The Future Is Crisper And Clearer

I’ve attended a few events lately with vendors in the PC, laptop, tablet, and display markets.  In their attempts to drive a desire in users to upgrade or change their devices, these vendors are finding it a struggle to push the speeds and feeds as they always have done of old.  Whereas there are still […]

Why The Future Needs Local CDN

Content delivery (or distribution) networks (CDN) are generally perceived as being of concern only for wide area networks (WANs).  The idea is that relatively static content can distributed to be held as close to a user as possible so as to reduce the stress on a single server that would result from videos, music, and […]

Big Data Has Huge Network Implications

Not everyone has been swept up by the Big Data hoopla which only showed up a year ago in Gartner’s five-stage hype cycle. While it has rosy expectations for the future, the research firm had Big Data approaching its “peak of inflated expectations,” to be followed by trough of disillusionment, slope of enlightenment, and eventually […]

There’s a storm coming – a data storm

Is your WAN ready for 100 Gigabit Ethernet? Even if it won’t actually have to carry 100Gbit/s — which is probably just as well, given the potential cost of doing that — there is a good chance that it will be interconnecting 100Gig networks within the next few years. There are a lot of reasons […]

Should We KISS Workload Management Goodbye?

I am always surprised at how IT goes around continually revisiting problems from the past.  For example, in the 1990s, the constant refrain seemed to be around homogeneity — the search for the universal system that could run any workload that was thrown at it.  Organizations eventually figured that there was a need for specialist […]

Trying to Fit a Square Peg into a Round Hole?

“You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole” is a simple statement that applies to many things in our lives. It certainly applies to the way many network administrators attempt to use data center and networking technologies to support their business goals and objectives. For example, if you have 100 applications that are […]

The Downside of Success

Many of us have experienced the crowd madness of after-Thanksgiving sales. The stores are quite successful in their marketing lures and amazing deals, but less capable in managing the sheer volume of stampeding consumers. Similarly, many websites have drawn large numbers of users because of an event or promotion but have neglected to prepare the […]

No WAN is an Island

“No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” The timeless metaphor by English poet John Donne provides many applications for reflection. Far from being islands, Wide-area-networks (WANs) actually interconnect islands of technology, such as data centers, branch offices and islands of individual mobile […]

Controlling Next-Gen WAN Costs

According to a new study from Information Week, “The Next-Gen WAN,” the biggest WAN game changer is the cloud, both public and private. Public cloud users will have to shift from the conventional WAN hub-and-spoke design to a distributed model, where services are delivered over Internet connections at each location, to reduce the load over […]

Please Sir, I Want Some More!

To all those Olivers out there hungry for some more network, the IEEE feels your pain and is looking to enhance Ethernet. The global technical professional organization has formed the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group to help develop the next speed of Ethernet. The group’s launch in late August comes after […]