Musing: Working for Companies in Financial Trouble

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Your employer is having financial problems. There is a lot of pressure to do “more with less”, to pull together and “do the deals”, close the sales before end of quarter. But really, what do you owe your employer in the modern era ? What is best for you ? This situation is one where the modern paradigm of fail fast, fail often and fail early applies.

Musing: VMware Pays More for AirWatch for VDI than Nicira for SDN

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As a network professional, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of perspective in relation to other areas of IT. Certainly, networking is the foundation on which all other services depend but it isn’t all that important to customers overall. VMware announced that it was buying AirWatch to boost it’s VDI capability in mobile […]

Musing: 40GbE BiDir Optics Means Less Cable In The Data Centre

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Many people are noticing that part of the Cisco ACI announcement includes mention of 40GbE BiDi optics where a 40GbE SFP needs only two MMF fibre cores for 40GbE connectivity. It’s worth noting that all vendors will also ship BiDi optics in the near future. For example, Arista is promoting a single mode 40G BiDi […]

Musing: Cisco ACI Validates The Independent Network Operating System Model

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The Cisco Nexus 9000 supports two versions of network operating system on the device. You can buy some models of the Nexus 9000 family today that run NX-OS just like the NX6K, NX7K etc and late in 2014 “NX-OS Plus” will be available. Two operating systems for the same switch isn’t new for Cisco if you remember the switch […]

What Does Programmable Networking Mean ?

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In a recent discussion someone asked the relatively simple question “What does Programmable Networking even mean ?” and, after I stumbled around trying to explain, agreed to write something that attempted to explain what I see as the basic requirement that networking has not met. Here are some ideas just jotted down to open the discussion a bit wider.

Musing On the VMware “versus” Cisco Thing

The VMware versus Cisco thing is overstated. It’s easy to conflate issues with all the excitement. The reality is that many customers have Cisco networks and will use VMware. They want Cisco & VMware to be partners. Customer first is corporate policy at both of these companies therefore Cisco & VMware will be partners. VMware has a software defined […]

Musing: Predicting What Insieme Might Announce at Cisco Live

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Conceptually, I’m not big on predicting what specific companies will or will not do. That’s what analysts are supposed to do. But we have talked plenty about Insieme over the last year and I feel like taking some guesses at what might be announced at Cisco Live US next week in an areas I think I know something about. It could be fun or foolish but I’ll take the punt. What the heck.

Big Vendor Head Shuffles at the SDN Curling Rink

Curling is a sport that involves people tossing a rock down an ice rink and then using brooms to guide it’s path. That’s a pretty apt description for employer changes in the SDN/OpenFlow space in the last few months. David Ward was leading the SDN portfolio at Juniper. Rumour has it that John Chambers saw […]