I have a deep personal loathing for WAN Acceleration technology. I’ve wasted a significant amount of my personal time in the last decade where WAN Acceleration was a miserable experience. Thus when I found a report that told me that WAN Acceleration market shrank by 10% last year, I couldn’t help but be inspired to write about this joyous news and ensure that you also stop buying these stupid products:
Last year I wrote a report, The Next-Gen WAN (registration required), that drew from an InformationWeek survey of IT professionals. While 51% of respondents said they use WAN optimization on either most connections or a few key connections, I also stated “the value of this technology may fade in the years ahead.” Here’s why.
WAN Acceleration Slows Down – NetworkComputing.com
At Network Computing I took some time to consider the other side of VMware NSX and wonder what are the weaknesses and challenges that NSX might face in the months ahead.
However, it’s far too early to crown VMware as the undisputed champion of the data center. The platform faces challenges that are both technological, including a lack of production-ready support for VTEPs; and organizational, as bringing NSX into a company will have an operational impact on server, networking and data center teams.
VMware NSX Caution Signs – NetworkComputing.com
I wrote a piece for SearchSDN at TechTarget about VCE
In my view, the decision to buy a Vblock isn’t a hardware decision; it’s a resource decision. Although you get a few racks of expensive equipment, what you are really purchasing is a professional services package. Someone has already done the work to integrate all of the storage, compute and networking pieces for you, even down to VCE the cables and performing assembly. So Vblock will exist as long as VCE can convince customers to pay for those professional services and put revenue on the bottom line.
I accept that it will take a while for people to de-focus from hardware. But VCE isn’t selling hardware, it’s selling packaged professional services and that kind of company usually dies from financial mismanagement rather than any sort of market shift. Witness the number of resellers that are bankrupted every year.
VCE Vblock won’t die in the Cisco-VMware network virtualization war – SearchSDN.techtarget.com