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The Internet of Things is only going to make that even more challenging as businesses turn to new business models and services fueled by a converging digital-physical world. Applications, whether focused on licensing, provisioning, managing or storing data for these "things" will incre...
I am sure our work environment is not all that different from many others. There are large whiteboards everywhere and you cannot find a meeting room that does not have circles, lines and squares drawn on them. Some of our favorite bloggers have written blogs about network drawing tools...
Companies that until recently had never heard of the Internet of things (IoT) are now excited to find that they’ve been IoT players all along. Businesses involved in home automation, security services, vehicle tracking and health monitoring to name a few have been around for a while. T...
Kirk Byers at SDN Central writes frequently on the topic of DevOps as it relates (and applies) to the network and recently introduced a list of seven DevOps principles that are applicable in an article entitled, "DevOps and the Chaos Monkey. " On this list is the notion of reducing var...
With the growing number of CSS Preprocessors like LESS, Sass, Turbine, Stylus and Swith CSS to name a few, it’s hard to decide which to choose for your project, and which will provide the best CSS authoring. Rather than focus on evaluating every CSS Preprocessor (that would simply take...
Certainly, enterprises feel the pressure to transition their networks to next generation architectures like SDN to brace the coming storm that is an app economy. Service providers could provide valuable advice to them on how to do that, if they could yell loud enough over the thunderou...
#HTTP #HTTP2.0 Why that version number is so very important .... It's no surprise that HTTP is the new TCP. Inarguably, more applications are delivered via HTTP than any other. That's including mobile apps, by the way, which are more often than not using HTTP to talk to REST-based API...
#DevOps #SDN And more importantly, what can I do with it?  So within the realm of software-defined (everything) and DevOps one can find lengthy (and often in depth) discussions on the relevance and indeed importance of programmability to both. In the case of SDN, programmab...
When SDN made its mainstream debut at Interop in 2012, there was quite a bit of excitement tempered by the reality apparent to some folks that technical limitations would impact its applicability above layer 2-3 and, perhaps even at layers 2-3 depending on the network. But even then w...
#SDN #DevOps #Agile A syzygy is an astronomical term that describes the alignment of three celestial bodies within a gravitational system. The alignment of three celestial bodies (app dev, ops, the network) within a gravitational system (IT). The data seems to show some alignm...
I remember when we first started talking to customers about the concepts of applications driving networks, about 3 years ago (This was a very different conversation from other networking era’s where we talked about ‘intelligent’ networks that could better understand and adapt to applic...
With the capability to reduce both CapEx and OpEx, it’s easy to see why the SDN-NFV trend has taken hold in the hosting and mobile industry. Early use cases include network virtualization from cloud service providers and enterprise data centers, bandwidth calendaring and network tappin...
Executives charged with building business-driven applications have an extremely challenging task ahead of them. However, the cavalry has arrived with useful tools and strategies built specifically to keep modern applications working efficiently. We partnered with Gigaom Research to ca...
August 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter By Greg Schulz Welcome to the August 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization, software d...
We’re a few short days away from VMworld’s return to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Our team will be in booth 747 (hence the jumbo-jet below),  to demo our products and answer any questions you might have about our products – including the new datacenter transport fabric and Big ...
Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter adds new functionality to accelerate Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) adoption SAN JOSE, Calif., August 19, 2014 - Telefónica (NYSE: TEF) and Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) have partnered to establish new benchmarks for the deployment and performance of N...
Over the past few weeks I have had several conversations related to calculating network topologies and how packet forwarding is done based on those topologies. I wrote this post about a year ago explaining some of these details, but after a conversation with a customer earlier this wee...
There is no doubt that software defined networking has the power to improve network performance on college campuses. University networks demand flexible and reliable solutions and many institutions are turning to SDN to save time, increase efficiency and reduce IT costs. A few of the a...
User Experience (UX), in networking is a tricky thing. It’s not just about the direct user interaction of a particular feature or of a particular product. Over at Packet Pushers, we see many blog entries reviewing network products. Time and time again, they show us that UX encompass...
In the five seconds it takes you to read this, 60% of your visitors just abandoned your site. Another 20% were gone before you even hit the first comma, and 30% of all them are purchasing from one of your competitors. That's what Limelight Networks "State of the User Experience" says,...
In a previous article, we talked about “Short T’s.” We talked about how, in network engineering, the “T” is very long: Configuring a network to achieve business goals requires considerable skill and knowledge. While we set up a conceptual model in that post to talk about what “T” me...
As SDN gains traction within the private sector we are also seeing federal agencies adopt it as they identify the need for network infrastructure changes. While it may be instinctual to say ‘yes’  to upgrading the network to include every new additional feature offered, especially when...
#SDN #SDAS There's a whole lot more to software-defined networking than OpenFlow... There's a lot of gnashing of teeth and gnawing at industry reports over the apparent reluctance of organizations to jump with both feet into the SDN ring. According to a new QuinStreet Enterp...
Deep integration with Parallels alongside extended networking support for VMware further expand the Flexiant ecosystemLondon, UK - 23 July 2014 - Flexiant today announced the release of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator V4.2. With V4.2, Flexiant tightens its integration with Parallels Automa...
We hope you were able to tune in to our latest installation of DemoFriday with SDNCentral. In the webinar, our own Marten Terpstra and Andre Viera with Ramen Sud and Sam Gopal of Iron Mountain discussed how SDN provides the flexibility and balance essential for managing transport betwe...
London, 17 July - Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, today announced it has been positioned as a "Leader" in Gartner's Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant, Europe, July 9, 2014.Interoute's CTO Matthew Finnie believes Interoute has received t...
One of the primary principles of object-oriented programming (OOP) is encapsulation. Encapsulation is the way in which the state of an object is protected from manipulation in a way that is not consistent with the way the variable is intended to be manipulated. The variable (state) is ...
Last week Greg Ferro (@etherealmind) wrote this article about his experience with scripting as a method for network automation, with the ultimate conclusion that scripting does not scale. Early in my career I managed a small network that grew to be a IP over X.25 hub of Europe for a...
Earlier this month our friend Greg Ferro wrote an article highlighting his experience with scripting for networking automation and the resulting issues with scaling. It’s definitely worth a read. In response, our own Marten Terpstra (resident king of #TerpstraThursdays on Twitter) penn...
One of the benefits of SDN is centralized control. That is, there is a single repository containing the known current state of the entire network. It is this centralization that enables intelligent application of new policies to govern and control the network - from new routes to user ...
Mobile security leader to help accelerate software defined infrastructure solutionsDALLAS & DUBLIN - July 8, 2014 - AdaptiveMobile (www.adaptivemobile.com), the world leader in mobile security, today announced it has joined the Intel® Network Builders programme, a cross-indust...
Inarguably one of the drivers of software-defined architectures (cloud, SDDC, and SDN) as well as movements like DevOps is the complexity inherent in today's data center networks. For years now we've added applications and services, and responded to new threats and requirements from th...
[This post was originally written for and published on The Rayno Report.] Software Defined Networking (SDN) has quickly spawned what appears in some respects to be a cottage industry of would-be disruptors to the more traditional networking approaches. With hundreds of millions of doll...
Tune in July 18 at 10 a.m. PST to hear Andre Viera, Plexxi’s product manager, co-present with Iron Mountain on SDNCentral’s DemoFriday.  This demonstration on multi-site datacenter fabrics will illustrate the creation of an optical interconnect between data centers and will showcase ho...
Some people believe good or bad things always happen in threes. I believe you will always be able to find three (and probably more) things that are good or bad and somewhat related, but sometimes I get surprised by the apparent coincidental appearance of several closely related “things...
As we noted last week, the SDN ecosystem has gained strength and the industry is predicted to change dramatically in the coming months. In an interesting piece this week in Network WorldArt Fewell urges network professionals to shift their concentration from the competitive landscape o...
Network address management ought to be, according to the conventional wisdom, a problem that’s been solved long ago. Yet, when you add in complexities like a private cloud infrastructure, everything isn’t always as easy as it seems at first blush. DDI (the management of DNS, DHCP and I...
About 8 years ago at my previous employer we started a project related to Autonomic Networking. Autonomic Networking is modeled after Autonomic Computing, an IBM initiative from the early 2000s, targeted at creating self managing computing elements. The network version intends to creat...
SAN JOSE, Calif; June 18th, 2014 -Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) has further extended its worldwide technology leadership by promoting Curt Beckmann to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Previously Principal Architect, in this new role Beckman...
Last week’s Arista IPO put a spotlight on the current state of the SDN arena. As Scott Raynovich recently reported, there are now 10 software defined networking startups with valuations of over $100 million. With this in mind, it’s clear the industry is set for some definite change. We...