Seven Steps to a Modern Data Center

Once upon a time, ‘data center’ was really just a fancy name for a server room. Now, data centers are big business — and huge consumers of power and other resources. Indeed, their hunger for power means that they now account for a significant proportion of the world’s carbon emissions. The rising cost of power […]

Cruising Down The Info Highway In A Shiny New SeDaN

Much like the old IBM joke about how good things will be when they get here, almost everybody is talking about how good networking will be when software-defined networking is finally here. However, while most everybody is talking about SDN, and the timing is subject to debate (i.e. sooner/Dell and later/Cisco), the  reason why everybody […]

Eight Tips for Virtualization

If you haven’t yet started installing WAN optimizers and the like as virtual appliances rather than as discrete hardware, you probably will soon. Indeed, it may well run parallel with the general push towards virtualization that most organizations are seeing. With that in mind, here are few tips to help make your virtualization project a […]

Is Your Data Center Getting Sucked Into The Cloud?

Remember all that talk about the $20m server?  You know, the one server that tipped you over the edge to having to build a new data center facility since the existing one was now too small?  Seems to be so far in the past, doesn’t it? As we’ve gone through the steps of application rationalization […]

Yes, Size Does Matter (Especially When It Comes To ADC Performance)

I’m not sure why this happens, but it seems that every few years, this industry likes to debate the death of certain markets.  Application Delivery Controllers, particularly the tried-and-true hardware platforms, have been under attack before and seem to be again.  To me, the concept that you could just build ADC functionality into another product […]

Giving Thanks for the Future of SDDC

When I come back from an industry conference, I always like to see what members of the press have had to say about it. It’s interesting to compare the writer’s take to my own and see if we agree or differ on some of the prime messaging that occurred at the show. One synopsis of […]

Data Center Appliances See Virtual Growth

Is there anything currently server-based that will not be virtualized in the future? It is starting to look as if the answer is “Not a lot”, with analysts reporting that one of the last hold-outs for actual physical hardware – the market for data center load balancers and WAN optimizers – is starting to make […]

Going the Distance Down Under

Even as the world becomes “a smaller place” thanks to technology, organizations still can experience difficulties when their offices are spread out around the country, particularly when it comes to things like data replication for disaster recovery. This was the issue for Greg Rowe and Associates (GRA), a Perth, Australia-based planning practice offering services crucial […]

Speeding Data Movement between all Sites

The virtual revolution continues at Silver Peak with the introduction of three new virtual WAN optimization product models. Silver Peak extends its software portfolio for smaller sites with the VX-500, while also extending the offerings for data centers, regional offices and disaster recovery (DR) sites with the VX-6000 and VX-7000.  The new virtual product models broaden […]

Conserving Resources the WANop Way

When we think of conservation, certain topics come to mind – the environment, social issues, protecting animals and plants and their habitats. We think about how we can protect and sustain them to ensure they always have a future. However, politicians, activists and societal leaders don’t seem to have any insight or concern about conserving […]