It’s The Software, Stupid! But Also The Hardware And ASICs

The mania around software is at an all-time high. Everyone is a software vendor and it seems no one wants to be in the hardware business anymore. Software is the new, sexy item and people flock to software solutions like teens flock to Taylor Swift — hardware is so last century. However, I think it’s […]

Should Enterprise Take a Big Bang Approach To NFV?

As the interest in SDN continues to increase, we are also seeing growing interest in a related network architecture: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Organizations that are evaluating the viability of NFV have to make a key decision early on: Should they go forward with a piecemeal approach or should they go for a big bang […]

All I Want For Christmas Is Some Dumb IP

Well, it’s that time of the year – the time when we’re thinking about what we want for Christmas, and what we will get our friends and family. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that network manager in your life, try getting some dumb IP, otherwise known as plain old Internet services. Why […]

Dear MPLS, We Need to Break Up

Dear MPLS, I’ve considered writing this letter for quite some time.  Fifteen years is a long time together, especially in the technology world. Many would say that this is long overdue. We’ve had our ups and downs as many relationships do, but alas, I’ve met someone else. When we first met in the 90’s you […]

5 More Ways WAN Optimization is Still Relevant

You’ve heard it, I’m sure. “Bandwidth is cheap. Why do we need WAN optimization?” It seems like a week doesn’t go by when I hear that question. I listed five reasons in my last post; here are five more to consider: 1) A Faster Cloud – WAN optimization dramatically reduces the time to move data […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Whether a tugboat or luxury yacht, the axiom holds true: “a rising tide lifts all boats.”  Any improvement in an industry will benefit all members within that group — large or small. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how an advancement in applications and services delivered over shared networks might spur the networking […]

Faster Data Recovery with Dell SC-Series Storage and Silver Peak (Video)

A financial institution with nearly 50 locations throughout California, Citizens Business Bank achieved faster data recovery by combining Silver Peak data acceleration software with Dell SC-Series Storage. Today, at the Dell User Forum in Miami, Dell introduced the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays. These bring high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments, offering all-flash performance for up […]

World Cup Creates a Messi Environment for Network Managers

There’s no question that recreational traffic plays havoc with business networks. Between the PGA Masters, NBA March Madness, MTV Music awards, YouTube, and other events, network managers are always struggling to block recreational traffic. This week, of course, viewers across the globe are using the corporate network to find out how Argentina and Lionel Messi […]

The One Reason Why Your Network Will Never Work

To paraphrase a well-known sci-fi program: the journey is towards “Latency — the final frontier”.  As organizations chase nanoseconds of performance to approach real-time computing as closely as possible, we see improvements in networking technology and also in server bus and storage interconnect technologies. Indeed, at a recent EMC event, a slide was shown demonstrating […]

It’s Time To Dump The Private WAN

Throughout the years, changes in computing have redefined the enterprise network.  During the mainframe era, there really wasn’t much of a network, other than small networks that resided inside the company headquarters.  A few locations had remote terminals but most of them were connected via dial-up modems.  Once the client/server computing era came about, organizations […]