WAN Optimization: More Byte For The Buck!

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 […]

It’s All About The RPO

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 — […]

Is Your Network a Racehorse or a Pack Mule?

The great Seabiscuit was an undersized racehorse with a history of failure, but he went on to become a legend. Even though he was small, this horse possessed incredible speed. And when physical ability wasn’t quite enough, he had a winning heart that helped carry him across the finish line first. Many IT organizations have […]

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 […]

SNW Europe: When SSD turned disruptive

It’s hard to miss that this is the year of SSD, or solid-state disk. There is a certain irony therefore – or possibly, given its location, schadenfreude – in an event being ‘themed’ to keep up with the latest trends, only to find out that the new theme is already out of date. So it […]

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 […]

Please Sir, I Want Some More!

To all those Olivers out there hungry for some more network, the IEEE feels your pain and is looking to enhance Ethernet. The global technical professional organization has formed the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group to help develop the next speed of Ethernet. The group’s launch in late August comes after […]

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 […]

End of the Ubiquitous Six to Nine Month IT Project

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 […]

Optimizing the Data Center

At a time when most data centers are bursting at the seams – short on space, capacity, performance and power – more is being demanded of them. With the gap steadily increasing between budgets and resources and existing and new demands, organizations have to do more with less. One way of doing so is to […]