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Open Compute Summit — hyperscale ready

Posted: March 21, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Networking, data center networking, hyperscale, ocp

Six Pack SwitchAt the Open Compute Summit, we saw some exciting announcements, with Microsoft's new SONiC network OS, Google joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), and Equinix announcing it will join and use an OCP network switch, the project is gaining even more support. The question is whether or not this set of technologies originally designed for hyperscale data centers will benefit regular enterprises in the future.

In the photo, you can see Facebook's 6 Pack Switch, a modular switch with 12 independent switching elements. It's painted in Facebook blue, but I didn't notice any thumbs-up "Like" icons on it.

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An analyst's views on product categories and innovation

Posted: March 18, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Networking, data center networking, IT analysts

RSA title slide for session

Readers wonder what leads an analyst to cover one firm or technology over another.  There was a whole session on this topic at the RSA Conference US 2016, titled "Do Industry Analysts Actually Stifle Security Innovation?"

There are several questions raised:

  • Are analysts ignoring innovators? If small startups are ignored, how would buyers ever learn of them? And how will those companies thrive?
  • Problems with categories. Firms are squished into some category, where they may not belong. Or there are too many categories.
  • Rigid ranking in a two-by-two matrix. I won’t mention the analyst firm but you may be able to guess.

Here’s how I look at it: IT analysts need to encourage innovation and not use product and solution categories too strictly.

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The network's new role in the data center

Posted: March 09, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Networking, data center networking

rsa conference 2016At RSA Conference 2016, it was apparent to me that networking is performing a significant role in modern infrastructure security with visibility, context and enforcement for modern application workloads.

If the network is the nervous system for a data center, we can gain better insights into its health and operation by better network visibility, much like what electroencephalography (EEG) does with brain signals in medicine.

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Windows Server 2012 - It's a No-brainer

Posted: January 22, 2013   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Networking, deduplication, ESG Lab, data center networking

As part of my professional new year's resolution, I plan on blogging...a lot. I'll be blogging about anything I can get my hands on. First on the list is Windows Server 2012. I recently completed my first phase of Server 2012 testing focused primarily on the new and improved storage and networking features. More specifically, I played with Storage Spaces, the Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0 protocol, Deduplication (yes, it's part of the OS now), Chkdsk, and Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX).

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Data Center Network Security: Will Anyone Discuss This at RSA?

Posted: February 22, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Check Point, Fortinet, Cisco, VMware, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, HP, McAfee, Security and Privacy, Crossbeam, SDN, data center networking, vShield, regulatory compliance

Less than a week before the RSA Conference in San Francisco and my telephones are ringing off the hook. People want to discuss a variety of topics including APTs, mobile security, cloud security, big data analytics, and so on.

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Data Center Networking Discontinuity

Posted: January 11, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Network Security, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, HP, Juniper Networks, BigSwitch, SDN, NEC, data center networking, OpenFlow, Server Virtualization, Brocade, Data Center Consolidation, Arista Networks

Why did dinosaurs become extinct? I'm no paleontologist but allow me to provide an over-simplified explanation: When the environment went through radical alterations, dinosaurs couldn't adequately adapt to these changes. In a binary, "adapt or die" world, the dinosaurs died.

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