John Fruehe

RESEARCH PAPER: The Dell EMC Networking Strategy

Dell EMC holds a substantial portion of the enterprise IT market. The combined entity has a commanding lead in enterprise storage as well as a top spot in server shipments. To bridge these two islands of technology, the company offers many connectivity options for the wide range of workloads where Dell EMC provides solutions. Dell EMC delivers its own …

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Recommended Daily Security Allowance

I often say to people, “Just because you can connect something to the internet, that doesn’t mean you should connect something to the internet.” Sure, it would be great to be able to log into a baby monitor while you are on a trip. But let’s face it, what is the value of doing that …

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ONUG Provides A Front Line View In The War On Stagnant Networking

Twice a year the largest companies get together to help plot out the future. Businesses are now talking about digital transformation, changing their IT to adapt to the new age of digital information, analytics and cloud technologies. But their traditional networks are holding them back. Network innovation is starting to be driven by the buyers—not …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Fall 2016 ONUG Meeting Highlights

Every six months, the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) gathers to discuss developments in open networking and focus on the work of their respective project teams. Each meeting brings ONUG closer to the goal of driving open networking requirements back to the market through a concerted effort to map user input and feedback into specific use cases that vendors …

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Software-Defined Networking: Not Just For Datacenters Anymore

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization have promised to revolutionize the datacenter. SDN breaks the tight connection between the forwarding plane (moving data from point A to point B) and the control plane (the rules that dictate how applications and users access data), while NFV virtualizes those hard-coded functions that used to be delivered …

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The ‘Hybrid Cloud’ Dilemma

“Hybrid cloud” is one of the hottest terms in technology today. All vendors have a hybrid cloud strategy, but like potato salad recipes, no two are alike. Cisco Systems, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Oracle, VMware and others all have different takes on hybrid cloud, and this presents a challenge, especially in multi-cloud/multi-vendor environments, because few standards exist. …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Open Networking Leads Digital Transformation

Companies see digital transformation as a way to help them accelerate their business by leveraging mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, and social media to drive better insight and speed decision making. But before they can transform their businesses, they need to transform  their network first, because traditional network architectures hamper digital transformation instead of propelling …

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RESEARCH PAPER: IoT Analytics at the Edge

To accelerate business, companies are turning to analytics to help transform data into insight. With so many systems and products now digitally instrumented and providing an endless stream of telemetry, data analytics can help companies glean insight in real-time regarding how their systems are operating. However, to take advantage of these data streams, businesses need to perform analytics …

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RESEARCH PAPER: OpenStack Network Maturity

The maturity of OpenStack is accelerating the move to cloud technology, enabling businesses to stand up their own private clouds as well as allowing telecom and cloud service providers (CSPs) to expand their public cloud offerings more easily. While networking was often cited as an OpenStack inhibitor in the past, we increasingly see improvements and alternatives that are …

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Wal-Mart Proves Open Source Is Big Business

Open source, in the form of both software and hardware is big business—really big business. This past week, Wal-Mart Stores, one of the largest retailers in the world proved it once again when they announced that they would make their application lifecycle management tool OneOps available as an open source project. Why give away something that …

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Software Is Eating The Network, Through SDNO

Back in 2011, Marc Andressen famously made the statement “software is eating the world.” The network is now on software’s plate. We are seeing software-defined networking and software-defined storage starting to come into the mainstream, joining software-defined servers—or what has traditionally been called “virtualization.” As infrastructure starts to become more amorphous as  to virtualized software …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Software-Defined Network Orchestration Arrives

Business transformation is happening as companies exploit technology to drive a competitive edge. But manually managing the pace of change in today’s constrained networks is breaking the business model and holding companies back from the innovation they seek. To be more agile, businesses need to address their network orchestration with tools that can automate the management and configurations of …

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The Latest IT Transformation Is Being Led By The Phone Company

I recently spent a week in Berlin attending the OPNFV Summit, the conference for the group building a common, open source platform for hosting virtualized network functions (VNFs) like firewalls, monitoring and load balancers. OPNFV’s goal is to deliver a standardized, open source platform for VNFs that carriers like AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Campus Networking Transformation

Every business today, small to large, is compelled to be more agile and flexible in order to respond to business changes. Mid-market businesses—the medium-sized part of the market that is both large and fast growing—face a particular challenge in the campus networks that connect all of the end users in their workspaces throughout the organization, due to the complexity …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Apstra’s AOS: Distributed Network OS

Networks today are struggling under the weight of 25 years of proprietary technology and manual processes. Customers either have been tied down to a single vendor in order to ensure interoperability or have been forced into integrating and maintaining multiple vendors’ equipment on their own, with plenty of headaches and finger pointing when things do not run as anticipated. …

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Applied Micro Circuits Tackles Datacenter Network Bandwidth With 400 Gigabit Fiber Optics

Traffic is a problem, not just on the streets, but also in the datacenter where demand for bandwidth is outstripping capacity. On the street, it is difficult to raise performance because raising the speed limit and shrinking or space between the cars can bring both more capacity, but also more challenges; it’s a physics problem …

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Open Networking User Group Highlights Of Spring 2016

The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) is a customer-centric group that meets twice a year to discuss the developments in open networking and also define use cases that they will share with vendors interested in marketing to this ever-growing segment of the population. The event features a mix of financial companies like Morgan Stanley and Wells …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Spring 2016 ONUG Meeting Highlights

This spring, the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) acknowledged the contribution of West Coast customers by moving their spring user group meeting to California. There was a strong turnout, including some new names that had not participated in East Coast events, and the message was clear: ONUG is having an impact on the market in terms of establishing some …

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OpenStack Grows Up: Observations From The OpenStack Summit

(Photo credit: John Fruehe) They came, they saw, they conquered. Six years ago it was 75 attendees and a bunch of servers in a pickup truck (this is Texas after all). This year, 7,500 descended on my adopted city to revel in the fact that OpenStack is finally growing up. For those of you not …

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Network Virtualization And International Travel: A Non-Tech Business Primer

(Photo credit: John Fruehe) As I write this I am sitting on a flight to Hong Kong. It is a long haul, and I feel like data being shuttled through a network. I often have conversations with business people who hear the marketing buzz of SDN, NFV, network virtualization and how these technologies are going …

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