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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...
Strategic initiative answers demand for interoperable SDN and NFV solutionsSAN JOSE, Calif, June 11, 2014 - Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today unveiled the Brocade® Vyatta® Platform, the first phase of a multiyear strategy that delivers an open and modular networking platform for c...
There’s no shortage of talk this week about Arista’s IPO. The company began trading on the NYSE today above the market’s expectations, leading to a strong start right out of the gate. In my opinion, Arista’s IPO demonstrates the viability of hardware and the robustness of Ethernet swit...
During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress -- with the help of their partners -- towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives....
Milan, June 3, 2014 - Italtel has received the "Cisco Partner of the Year Award for South Europe for Architectural Excellence: Service Provider Architectures" naming it the best partner in the South Europe region in the design and construction of complex architectures for service provi...
New York, NY, May 29, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2014) will dedicate more than 1,500 presentations to the next generation of wireless and wireline advancements worldwide during its next annual event to be held June 10 – 14 at the H...
Less than one in ten enterprises has faith in its existing network; more agile infrastructures are needed to deliver next-generation applications and servicesSAN JOSE, Calif: Wednesday 28 May, 2014 - New research* commissioned by Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) indicates that enterprises are b...
#gluecon #SDN #devops Glue kicked off this morning with some great keynotes and a full set of breakouts. I was clipping along happily, enjoying Rachel Chalmers keynote on "Social Glue" and contemplating the fascinating relationship between the use of well-designed interfaces (API) bet...
#gluecon #SDN #devops Glue kicked off this morning with some great keynotes and a full set of breakouts. I was clipping along happily, enjoying Rachel Chalmers keynote on "Social Glue" and contemplating the fascinating relationship between the use of well-designed interfaces (API) bet...
IP Multicast is one of those technologies that most everyone loves to hate. It’s almost the perfect example of how complicated we have made networking. Getting IP Multicast to run depends on several protocols that are all somewhat intertwined or dependent on each, their relationship so...
Over the past year or so, we’ve been hard at work with SDNCentral and our various partners showing the new networking frontier in real-world applications. If you head over to our channel at SDNCentral this week, you’ll see that our live demo archive is now available. There you can watc...
Pop quiz: Your development team is developing a new mobile application. Should they optimize it for use over a mobile network or over WiFi? Another way to ask that same question is, "Should they provide a great quality of experience for users over a mobile network or over WiFi? And y...
Fast Rollout of Digital Lifestyle Services in the Tera Era with Allot Service Gateway TeraWoking, Surrey: 14/5/2014 - Wick Hill is now shipping Allot Service Gateway Tera, a high-performance DPI-based platform built to power the deployment of Digital Lifestyle Services in fixed and mob...
Principal Engineer Joins as Company Intensifies Focus on Open InitiativesSAN JOSE, Calif, May 8, 2014 - Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) announced today the hiring of networking and open-source veteran Colin Dixon to the position of Principal Engineer. An active contributor to the OpenDaylight P...
It means you can't use "network" protocols to make intelligent decisions about applications any more. Back in 2000 (or 2001, I forget exactly), I got to test a variety of bandwidth management appliances. Oh, they were the bomb back then - able to identify (and classify) applications b...
In reviewing some opportunities for Plexxi this week, I was reminded that we have made things very hard on ourselves. Through no one’s fault but our own we have created monsters of networks that are impossible to maintain, debug, diagnose and understand. I have been lucky in my career...
London, 1 May 2014 - The Kenton Group is to offer 100G networks with SDN / NFV to its European and Middle East customer base following a landmark agreement with Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), a leading provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical transport solutions (P-OTP) for...
There’s a running meme in networking that has caught a lot of momentum with SDN: abstraction. Just about every vendor these days has bold ambitions to abstract out the complexity. There are APIs, abstraction layers, and architectural shims that all aim to hide complexity from the user....
From a cost perspective, the networking dialogue is dominated by CapEx. Acquisition costs for new networking gear have historically been tied to hardware, and despite the relatively recent rise of bare metal switching, networking hardware remains a high-stakes business. But SDN is chan...
We've talked before about the bifurcation of the network, which is driven as much by the evolution of network services from "nice to have" to "critical" as it is by emerging architectures. The demarcation line in the network stack has traditionally been - and remains - between layers 3...
Integra recognized for innovation in Software Defined NetworkingREDWOOD CITY, Calif - April 22, 2014 - For the second year running Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, has won the Excellence in SDN Award for Integra - the indust...
Earlier this week, Ethan Banks wrote a very nice article about Mellanox’s dual spine and leaf network in support of a large amount 10GbE access ports. After describing the scaled up network design, he reviews 8 observations about the design, not to point out good or bad, but merely to ...
OpenStack. OpenDaylight. SDN. Cloud. It's all about abstraction, about APIs and "software-defined" (which really means software-controlled, but this is neither the time or place to get into that debate). It's about jailbreaking the network. Enabling access to features and functionalit...
Despite claims that there exists (or will, look out!) a mythical "god box" for the enterprise data center, capable of performing every data center function imaginable, it remains, well, mythical. Efforts to effectively secure the data center and the applications it delivers therefore r...
University aims to dramatically increase network performance and resilience to support 25,000 students across four campuses through infrastructure upgradeBracknell, UK - 11 April, 2014: The University of Westminster, one of London's largest and most respected higher education instituti...
In any space, there is a very small vocal minority. Most people lack the time, interest, or even confidence to say what they think in public. So we are left with a vocal few who drive the conversation. In networking, the vocal minority consists mainly of the vanguards for change. For t...
New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, m...
The term "service chaining" hasn't quite yet made it into the mainstream IT vernacular. It's currently viewed as a technical mechanism for directing packets, flows or messages (depending on where you sit in the network stack) around the network. Service chaining is the answer to "how ...
It has been over four years since Telia Sonera Sweden and Finland launched the world’s first commercial LTE networks and ushered in the age of true mobile broadband services.  By the end of 2014 we expect there to be nearly 300 LTE networks serving upwards of 300 million use...
Many IT teams are looking at virtualization in the Cloud where enterprise-level storage is kept in “pools” often hosted by vendors who specialize in virtual storage. Most commonly, the data and additional space is accessed via a web-based API. Coraid offers a unique storage management ...
One of the most common phrases heard when new technology is introduced is that it's going to "bridge the gap" between X and Y. X and Y are almost always one of three IT groups: development, operations and networking. And while that goal is admirable (and indeed there are techno-cultura...
Tuesday 25 March, 2014 Flexible, scalable, Open Source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) used by organizations such as Zynga, Datapipe, and ISWest, among others, for creating, managing, and deploying public, private, and hybrid Cloud Computing environments Forest Hill, MD --25...
SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2014 - Coriant today announced the Coriant Dynamic Optical CloudTM, an end-to-end and highly programmable infrastructure solution that enables service providers to cost-effectively address a rapidly changing world of dynamic, virtualized, high-bandw...
Flexible, multi-terabit packet optical transport platform reduces OPEX/CAPEX and forms key building block for Coriant's Dynamic Optical CloudTM solutionSAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2014 - Coriant today announced the availability of the mTera Universal Transport Platform, a powe...