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Procurement demands an integrated, end-to-end approach built on deep insights and intelligence to drive informed source-to-pay decisions. Far beyond just automating tasks and transactions, procurement today is a strategic function that demands an integrated, end-to-end approach built ...
The next generation of platforms is here with options in both cloud and on premises hyperconverged infrastructure. How do real people in today's business world make the correct choices on where to move? As IT departments look to move beyond traditional virtualization into cloud and hy...
Many IT organizations look to the private cloud to improve agility and simplify business operations. More and more are introducing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to support cloud initiatives and agile development practices. But there is too often a road block — l...
When it comes to IT infrastructure, there are some big differences in the needs of the SMB vs the enterprise. What might be minor hiccups in the enterprise can be major challenges in the SMB. What are these differences and how should they affect the way solutions are provided?
Data centers have seen a lot of change in a short time. It used to be possible for organizations to run their service from a single data center and house their Domain Name Service (DNS) servers within it. It wasn’t an issue to have them in the same place, since if the data center went ...
Opus Interactive adopted a software-defined storage approach to better support its thousands of customers. We'll learn how scaling of customized IT infrastructure for a hosting organization in a multi-tenant environment benefits from flexibility of modern storage, unified management, ...
In an era of unified IT, you can no longer afford to take a silo-based approach to monitoring and troubleshooting IT problems. It's time for network engineers, server admins and application engineers to expand beyond their particular domains anddepartment-specific tools. It's time to e...
Consider the following integration scenarios: Moving medical records between EMR systems; financial information between banking systems; HR information between ERP systems; and software development information between SDLC tools. At first glance the approaches required for these integ...
This post is the first in a multi-part series based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seag...
“Containers and microservices are both part of our own cloud platform architecture, especially containers,” explained Alex Yu, CEO & co-founder of SpeedyCloud, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff. “They are good stuff for rolling our new services, whi...
As applications evolve to meet our ever-increasing expectations of intelligence, speed, and convenience, the underlying computing infrastructure is being stressed to its limits. Most notably, the capacity-constrained memory subsystem has struggled to keep pace. Constrained by its r...
Storage is moving to flash, and flash is getting faster, so people keep asking me why I keep talking about latency as if there is a problem. Isn’t faster flash going to just make everything faster? Won’t “the rising tide lift all boats”? Flash media as a storage media is indeed “fas...
Believe it or not, the first data backups were made on paper. Dating back as early as the 18th century, the "technology" was used in the form of paper tapes constructed from punch cards to control the functions of automated machinery such as textile looms. The concept of these cards wa...
If your website receives heavy traffic and you are hosted across multiple infrastructures across the world or you are using multiple CDNs, then you ought to use a DNS Load Balancer to reroute traffic for better performance. While there are some large companies who create their own DNS...
Scaling things seems like such a simple task, doesn’t it? Open a new checkout line. Call a new teller to the front. Hire another person. But under the covers in technology land, where networking standards rule the roost, it really isn’t as simple as just adding another “X”. Oh, we tr...
Early (very early, in fact) in the rise of SDN there were many discussions around scalability. Not of the data plane, but of the control (management) plane. Key to this discussion was the rate at which SDN-enabled network devices, via OpenFlow, could perform “inserts”. That is, how man...
We live in a hyper-connected, mobility-enabled world, one in which carriers must make drastic changes to how they do business if they are to survive and thrive in the future. Accordingly, great strides have been made over the last three years to prove the viability of Network Functions...
Today, “network device management” means different things to different people, and the reality is that IT organizations do it, or at least do what they consider network device management to be, to vastly varying degrees, including some who do none at all (hopefully this isn’t you). A...
A year ago, I wrote a two-part series on how lower cost, higher performance on-premise storage and nearly free cloud based storage were driving both innovation and disruption in the storage industry. Applying Clayton Christensen's theory of innovation and disruption to the storage ind...
SDN, or software-defined networking, caught on fast among cloud service providers and hyperscale data centers, but enterprises have been slow to embrace these products. This article looks at a few of the obstacles SDN will need to hurdle before gaining mass acceptance among enterprise...
At Plexxi we're building a simply better network for public and private cloud environments and next generation service providers. The next era of IT requires support for data center agility, scale-out applications, converged infrastructure, Big Data analytics and integrated security ov...
At the heart of the Cloud Native model is a microservices application architecture, and applying this to a telco SDN scenario offers enormous opportunity for product innovation and competitive advantage. For example in the ETSI NFV Ecosystem white paper they describe one of the prod...
Everyone is talking about the Cloud, whether on the news or in advertisements from top-tier tech companies, such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple. More important, the small and medium business (SMB) community has embraced the Cloud. Specifically, more than half of SMBs in the US current...
SDN / NFV may not be new with next gen telcos and data centers but by 2016 it is certainly going to be the new beast in DevOps space. It's a multi-million dollar virgin market, so it's not only those traditional OEMs are in the fray even the DB companies will be entering this new marke...
A major market for telcos will be the enterprise adoption of SDN. They will be able to harness the SDN/NFV innovations from the telco industry, and apply the technologies within their data centres, as well as using new telco services that they enable. As SearchDataCenter describes NFV...
Cloud has become an extension of today’s enterprise and the traditional perimeter has long disappeared. Increasing business requirements for agility and flexibility make the cloud-extended enterprise ideal for a workforce that works anywhere, anytime and any place. This is especially t...
Enterprise networks have become complex. They were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. Configuration modifications were rare, and manual or semi-automated processes together with strict change control procedures were enough...
F5 and Nutanix partner to bring the power of invisible infrastructure and software-defined application servers to critical enterprise application. Joint customers benefit from improved availability, scalability, performance, and security enabled through orchestration, management, and a...
For all the buzz-words and high-flying markets out there today, the truth of the matter is that at this point in time, IT is driven by speed. How fast can I spin up an image? How fast can I integrate the changes in my app? How fast can I test prior to deployment? How fast can I go from...
Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the mean...
In my last post I discussed how all major business models are facing a software-enterprise threat, and that IT will need to tackle this head on in order for businesses to remain successful. However: how can previous generation businesses ACTUALLY succeed in this new software-defined w...
There’s really an unlimited number of ways in which programmability in the network (data path scripting) can solve problems, address risk, and simplify architectures. In the area of DevOps it can be used to facilitate continuous delivery (CD) initiatives by supporting the implementatio...
I am not sure how many people remember Cisco SANTap. About ten years ago, Cisco introduced a data tapping mechanism in the MDS 9000 fibre channel switches. The idea was to allow the data path to be “tapped” at-will. Tapping in this case meant using a mechanism in the switch to split th...
Over the last few years we’ve seen just about every part of the data centre move towards virtualization and software. First we virtualized desktops, then storage, then even our security tools. So when the idea of Software Defined Networking (SDN) started being floated around, it wasn’t...
Most of the time when we think about (and honestly, talk about) “programmability” of app services (in the network) we end up illustrating its potential by using load balancing or perhaps app security. That’s because the possibilities seem endless for those services, with countless exa...
Jared Cook, VMware’s Lead Strategic Architect, Office of the CTO, visits #F5Agility15 and shares how F5 and VMware solutions can be used together in an orchestrated fashion to enable customers to spin up applications on-demand, and provision F5 software defined application services tho...
Services providers have traditionally organized the management and operation of different technologies into several teams with very specific domain knowledge. These teams have been staffed with specialists looking after routing, network services, servers, virtualization, storage area n...
The best of virtualization and the best of hardware integration are creating the preferred on-ramps to the cloud. IT organizations are well enamored of virtualization. They are so into the trend that many have more than 80 percent of their server workloads virtualized. They like hybri...
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the most interesting developments in networking to emerge in the last decade. The potential to establish a simplified infrastructure and leverage software to dynamically modify existing flow characteristics has the potential to address many c...
If you’re curious about learning the difference between Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and how they relate, here’s a good article for you. I've written a quick summary.