MEF ‘Third Network’ Vision Challenges Net Neutrality

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is arguably the best-functioning global industry networking forum. So when Bob Metcalf (the inventor of the Ethernet standard) on behalf of MEF launches a vision of Networking-as-a-Service — dubbed the ‘Third Network’ — to be realized on top of Carrier Ethernet 2.0, we sit up and take note. The central […]

Better Visibility Is Needed When the “Check Cloud” Light Goes On

Remember the old days? When one could look under the hood of a car when the Check Engine light went on? That feels like eons ago, given that cars today basically have a “start button” to fire up the car and get the computer going. The Check Engine light today means a mandatory visit to […]

Net Neutrality? Why?

The original concept of the internet was for a free and egalitarian means of moving and accessing data around the globe.  Indeed, originally, the whole idea of commercial activity on the internet was frowned upon. Now, however, the World Wide Web has moved a bit on how we use the internet.  Although we are all […]

Data Dilemma: Location, Location, Location (& Location)

While still important today, by 2020 the physical location of data will be largely irrelevant, according to a new report from Gartner. That may not be as big a concern as it might appear because another recent study finds that not knowing the location of sensitive or private data is the foremost concern of today’s […]

Poor Internet Service Provision Will Tie Your Life In Knots

People are migrating in their millions from landlines to voice over IP (VoIP) systems. Video over the internet is a major way of keeping in touch with dispersed family members around the globe. More television services are being offered over the internet, including the fastest growing aspect, catch-up. Music services, such as Spotify and internet […]

Add To (and Subtract From) Your Data Security Paranoia

The USA PATRIOT Act.  The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  The NSA/GCHQ data snooping issues.  The issuance of a disclosure warrant under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by a US judge to Microsoft to disclose information held in emails in an Irish datacenter. These and other issues have focused thoughts yet again as […]

Corporate Data Loss Headaches Alleviated With MDM

“Can’t find your iPhone? But you had it when you left for work.” Many recognize that sinking feeling, when your preferred comms tool suddenly isn’t in your pocket — we go through the five stages of loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many companies demonstrate similar reaction patterns when it comes to lost devices, […]

The One Reason Why Your Network Will Never Work

To paraphrase a well-known sci-fi program: the journey is towards “Latency — the final frontier”.  As organizations chase nanoseconds of performance to approach real-time computing as closely as possible, we see improvements in networking technology and also in server bus and storage interconnect technologies. Indeed, at a recent EMC event, a slide was shown demonstrating […]

Data Protection & Doing More With Less

The ongoing pressure to do more with less — MORE data, devices, users, applications, locations, protection, and LESS money, resources, and especially time — is relentless. However, while data protection doesn’t get the attention of all the things required to keep an organization running efficiently and effectively, without doing it well, no organization can survive […]

WAN is Key Obstacle to Holistic Data Protection (Video)

Silver Peak storage expert Everett Dolgner speaks about the wide area network (WAN) being the weakest link in a holistic data protection strategy. “Most replication tools do a good job of moving data, but those tools can run into problems when running over a less-than-perfect WAN,” says Dolgner. “It’s not uncommon to see a 100 […]