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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...
SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2014 - Coriant today announced the Coriant Dynamic Optical CloudTM, an end-to-end and highly programmable infrastructure solution that enables service providers to cost-effectively address a rapidly changing world of dynamic, virtualized, high-bandw...
Flexible, multi-terabit packet optical transport platform reduces OPEX/CAPEX and forms key building block for Coriant's Dynamic Optical CloudTM solutionSAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2014 - Coriant today announced the availability of the mTera Universal Transport Platform, a powe...
Industry Veteran to Lead Company's Drive to Position Itself as the 'Network Provider of Choice to the World's Data Centres' SAN JOSE, Calif - March 11, 2014: Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced the appointment of Christine Heckart to the position of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). ...
There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book “David and Goliat...
Proponents of pure software infrastructures often point to rapid provisioning (like right now, push a button and blam! Instant scale) as one of the reasons to "go software." Superficially this is true. If your infrastructure is all software (or virtual, if you prefer) then when you nee...
When was the last time you had a technology conversation that did not include the word ‘cloud’ in it? Gartner predicts that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. Gartner also believes that ‘nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of ...
The term "Big Data" is quite possibly one of the most difficult IT-related terms to pin down ever. There are so many potential types of, and applications for Big Data that it can be a bit daunting to consider all of the possibilities. Thankfully, for IT operations staff, Big Data is mo...
Google’s pursuit of self-driving cars has been well documented over the years. The promise of fleets of self-driving vehicles that could potentially make driving safer while simultaneously shortening commute times makes it one of the most attractive futures technologies around. But whe...
Today PerspecSys announced the results of a survey conducted at the 2014 RSA Conference concerning the attitudes and policies of organizations towards cloud-based security. After polling 130 security professionals on the show floor of the RSA Conference, PerspecSys found that "an overw...
LIn 1974 a specification was developed that would, eventually, launch what we know of as "The Internet." That specification was TCP and though it is often overshadowed by HTTP as the spark that lit the fire under the Internet, without TCP HTTP wouldn't have a (transport) leg to stand o...
Disaster recovery is about being able to get your business back up and running as quick as you can after the disaster happens. Throughout this series, my teammates have focused on the Infrastructure side of the house, servers, virtual machines, etc. You can see the full series here: D...
Back in the noughties I made the conscious decision as a Storage guy to immerse myself into what was being termed server virtualization and understanding the product offerings of a relatively new company named VMware. To this day I remember the incredulous looks and responses I receive...
It was a big week for the networking/SDN world. In the last few days alone we saw shifts in the industry coming out of the 2014 Open Networking Summit, a mass of great content trailing out of Network Field Day 7 and some great insight at the CableLabs event. We also saw some of the [&#...
#sdas #webperf New TCP algorithms and protocols in a platform net improved performance for apps The original RFC for TCP (793) was written in September of 1981. Let's pause for a moment and reflect on that date. When TCP was introduced applications on "smart" devices was relegated to...
If the future of federated controllers is based on service layering, then how do multiple controllers manage the same device? Is there a requirement for state synchronization? Do they share information about device operation or configuration? Is there a need for controllers that are ma...
Incredibly it's that time of year again when voting commences for the Top Virtualization blog of the year and I've just been pinged a note that The SANMAN blog has been nominated again for voting! Last year's nomination was also a nice surprise as the blog ended up being a New Entry in...
By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions If it’s Spring, then it is time for OFC/NFOEC – the [...]
As SDN moves closer to large-scale deployments, the issue of controller scaling is becoming a hotter topic. The consensus seems to favor some form of distributed cluster environment, likely in the form of federated clusters. But how should these federations be formed? The first thin...
The OpenStack Summit session voting is officially open, and Plexxi has two sessions in the running. Check out sessions from Nils Swart, The Future of OpenStack Networking, and Derick Winkworth, Group Policies for Neutron and evolving the abstraction model to merge with OpenDaylight, an...
If you are new school or old school, then will you be stuck on those school's of thought or advanced to the current and future schools? From the old school folks you will hear things along the lines of that is how we do or did it. Also you might hear things along the lines of lets use...
A lot of security-minded folks immediately pack up their bags and go home when you start talking about automating anything in the security infrastructure. Automating changes to data center firewalls, for example, seem to elicit a reaction akin not unlike that to a suggestion to putting...
What started out as a mechanism to program flows into network switches and routers in a standard way is evolving into a full blown forwarding engine programming and management specification. In the latest version of the spec (1.4, released in October 2013), the abilities exist to confi...
It is exceedingly difficult for individuals to match their capability to perform a job or function exactly with their experience in that role. For the upwardly mobile, being promoted into a new challenging role means heading into something with the capability but minus the experience. ...