networks—different sizes, different arrangements, and different protocols—how do you tell the difference between a LAN and a WAN and everything in between? The simple answer is one of scope and size.

A Beginner's Guide to Encryption

Article | Aug. 29, 2017

It should come as no surprise that in this modern era of digital data we need encryption. But what exactly is it? How do you know what kind of encryption you need? If you were to ask someone what kind of encryption they use, they may respond with a specific encryption-based product, like full-disk encryption. Or they may mention an encryption-based protocol, like HTTPS (HyperText Transport Protocol over SSL). But encryption is much more complicated than that.

Why You Should Consider a Career as a Computer Support Specialist

Article | Aug. 06, 2017

If you are considering career options or have been in the workforce a few years and are seeking a career change, you might want to consider training to become a computer support specialist.

Top 5 Growth Opportunities for IT Pros

Article | July 13, 2017

IT professionals benefit from gaining skills in data analysis, cybersecurity, cloud computing, virtualization and hyperconvergence, and mobile app development.

Password Complexity: You're Doing It Wrong!

Article | July 12, 2017

Just like the physical keys to your car or house, passwords add a bit of inconvenience in exchange for security. However, if you've ever been frustrated by password rules (complexity, special characters and numbers, etc.), you might be happy about the latest news.

VMware Training White Paper: Using VMware NSX for the Microsegmentation of Security

White Paper | Oct. 07, 2016

The methods we have used in the past to secure our networks won’t work for tomorrow’s networks. Cloud-based applications and multi-tenant environments require greater scalability, agility and control. Software-defined networking (SDN), such as that provided by VMware NSX, can deliver a new platform that transforms networking and provides for much more specific control of the security of your data and networked applications.  In this white paper, author Bill Ferguson describes the microsegmentation of security and illustrates how you can use NSX to provide security that works on today’s and tomorrow’s networks.

Two Great Security Features of VMware’s NSX Network Virtualization Platform

Article | Aug. 30, 2016

The VMware NSX platform combines networking and security functionality directly in the hypervisor and it interoperable with a vast majority of VMware’s products. The platform provides a set of logical networking elements and services, using logical switching, routing, load balancing, VPN, firewall, etc. This product decouples network functionality from the physical devices.