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INTEROP 2016 — interoperate across the stack

Posted: May 18, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Networking, Interop

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I recently attended INTEROP 2016 in Las Vegas, which celebrated its 30th year (a long-time in the IT industry). What started as an interoperability expo has become the only remaining general IT show that highlights networking, along with infrastructure elements such as cloud and security. This also gives the conference a role in being the one place where you can hear talks about the entire IT stack.

Plain old TCP/IP interoperability is taken for granted, while new challenges of interoperabiity for cloud, IoT, security and networking are emerging.

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Software-Defined Architecture: What To Consider

Posted: March 22, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Networking, software-defined data center, Interop

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What does it mean to have a software-defined architecture (SDA)? Most folks seem to think it will be important in the future, but there's very little agreement on what it means and how it's useful.

For example, in a recent ESG Research Report, we tried to understand how people define software-defined networks, which are just one aspect of a software-defined architecture. We had a wide range of responses, ranging from automation and NFV to control/data plane separation. Those who are trying to be precise with an early definition of SDN may sound rather academic, but those who wave their hands and apply "SDN" to almost anything modern in networking end up sounding like carnival barkers.

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Interop Recap - Lessons from Cloud Providers

Posted: May 18, 2015   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Networking, Interop

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At Interop, Urs HölzleGoogle's Senior VP of technical infrastructure gave a keynote speech on the lessons learned from building a global infrastructure. This led me to think about how lessons or technologies from running clouds or using clouds affect  networking or general enterprise IT infrastructure deployed at a smaller scale than GoogleIn addition to learning from technologies used by cloud operators, using clouds means that we can migrate what used to reside solely on-premises into the cloud. Examples include the deployment of network controllers or analytics systems into the cloud, and this is a trend that will affect networking in the years to come. This is a follow-up to my previous blog: Interop Recap - SD-WAN or Hybrid-WAN. What's in a name?
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Buy or Build Your Own SDN?

Posted: April 28, 2014   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, software-defined networking, SDN, Interop

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Video Blog: 2014 Interop Impressions

Posted: April 17, 2014   /   By: Aviv Kaufmann   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, software-defined networking, SDN, Interop, ESG Lab

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Post Interop Musings

Posted: April 10, 2014   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Networking, software-defined networking, SDN, transformation, Interop

Now that a few days have passed since returning from Interop and Las Vegas, it seems like a good time to recap my visit. As expected, there was a lot going on, and not just new product announcements. There were announcements from both Aerohive and Arista stating their intentions to go public with IPOs. Both companies have reported tremendous growth and are now looking to get to the next level.

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Looking Forward to Interop 2014

Posted: March 28, 2014   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, software-defined networking, SDN, Interop

Only a few days ‘til I head out to the glittering lights of Vegas to attend Interop. If you are interested in networking, this is one of the highlights of the year for you as it marks one of the major events for announcements. So many in fact that you may have a hard time keeping up with all of them! Keep in mind that is a good thing.

As one might expect, SDN will continue to be a major theme. However, as the market matures, expect to hear about how many of the SDN announcements of 2013 are materializing into working products with actual customers testing them. So, most likely this means that 2014 will be a really busy year for proof of concept testing and pilots. Not only are the building blocks for SDN materializing, but we are also witnessing more SDN “applications” coming to market as well – for the data center, campus and branch. A big part of some of the announcements last year in SDN related to ecosystems and how the collection of vendors would work together to develop end-to-end solutions – this is a good check in point to find out how those are developing. To use an iPhone analogy, this allows us essentially to find out how many SDN apps are in the app store. The SDN finalists include Cisco’s ACI APIC, VMware’s NSX and the OpenDaylight Project Hydrogen release. HP has an SDN app – a network optimizer for Microsoft Lync, as a finalist in the network category.

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A Multitude of Mobile Security Issues

Posted: July 20, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Apple, Microsoft, End-User Computing, Check Point, MDM, Cisco, Information and Risk Management, McAfee, mobile, Security and Privacy, google, BYOD, android, Good Technology, Juniper Networks, Black Hat, trend micro, Symantec, Anti-malware, Interop, MobileIron, DLP, RSA Security Conference, iPad

The Black Hat USA conference takes place next week. If it's anything like RSA and Interop, there will be a fair amount of discussion about BYOD and mobile device security. Yup, a lot of hype but this is a topic worth discussing as nearly every enterprise organization and CISO I speak with is struggling here.

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On to Interop 2012

Posted: May 07, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Juniper, HP, Dell, SDN, Intel, Interop, ONF, NEC, VXLAN, OpenFlow, Brocade, Enterasys, Extreme, QFabric

I'll be on an airplane in a few hours bound for Las Vegas and Interop 2012. Here's what I'm expecting at the show:

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