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 […]

Goodbye Interop New York, Bring Back the Real Interop Show

Interop New York wrapped up 2 weeks ago at the Javits Center. I’ve always found Javits to be an odd location for the Fall Interop show given the relative size of the event compared to the capacity of the venue. Even with a well-attended event, the enormity of the Javits Center sucks much of the […]

Network Challenges After iPhone Meltdown

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 […]

Welcome to the New IP Network

A short while ago, data center specialist, Brocade, held its annual financial analyst conference. During his keynote, CEO Lloyd Carney, introduced the audience to a concept called the “new IP network”. The concept behind the new IP network is that the network needs to evolve to meet the demands of cloud computing, mobility, and the […]

The Application Economy: Why Apps Matter!

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 […]

Meeting the Makers at IDF14

From Technology to Product Intel may be the Godzilla of computer processing technology, but all giants have humble beginnings, and if they do not keep in touch with their inspirational grassroots, they may wither and die. At this years’ Intel Developers Forum (IDF14), Intel recognized the inspirational importance of young, untethered, way-out-of-box talent as manifested […]

The Truths And Costs Behind Free Public WiFi

Public WiFi usage is growing — and how! As a result, the likelihood is that your staff are using public hotspots.  Even if they are not allowed to access work-related systems via public hotspots (or can only do so via a VPN), your staff could still be exposing their (and your) mobile devices — and […]

Cloud, SDN, and The Perils of Ignoring Reality

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 […]

Cloud Computing Set to Slowly Scale Slope

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 […]

5 IoT Solutions We Can Use – And One We Can Live Without

The industry is all a-buzz over the concept of Internet of Things (IoT).  Cisco did a study last year that sized the opportunity at $14.4 trillion over the next decade, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for start ups and traditional companies to use IoT as a significant growth engine.  Over the past few months, though, […]