Is It Time to Take Another Look at Managed Services?
Is It Time to Take Another Look at Managed Services?
/ Aug 8, 2013 0 COMMENTS

To leverage or not to leverage, that is the question when it comes to managed services.  The use of managed services within organizations seems to be almost religious, with some companies leveraging them heavily and others shunning them in favor of doing everything themselves.  In fact, this is one of the reasons most managed service…

Partnerships Don’t Get Much More Surprising Than This
Partnerships Don’t Get Much More Surprising Than This
/ Jul 25, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Many eyebrows, mine included, were raised when Oracle partnered with Microsoft and Netsuite. But the partnership announcement that perhaps raised eyebrows the highest was the one with its most bitter rival, Salesforce.com. Oracle-Salesforce is the software equivalent of Yankees-Red Sox and neither company has been shy about telling the world why they’re better than the…

Simplification Does Not Mean Commoditization
Simplification Does Not Mean Commoditization
/ Jul 12, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Recently Cisco’s annual user conference, Cisco Live!, was held in Orlando, Florida. This is the place one wants to go to learn about networking trends as evidenced by the 20,000 attendees. One of the hottest topics there was “software defined networks” (SDNs), as network professionals try to figure out what this trend means for their…

Oracle and Microsoft Are America’s New BFFs
Oracle and Microsoft Are America’s New BFFs
/ Jul 3, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Is it better to be famous or infamous? Sometimes you can achieve both. Darth Vader has emerged as perhaps the most well-known fictional villain ever, and his name has become part of everyday vernacular. But in IT we have our own well-known villain: a man named Larry Ellison. Ellison, the head of Oracle Corporation, has…

The Main Cause of Network Down-Time May Surprise You
The Main Cause of Network Down-Time May Surprise You
/ Jun 28, 2013 1 COMMENTS

It seems that the network industry thrives on complexity.  We like complicated command lines, scripting languages, and network engineers are always fiddling with the network to try and make things better.  However, does this continual fiddling really make the network run better?  A study done by ZK Research shows that human error accounts for 37%…

Is It Finally Time to Evolve The WAN?
Is It Finally Time to Evolve The WAN?
/ Jun 21, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The tech industry has gone through more change in the last decade than any other period of corporate IT. Virtualization has redefined the data center, the network access edge has become predominantly wireless, and consumers are now making decisions on what devices come into the business. However, one of the areas that hasn’t changed much…

A Rough Guide to The Internet Of Things
A Rough Guide to The Internet Of Things
/ Jun 10, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is gaining momentum and we’re seeing more and more vendors roll out visions and product to support it.  On Tuesday, April 30th, IBM announced an appliance to enable companies to manage and route the millions of machine to machine (M2M) small data messages created by the Internet of Things. Big…

Network Forecast: Need For WAN Optimization Growing
Network Forecast: Need For WAN Optimization Growing
/ Jun 4, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Well it’s that time of year again — Memorial Day just passed, and summer has officially kicked off.  The NHL playoffs are rolling along, my pool is opened up, and I’m prepping to have my kids get out of school and then bug me for snacks all day long as I try and work in…

WANop Provider Repositions to Security?
WANop Provider Repositions to Security?
/ May 30, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Last week Blue Coat came out of hiding after going private in late 2011.  Complete with a new logo, the company is re-launching itself by redefining the role of security within IT.  Prior to going private, Blue Coat had spent months trying to establish itself in the WAN optimization space, and, while it accomplished that…

The Medium-Hanging Fruit for SDN
The Medium-Hanging Fruit for SDN
/ May 20, 2013 0 COMMENTS

As hot as software-defined networking is today from a media perspective, there are still relatively few production deployments of it from companies not named Google and Baidu. The biggest challenge for mainstream enterprises is trying to understand what, exactly, one would do with an SDN. SDNs promise to deliver a more flexible, agile, programmable, virtual,…