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ONS Shows the Status of SDN in the Enterprise
/ Jul 21, 2015 0 COMMENTS

There were over 1,300 attendees at the recent Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Santa Clara making the ONS one of, if not the largest SDN-focused conference in the world. Because conferences such as the ONS provide good insight into what leading-edge users are doing, it’s interesting to ask: What were the leading edge enterprise users…

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Software Defined WANs Can Ease Network Manager Pain
/ Jul 16, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In the 2015 version of the Network Purchase Intention Study run jointly by ZK Research and Tech Target, one of the questions we asked about the WAN was “What WAN Issues Does Your Organization Need to Address?” The top three answers were issues that most organizations face when it comes to running a WAN. The…

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Is Moore’s Law Going To Be Repealed?
/ Jun 30, 2015 0 COMMENTS

I recently attended the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara. During a morning keynote session one of the speakers started to discuss his company’s SDN architecture, and made a comment on how that architecture is impacted by the fact that Moore’s Law is either dead, or soon will be dead. It was early in the…

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New EdgeConnect is a Breakthrough in Building SD-WANs with Broadband
/ Jun 15, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Despite the mounting frustration with MPLS, many customers still do not believe the Internet can provide the security and performance needed for today’s business-critical traffic. And while current conversations around leveraging the Internet for the enterprise WAN have focused primarily on the ability to use multiple network connections, and in some cases, zero-touch provisioning, we…

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How Can You Go From WAN Theory to SD-WAN Reality?
/ Jun 11, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In the last few months a lot of articles have been written about the WAN in general, and about Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) in particular. These articles typically point out the well-known limitations of the current approach to wide area networking and discuss how to apply a variety of techniques, both old and new, to the…

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How will SDN and NFV Standards Really be Developed?
/ Jun 2, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Most people like standards because they believe that standards lead to something they really want, which is interoperability. I have been a member of three different standards committees, one of which was sponsored by the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA). At one ECMA meeting, a 45 minute discussion broke out about the proper format for…

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Don’t Get Attached To SD-WAN
/ May 21, 2015 0 COMMENTS

For some time now, SD-WANs (Software Defined Wide Area Networks) have been the subject of much hype and discussion in the networking community.  Outsiders most likely get a chuckle at yet another acronym created by data networking enthusiasts: “SD-WAN”. Don’t get attached to SD-WAN — the acronym, that is — since it may go the…

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Cord-Cutting Comes to the Enterprise WAN
/ May 19, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The advent of low cost, high-speed Internet connections to the home paired with online streaming services such as Netflix has started a trend known to many as cord-cutting. Cord-cutters — those who choose to eliminate their subscription to expensive cable TV services — have quickly realized that they can reduce costs and still maintain high…

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The Top Five Network Problems Solved by SDN
/ May 12, 2015 0 COMMENTS

IT has changed significantly over the past decade. The rise of the cloud, mobile computing, and other trends like Internet of Things has shifted IT from being server centric to being network centric. This is why IT and business leaders should consider the network to be a strategic asset. Consequently, any problem that impact the…

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What Can Obi-Wan Kenobi Teach You About Networks?
/ Jun 26, 2013 0 COMMENTS

As a long-time SciFi fanatic, I was really impatient to see Star Wars when it first came out in 1977. So, while on leave from the army for my sister’s wedding, I almost literally jumped off the plane and rushed to see the movie. However, 5 or 6 weeks later when friends dragged me to…