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 […]

Turning Oracle Over To A Hurd of Catz

Oracle Open World 2014 kicks off next week and promises to be like no other as, I’m sure everyone is well aware, last week the company’s CEO, Larry Ellison, announced he was turning the reigns over to the duo of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison also announced he wasn’t leaving the company; rather, he […]

SDN: Still A Solution In Search Of A Problem?

Networks are facing serious problems with the four Vs — volume, velocity, variety and variability — so it should come as no surprise that any glimmer of a hope, i.e. software defined networking, is generating significant interest. While most of the interest in SDN is positive — new and existing vendors and a growing number […]

Hardware Still Matters (Sort Of. Maybe.)

As noted recently, network hardware may be on the ropes, but while certainly battered and bruised, it still matters. In fact, more than $1 trillion will be spent on telecom and datacom equipment and software over the next 5 years, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Last year, sales of telecom and datacom […]

Staying On Top Of The SDN Heap

It’s a good news/bad news situation for Cisco, according to a couple of new reports. The good news is that Cisco still dominates the networking industry, showing its heels to the more than 100 vendors competing for a slice of a $50-billion pie. On the bad news front — or at least problematic from Cisco’s […]

Shake It Up: Converged Infrastructure Requires IT Rethink

A couple of months ago I attended VCE’s first annual analyst conference. For those that don’t know VCE, it’s a joint venture — primarily between Cisco and EMC, with a bit of funding tossed in from VMWare to round out the offering. VCE acts as both a technical integrator and a professional services firm for […]

Lies, Damned Lies, And IT Budgets

Author Mark Twain is said to have lamented the three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Twain, who knew a thing or two about people, also said “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.“, and given the latest numbers on IT budgets, too many businesses are not paying attention to this formula […]

P-OTS Is Not POTS Anymore, And It’s Anything But Plain

We have come a long way from the POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) infrastructure of yesteryear. Indeed, today’s Metro P-OTS (Packet-Optical Transport Services) deliver many thousand times more capacity using less energy, and at a fraction of what customers were paying back in the days of analog voice services. Ciena, a specialist packet-optical network vendor […]

Network Functions Virtualization Enables Cost-Effective Route Reflectors

One of the concerns I hear from network managers regarding all things software defined networks (SDNs) is the lack of use cases for the new technology.  It seems the technology promises to solve so many problems that it’s hard to understand where to start.  Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is no different.  Lots of possibilities, but […]