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Verizon Jumps On The SD-WAN Bandwagon
/ Sep 15, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In June I posted a blog urging the incumbent telcos to accept the fact that the era of SD-WANs is here and to embrace it instead of fearing it. The topics of SD-WAN and broadband WAN have been red hot of late, but almost all of the early thought-leadership has been driven by start-ups like…

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Storing Up a Load of Nonsense
/ Jan 17, 2014 0 COMMENTS

We’ve had the server wars, with crazy speeds and feeds data being spouted by vendors.  We’ve had the network wars, with stories of how just throwing more bandwidth at a problem solves everything. And now, we seem to be in the middle of the storage wars, where numbers and “facts” are being thrown around by…

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Three Pitfalls to Cloud On-Ramping
/ Nov 6, 2013 0 COMMENTS

You’ve decided that you’re going to move to an external cloud platform.  You’ve provisioned the platform with the applications you need, and you’re ready to go.  Except for the few quazillion bytes of existing data that are sitting in your existing data center and need to be moved over to the new platform. A while…

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It’s All About The RPO
/ Feb 7, 2013 0 COMMENTS

I read with great interest a recent article by InfoWorld contributing editor Matt Prigge titled, “When WAN optimization really boosts network performance.” In general, I agree with the bulk of Matt’s comments — storage vendors are getting better at replication over long distance, some WAN optimization products don’t benefit from every type of replication —…

Demystifying Deduplication
/ Jan 9, 2013 0 COMMENTS

If deduplication is not only a great way to cut your storage costs but also a good way to save on WAN costs, is that reduplication? Either way, deduplication has been around for a while and is pretty mature now, yet there have been a couple of reminders recently that it is still not as…

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When “East-West” is More than Pacific to Atlantic
/ Oct 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

When discussing cloud computing, the term “East-West latency” often comes up as users on one coast of the US have found themselves using data centres on the opposite coast – and find that the user experience was not quite as they would wish. The direct distance between San Diego, California on the western seaboard to…

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No WAN is an Island
/ Sep 7, 2012 0 COMMENTS

“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…

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When You Expect Fast But You Get Slow
/ Aug 24, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Most of us have pummeled the bottom of a reluctant ketchup bottle; waiting impatiently for the tangy, red condiment to flow onto our plate or burger. That’s similar to the frustration users feel when they try to download an application or web page, but have to wait, and wait, and wait! They might tap on…

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Make Sure You Get the Right Fit
/ Jul 30, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Have you ever gone into your garage to build or repair something, but were unable to find the tools to do the job. I’ve experienced this more often than I care to remember. But, when I’m able to quickly find the tools I need, it’s not only very satisfying, it makes the project easier to…

Danger! Overload!
/ Jul 5, 2012 0 COMMENTS

“I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.” – Erma Bombeck. Actually, the same thing holds true for the communication pipelines that drive today’s electronic commerce and business-to-business communications. Virtually…