David Hughes Joins Interop Panel Focusing on SD-WANs

Silver Peak CEO David Hughes will be joining the Interop panel “Software Defined WANs: The New Frontier with a Rich Vein to Mine” taking place tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. The session is being led by Peter Christy, networking research director for 451 Research. Peter is a […]

Conquering The Three-Headed Hydra: Compute, Storage, & Networking

In Greek mythology, there was a nasty serpent-like monster with many heads that terrorized nearby villages. This monster was created by the Greek goddess Hera to destroy her enemy, Hercules. The beast was invulnerable as long as one head remained. But, as Hercules discovered, when he cut off one head, more heads grew back. In […]

What’s the Role of the Application Delivery Controller in a Software-Defined Network?

The topic of software-defined networks (SDNs) has been one of the hottest on this site, or really any site dedicated to networking. Much of the focus of the SDN-centric reports and articles I have seen has been on the disruption of the layer 2/3 network by abstracting control functions up from the physical infrastructure to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hardware: Beginning of the End, or End of the Beginning?

In a recent post here on WANSpeak, Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research, stated that he has evolved from trying to make the case that a software-defined WAN is a good alternative to a traditional WAN, to believing that the SDW should be the only type of wide area network that companies should even […]

The Pollock Platform: Network as Abstract Art

Jackson Pollock was the father of “action painting”, dripping paint on to canvas and even using jet engines to create his abstract art, now worth millions on the art market.  Although he used the same basic resources as any other painter (oils and canvas), he used different techniques to create something that is pretty easily […]

Faster Data Recovery with Dell SC-Series Storage and Silver Peak (Video)

A financial institution with nearly 50 locations throughout California, Citizens Business Bank achieved faster data recovery by combining Silver Peak data acceleration software with Dell SC-Series Storage. Today, at the Dell User Forum in Miami, Dell introduced the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays. These bring high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments, offering all-flash performance for up […]

Branch Office of the Future: An IT Blueprint (Infographic)

Branch offices have long posed a challenge for distributed organizations. Where server consolidation is impossible, some have deployed proprietary, all-in-one appliances in the branch incurring marked increases in capital and operational costs. But there is a different approach. By coupling data acceleration software with the advances in hypervisor technologies and server designs, IT can solve […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Cody Bunch

Cody Bunch is a private cloud/virtualization architect, VMware vExpert, and VMware VCP from San Antonio, Tx.  He works as a private Principal Architect, Private Cloud at Rackspace Hosting. Where can you find him? Cody’s probably best known for his work on the #vBrownBag podcast at ProfessionalVMware. He’s the author of several books including OpenStack Cloud Computing […]