For example, those who are now building and managing datacenters are gaining heightened productivity, delivering far better performance, and enjoying greater ease in operations and management -- all thanks to innovations at the software-infrastructure level. Join the discussion here and further explore how advances in datacenter technologies and architecture are -- to an … [Read more...] about VMware CTO: How the software-defined datacenter benefits enterprises
Software defined networking and network function virtualization
Randal Asay, Catbird's Chief Technology Officer, in a recent article (see Shifting Roles in the SDDC at Catbird's website), points out that the shift from a focus on physical systems, storage, networks, and clients to a virtual, software-defined environment should be implemented hand in hand with a refined staff organization. The changes he suggests aren't really new, however. … [Read more...] about Does a software-defined datacenter mean changes in staff roles?
The recent launch of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) initiative by the Linux Foundation presents enormous opportunities for enterprises utilizing the OpenStack platform. A component of the software-defined infrastructure model, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a relatively new concept gaining significant traction in industries with complex and often extensive … [Read more...] about The newest frontier in cloud computing: Network Function Virtualization
The ActiveCore SDN platform is delivered off of Comcast's cable network and gig-ready. The first service based on ActiveCore will be a software defined wide area networking service. For enterprises, Comcast Business can be a solid counterweight to telecom providers. Comcast Business plans to use its ActiveCore SDN platform to enable enterprises to manage the network across … [Read more...] about Comcast Business launches software defined wide area networking service
Cisco will make software defined-networking (SDN) product announcements at its CiscoLive conference in June that will show initial steps in how it plans to roll out the fledgling technology.The products are expected to adhere to Cisco's new Open Programmable Environment for Networking, or Cisco OPEN, SDN architecture. Though product details are unavailable, one of the products … [Read more...] about Cisco Software Defined-Networking Products on Tap in June
CIOs and their IT teams are bombarded with major changes on nearly every front these days. Shifting to a software-defined environment is one of the top agenda items in many enterprises. But what does this shift in operations really mean? Are the benefits really worth the headaches of major operational change?We are in the early days of this shift to a software-defined world, … [Read more...] about Do IT groups really need to move to a software-defined environment?
Dell is synonymous with home and business PCs, and data center servers. Yet Dell also has an ambitious software-defined networking activity underway called the Open Networking Initiative, where it partners with SDN software companies like Cumulus Networks and Big Switch Networks to bundle operating systems and applications on Dell switches. The Big Switch deal was announced … [Read more...] about Michael Dell: On SDNs and Networking for the Masses
It's acommon trend among writers and filmmakers to offer up their particular take ona theme such as mistaken identity, opposite attraction or revenge. Similarly,the technology realm is populated with vendors offering their own blend of acommon concept such as a Linux distribution, handheld tablets or networkingtrend.Unlikefictional stories, where genuinely new plots are … [Read more...] about Software Defined Networking: The Cisco approach
With the rise of cloud computing, the abstraction of hardware management from the intrinsic purpose that hardware serves has made IT administration substantially easier. This trend has permeated the data center, with software defined systems (computing, networking, and storage) becoming integral features in the deployment of IT resources. Taking this concept to a … [Read more...] about Software defined data centers: The smart person’s guide
Branch sites are ideal places to make networking simpler and less expensive. There's often little or no IT expertise there, and it's harder to justify costs because only a fraction of a company's business happens at a given branch.Yet the rise of software-defined WANs and branch offices, designed to scale back the expense and complexity of far-flung networks, has left some … [Read more...] about Versa brings multiple functions to software-defined branch networks