Why The Cloud Beats Legacy Compute Models

Recently I was a speaker at Westcon’s Cloud event in Orlando, FL. While the event was being held close to Disney, Universal Studios, and other hot spots for fun and games, the event itself was all business as the audience of value-added resellers (VARs) were busy trying to figure out how to position cloud and […]

5 Ways To Make New Technology Easier To Adopt

There is no shortage of potentially useful business technology. What is in short supply is the time and budget needed to implement it. With that in mind, here are a few things to look for or do yourself that should make the process easier and cheaper. What we are seeking here is the equivalent of […]

Google Rolls Out An Easy-To-Use Cloud

At first glance, making the shift to cloud seems like it’s fairly easy. Call up the cloud provider, turn on the service, and away you go. As my kids say: easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, as is the case with many things, be careful what you wish for, as there is often more to the […]

The IoT, Meshes, and Battlespace Technologies

Some time back, I was carrying out some work for IBM looking at how battlespaces required a new means of pulling together the complex raft of technologies used by the military. These technologies involve many different devices exchanging data across a broad area — an Internet of Things (IoT) to all intents and purposes. Looking […]

Extend Cloud Computing To Your Remote Access Network

Recently, I’ve been looking into installing solar panels on my house to lower my energy bills, but the upfront costs are still quite expensive. But can you imagine if every house had its own power plant? Each home would have to buy, manage and support the equipment and systems, and hire personnel to run it. […]

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 […]