Network Security Matters (And This Time We Really Mean It!)
Network Security Matters (And This Time We Really Mean It!)
/ Nov 3, 2014 0 COMMENTS

A new study from Infonetics Research reports that “Security is #1 concern for enterprise access networks.” The biggest change of its annual study of WLAN deployments is improving the security of access networks, stated Infonetics’ Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video. Enterprise access networks are undergoing a major transformation, driven by an influx…

IT’s ALL About Business Outcomes And Customer First
IT’s ALL About Business Outcomes And Customer First
/ Oct 27, 2014 0 COMMENTS

I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the past few weeks, in the midst of a five-vendor-conference road trip, and while the vendors ranged from IBM (Infrastructure Matters) to Unisys (Services Matter Too), there have been two constants: analytics and business outcomes/customer first. Sure, they all talked about the major topics driving IT today…

Breaking Up? It’s More Popular Than Ever
Breaking Up? It’s More Popular Than Ever
/ Oct 23, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

Move Over Apple Watch, We Want Wetware!
Move Over Apple Watch, We Want Wetware!
/ Oct 17, 2014 0 COMMENTS

I am a sci-fi junkie, and began mainlining speculative fiction in my early teens. Many of the technologies once imagined have since turned into everyday realities (i.e. artificial brains, robots and space ships) but Apple’s newest reinvention, the i-less Apple Watch, could be the start of something really unique. If it can do for wearable…

Network Challenges After iPhone Meltdown
Network Challenges After iPhone Meltdown
/ Oct 10, 2014 0 COMMENTS

There were a number of interesting aspects to Apple’s recent iPhone announcements, not least of which were the record-setting sales, but a couple stood out as red flags for the near future of the enterprise network. There were the usual oohs and aahs that seem to greet every Apple product launch, even for a pair…

The Application Economy: Why Apps Matter!
The Application Economy: Why Apps Matter!
/ Oct 3, 2014 0 COMMENTS

A couple of years ago I blogged about the rise of the Selfish App, an application that downloads a lot of data as fast as it can, regardless of the needs of other applications on the network. The reason this ancient history came to mind was a new study about the Application Economy. It’s nice…

Cloud, SDN, and The Perils of Ignoring Reality
Cloud, SDN, and The Perils of Ignoring Reality
/ Sep 23, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Unlike people with regular jobs (a questionable premise for a mainly IT audience, but just play along with me for a moment) I spend most of my working hours reading, researching and talking to analysts and the builders, sellers. and buyers of IT products and services. Not surprisingly, not everybody — STRIKE THAT — rarely…

Risky Business: Disaster Recovery Needs More Than Crossed Fingers
Risky Business: Disaster Recovery Needs More Than Crossed Fingers
/ Sep 19, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The list of potential culprits is long: Cyber criminals, hackers, rogue governments, competitors, terrorists/freedom fighters, disaffected current and former staff,  not to mention whoever was behind the denial of service attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network and a bomb threat to an American Airlines flight carrying the president of Sony’s online entertainment…

Cloud Computing Set to Slowly Scale Slope
Cloud Computing Set to Slowly Scale Slope
/ Sep 10, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Unlike more recent inductees into Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies such as the ‘Internet of Things’ — which is is still mired atop Gartner’s Peak of Inflated Expectations —  cloud computing has almost bottomed out in the Trough of Disillusionment. In fact, cloud currently appears set to scale Gartner’s Slope of Enlightenment. But while there…

SDN: An Offer You Can’t Refuse?
SDN: An Offer You Can’t Refuse?
/ Sep 5, 2014 0 COMMENTS

While there is no doubt that SDN poses a major threat to Cisco’s proprietary hardware business, it’s also not up for debate that it would be bad business — at least from a revenue and margin perspective — for networking’s capo di tutti capi to aggressively accelerate the expected move to networking’s next chapter until…