Extreme Networks has announced that it’s spending $55 million to buy Brocade’s data center business. This acquisition comes just weeks after Extreme announced a $100 million bid for Avaya’s network assets.
Archives for March 2017
Brocade has launched a new entry-level Fibre Channel switch family, the G610. Models include 8, 16, and 24-port configurations at 16Gbps out of the box. Customers can upgrade to 32Gbps optics.
VMware has announced the end of the road for third-party vSwitches. It will deprecate and eventually remove API support for Cisco NX1K, AVS, VM-FEX, and IBM DVS, among others.
A few years back, a field office might have had dual MPLS circuits, maybe even from different providers. But dual MPLS circuits offer a false promise of redundancy – the last mile of both circuits ride over the same Incumbent Local Exchange provider (ILEC) and share the same fate (misplaced backhoe, problems in central office,…
Blockchains prevent private WANs.
We lose twice as much to cybercrime as we spend protecting ourselves from it.
Silver Peak is releasing new features for its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN product, including support for BGP protocols and a stateful firewall.
A Senate vote to repeal privacy protections removes a hurdle for ISPs that want to pimp out their customers.
Don’t buy 40Gig Ethernet. Go right for 25/50/100G interfaces instead. Here’s why.
AppNeta has launched a new service, AppNeta Performance Manager, to monitor application and network performance from data centers and branch/remote offices. The service combines app identification, network monitoring, and synthetic transactions.
Our latest Human Infrastructure survey asked readers if they use a credit monitoring or ID theft service, whether on their own or because it was offered to them after a breach. Here’s the results.
Ten years ago, MPLS was state of the art for Wide Area Networks. Larger branch offices might even have redundant MPLS T1 circuits from different providers for diversity. The Software Defined WAN and shift to delivering services over the Internet has transformed branch office networking in recent years. With bandwidth intensive Internet services, architectures based…
It has been my experience that communication with project managers and general leadership is much more efficient and understandable when you include illustrations along with your responses to questions or explanations. Here are a few of my favorite which get used regularly. 1.) Out of Order Events Project Manager: “We need to install all the…
Two of the hottest trends in networking today are SDN and network disaggregation. This is great for many reasons. It’s also confusing. The marketing hype makes it hard to understand either topic. SDN has become so vague that if you ask 10 experts what it means, you are likely to get 12 different answers. Network disaggregation…
Innovium, a startup that’s designing a programmable chip for data center switches, has announced Teralynx, a 12.8Tbps switch chip.
This post is part 2 in a 2-part series on network disaggregation. You can find Part 1 at https://packetpushers.net/disaggregation-illustrated-example-part-1-2/ Last time, we discovered the process of building a network from the ground up using open source components. However, in the end, setting up a linux router running Quagga ospfd is not really any more exciting…
The ONF’s Open Innovation Pipeline will tap open source software to spur development in service provider networking. Learn more at the Open Networking Summit, April 3-6 in Santa Clara, CA.
The Human Resources department is there to protect the company from you, not the other way around.
(This post is part 1 in a 2-part series on network disaggregation. You can find Part 2 at https://packetpushers.net/disaggregation-illustrated-example-part-2-2/ ) Network disaggregation is one of those topics that seems almost to be taboo in some circles. A colleague of mine once told me that if I talked about the subject with too many people, pretty…
Arista has announced cEOS, a containerized version of its EOS network operating system that can be deployed on either Arista or whitebox ToR switches.
Extreme Networks and Avaya Networks have jointly announced an agreement in which Extreme will purcahse Avaya’s networking business for about $100 million.
In the face of public cloud services and the Amazons and Azures of the world wanting to own as much of your enterprise IT budget as possible, how does traditionally on premises technology remain relevant?
Cumulus Networks has announced that its Cumulus Linux network OS now supports EVPN (Ethernet VPN) for VXLAN, which can be used to provide a control plane function via BGP to support L2 tunneling across an L3 fabric inside a data center.
I hadn’t realized how deep HPE’s partnership was with Arista to resell Arista’s data center switches.
The Amazon S3 outage provoked a lot of reactions about the cloud. Check out the responses to the latest Packet Pushers survey to see some of ours.