Archive for July 2016

The addition of Aternity allows Riverbed to gather data from many sources, including end-user devices, to help customers quickly find performance problems and fix them before they impact the business

The IT management industry has been highly fragmented with great point products to monitor pieces of infrastructure. There are network management tools, application performance systems and a wealth of other products available to IT buyers.

White box switches have come a long way. Their cost, reliability and features mean they’re ready for a broader range of companies to use—not just large enterprises.

White box switches have been around for years, but adoption has been limited to niche companies that have large engineering departments. The rise of software-defined networking (SDN) has brought them into the public eye, though, as a lower-cost alternative to traditional network hardware. In fact, some of the early messaging around SDN revolved around using white boxes as a complete replacement for all network hardware.

Vonage’s acquisitions make the company uniquely positioned to address the communications needs of consumers, SMBs, enterprises and developers

Alan Masarek has been CEO of Vonage since November 2014. Since then, the company has undergone a transformation, building on its roots as a home phone replacement company to become a leading provider of cloud communications for business.

8kpc President and CEO Ram Appalaraju discusses the impact hyper-convergence has had on IT, where the market is going and how 8kpc differentiates itself

Hyper-converged platforms have been red hot of late. Because of this, the number of solution providers has increased significantly. In addition to Simplivity and Nutanix, two of the best-known vendors today, Cisco, VCE, HP and others have recently jumped into the market.

The network storage technology is very much alive, and a growth wave is coming to support digital enterprises

In the late 1800s, Mark Twain was rumored to have said, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” If Mark Twain were a technology, he would be Fibre Channel.

Goal is to deliver end-to-end SDN-like agility.

With “software defined” stuff being around for well over five years now, one of the challenges that’s arisen is that we’ve created a world of software-defined silos… we have the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), the software-defined network (SDN), and the software-defined data center (SDDC), just to name a few. The problem is, businesses no longer live in a world of silos. Using cross-domain technologies, they’ve broken down the walls so that all infrastructure components work together to deliver services.

Take the cloud, for example. The cloud isn’t just a data center thing or a WAN thing but rather a network-centric compute model. This means companies must consider the whole network when moving to cloud-first models. Having to manage separate SD-WAN and SDN environments can slow down a company’s ability to make changes at cloud speeds, a problem that is in contradiction to one of the big value propositions of software-defined anything — as “SDx” is supposed to mean speed and agility.

Together As One

This week Avaya and FatPipe Networks jointly announced a strategic partnership aimed at bringing these two worlds together. The two vendors will combine expertise to deliver a single, integrated, validated solution that is both a data-center focused SDN and an SD-WAN.

Cisco’s work helping communities around the world was on display and earned accolades at Cisco Live 2016

Cisco is known as many things: the market leader in networking, collaboration, security and other markets. The company is also widely regarded as a thought leader in both the enterprise and service provider segments. Investors consider Cisco to be strong, stable stock. Much of your opinion of Cisco depends on the lens through which you look at the company.

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