About a decade ago almost all data centers were built on a traditional three- (or sometimes more) tier architectures that used the spanning tree protocol (STP). That prevented routing loops but also deactivated all the backup links, which accounted for almost half the ports in large environments. This caused organizations to significantly overspend on their networks.
What's going to shake things up in 2018? IT pros will have their hands full with technologies that have been hyped for some time and are now ripe for adoption, including software-defined WAN, hybrid cloud computing, hyperconvergence, and Internet of Things. See below for our collection of enterprise picks, predictions and prognostications.
Mini data centers are sprouting up on the edges of networks ? in factories, on container ships, and piggybacked on cellular base stations ? as enterprises and service providers look to embed compute and storage capacity closer to where data is being generated.
On Monday, Marvell Technology announced it intends to acquire embedded chip maker Cavium in a deal worth $6 billion. When it?s done, the combined company will have $3.4 billion in annual sales. That's hardly Intel territory, but their chips will be in practically every piece of equipment in your data center.
Smaller players in the IT hardware space can often be overlooked because dominant players cast such a long shadow. So as someone who roots for the underdog, I do enjoy shining a little light on an overlooked bit of news.
As businesses turn to the cloud as a primary resource in driving competitive advantage, migrating to this new environment should be undertaken in a deliberate and systematic manner. Although the promise of higher reliability coupled with a lower cost may lure businesses to the cloud, 41% of businesses find themselves poorly prepared for the migration and end up moving applications back to colocation facilities. For enterprises seeking to ensure success in their migration, and even those considering making the switch, the validation of cloud applications should be of primary concern.
There should be no question that for most organizations, hybrid clouds are the way of the future. My research shows that over 80 percent of organizations either use or plant to use a hybrid cloud strategy, so it?s coming and coming fast.
The drive to digital transformation is causing the world to move faster than ever. And it seems businesses are experiencing a huge case of ?fear of missing out? (FOMO) and adopting new technologies at a dizzying pace.
by Angela Guess A new press release reports, ?One Network Enterprises, the global provider of multi-party digital network platform and services, today announced ONE Chain, a new solution that empowers trading partners to fully harness the power and potential of blockchains. ONE Chain allows organizations to build and deploy sophisticated, highly scalable supply chain and [?]
Old habits die hard, especially when it comes to buying network gear and accessories based on long-standing procurement practices. While it may seem easier to sustain the status quo, doing so can expose you to undue costs created by manufacturer price-gouging practices.
I've worked at my fair share of large corporations in my life, and like most of you, I've experienced more network and server outages than I can shake a stick at. Sometimes these outages are small and only mildly disruptive (a file server going down for a few minutes). Other times, an outage can cause massive, widespread work stoppages (such as when an email server goes offline for multiple hours ? or days).
At the heart of Microsoft?s Azure adoption strategy is the idea of the hybrid cloud, bridging on-premises datacenters and cloud computing. You don?t need to get rid of your old servers; instead, you connect them to the public cloud to take advantage of its scale and services, treating it as an extension of your existing datacenter.
In real estate, there?s a mantra that most agents use of ?location, location, location,? meaning houses that may be equal in many ways will cost more the closer you get to something of value. For example, the San Jose Mercury News recently published a story about a house in Sunnyvale, California, that sold for $782,000 over asking price. Why such a ridiculous amount? Because it?s near Apple?s new campus ? location matters.
As cloud computing continues to generate a huge amount of buzz and interest over its future, another phenomenon is gaining investor?s and developer?s interest with promises to upend the future of enterprise IT. Hybrid cloud tech, which has only recently come into its own, is increasingly being recognized as the cash-cow of the future. But what exactly is this tech, and is it worth all the hubbub it?s garnered?
Red Hat?s Project Atomic is an opinionated way to run Linux containers. The Atomic Host operating system comes with Docker (containers), Flannel (networking), OSTree (host management), Etcd (distributed key-value store), and Kubernetes (orchestration) already installed.
Whether you are streaming the latest boxing match or watching the most recent Game of Thrones episode, during its first run, the network is going to play a major role in determining your quality of experience like never before. There is unprecedented demand for content, and with the proliferation of smart devices capable of displaying video, every pair of eyeballs on the internet is a potential consumer.
We are fortunate to live in an exciting time where multiple technological leaps are occurring. Specifically, I am thinking of the mobile industry transition from 4G to 5G, and the cross-industry IT paradigm shift to the Big Data approach. The 5G standards community is already planning to support the collection and transmission of massive amounts of data. This is one of its key requirements pillars in the area of supporting the IoT. What is left, however, is for the 5G community to ensure that the other component of Big Data, namely support for network and application intelligence, is also baked into the 5G architecture. Otherwise, 5G may become simply a pipe for Big Data passing between devices and the cloud infrastructure.