Breaking Up? It’s More Popular Than Ever

Over the years the IT industry has grappled with best-of-breed versus best-of-vendor solutions, or the more recent — and drastic — innovate/disrupt-or-die argument. Kevin Spacey recently told an IT audience that risk takers are rewarded, and perhaps that’s why HP and Symantec have decided that breaking up into smaller, more focused businesses is the way… Read More

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How Do We Transition from NetOps to DevOps?

Over the last year or two there has been a lot written about IT organizations adopting DevOps and generally experiencing positive results. It’s hard to make the case that the benefits of DevOps are only applicable to an organization’s applications groups. So, what’s it going to take to drive a network organization to transition from… Read More

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If You’re Doing Cloud, You’d Better Be Doing Network Virtualization

It’s interesting how the networking industry tends to get fixated on certain topics that everyone tries to get a piece of while they are hot. It’s a little like NFL offenses. Years ago, during the 49ers dynasty, everyone was trying to do some version of the west coast offense. More recently, the wildcat was something… Read More

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Hardening Networks Against Our Biggest Threat

Just how dependent are we on data and voice networks now? You’re reading this — it has had to go from my computer to the internet and from the WANspeak web site to your device over the network. Your phone, which you are reading so many emails, Tweets, Facebook posts and listening to your music… Read More

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Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake

At 5:00 PM on October 17, 1989, a bank manager in Santa Cruz was waiting for her tellers to close for the day. Heading to her car, she walked down the sidewalk next to a historic brick building. Up in the San Francisco Bay Area, a technician for a major Telco provider had just commuted… Read More

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Breaking Up? It’s More Popular Than Ever

Over the years the IT industry has grappled with best-of-breed versus best-of-vendor solutions, or the more recent -- and drastic -- innovate/disrupt-or-die argument. Kevin Spacey recently told an IT audience that risk takers are rewarded, and perhaps that’s why HP and Symantec have decided that breaking up into smaller, more focused businesses is the way to go, and Cisco and EMC might make similar moves. Things got interesting when HP ($112.3 billion in annual revenues) unexpectedly announced that it would separate its PC and printer units (to be called HP Inc.) from its enterprise units (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and form two $56 … Read More

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