Operational Challenges Continue To Plague Legacy WANs
/ Jan 14, 2015 0 COMMENTS

This site, like many others, has focused on the need to evolve the WAN. Much of the value proposition for the shift to a hybrid WAN is to improve application performance, which is often poor over WAN. However, the challenges with a legacy WAN go beyond application performance. Operational issues are as big or a…

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5 More Ways WAN Optimization is Still Relevant
/ Nov 5, 2014 0 COMMENTS

You’ve heard it, I’m sure. “Bandwidth is cheap. Why do we need WAN optimization?” It seems like a week doesn’t go by when I hear that question. I listed five reasons in my last post; here are five more to consider: 1) A Faster Cloud – WAN optimization dramatically reduces the time to move data…

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MEF ‘Third Network’ Vision Challenges Net Neutrality
/ Oct 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Net Neutrality? Why?
/ Aug 12, 2014 3 COMMENTS

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…

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P-OTS Is Not POTS Anymore, And It’s Anything But Plain
/ Jul 17, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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How the Dark Side is Creating the “Notwork”
/ Dec 3, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Despite the massive strides being made in the bandwidth available to users through improved consumer and business connectivity, often, the internet just doesn’t seem responsive enough.  Sure, poorly crafted web sites with poor code can be part of the problem, but just a small part a larger overall problem. According to Kaspersky Labs, averaged across…

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The Future Is Crisper And Clearer
/ Nov 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Why The Future Needs Local CDN
/ Oct 1, 2013 0 COMMENTS

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…

Beware of Streams Becoming Floods
/ Jun 12, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Apple’s announcement this week of its upcoming iTunes Radio music streaming service, coming hot on the heels of Google’s launch of All Access, a subscription service that gives unlimited and personalized access to a huge library of songs, ought to ring an alarm bell — or at least play the streamed recording of one —…

Network Forecast: Need For WAN Optimization Growing
/ Jun 4, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Well it’s that time of year again — Memorial Day just passed, and summer has officially kicked off.  The NHL playoffs are rolling along, my pool is opened up, and I’m prepping to have my kids get out of school and then bug me for snacks all day long as I try and work in…