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Hybrid WAN — It’s Time To Do The Math
/ May 7, 2015 1 COMMENTS

With more applications hosted by SaaS providers and businesses constantly looking at ways to drive down costs, without sacrificing performance, companies are looking at ways to augment or replace their costly MPLS WAN infrastructure with the Internet. MPLS networks have long served the needs of the enterprise, however, more businesses are realizing that they are…

All I Want For Christmas Is Some Dumb IP
/ Dec 22, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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The Top 5 Leaps of Faith When Building a Hybrid WAN
/ Dec 5, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The hybrid WAN is an idea that’s been around for decades now. Prior to being an analyst, I worked in corporate IT and I was building Internet VPN links to connect home office workers, small branch offices, or back up connections. Back in the “old days”, a hybrid WAN was definitely the exception and far…

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Dear MPLS, We Need to Break Up
/ Nov 12, 2014 12 COMMENTS

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…

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MEF ‘Third Network’ Vision Challenges Net Neutrality
/ Oct 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is arguably the best-functioning global industry networking forum. So when Bob Metcalf (the inventor of the Ethernet standard) on behalf of MEF launches a vision of Networking-as-a-Service — dubbed the ‘Third Network’ — to be realized on top of Carrier Ethernet 2.0, we sit up and take note. The central…

Storage Elasticity and the Cloud’s Noisy Neighbors
/ Mar 29, 2013 0 COMMENTS

If you’re looking at setting up private cloud services — or public ones, for that matter — you should already to have a handle on how to automate the critical functions of creating, managing and migrating virtual servers. That’s because if you haven’t achieved this level of service elasticity, it is going to cost a…

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The Need to Plan for WAN Evolution
/ Jan 30, 2013 0 COMMENTS

In a previous entry here on the WAN Speak blog I discussed some of the differences between the LAN and the WAN.  I also pointed out that there are not any fundamentally new WAN technologies under development, and that as a result, IT organizations need to plan for WAN evolution based on the assumption that,…

The Real-Time Value Chain
/ Jan 3, 2013 0 COMMENTS

I’m old enough to remember when an organization could pretty much draw a line around itself and say, “that’s us”.  Sure, suppliers and customers were involved, but as far as IT was concerned, little interaction happened beyond the four walls of the organization itself. How things have changed.  Widespread use of the internet has made…

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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…