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 […]

Performance Is The First Victim In Application Warfare

“The more, the merrier!” goes the old cry. Well, not when a multitude of applications jostle for priority across a ‘best effort’ Internet. Oldies among us still remember the days of crystal-clear analog telephone conversations across connections that were completely reserved for our conversing pleasure (of course, telecom costs were outrageous, and there wasn’t any […]

Don’t Sell SLAs To Me — I Want Outcome Guarantees

Do I want to replace the lock in my front door with a radio-controlled device linked to a telco-hosted app on my mobile? Will company fleet managers want a cloud service to automate and remotely manage driving and maintenance functions of company cars — or why not top up with one of Google’s self-driving vehicles? […]

Three Pitfalls to Cloud On-Ramping

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 […]

SDN — An Apology

OK.  I admit it.  When I first started looking into SDN, I fell for it.  Hook, line, sinker… in fact. the fishing rod and the fisherman as well.  The simplicity of it all was so dazzling that I suspended my normal cynicism and went for it.  SDN was going to change the world — Cisco, […]

Our Chief Weapon Is…

Monty Python, that most British of eccentric comedies, had a sketch in it around nobody expecting the Spanish Inquisition.  A scarlet-befrocked cardinal bursts in through the door and declares “Our chief weapon is surprise.  Fear and surprise.  Our two main weapons are fear and surprise — and ruthless efficiency.  Err — amongst our chief weapons […]