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Is Moore’s Law Going To Be Repealed?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…

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David Hughes on Stepping Up as CEO (Video)
/ Jun 24, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Watch this video of new Silver Peak CEO David Hughes talking about Silver Peak’s position in the market and the opportunity he sees for accelerated growth in the future. David has stepped up to the role of CEO. He is looking to build on the company’s rapid growth and market leadership in virtual WAN optimization software,…

What Exactly Is SDN?
/ Jun 14, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Though the question has been frequently discussed and debated by press and analysts, my take is that “What Is Software-Defined Networking?” isn’t the right question to ask until you answer the question of what problems IT organizations are trying to solve for which an SDN solution is viable. The whole brouhaha about the definition of…