Response: The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect Or Where Have All the Good Staff Gone


Nodding my head so hard my chin is hitting my chest. “What tends to remain behind is the ‘residue’ — the least talented and effective IT engineers. They tend to be grateful they have a job and make fewer demands on management; even if they find the workplace unpleasant, they are the least likely to be able to find a job elsewhere. “

Differentiation in Software Defined WAN


One of the most interesting things about SD-WAN is the level of real differentiation between the different vendors that has actual business outcomes. Let me explain, most SD-WAN vendors are using overlay networks to bypass the restrictions and limitations of IP routing. A few of the features in common are: multi-path networking dynamic and temporal […]

Response: My Industry Thoughts in 30 Seconds


Ivan posted his answers to 3 questions posed by a media agency. I got the same email and perhaps my thoughts might add something to the discussion. Q. What can enterprises do to ensure that their infrastructure is ready for next-gen networking technology implementations emerging in the next decade? Hire more people and invest in […]

Musing: Does Oracle Prove that OpEx Beats CapEx in the Enterprise ?


Oracle has a tough quarter with its top line business shrinking quickly as developers choose open source databases instead. – Source: Bloomberg At a business level, there is definitely a trend by corporates to “avoid” Oracle as licensing fees have increased dramatically to reach a pain threshold that CIOs cannot ignore. While the choice for […]

Why Firewalls Won’t Matter In A Few Years

This presentation from Alex Stamos, CSO of Yahoo during the AppSec conference is explains why firewalls are not part of their security strategy. Firewalls operating at 10G or more are not cost effective. Vertical scaling of performance costs more than the services are worth. At 100G, a firewall has less than 6.7 nanoseconds to “add value” […]

Where are we with SDN in May 2015 ?

There is so much to talk about in SDN that I couldn’t finish any of the dozen or so blog posts that I started in the last three weeks. Instead I created a 15 minute Keynote presentation that had the key points that I wanted to blog about.