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Nick Lippis, who writes the eponymously named Lippis Report, had a fascinating report on the differences between enterprise and service provider environments with respect to network virtualization. He observes, through a survey of the ONUG (Open Networking User Group) membership, t...
In any space, there is a very small vocal minority. Most people lack the time, interest, or even confidence to say what they think in public. So we are left with a vocal few who drive the conversation. In networking, the vocal minority consists mainly of the vanguards for change. For t...
There’s a reason the superlative term “broadcast quality” is the measuring stick and euphemism for “highest possible video quality” — [...]
In the cloud lock-in is often a greater concern than lock-out*, but both should be top of mind for organizations looking to deploy cloud seriously, or better said, for organizations that want to deploy cloud for serious business. Lock-in is the phenomenon that it is often difficult ...
Yesterday we wrapped up another great week at Interop Las Vegas. Our time there was a blur of new faces, old friends, interesting vendor announcements and, of course, #SocksofPlexxi. SDN was top of mind for many attendees, and we were impressed by the level of innovation and insight pr...
You've all heard the news, right? Load balancers are dead. But that doesn't mean load balancing is dead and, in fact, it's a pretty critical piece of today's emerging technologies. That's because when you look out at what's going on and what's growing like weeds in a Midwest corn fiel...
This week Plexxi is at Interop 2014 in Las Vegas. It is our first presence at Interop, and while we can debate the quantity of quality interest that drops by our booth, there is a resounding “wow, that’s cool” reaction from many of the folks I interacted with today. In our booth we hav...
While technology changes on a regular basis, IT teams have had a standard approach to administration. In recent years, however, there has been a drastic shift in data center administration. One of the biggest shifts is the adoption of private and public clouds. In part one of this seri...
European customers in finance, aerospace, telco, energy, and gaming along with four EMEA channel partners join the Pluribus roster London, UK - 2nd April 2014 - Pluribus Networks, the company that brings together compute, network, storage, and virtualization into a single platform, a...
What role does the concept of a “network fabric” play in the march towards commoditization of networking?  Well, let’s discuss! The Whole Shebang There can be no doubt that an organization’s relationship to networking is to the aggregate thing they call “t...
New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, m...
The term "service chaining" hasn't quite yet made it into the mainstream IT vernacular. It's currently viewed as a technical mechanism for directing packets, flows or messages (depending on where you sit in the network stack) around the network. Service chaining is the answer to "how ...
Part II: What I did with Lenovo TS140 in my Server and Storage I/O Review By Greg Schulz Part II: Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is the second of a two part post series on my recent experiences with a Lenovo TS140 server, you can read part I here. What D...
It has been over four years since Telia Sonera Sweden and Finland launched the world’s first commercial LTE networks and ushered in the age of true mobile broadband services.  By the end of 2014 we expect there to be nearly 300 LTE networks serving upwards of 300 million use...
Perhaps not as popular as its brothers and sisters I, P and S, Network-As-A-Service or NaaS has slowly started to appear in industry press, articles and presentations. While sometimes associated with a hypervisor based overlay solution, its definition is not very clear, which is not at...
Many IT teams are looking at virtualization in the Cloud where enterprise-level storage is kept in “pools” often hosted by vendors who specialize in virtual storage. Most commonly, the data and additional space is accessed via a web-based API. Coraid offers a unique storage management ...
A recent joint study from IDC and the National University of Singapore (NUS) predicts that companies around the globe will spend around $491 billion in 2014 for fixes and recovery from data breaches and malware. The sponsor, Microsoft, also noted that pirated software tweaked with inte...
In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6 months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drop their prices, and everyone else follows suit. Well guess what? Game over. Perhaps you’ve heard Google dropped the cost to $0.026/GB per month for sta...
Customer Adoption Demonstrates Versatility of Spine, Spline™ and Programmable Arista EOSMarch 26, 2014 - Arista Networks today announced two new 100 GbE modules that, with Arista EOS, provide scalability, multi-tenancy, and network virtualization through open and programmable ove...
One of the most common phrases heard when new technology is introduced is that it's going to "bridge the gap" between X and Y. X and Y are almost always one of three IT groups: development, operations and networking. And while that goal is admirable (and indeed there are techno-cultura...
Stop me if you have heard this before: “We have had the ability to do that for 10 years. It’s called MPLS.” For whatever reason, the networking industry seems more open to innovation these days than for much of the past 15 years. We see the rise of important technologies like SDN, NFV,...
March 2014 StorageIO Update Newsletter : Cisco Cloud, VMware VSAN and More By Greg Schulz Industry Trends Perspectives: Cisco Cloud and VMware VSAN Welcome to the March 2014 edition of t...
#F5 #IBMCloud #IBMSAPAlliance #Cloud #SDAS #ThoughtsOnCloud One of the concerns often cited by those migrating to or integrating with "the cloud" is that applications deployed in off-premise cloud environments will fail to meet expectations with respect to availability, perf...
Perhaps you may have read that Brazil recently abandoned their controversial proposal that would have forced global internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country. While many of us can surmise a number of reasons the viability of such a measure might have been u...
Tuesday 25 March, 2014 Flexible, scalable, Open Source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) used by organizations such as Zynga, Datapipe, and ISWest, among others, for creating, managing, and deploying public, private, and hybrid Cloud Computing environments Forest Hill, MD --25...
There is a common phrase, often attributed as a Chinese proverb/curse, “May you live in interesting times.” For those following the cloud technology space, we are definitely living in interesting times. In their latest magic quadrant report on IaaS, Gartner describes the market as stil...
Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client. This provides support for several scenarios including: Test Lab: This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server ...
After five days (and eleven meetings) with new customers in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, I think time is right for another refinement of in-memory computing's definition. To me, it is clear that our industry is lagging when it comes to explaining in-memory computing to potentia...
We’re just two short weeks away from Interop 2014, one of the largest events in the world for the networking industry taking place from March 31st to April 4th in Las Vegas, NV. As expected, SDN is top of mind for the speakers, exhibitors and attendees, with major keynotes dedicated to...
A survey from the Vanson Bourne market research agency (with CA) late in 2013 indicated that 39% of those surveyed had adopted some form of DevOps and 27% were planning to do so in the near future. Despite this being such a hot topic in the IT sector, and with a high level of take-up, ...
I find it interesting to see how we as a (sub) industry get into cycles of things that we think matter, or want to talk about. We are all influenced by each other and blog posts trigger new blog posts and a lively discussion ensues. What is interesting is that sometimes these come in f...
When applications crash due to a code quality issues, the common question is, "How could those experts have missed that?" The problem is, most people imagine software development as a room full of developers, keyboards clacking away with green, Matrix-esque code filling up the screen a...
Spring 2014 StorageIO Events and Activities Update By Greg Schulz Spring 2014 StorageIO Events and Activities Update Speaking of Old School, New School, Current and Future School, here are some upcoming events including live in-person as well as virtual or online StorageIO...
This post is following up on last week's post, "The Inevitability of Idle Resources", in which I mentioned the importance of ensuring not only that resources are available when you need to provision a new service to scale but that the resources available match the needs of the service....
As an industry, our visions of progress in SP offerings are filled with virtualized functions, elastic workloads, orchestration, APIs, scalable infrastructures and almost everything software-defined.  None of this is flawed, and we get strong, regular glimpses of the potential in ...
Once you learn the definition of shadow IT, it shouldn’t be too shocking to learn how widespread it is at companies large and small all over the world. I hate to assume, but the odds are, that you yourself have used a non-IT approved SaaS option for the same reason as everyone else, m...
Uber is doing their part to disrupt an industry that hasn’t seen much innovation in decades. And for cities whose public transportation is only moderately effective, the change cannot come fast enough. But what is Uber actually providing? And based on that, what are they competing for?...
Today, our own Nils Swart and Derick Winkworth led an SDN Central DemoFriday to illustrate application abstraction using OpenDaylight. Nils and Derick were joined by our partners at Real Status and the team at SDN Central. In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman answer...
Companies demonstrate multi-vendor optical Long Haul interoperability between router and DWDM system SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 12, 2014 - Coriant, a global supplier of dynamic metro-to-core transport solutions, today announced the latest progress in its collaboration with Junipe...
SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2014 - NBN Co and Coriant today announced the successful completion of a one Terabit per second (Tbps) super-channel transmission trial over a 1,066 km fibre optic ring in South East Queensland, Australia using Coriant's innovative FlexiGrid technol...