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With SDN top of mind (or at least top of news feeds) of late, it's natural to wonder how F5's architecture, Synthesis, relates to SDN. You may recall that SDN -or something like it - was inevitable due to increasing pressure on IT to improve service velocity in the network to match th...
Cloud computing is great, right? As a way to get something up and running quickly, affordably, and with a minimum of fuss, it can rarely be beaten. But some of the most compelling attributes of the public cloud are best suited to ephemeral or (relatively!) short-term use cases. You can...
So I’ve been staring at this blinking cursor for the last 5 minutes wondering what story to tell. ‘Once upon a time, there was a….‘ No that won’t work. ‘It was a dark and dreary night as our protagonist grudgingly dragged his feet toward the impending…‘ No, not that either. How ab...
Why is it that the definition of SDN continues to get debated? I think the definition of SDN remains a bit squishy. And while I am not entirely certain that it matters (people shouldn’t be buying SDN; they should be building networks), it is an interesting phenomenon, and understand...
“The fact that private industry now works in tandem with the government to stalk and track us online may deflect but cannot dilute the moral argument. It seems little considerations like the prohibitions against “unreasonable search and seizure” enshrined in our Bill of Rights never ma...
As we embrace 2014, it’s important to focus on emerging trends to predict any industry changes this year and in the coming years. Mike Bushong reviewed 2013 on the Plexxi blog and noted important events that will likely carry into this year, including how 2013 initiated SDN deployments...
From a news perspective, a year is defined by the stories that make headlines. But markets are frequently moved more by subtext than overt story. Its sometimes the less sexy and more subtle happenings at the fringe of media interest that determine how industries will evolve and ultimat...
With a growing number of software developers and computer applications, computers systems are revised and renewed every day. Computer systems can become so large that they will need the expertise of a computerized Service Desk, which will help integrate a growing organization to get ma...
It’s the time of year to look at what was and contemplate on what will be. In Gartner the latter process has been formalized through the series of predict documents we publish towards the end of the year. Since a few years we precede these individual documents with a top predictions no...
Although it has been a couple of months since the hysteria of re:Invent, there has been a great deal of consternation by hoards of people in enterprise IT over the emergence of Amazon AWS. The fear is that AWS and it's main competitors will substantially disrupt the market for enterpri...
After lecturing on SOA concepts, Architecture and Technology, I present Case Studies. While presenting Case Studies, I ask my students: "Why many Case Studies and Success Stories are from the Telco industry?" Usually they do not provide a good answer to the good question.
Wow. What a year, eh? This post was actually penned back in the end of November. I try to stay a few weeks ahead just in case things come up that interrupt my ability to post and to cover time periods, like now, when I'm actually on PTO recharging. Looking back at 2013 it's been a ...
Reserved Instances offer AWS users an opportunity to reduce their bills by over 50%. So, here is a 6 step process to help purchase Reserved Instances. Step #1: Size your instances. Check your utilization metrics so that you are correctly provisioned. Remember, AWS is elastic - so do n...
It’s hard to read or listen to the news without hearing concerns about protecting sensitive data. Whether it is providing security for payment card/banking information or maintaining privacy from cyber surveillance – governmental and otherwise. Edward Snowden was back in the news last...
Note that in Information Technology (IT) conversations there are multiple meanings for SMB including Server Message Block aka Microsoft Windows CIFS (Common Internet File System) along with its SAMBA implementation, however for this piece the context is Small Medium Business. A decade...
40 million card numbers stolen. Will your firm be the next target? News broke last week that a major retailer was the victim of a massive theft of customer credit card data, in what is becoming an all too common cadence of data breaches.  Thieves made off with not just the credit card ...
Continuous Deployment makes software development and your deployment environment safe so anyone can commit code. Read about these and other advantages in this article. I've been wondering for a few years now, why it's so hard to get companies to prioritize the work that I feel is imp...
Having Network Attached Storage (NAS) can be a lot simpler than backing up a large number of individual user machines, however, the rules for NAS cloud backup may be different then you're used to. Each NAS vendor has its own particular steps to follow. Here is how to back up NetApp dev...
Sports fan strategists like to throw around the famous Wayne Gretzky quote: I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. The corporate implications of the quote are self-evident: plot your strategic course to where you think the market is going. Setting your sights ...
We still see quite a few eyebrows raised when we explain how we use WDM optics in our datacenter solution. In the various descriptions of the Plexxi solution it is often mentioned and referred to, but it is worth explaining what that optical infrastructure actually looks like and why i...
Microsoft launched the Cloud OS Network today. Cloud Operating System - CloudOS - has a network of more than 25 cloud service providers (CSVs) who will deliver hosted services built on Microsoft Cloud Platform consisting of: Windows Servers with Hyper-V System Center Windows Azure ...
Data analytics solutions seem as varied as the data they analyze. However, Expressway users have found tremendous success extending it’s built in API Analytics capabilities with those of Splunk’s – a recognized 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for Security Information and Event Manag...
It is difficult to anticipate cloud failures from the service provider. However, one way to protect your business from the availability and reliability related issues of cloud service providers is to invest in what is called a “cloud of clouds”. This is a network scenario where cloud b...
The white box switching movement appears to be gaining some momentum. For some, it is a fait accompli that hardware and software will be meaningfully separated, allowing users to procure each independently in a model that more closely resembles what happens on the server side. The fire...
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Earlier in 2013 when discussing the evolution of application delivery and F5 I posed a question to which, at the time, didn't have an answer. It was simply "What's Next?" As the time has gone by, the answer to that has become clear. What's next is an evolutionary step in the history...
On December 16, 2013, our friends over at Compare the Cloud wrote a blog called “The Day Computing Changed Forever – and We All Missed it.” The blog centered on what the future of the Cloud could hold for society. Ironically enough, the post was published on the same day that Google (p...
Do you like opinions?  I have asked my UK based colleague and opinionated enterprise mobility expert, Peter Rogers, to share some of his personal views and predictions for enterprise mobility in 2014 in this guest post.  Do you disagree or agree with Peter?  We would lov...
There is now more ground to be protected with the influx of sophisticated solutions like cloud computing, advanced mobile device usage and millions of applications for business and recreation. This calls for an equally advanced mode of security that will work around the clock, regardl...
The New Year is fast approaching and it’s time for some wild, speculative predictions on API Management for 2014. As I mentioned in earlier posts, the space is has been rapidly maturing over the second half of 2013 with larger vendors such as IBM, Tibco and Intel making big moves. In ...
I've been watching the ADC space a long time. Over a decade now, both from the publishing and vendor sides of the table. Having spent half my "'life" as a developer and the other half of my "life" in the network, there's something about technology that marries the two that really get m...
Posted on December 16, 2013 by CIMI I’m happy to report that the CloudNFV project’s Proof-of-Concept application to the ETSI NFV ISG has been approved. We were the first group to make formal application, the first to be approved (as of today, we’re the only ones in either category, but...
Innovation doesn’t happen in straight lines.
IBM has been selected by an Australian rugby team to deploy predictive analytics solution meant to help improve the team's goals of reducing injuries and increasing competitiveness on the field. The NSW Waratahs intends to use IBM SPSS Modeler to track the progress and welfare of its ...
As we are approaching the year end in 2013, we have seen significant growth of big data this year in the rear mirror. Looking forward, what will be the forecast for the upcoming new year? Where are technologies headed in 2014? There are many interesting movements and activities in the ...
A few more days and 2013 is history. The big events for the year must include the IPO of Twitter, the unusual valuation of Pinterest and Snapchat, and the increasing velocity of Big Data and cloud adoption into the mainstream. I read this article in The Guardian, where Werner Vogels, C...
Over the years, IT has had the ability to customize the heck out of applications. Even the industry enabled this addiction to feature creep. Vendors asked what new button, bell, and whistle customers wanted and then delivered what they could. Customization became a hallmark of IT tryin...
With airport chaos dominating the news recently, award winning aviation practice Bott & Co has recovered £1million from airlines for clients claiming for delayed or cancelled flights. Over the course of just ten months Bott & Co, who have settled over 2500 claims for clien...
Turning the tables, Nathan Pearce interviews me about the importance of a scalable and intelligent DNS infrastructure.
A few weeks ago, I came across one of those LinkedIn stories that pop up in everyone’s feed. Basically, it was an advice column dedicated to answering a question from someone who asked if he should leave a company that made stupid decisions despite him telling everyone what the right a...