Cloud-ready WAN
Which Way to the Cloud-Ready WAN?
/ Nov 20, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The movement to cloud-based services is well underway—over 50% of CRM applications are already SaaS-based. Yet most corporate WANs are still built for the pre-cloud world, focusing mainly on efficient data transmission between branches, headquarters, and data centers. Essentially, the “historical” corporate WAN was optimized for transferring information between physical locations owned or rented by…

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It’s Time To Stop The ‘WANSanity’
/ Nov 17, 2015 0 COMMENTS

One of the quotes that Albert Einstein is credited with is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that is indeed how insanity is defined then there is no part of IT that is more insane than the corporate WAN. I’ll explain why I…

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Ten Points To Consider For Cloud Security
/ Sep 22, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Securing the Cloud a Top Concern I moderated a CIO roundtable on the topic of the cloud several ago in New York. The round table was intended to be a general discussion on cloud strategy but quickly morphed into session specifically on cloud security. The fact that it turned into dedicated discussion on security wasn’t…

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The Rise of cPaaS Portends More WAN Problems
/ Jul 24, 2015 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to the cloud, there is certainly no shortage of different types. Usually when people think of “the cloud” they either think of CRM type applications, like, or common platform as a service providers such as Amazon or Google. However, there’s another type of cloud service that’s growing rapidly today and that’s…

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ONS Shows the Status of SDN in the Enterprise
/ Jul 21, 2015 0 COMMENTS

There were over 1,300 attendees at the recent Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Santa Clara making the ONS one of, if not the largest SDN-focused conference in the world. Because conferences such as the ONS provide good insight into what leading-edge users are doing, it’s interesting to ask: What were the leading edge enterprise users…

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Don’t Get Attached To SD-WAN
/ May 21, 2015 0 COMMENTS

For some time now, SD-WANs (Software Defined Wide Area Networks) have been the subject of much hype and discussion in the networking community.  Outsiders most likely get a chuckle at yet another acronym created by data networking enthusiasts: “SD-WAN”. Don’t get attached to SD-WAN — the acronym, that is — since it may go the…

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Cord-Cutting Comes to the Enterprise WAN
/ May 19, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The advent of low cost, high-speed Internet connections to the home paired with online streaming services such as Netflix has started a trend known to many as cord-cutting. Cord-cutters — those who choose to eliminate their subscription to expensive cable TV services — have quickly realized that they can reduce costs and still maintain high…

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Lessons Learned From a Cloud Migration
/ Apr 17, 2015 0 COMMENTS

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not be inundated with the cloud. I see billboards on highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco, there are cloud signs in airports, and it seems every TV show has some kind of cloud commercial embedded in it. This has put tremendous pressure on IT leaders to…

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Hot Air Hype or a New Route to The Hybrid Cloud?
/ Apr 10, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Claiming to have a unique ‘hybrid cloud’ delivery strategy, HP has now released its Helion hybrid cloud portfolio for cloud builders, service providers, ISVs and enterprise customers. But coming almost ten years after the first cloud launch, HP may seem a little behind the curve. With its new technology essentially a set of cloud platforms…

Secure Cloud Computing
Eight Best Practices For Cloud Security
/ Mar 27, 2015 0 COMMENTS

There’s been a lot of FUD spread around in recent years on the subject of the public cloud. But as often happens in technology, convenience trumps security as far as users are concerned, and cloud services are just too convenient to turn down. Whether it’s to access your work files from home, to speed up…