Open network management is the focus on spring ONUG meeting

Open network management is the focus on spring ONUG meeting

The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) is a community of IT executives that are using their combined buying power to influence the networking industry. Members hail from companies such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Fidelity Investments. ONUG’s goal is to specify requirements and reference architectures for products that are open, more affordable and more agile than what vendors traditionally offer. Over its first two years of existence, ONUG has focused on software-defined WAN (SDWAN), network virtualization overlays and network service virtualization (also known as network functions virtualization or NFV).  Last ...

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SDN and Network Management at ONUG

SDN and Network Management at ONUG

As an analyst who focuses on network management research, I am particularly intrigued by software-defined networking (SDN). As SDN architectures are deployed in data centers, local area networks and WANs, network management practices will have to evolve. For instance, SDN may make it easier for cloud administrators to provision network services and connectivity for a new application, but how do you ensure that your new programmable network remains compliant with configuration controls and policies? Is your performance management tool able to model and monitor an SDN controller? If you have traditionally relied about appliance-based load balancers and firewalls in your ...

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Best Practices for Maximizing Efficiencies – Governance and Optimization

Best Practices for Maximizing Efficiencies - Governance and Optimization

In my last blog, I talked about “IT Cultural Transformation and the Elimination of Technology Silos.” That blog keyed on four key areas of advice, which also provide a useful foundation for the topic of “Governance and Optimization.” These key areas include: Standing in the middle of the storm –This means looking at the interdependencies [...]

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

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No question about it – I’ve been in denial.  I have not been willing to admit that Big Data is a relevant concept when it comes to network management.  But the tide is overwhelming, and usage and definition of “Big Data” is metasticizing too fast.  Resistance is futile.  I’ve been assimilated into the Big Data...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Cisco spin-in (now fully spun in) Insieme and I have to say it was not what I expected. It looks like Insieme is not an SDN controller, but rather an application controller or more aptly an application policy engine that will sit inside Cisco’s Nexus 9000 switches. The solution will be part of a larger...

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posted by Julie Craig   | October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a political statement. Applications don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat. They don’t care if they were created in Canada or India, or if they are written in Ruby, Java, or .NET. And the bottom line is that I don’t care either– because the real problem...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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The Havana release of OpenStack was launched on October 17, about three weeks prior to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.  As always, there are many new features -high availability, load balancing, easier upgrades, plugins for development tools, improved SDN support, fiber channel SAN support, improved bare metal capabilities- and even two new core components,...

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When it comes to cloud technologies, discussions often get passionate or even heated. It’s all about the “war of the stacks”, where much Cool Aid is dispensed to get customers to buy into the respective cult. This discussion reminds me of the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology instead of business...

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posted by Jim Frey   | October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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On October 8th, 2013, CA Technologies announced the availability of CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap—a free version of its full-featured performance monitoring solution, CA Nimsoft Monitor. The offering was created for the mid-market, typically made up of smaller enterprises whose IT infrastructures are growing in complexity, and thus need fully featured infrastructure monitoring solutions, but lack...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Data virtualization (DV) is a hot topic these days. More companies are adopting the technology to add agility and consistency to their data management landscape. A driver to this adoption is the shift away from enterprise data warehouse (EDW) centric architectures to embrace a new multi-platform driven strategy. Adding additional purpose built platforms (analytic appliances,...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Syncsort has made its first acquisition since its founding in the late 60′s. With CEO, Lonne Jaffe at the helm the company looks poised to make additional investments focused on adding new capabilities to its DMExpress platform and centered around Big Data. Mr. Jaffe made it clear in this mornings press release that they intend...

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At the VMware user conference VMworld this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, VMware officially rolled out the early release (for testing not production) network virtualization platform VMware NSX. The product is based on the Nicira acquisition and will replace VMware’s vSwitch and the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). Previously, VMware took a minimalist...

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Every year after VMworld EMA receives countless inquiries regarding the most notable vendors on the show floor. This time around, we have compiled a list consisting of startups taking a new look at traditional IT challenges, as well as larger and more mature companies that have launched industry transforming initiatives. Ultimately, this list of eight...

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