Is NFV Just for Service Providers?
/ Dec 9, 2014 0 COMMENTS

A lot of people that I talk to regard NFV as something of interest only to service providers. I think that perception comes in large part from the service provider orientation of some of the high-visibility organizations that have formed to drive the evolution of NFV. This includes an industry specification group (ISG) that the…

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What’s the Buzz Surrounding WAN Optimization?
/ Sep 22, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Since WAN optimization first began to be deployed in the mid-2000s, analysts like myself have written numerous articles about the topic, several vendors have entered and/or left the market, and products and services have evolved significantly. Given all of the changes that we have seen relative to WAN optimization in particular, combined with all of…

Nimble and Silver Peak: Better Together
/ Apr 7, 2014 0 COMMENTS

You’ve heard from us how much Silver Peak improves replication performance, now hear it from the field. CIO Solutions, a Nimble storage partner based in California, recently published their performance testing with Nimble and Silver Peak: My prior experience with WAN optimization had been with Riverbed and the Juniper WX product (use to be Peribit)…

Cloud Acceleration – The Next Best Thing to Time Travel
/ Jan 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Over the holidays, I was reading a novel about time travel on my iPhone. Then I came across an actual academic study about time travel and the Internet.  Two physicists from Michigan studied Internet searches, tweets, hashtags and the like. They looked for “prescient” mentions of current events at a date before they occurred. You…

What’s the Future of Application Delivery?
/ Dec 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Do you think of application delivery as being staid?  Perhaps you think that application delivery was a dynamic topic several years ago, back when the industry first discovered that running a chatty protocol such as CIFS over a wide area network leads to really bad application performance and that techniques such as de-duplication can reduce…

Who Really Won Network World’s WAN Optimization Test?
/ Nov 20, 2013 0 COMMENTS

It’s one thing to read a headline, but quite another to read between the lines. Such was the case with Network World’s recent WAN optimization test titled “Riverbed wins 7-vendor WAN optimization test.” In the sporting world, “winning” might be everything, but in a technology product review, winning can often be a technicality because of…

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Mini Deployment, Maximum Speed: WAN Optimization on Mac mini
/ Oct 18, 2013 1 COMMENTS

With the variety of hardware that can now run enterprise-class virtualization it’s no surprise people are trying new things with all different hardware. Take the Mac mini for instance, a very affordable, pint-sized computer starting at about $600. This little beauty can be powered with VMware’s ESXi (albeit not officially supported). In today’s world of…

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Silver Peak Record Year Propelled by Software
/ Aug 13, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Silver Peak just wrapped up a record fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 that was fueled by increased demand for our virtualized software products. We achieved record sales for new and repeat customers, and saw a big increase in Riverbed Steelhead competitive wins and replacements. In the news release issued today, Silver Peak CEO David…

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The End Of The Network Brand?
/ Jul 31, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Does virtualization and cloud computing mean the end of branding as we know it?  Or, does it just mean that branding changes somewhat, but remains largely unchanged? Those questions are important to established vendors who have spent considerable time and resources building a brand.  They’re also important to IT organizations who, while they may not…

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It’s The Best — And Worst — Of Times
/ Jul 30, 2013 0 COMMENTS

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it…