Compute started its major architectural transition several years ago with the
introduction of virtualization. If you pay attention to any of the IT noise
today, it should be clear that storage and networking are going through their
own architectural evolutions as well. But another shift is also underway:
applications are fundamentally changing as well.
An interesting dynamic in all of this is that it is near impossible for each
of the four major IT areas to undergo simultaneous, coordinated evolution.
Change is hard enough on its own, but changing multiple variable at once
makes it difficult to anchor to anything substantial. And when change does
occur along multiple fronts at the same time, the task of determining
causation for new found results is challenging at best.
Understanding that business underlies much of the change, the best that the
industry can collect... (more)
Major industry events are a great venue for companies to make announcements
and communicate important market and product information. As the 2014 version
of VMWorld fast approaches, what might we hear more about? Here are five
NSX customers will be on display
Industry chatter since the Nicira acquisition has been focused on NSX
adoption (or lack thereof). When VMWare bought Nicira, they knew they were
buying a nascent technology that had yet to gain traction. That said, they
understood that the underlying technology both solved a current problem and
could be applied... (more)
Big Data is quickly overtaking SDN as a key phrase in today’s networking
lingo. And overused already as it may be, it actually has a lot more meaning
and definition compared to SDN. Big Data solutions are designed to work on
lots of data as the name suggests. Of course they have been around forever,
talk to any large bank, credit card company, airline or logistics company and
all of them have had applications running on extremely large databases and
data sets forever. But this is the new Big Data, the one inspired by Hadoop,
MapReduce and friends. High performance compute cluster... (more)
There is probably never going to be a perfect balance in the industry between
Do-it-yourself (DIY) and Do-it-for-you (DIFY) networking. It seems
exceedingly unlikely that there is a one-size-fits-all type of solution out
there. And so we will invariably end up with a bifurcated market that
requires multiple solutions for its constituents. But if there is not a
perfect balance, which one of these is likely to see the most action?
If you were to base your guess on industry chatter, you would have to
conclude that DIY has the upper hand.
There is a ton of momentum right now with bo... (more)
Software-defined networking is fundamentally about two things: the
centralization of network intelligence to make smarter decisions, and the
creation of a single (or smaller number of) administrative touch points to
allow for streamlined operations and to promote workflow automation. The
former can potentially lead to new capabilities that make networks better (or
create new revenue streams), and the latter is about reducing the overall
operating costs of managing a network.
Generating revenue makes perfect sense for the service providers who use
their network primarily as a mea... (more)