The Software-Defined Social Network — Facebook’s High-Capacity WAN
The Software-Defined Social Network — Facebook’s High-Capacity WAN
/ Apr 8, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Facebook’s datacenters at the edge of the Arctic Circle in Lulea, Sweden need to have sufficient connectivity to provide performance, now and in the future, for all the activities Facebook believes its users will be carrying out. Your average wide area network connectivity is not an option for Facebook – leased lines would just be…

Network Analytics: The New Route To GRC?
Network Analytics: The New Route To GRC?
/ Mar 23, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The predictions for the growth in data volumes are stark – the impact of a large increase in the number and diversity of devices being attached to networks through the internet of things (IoT) and internet of everything (IoE) will be massive. Alongside the need to open up data access to more entities along the…

Finding Networking’s ‘Missing Leg’
Finding Networking’s ‘Missing Leg’
/ Mar 9, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Three-legged stools can be found all over the place – bar stools, children’s stools, farmers’ milking stools are just a few. This isn’t because having three legs is cheaper than 4: it is actually that three legs are better than four in many cases. Take those four-legged chairs that you often find yourself having to…

The Sky Still Hasn’t Fallen — Further Thoughts On IPv6
The Sky Still Hasn’t Fallen — Further Thoughts On IPv6
/ Mar 4, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Just over a year ago, I wrote a piece on why IPv6 has not taken off. 12 months on, has much changed? To a greater extent, the urgency behind why IPv6 has to be adopted has grown – as mentioned in this piece pulling out the difference between the IoT and the IoE, the growth…

The Global Continuity Network
The Global Continuity Network
/ Feb 6, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Business continuity is the new Holy Grail. Where once people used to look to ‘rapid’ backup and restore capabilities to recover from a disaster, this is no longer good enough in many cases. Backup windows are commonly insufficiently long to carry out the required actions of moving large data sets from one place to another,…

Distinguishing the IoT from the IoE
Distinguishing the IoT from the IoE
/ Jan 26, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) the same as the Internet of Everything (IoE)? Lots of vendors seem to want you to think so – however, I would like to make a differentiation between them – for reasons that I hope will become apparent. As an organization, you want control. The mass addition of new…

Speeding up Network Provisioning
Speeding up Network Provisioning
/ Jan 16, 2015 0 COMMENTS

You probably know the problem already. The business is opening up a new office; has acquired a new company or wants to move a group of people from Place A to Place B. They have finally got around to letting IT know that it will happen – and they want you to wave your magic…

4G LTE and SD-WAN
4G LTE and SD-WAN
/ Jan 7, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The commonly used means of providing internet access to remote or small offices is via a wired (or fiber) connection. From ISDN through ADSL to T1 and DS3 lines, much money has been spent on provisioning and operating such lines. However, times are changing, and rather than regarding an organization as a grouping of central,…

The End of the (Land) Line?
The End of the (Land) Line?
/ Dec 16, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Here in the UK, each telecommunications provider has just upped the cost of renting a land line… by around three times the rate of inflation. Is this to raise money for investment in new networks or new functionality? Hardly. It is more likely to be the continuance of the end for land lines being used…

The Growing Need For Intelligent Workload Management
The Growing Need For Intelligent Workload Management
/ Dec 11, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Life used to be so good. An operating system was loaded onto a server of some sort and an application stack loaded on top of that. Provided the workload remained pretty static, the performance was pretty much guaranteed. The problem was that most workloads weren’t static. As such, resource ceilings were often hit, and the…