Category Archives: Network Computing Columns

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SDN Strategies Part 4: Big Switch, Avaya, IBM,VMware

By | May 3, 2014

This series on SDN products concludes with a look at Big Switch’s updated SDN strategy, VMware NSX, IBM’s hybrid approach, and Avaya’s focus on virtual network services. My last post in this series on vendors’ SDN strategies looked at SDN products from Juniper, Dell, Brocade, and Alcatel-Lucent/Nuage. In this final post of the series, I examine how Big… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 3: Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent

By | May 3, 2014

In the third part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I discuss Juniper’s network overlay approach and three other vendor strategies for tackling software-defined networking. In my last post in this continuing series on vendors’ SDN strategies, I looked at SDN products from Cisco, Arista, and HP. In this blog post, I will examine the various ways… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP

By | May 3, 2014

In the second part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista’s programmable approach, and HP’s commitment to OpenFlow. In the first part of this series on vendors’ SDN strategies, I discussed the SDN landscape and the most recent InformationWeek SDN Survey, which showed that most vendors have a long way to go… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare

By | May 3, 2014

It’s a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network. While software-defined networking is key to every networking vendor’s product strategy, that doesn’t mean IT is buying the message. In fact, InformationWeek’s most recent SDN Survey shows that most vendors earn a failing grade when… Read More »

SSDs: A Guide To Using Flash In The Datacenter

By | May 3, 2014

Silicon is the darling of the storage world: Out with spinning disks, in with flash chips. There is a lot to like about solid-state storage. It offers faster I/O, lower latency and power consumption, and instant-on from sleep states for lightning-fast access to cold data, all from smaller components easily adapted to a variety of form factors. Indeed,… Read More »