Next-generation wLANs will drive productivity gains

As our vendor clients already know, I’ve been busy surveying over 20 enterprise wireless LAN providers to learn more about their wLAN offerings and support plans for 802.11ac, BYOD, UC, etc. for ESG’s upcoming wLAN Market Landscape Report. I’m happy to report that from the supply-side, there are plenty of innovative enterprise wireless systems to choose from and a very competitive marketplace. And we will be fielding our enterprise wireless networking survey shortly, so we’ll be able to better match enterprise wireless needs to vendor offerings.

However, I do have concerns about the demand-side, where many enterprise CFOs are still concerned about continued economic uncertainty, and are holding the line on IT budgets. Recently, change in information and communications technologies (ICT) seems to be accelerating toward light-speed, but many CFOs just want to spend to keep the lights on in the IT department. Organizations that don’t invest in new IT technologies will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage - period.

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure Networking Juniper HP BYOD Aruba Huawei Aerohive Adtran Alcatel-Lucent NEC Brocade Enterasys Extreme Ruckus

The Software-Defined Networking (SDN) train keeps on rolling in 2013

2013 is certainly starting off well for companies in the software-defined networking (SDN) space--just this week we have witnessed both an acquisition and an investment as more vendors seek to take part in this emerging market.

Topics: IBM Cisco IT Infrastructure Networking HP F5 software-defined networking SDN Intel NEC

On to Interop 2012

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:

Topics: IBM Microsoft Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking Juniper HP Dell SDN Intel Interop ONF NEC VXLAN OpenFlow Brocade Enterasys Extreme QFabric

Anticipating the Open Networking Summit

We are a few weeks away from the Open Networking Summit (www.opennetsummit.org) which will be held in Santa Clara April 16 through 18.

Topics: IBM Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking Juniper HP ONS openstack BigSwitch SDN Verizon Nicira NEC VXLAN OpenFlow NTT QFabric Arista Networks

Software-Defined Networking Evolution (Not Revolution) Under Way

Is it too early or too late to declare 2012 the year of SDN? A few weeks ago, IBM and NEC introduced integrated technologies around OpenFlow for enterprise data centers. Last week, HP announced OpenFlow support with 16 switch models. Finally, early this week, Nicira went public with its Distributed Virtual Network Infrastructure (DVNI).

Topics: IBM IT Infrastructure VMware Networking HP Juniper Networks openstack software-defined networking SDN Nicira NEC OpenFlow

Nicira "Opens" Up About its Virtual Networking Plans

Earlier today, Nicira publicly emerged as a company from stealth mode with more than just an idea, but with a product and several customers actually using it. While many find that approach old school, I like the fact that they are more than just PowerPoint slides and buzzword bingo press releases. I like that they waited to publicly announce the company until they had built a working product and actually sold it to some customers. I wish more companies would do that.

Topics: IBM IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Juniper HP Compute BigSwitch SDN Nicira NEC OpenFlow Server Virtualization Arista

My Thoughts On IBM, NEC, and OpenFlow

IBM and NEC announced this week that the two companies will work together to offer networking solutions based upon SDN and OpenFlow. IBM provides the switches which are integrated with the NEC Programmable Flow Controller.

Topics: IBM Microsoft Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking Juniper HP Citrix Red Hat SDN NEC OpenFlow Brocade

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