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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)

Plexxi Pulse – Harnessing Data

This week I spoke with analysts Patrick Moorhead, Paul Teich and John Fruehe from Moor Insights & Strategy about Plexxi’s position in the market and the products Plexxi offers. We also discussed the upcoming Cisco announcement, which spread quickly throughout the industry after Network World’s Jim Duffy broke the news that Cisco will launch Insieme on Nov. 6. Because this announcement focuses on application-centric infrastructure, a concept Plexxi was founded on, we will be tuning in and talking more about this in the coming months. Additionally, Brent Salisbury poste... (more)

Closing the Bio Gaps in Networking

It is no surprise to anyone that everything in IT these days is very cost conscious. It could be that your IT organization is run as a cost center, in which case the primary metrics all revolve around cost and schedule. Or it could be that IT is a direct part of your revenue stream, in which case you have to operate at scale, which involves getting a handle on costs. Whatever the model, you are very likely involved in more than one cost conversation today. This dynamic is not unique to networking. On the server side, we have already digested a few transitional changes that have ... (more)

Cisco and Arista: Two launches, two wildly different points of view

This has been a huge week in networking. Cisco finally launched the long-awaited Insieme effort to much fanfare. And in an attempt to preempt the Insieme launch, Arista scheduled their own announcements for a couple of days before. There are tons of articles about the technical details of what each launched. I have included just a couple here: SDNCentral: http://www.sdncentral.com/news/aristas-single-tier-spline-targets-enterprise/2013/11/ Jim Duffy at Network World: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/110413-arista-275557.html Jim Duffy at Network World: http://www.networkw... (more)

Is an SDN App Store Viable?

When it comes to API frameworks, there seems to be a Field-of-Dreams-esque view that If you build it, they will come. And as our industry dives headfirst into SDN waters, there will be people who advocate the proliferation of developer programs under the premise that networking needs an App Store. The question these people need to be asking is whether an SDN App Store is actually a strategically viable end state. Before I get into whether the networking industry can support an app store, I need to outline the strategy behind these developer programs. All developer programs are e... (more)