SDN/NVF A Work In Progress… And What Progress!
Jul28

SDN/NVF A Work In Progress… And What Progress!

The math is simple: mobility plus Big Data plus the Internet of Things/Everything plus analytics mean networks – datacenter, cloud and at the edge – must handle bigger workloads faster, and IT budgets can’t even come close to addressing these requirements with current technologies. Which brings us to this week’s OpenDaylight Summit, where software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) will be...

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Looking Forward to OpenDaylight Summit

OpenDaylight (ODL) Summit is coming up on July 27th (July 27-31) . There are many tutorials for users and app developers, as they had in the past. ODL is an open source SDN (software defined network) and NFV (network functions virtualization) platform project that requires collaboration from different members to design, implement, and test systems, so the process of creating this software as a community is critical. Of course, it’s...

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Dell: Disk Isn’t Dead But…
Jul22

Dell: Disk Isn’t Dead But…

If it was just about adding the latest media type – in this case SSDs based on Triple Level Cell 3D NAND technology – then Dell’s bragging rights for the lowest-cost enterprise flash would last just as long as it took for its flash storage competitors to jump on the TLC bandwagon. In other words, not very long. However Dell’s secret sauce – a virtualized storage array architecture that automatically leverages multiple...

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Solving the Inflexibility of All-Flash Arrays

All-Flash Array’s (AFA) are a performance sledgehammer for IT Planners looking to address performance issues in their environments. These systems allow data centers to respond faster to the needs of the business and they allow them to reduce service delivery costs by creating more scalable, dense environments. However, all-flash has some drawbacks that make long term use of the technology more of a challenge. Coho Data’s new All-Flash...

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Cybersecurity: The Emperor’s New Clothes
Jul21

Cybersecurity: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Intel Security has just released a new report that once again illustrates the threadbare state of cybersecurity: most organizations believe they are better protected than the facts support. “We believe we have a degree of overconfidence, possibly complacency,” said Raj Samani, EMEA CTO, Intel. The survey of IT executives within critical infrastructure organizations, ‘Holding the Line Against Cyber Threats: Critical...

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Cybersecurity Lessons from W. Edwards Deming

Network security challenges are really centered on operations rather than technology. Given this, I did a bit of research to see whether cybersecurity process issues were similar to other operations problems and if CISOS could learn anything from the groundbreaking work done in the 20th century by business operations guru, W. Edwards Deming, sometimes referred to as the Father of the Quality Evolution in manufacturing. To read the...

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