My experiences in networking engineering and media have changed the way I think about standards bodies, tech conferences, sales and marketing, and tech support–and not for the better.
Kemp Technologies’ 360 Vision predictive analytics platform can now collect and analyze data from F5 and NGINX load balancers.
Your customers want clarity about your product’s capabilities, not empty jargon. Your customers want to solve problems, not tick a buzzword box. Stop playing marketing games with “Intent-Based”
Fortinet has announced four new FortiGate next-gen firewalls (NGFWs), with throughputs up to 40 Gbps in NGFW mode depending on the model. As with other FortiGates, the new firewalls include custom ASICs, which Fortinet calls Security Processing Units (SPUs). The SPUs on each box divide security and networking tasks to improve overall performance. For instance, […]
The recent funding announcement from Cato Networks highlighted an important point for those of us involved in rethinking enterprise networking: how SD-WAN is only a partial answer to enterprise networking problems. Cato: funding and 2018 results The announcement included several important elements including: a $55 million funding round led by LightSpeed Ventures an increase in […]
Setting up Python on the MacOS can be a challenge. Here’s seven options the community suggested to create a less fragile development environment.
Startup Arrcus, which makes the ArcOS network operating system, has announced that its NOS will run on 400GbE whitebox switches using Broadcom’s Tomahawk 3 ASIC.
The gray market for IT gear is driven by high vendor prices for new products and by unscrupulous people looking to make a quick buck. Here are four aspects of the gray market that I’ve observed.
It was a little over a year ago, that I sat back in my theoretical chair at my cushy enterprise job and started thinking about what was next. There was a good amount of change and velocity in the role that kept me satisfied for the past six years, but there was also a growing […]
LogicMonitor, which sells a SaaS platform to monitor IT infrastructure and public cloud performance, has launched new offerings for Kubernetes and a service-oriented view of infrastructure components.
Transitioning from MPLS to SD-WAN is a big move. It’s important to remember, however, that even the most dramatic transition requires that attention be paid to small and mundane details. Not doing so can cost time and money — and not a small amount of either. I speak to a lot of companies. One of […]
The repercussions of the CenturyLink outage are still being felt weeks after the provider announced the problem solved. Even the FCC has gotten involved, announcing an investigation into what happened (see our blog on SD-WAN-Experts for more details). For enterprise IT, the outage certainly should give pause for anyone considering CenturyLink’s backbone as part of […]
If you’ve been in IT for more than a few minutes you been here before. Widget X is burning, the organization is hemorrhaging cash, and we’re all doomed unless some caped infrastructure superhero swoops in to save the day. You’re just the hero for the job, but what are you going to do? I’m going […]
Learn the key technology concepts and business drivers behind Intent-Based Networking (IBN) in this Packet Pushers whitepaper. It examines how IBN systems combine automation, orchestration, and continuous validation; provides a technical overview of how IBN systems work; analyzes benefits and drawbacks; and offers 5 key takeaways.
Huawei is likely a serious risk but not for the reasons that you think.
As a member of vExpert community – I had a very unique opportunity and honor to present at vBrownBags spot during Re:Invent 2018 – the video of my presentation is available at YouTube Below is the content of my thoughts around my quest into the new reality of Software Defined everything. 10-15 years ago System and […]
Continued from Part 1 Fat Tree Fat-Trees were originally introduced by Charles Leiserson in 1985. The basic idea behind fat-trees is to alleviate the bandwidth bottleneck closer to the root with additional links. Below is a logical representation of a 4 level Fat-Tree, you can see how the link capacity grows towards the root. A […]
Apstra has announced root cause identification and other new features in the latest version of its intent-based networking (IBN) software, but IBN has hurdles to get over before its utopian vision of the data center can come to fruition.
Fresh from a conference of MPLS providers telling people that only MPLS or Direct Internet Access (over MPLS) is the only possible solution. Its not, SDWAN over 4G works and often is cost effective too. MPLS is expensive and often more expensive than 3G/4G. An SDWAN solution makes a good network out of any bandwidth. […]
In this post, I will be focusing on a topic related to Datacenter domain which is an area I haven’t focused in the past. But since I find Topologies as an interesting area, it created enough motivation for me to write this post. So I know that nowadays the most widely adopted topology for the datacenter fabrics […]
It’s no secret that relations between Amazon and Oracle are very sour. Oracle has made very public claims that critical Amazon run on their databases. This was done without permission (a legal requirement to use another brand as an endorsement) and against Amazon’s no brand sharing policy. James Hamilton writes on his personal blog: However, […]
Nearly two years ago, I opined that supplier management might be the biggest threat to SD-WAN adoption. My argument was that SD-WAN required enterprises to equip locations with multiple Internet connections (assuming they were eliminating MPLS), ideally from different ISPs, if they’re to match MPLS uptime. All of which means that any IT team considering […]
LiveAction’s 8.0 version of its LiveNX network performance management software now integrates with packet capture hardware and protocol analyzer software from Savvius, which LiveAction acquired in June 2018.
Enterprise IT used to be dominated by one supplier in each market (think Cisco in switching, Microsoft in desktops, etc.). Will the same pattern repeat in a “software-defined” world, or will diversity reign?
Earlier this month, Extreme Networks rolled out a whopping big announcement that included upgrades to its management, analytics, and automation software, as well as new hardware. On the software side, Extreme upgraded its management and monitoring software, Extreme Management Center, to encompass data center operations in addition to existing campus and edge management capabilities. The […]