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 […]

What’s Ahead For The WAN?

Most of the discussion about networking in the industry tends to focus primarily on the LAN.  That makes sense because that’s where most of the network innovation is focused.  However, that leaves open a very important question:  What’s up with the WAN? In an attempt to understand the dynamics that are impacting the WAN I […]

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 […]

Silver Peak for AWS: Streamlined Cloud, Streamlined Billing

Starting today, customers can purchase Silver Peak Cloud Acceleration for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an annual subscription directly from the AWS Marketplace. According to a recent ESG IT spending report, 42% of organizations that have operated 10 or fewer years are using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from providers like Amazon Web Services. As […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Whether a tugboat or luxury yacht, the axiom holds true: “a rising tide lifts all boats.”  Any improvement in an industry will benefit all members within that group — large or small. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how an advancement in applications and services delivered over shared networks might spur the networking […]

Infrastructure is the New Black

Much new infrastructure, but not for the telcos The race for ubiquitous bandwidth and access to the communication-starved millions in developing countries is on. Gone are the days when monopoly telcos sat down in long-lasting committee meetings and planned routes, defined standards, negotiated capacity and costs. Now it’s every man for himself from the mightiest […]

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 […]

World Cup Creates a Messi Environment for Network Managers

There’s no question that recreational traffic plays havoc with business networks. Between the PGA Masters, NBA March Madness, MTV Music awards, YouTube, and other events, network managers are always struggling to block recreational traffic. This week, of course, viewers across the globe are using the corporate network to find out how Argentina and Lionel Messi […]

WAN Software Wins Most Innovative Channel Product

There were celebrations across the pond last night as it was announced that our VX-9000 software was awarded “Most Innovative Channel Product of the Year (software)” at the 2014 Comms Business Awards. Wide area networking is quickly evolving from a hardware-based model to a more flexible software model that can support an enterprise’s expansion to […]

WAN Performance Front and Center at Dell User Forum

Dell bills its Dell User Forum as the premier technical learning event for Dell customers and channel partners. The conference, being held next week in Miami from June 24-26, offers an intensive, interactive learning experience across the data center — from servers, storage, and networking to software, services, and converged solutions. Attendees are able to learn directly […]