Resolutions For Today’s Network Managers
/ Jan 12, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Happy New Year to WANSpeak readers! By now, I’m sure many of us have made a start on our annual resolutions. I’m sure Donald Trump has made a resolution to antagonize even more of the country, Michael Dell has likely resolved to make the Dell/EMC merger smooth, and I’m sure Tom Brady has resolved to…

Kingston Curbs Reliance on MPLS with SD-WAN
/ Dec 3, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Connecting multiple remote offices to applications that are hosted hundreds or even thousands of miles away is a common scenario for any global enterprise. But when distance between the sites increases, application performance suffers and networking costs escalate. This is why Kingston Technology, one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers of memory products, turned to…

Red Queen
If Content Is King, The Network Is The Queen
/ Apr 9, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The game of chess requires a keen awareness of the positions for all the pieces, both yours and your opponent’s. Chess requires patient planning and vision; each piece has a different value, and some are more strategic than others. Of most importance is maintaining the safety of the king, by controlling squares on the board….

Bytes for your buck
WAN Optimization: More Byte For The Buck!
/ Feb 26, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Network budgets, at least the data-center segment (10% compound annual growth through 2017), are outpacing overall IT budget growth (3.9% for 2013), but with network demands growing in double and triple digits, just throwing more money at the problem won’t do. Your network not only has to be bigger and faster, it has to be…

Bad Idea
Data Acceleration “Worst” Practices
/ Feb 8, 2013 0 COMMENTS

I am constantly getting emails with “Best Practice” advice — for everything from traveling to IT. Well, it got me thinking: why doesn’t anyone provide “Worst Practice” advice? Can’t we all learn from other people’s mistakes? So here goes, this is my top 5 list of misconceptions and things to avoid in the data acceleration…

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WAAS Happening?
/ Oct 11, 2012 0 COMMENTS

According to Cisco’s Mark Lohmeyer, rumors of WAAS’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. “Cisco is fully committed to the WAAS business.” Given the growing WAN optimization prospects for the foreseeable future, that commitment shouldn’t come as a surprise. Questions about the networking giant’s commitment to WAAS (Wide Area Application Services) – its software/hardware WAN optimization…

Going the Distance Down Under
/ Sep 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

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…

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End of the Ubiquitous Six to Nine Month IT Project
/ Jul 19, 2012 0 COMMENTS

I used to work in Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC’s) corporate IT organization at a time when DEC had roughly 125,000 employees worldwide. In hindsight, most of the time I was at DEC was spent going to meetings. For example, for one stretch of about two years, I was one of several participants in a weekly…

Revitalizing an aging WAN
/ Feb 14, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Nu Skin Enterprises is a leader in skin care and nutrition. A global direct selling company, it operates in more than 50 markets worldwide, with over 2000 employees. More than 825,000 independent distributors place orders on the Nu Skin website or by contacting regional call centers throughout the world. The company has data centers in…

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Big Data in Motion
/ Jan 19, 2012 1 COMMENTS

One of the most talked-about new buzzwords in the past year is “big data.” A recent Forbes article points out that big data is not just quantity, but also includes multiple types of data. Having a lot of data sitting around doesn’t really accomplish anything; the real key to big data is being able to…