Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success


Last week, I attended a Citrix analyst relations summit program to learn about the company’s direction and strategy.  While the main-tent program was longer on vision than it was on execution details, there were some aspects of the proceedings that I found compelling. First off, there weren’t a lot of net new things being introduced, [...]



By | September 26th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Turning to the Network to Solve Application Performance Issues


What’s your plan of action when faced with a thorny application performance issue?  Where do you turn?  Does everyone jump to the conclusion that it must be the network?  Or do you get the team together and have everyone say, “It’s not me?” These are typical approaches, and in the end, it sometimes becomes a [...]



By | June 9th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Riverbed Steels for Battle


When a pure play vendor knocks it out of the park and effectively becomes the defacto gold standard, to which all other products are compared, the product brand develops a strong identity in the market. Riverbed took the WAN Optimization market by storm, leading the charge with its Steelhead product line.  The Steelhead line established [...]



By | May 19th, 2014|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing Your Network for VoIP


Deploying IP Voice (VoIP) is a big, important project for most organizations, involving a significant investment in new equipment, cost-justified on promises of increased flexibility and lower cost of operations.  But such returns can remain elusive – particular for those who don’t take the time to understand how VoIP works and the ways in which [...]



By | March 4th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Checking the Pulse of Network Management


Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend IBM‘s Pulse conference, where the company welcomed over 10,000 of its software customers. This group is primarily focused on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure solutions, built largely around the Tivoli and Maximo portfolios. The overall theme of the event was how Cloud is the answer…to everything. [...]



By | February 27th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Enterprise WAN Connectivity & Optimization – 2014 Snapshot of Evolution


The enterprise WAN is evolving. Connectivity between the enterprise and remote branch has been historically achieved through private leased line connections. Because these connections are expensive, bandwidth is often limited to what is affordable, often resulting in congestion, contention, and performance issues at the remote site. The tried and true method for resolving this problem [...]



By | December 30th, 2013|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

A Means to an End: Cloud & Virtualization Not a Cure-all


I was on a call listening to a Riverbed customer explain the dilemma they were facing and how Riverbed helped them solve a difficult performance issue. What was really interesting was how the problem came about. The company decided to go to a cloud-based SaaS service for a major application. The good news is that [...]



By | December 9th, 2013|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments
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