Cisco DNA is Marchitecture, But Also a Shift Away From CLI


The industry has seen plenty of marchitectures from Cisco and its peers over the years. Its newest one, Digital Network Architecture (DNA), feels different, especially after I spent a week at Cisco Live 2016. DNA is different because underneath all the slideware and demos is an apparent commitment to changing the way enterprises do networking. [...]



By | July 14th, 2016|Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

EdTech Networkers: Be Ready for Cloud, SDN, and IoT this Year


This sponsored blog post was originally published at at HelpSystems.com With summer almost here, it’s time for network infrastructure teams at K–12 school districts and higher education institutions to take stock of their infrastructure and think about what IT initiatives and trends will be impacting them through the next school year and beyond. Server virtualization [...]



By | May 17th, 2016|Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Early Adopters Define SDN


Greg Ferro recently blogged about how attempts to define software-defined networking (SDN) are a waste of time. He wrote: You can’t define “Software Defined Network” because its not a thing. Its not a single thing or even a few things. Its combination of many things including intangibles. Stop trying to define it. Just deploy it. [emphasis mine] [...]



By | February 1st, 2016|Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Creeping Terror: Crowded Tool Belt a Headache for Network Managers


This blog post is sponsored by SevOne. However, the thoughts and ideas expressed here are entirely my own. How many management tools do you use to measure bandwidth utilization trends? How many tools do you use to correlate a bad interface on a switch with an application performance problem? If you answered “one” to either [...]



By | September 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not just another app: Real-time UC applications require network assessment


[Author's Note: This post is sponsored by Edgeworx. The content is entirely mine.] Voice over IP (VoIP) and IP video have become commonplace in schools,  universities, enterprises and households, and many people view these technologies as just another application on the network. An enterprise architect might be tempted to assume that a high-performing, highly available network will [...]



By | September 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever


Champions of big data analytics extoll the virtues of massive data stores. Enterprises have so much unstructured data that could help them improve operations and generate new revenue, they say. The more bytes, the better. Some might assume that enterprises will simply push every byte they can find into a Hadoop cluster or data warehouse. [...]



By | June 12th, 2015|Big Data, Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Docker acquires SocketPlane for multi-host container networking


Docker Inc. acquired networking startup SocketPlane today, indicating that Docker wants to accelerate the development of networking APIs and software that will help network managers operationalize production Linux containers. Docker is a suite of open source software that helps developers and admins manage and scale their use of Linux containers. Containers offer the same resource [...]



By | March 4th, 2015|Mergers & Acquisitions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A new analyst on the block


Hello world. I am the new senior analyst for the network management research practice at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).  My name may be familiar to some of you. Prior to 2015, I led the news team for TechTarget's networking and telecommunications publications for seven years. Now I'm making the transition from journalist to analyst. The [...]



By | February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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