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Have you ever been in a position where the right answer is immediately obvious to you and yet you cannot get the other party to come around? While we tend to ascribe poor outcomes to the other party’s incompetence, there is actually a very real psychological phenomenon behind the dynam...
Integra recognized for innovation in Software Defined NetworkingREDWOOD CITY, Calif - April 22, 2014 - For the second year running Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, has won the Excellence in SDN Award for Integra - the indust...
Like moving to IPv6, simply picking up your existing network architecture and moving it to a completely new one is not going to happen overnight. There will undoubtedly still be "traditional" networks hanging around even when SDN adoption is considered mainstream and fully mature. That...
[This post is penned by Plexxi executive Bill Koss] Two months ago I read an interesting blog post by Greg Ferro titled “Cheap Network Equipment Makes a Better Data Centre.”  At Plexxi, I am the person who leads our sales team and I found the post interesting because I think there is a...
Next week our own Mike Bushong heads to the Software Defined Data Center Symposium, an event organized by our friends over at Tech Field Day. The symposium will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Tuesday, April 22 from 8am to 5pm. Along with other industry influencers, ...
Earlier this week, Ethan Banks wrote a very nice article about Mellanox’s dual spine and leaf network in support of a large amount 10GbE access ports. After describing the scaled up network design, he reviews 8 observations about the design, not to point out good or bad, but merely to ...
Last week was a crazy week for information security. That's probably also the understatement of the year. With the public exposure of Heartbleed, everyone was talking about what to do and how to do it to help customers and the Internet, in general, deal with the ramifications of such a...
TechViews: Make Your Big Data Worth the Investment; The Top 5 Cloud Security Concerns for Your Business and more! Featured Article What Are You Doing About...
In order to manage today’s highly dynamic application environments, many organisations turn to their logging system for answers – but reliance on these systems may be having an undesired impact on the applications themselves. The vast majority of organisations use some sort of logging...
One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and trend. Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy...
OpenStack. OpenDaylight. SDN. Cloud. It's all about abstraction, about APIs and "software-defined" (which really means software-controlled, but this is neither the time or place to get into that debate). It's about jailbreaking the network. Enabling access to features and functionalit...
There are things we tend to take for granted in our everyday lives. We have certain expectations that don’t even have to be spoken, they’re just a given. If you walk into a room and turn on the light switch, the lights will go on, it’s assumed. If you turn the water faucet on, water wi...
Not too long ago, it took even the most successful entrepreneurs several centuries or at least decades to reach a valuation of a billion and thus become a member of the exclusive Billionaire Boys Club*. Families like the Rothschilds, the Waltons or the Brenninkmeijers have indeed built...
Despite claims that there exists (or will, look out!) a mythical "god box" for the enterprise data center, capable of performing every data center function imaginable, it remains, well, mythical. Efforts to effectively secure the data center and the applications it delivers therefore r...
That networking gear is expensive is not really a new phenomenon. SDN and bare metal switching have kicked the industry dialogue about cost up a notch, but this has obviously been a focal point for networking buyers for years. And even though things like merchant silicon and software c...
University aims to dramatically increase network performance and resilience to support 25,000 students across four campuses through infrastructure upgradeBracknell, UK - 11 April, 2014: The University of Westminster, one of London's largest and most respected higher education instituti...
We love analogies. No matter what the topic, analogies are a great way to explain something in a different context to make a specific point with a frame of reference that may be more familiar to those we are making a point to. There is one that seems to come back over and over again in...
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...