Enterprise Networking

Glue Networks: Cisco Systems Secret Weapon For WANs?

The networking market has been nothing, if not rigid, for the last 20 years. Now in the space of a few short quarters, it’s suddenly heating up with talk of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and now even Software Defined WANs. Businesses are becoming more global and more decentralized while at the same time workforce mobility …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Are Software Defined WANs Ready For The Enterprise?

For too long, enterprises have been locked in a world where the advanced Wide Area Network (WAN) functionality that was required to help expand their businesses and make them more agile has been unattainable due to cost or complexity (or both). As the global business environment continues to speed up, and companies need to be …

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POSITION PAPER: Dell Opens Datacenter Networking with Cumulus Networks

Highlights of the Dell – Cumulus Joint Announcement on 1/28/14 Dell and Cumulus Networks are partnering to enable the Cumulus Linux network operating system to be integrated on Dell Networking S4810 and S6000 switches Dell is the first major networking vendor to offer a pre-installed Cumulus solution alongside its own networking operating system – straight …

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Network Virtualization Versus Next Generation Servers: Who Wins?

Virtualization on standardized hardware is a key IT trend that began in the late 1990’s with the consolidation and virtualization of storage using SAN and NAS technology.  Costs plummeted, customers had greater control and deploying/re-provisioning became a more seamless and agile process.  Then in the early 2000’s, compute became virtualized on x86-based platforms, bringing those …

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RESEARCH NOTE: Software Defined Networking and Emerging Server Form Factors

Does the answer to network complexity live in network virtualization or rethinking the server chassis? Virtualization on standardized hardware is a key IT trend that began in the late 1990’s with the consolidation and virtualization of storage using SAN and NAS technology.  Costs plummeted, customers had greater control and deploying/ reprovisioning became a more seamless …

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Are Frustrated Cisco End Users Now Driving The SDN Agenda?

Unbeknownst to many, there will be a very important meeting tonight that could have a significant impact on SDN’s (Software Defined Networking) future. Tonight, the ONUG (Open Networking Users Group) board of directors, including executives from Bank Of America, Citigroup, Fidelity Investments, GAP Inc, JP Morgan Chase, and UBS will meet with the leaders who are defining SDN standard.  While I’m …

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VMware NSX: A ‘Slam Dunk’, Really?

When the Chicago Bulls ruled the court in the 1990’s they had two big weapons: Michael Jordan, and an extremely solid team behind him, because basketball is a team sport.  Two weeks ago VMware hit the court with their new network virtualization product VMware NSX, and while this may potentially be a star, it is not clear that all of other pieces …

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VMware NSX: Is it too Soon to Claim Victory?

This past week VMware made their new virtual networking product, VMware NSX, the star of VMworld, their premier North America event. But as VMware flexes its muscle at VMworld both excitement and apprehension surround the announcements and their plans for future leadership in network virtualization. We believe that those who claim VMware delivered a solid …

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The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking …

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Cisco’s SDN Challenge

In “The Godfather, Part II”, Michael Corleone famously said “keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.” When it comes to Software Defined Networking (SDN), Cisco is following the Godfather’s advice.  SDN is viewed as a technology that will fundamentally change how networking is approached, and as the leading networking products vendor, Cisco has …

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Is Software Defined Networking (SDN) A Sucker’s Bet?

It’s literally time to step right up and place your bets.  While Software Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the hottest trends in enterprise networking today, it is easy to place the wrong bet.  Looking at the previous large strategic bets that businesses have had to make – the Internet, virtualization, or cloud computing – …

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SDN: The ‘S’ Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Someday”

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is currently one of the hottest buzzwords in the enterprise market. SDN promises to take much of the complexity and operational cost out of stringing together the thousands of servers and applications that power today’s modern data centers. For x86 servers, the move to virtualization, with more than half of the …

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