Enterprise Networking

Are Consumer Networking Products Threatening Business Security?

Security challenges are on the rise and a disproportionate amount of time and money is being spent to counter the intrusions and risks that lurk behind every door. While businesses may rely on enterprise-class networking security from companies like Cisco Systems, Fortinet, Checkpoint Systems or Palo Alto Networks, it is consumer products from the likes …

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Are Gigabit Speed Internet Service’s Biggest Beneficiaries Lawyers?

Austin, TX is a hotbed of Internet activity, proving the theory that strong competition brings consumer benefits as we now have multiple providers for gigabit (1000Mb/s) internet service. But, the biggest beneficiary might not be carriers like AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable or even Google – it could be the lawyers. Promises of massive bandwidth and lightning-fast …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Can Broadband Change the WAN?

Competitive environments are forcing businesses to change their IT to drive more agility, enabling them to deploy new software and services quickly to capture more opportunity. This is driving many to use cloud-based applications where ready-made enterprise solutions can be deployed quickly, but what most do not consider is that this move can have a dramatic impact …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Spring 2015 ONUG Meeting Highlights

Today’s networking world is complex, antiquated and full of proprietary products. The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) was built by end users around the idea that open networking is essential to helping business by providing agility and flexibility. Unlike many other consortiums, ONUG is driven by the end customers, not the vendors. ONUG members put together the …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Bringing Dev Ops to WAN Orchestration

The complexity of today’s WAN environments breeds inflexibility and inefficiency. Managing the deployment and operation of WAN connections has proven to be both manual and time consuming, driving up costs to companies deploying them. Any delays in rolling out new services means that businesses miss out on opportunities that could drive new revenue streams. With Gluware 1.0, …

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Gluware 2.0: Breathing New Life Into Cisco Systems WANs

Almost any business with remote locations or branch offices will have challenges with their Wide Area Network (WAN) portion of their corporate network, and the fast pace and changing landscape of today’s business makes it difficult to enforce consistency and security on remote locations. Last year, Glue Networks introduced a product to help orchestrate Cisco Systems WAN …

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Open Networking: Even The Most Conservative Enterprise Analysts Can’t Ignore It

Over the past two years my firm has been very vocal about the trend towards “open networking“. It threatens to unlock the vertical network stacks that companies like Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, and Arista Networks were very successful with the past two decades. I give credit to the companies listed above who are slowly moving towards SDN (software-defined networking), …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HP’s Vision for Tomorrow’s IT

The forces of mobility, cloud, security, and big data are driving a sea change in the role of IT. Their combined impact is creating new business opportunities while simultaneously transforming the customer engagement model. Faced with this environment, today’s traditional hardware-centric view of IT and slow pace of innovation cannot meet future business requirements in a …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Fifty Shades of Open Networking

Most networking vendors are getting on the “open networking” bandwagon, but unfortunately many appear to be approaching it defensively with a foot in both the proprietary and open camps. They see open networking as a hedge against a market that is pushing towards more openness, while they hope to keep selling proprietary products. The continuum of offerings …

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MWC: Intel Helping Service Providers To Optimize End-To-End IoT Value Chains

IT is in the crosshairs of a major data center architecture transition driven by a phenomenal rise in factors including Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and real-time analytics, finding a deeper relevance in the current business landscape. Over the last year, Intel developed the concept of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) as the next step in datacenter transformation. One of …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Intel SDI Enables Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligence

Intel’s concept of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) extends the definition of the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). SDI is a re-evaluation of system architecture driven by the requirements of business flow, workloads, and specific applications—not by a menu of hardware available to purchase at the moment. SDI could transform mainstream datacenters and has the potential to displace current datacenter …

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Cisco Systems Ekes Out an Earnings Win, Disappoints On Forecast

Cisco Systems has successfully managed to meet investors’ expectations while simultaneously beating Wall Street’s estimates for fiscal Q1 2015. Analysts had expected Cisco Systems’ non-GAAP EPS to be flat at $0.53 and revenue to be $12.2 billion, while Cisco Systems reported a non-GAAP earnings of $0.54 and revenue of $12.2 billion. While this is technically …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Highlights of the Fall 2014 ONUG Meeting

The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) recently met in New York City to review progress on their exiting open networking user cases and determine the next three areas that the group would focus.  Under the backdrop of networking giant Cisco announcing soft earnings, in part because of its customers’ desire to move to open networking, …

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Cisco Systems Earnings Preview – The Balancing Act Continues

As Cisco Systems is expected to announce their earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 today, the company faces a long list of challenges in order to meet or beat the expectations put on the company by analysts and investors, but their biggest challenges will be long-term, where open networking, SDN and the cloud are the …

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Is Dell Opening Networking’s Pandora’s Box?

I love Pandora, the music service that lets me customize my music stations to what I want to hear, letting me design my stations around my actual needs. If you remember the Pandora story, she was the first woman created by the gods, and she opened the box that needed to remain closed. Very fitting as …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Is Dell Driving the Open Future of Networking?

While enterprise computing and storage have both gone through a standardization metamorphosis, enterprise networking has lagged. Enterprise networking remains one of the few areas of proprietary vertical integration in IT. But the need for businesses to move faster and be more agile is putting pressure on IT to adjust to strategies that will help their businesses …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HP: Protecting Printers With Enterprise Grade Security

In today’s Internet of Things (IoT) environment, security is not only critical, it’s essential. Newly connected IoT devices such as thermostats, vending machines, HDTV’s and wearables create some of the largest potential security gaps in the IT infrastructure. As users demand mobility, cloud-based applications and collaboration, both inside and outside their company or organizations firewalls, the threat …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Enable Rack Level Scale-Out Domains with RoCE and AppliedMicro X-Weave

Hyperscale datacenter operators want to expand the compute capacity of their server racks. Some server vendors are reacting by creating dense chassis that absorb the functionality of mid-rack switches, to the point where they are also capable of bypassing the top of rack (TOR) switch and connecting directly to the end of row (EOR) switch. …

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Intel SDI: One Datacenter Architecture To Rule Them All?

I attended the Open Compute Summit last week in San Jose, where industry leaders in the scale-out datacenter industry gathered to discuss and attempt to get some kind of alignment on future architectures and building blocks. By architecture, I mean the building blocks, the interconnects and the rules by which future football field size datacenters …

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