Open Compute Summit — hyperscale ready

At 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.

Topics: Networking data center networking hyperscale ocp

An analyst's views on product categories and innovation

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.

Topics: Networking data center networking IT analysts

The network's new role in the data center

At 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.

Topics: Networking data center networking

Windows Server 2012 - It's a No-brainer

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).

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection Networking deduplication ESG Lab data center networking

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

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.

Topics: 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

Data Center Networking Discontinuity

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.

Topics: 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