SuperComm 2009: Brocade, Ixia, NTT, Mu Dynamics, Cisco, and NetOptics
Visiting vendors and talking to product managers is the only reason I go to shows. On occasion, I participate in a panel or give a presentation, but what I really want to do is see what vendors have cooking. SuperComm, while not an enterprise show, has quite a few vendors that service both carriers and enterprises, and often products tend to flow from the carrier to enterprise market as bandwidth demands rise. Keeping an eye on what they are doing tells us where the enterprise may be heading.
Carriers Renew Focus On SMBs
AT&T and Avaya create a dedicated sales center for small and midsize businesses, while Sprint forms a Small Business specialty team to develop new products and services.
SuperComm 2009 Keynotes: Long On Vision
Two keynotes by the leaders of ATT and Cox Communications covered topics near and dear to their respective hearts. Neither were particularly earth shattering, but getting the birdseye view from the executive suite is useful because it informs us of companies' directions, goals and priorities.
Ericsson Profits Drop 71%
The wireless equipment maker was hit with sluggish sales and declining results from its joint venture with Sony.
Linesider Overdrive Automates Network Management
One of the thornier issues with building a dynamic infrastructure for a data center or campus LAN is creating a simple, robust, and reliable management system to configure network connectivity. Unless you have the luxury of designing a brand new network, chances are you have a mix of routers, switches and network gear from more than one vendor. Linesider Overdrive Network Services Virtualization Platform aims to simplify the management by abstracting the actual commands from the goals of a task.
Will There Be Tiers Of SSD?
I heard at Storage Networking World (SNW) that once storage finally moved to Solid State Disk (SSD) and there were no longer mechanical drives, there would be no more need for tiered storage. Everything will be on SSD, it will all be fast and no one will care. Will SSD end the need for proper data management or will there be tiers of SSD?
Guarding the Guards
Firewall management software makes sure your policies actually match your security goals.
Mu Dynamics Moves To Real-World IP Tests
Network testing has traditionally been all about "speeds and feeds." Traffic that matches patterns specified in a protocol's RFC are blasted at the device under test as rapidly as possible until the test finishes or the device rolls over and dies. It's a useful testing method for manufacturers who want to make sure their devices comply with the standards, but terribly limited for any other purpose. Mu Dynamics has introduced a new version of its Mu Testing Solution that focuses on testing for ca
Verizon CEO Predicts Doom And Gloom Over Pending Ruling
At Supercomm 2009, Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications keynote, kicked off the day with a rousing talk about how broadband is changing our lives and why the FCC should butt out of setting Internet policy. Luckily I was traveling and couldn't attend or I'd have been tempted to pull a "Joe Wilson" and shout "You lie!"
Verizon Business Application Assurance SaaS Bring APM To The Masses
Verizon Business Application Assurance brings active and passive Application Performance Monitoring (APM) to their Private IP customer base. Application Assurance integrates with their management portal, Verizon Enterprise Center, providing a seamless management experience. Application Assurance will be available in December, 2009 and offers long term and short term deployments. Managed APM can be very cost effective compared to purchasing and an APM software suite.
Cisco Announces Borderless Networks
The new, router-based architecture makes it possible for virtual services with video and collaboration features to be remotely deployed and managed.
Network Neutrality: Reconsidering Flat-Rate Internet Access
Later this week, the FCC is expected to release details of a newly proposed policy addressing network neutrality. These rules, motivated primarily by a desire on the part of the Obama administration to encourage openness and innovation on the Internet, are also mired in intense political debate, some of it ideological but much of it driven by a corrupt system of campaign finance. Corporate donors are staking out their turf and finding compromise won't be easy.
Riverbed RiOS 6.0 Enhances Application Performance
Moving more data through existing networks is a key issue for many network managers trying to survive tough economic times. RiOS 6.0, a new version of the Riverbed Operating System, promises to make the task of sending ten pounds of data through a five-pound network a bit easier, especially for managers who are also coping with diverse client operating systems and the demands of system and application virtualization.
IBM Announces New Software For Managing Data Centers
IBM today introduced ground-breaking new software for managing data centers. The new technology has the potential to dramatically cut the cost of operations while speeding the deployment of new applications from weeks to minutes.
Qlogic Gives Emulex A Black Eye
With exclusive design wins at NetApp & IBM, and offering the only single chip CNA you can get from EMC today, QLogic continues to pommel its competitors.
Cisco Retools Its Router Line
Since its inception 25 years ago, Cisco has been synonymous with routing. The company rolled out its most significant router upgrade, Integrated Services Router Generation (ISRG 2) since 2004 and focused on enhanced video transmission capabilities, more virtualized services, and reduced energy consumption as the means to maintain its market position.
Enterasys S-Series Switches To Replace N-Series In Data Center
Enterasys has launched the S-Series of switches for datacenter deployments, a modular switch family that will ultimately replace the N-Series. The new series also comes with an updated operating system that will run on the older N-Series as well. However, the company doesn't have a clear plan for FCoE or partner engagements that Brocade, Cisco and Juniper, have won, leaving us with some doubts about their long term vision.
Enterasys Revamps Switching Line
Enterasys, which has been languishing in the Ethernet switching market, is trying to breathe new life into its products. To entice small and medium businesses, the companyï¿¼s S-Series features high performance switching, resilient power, and enhanced management functions.
ECA: Value Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
eDiscovery vendors and analysts - including myself - are coming out with a raft of product and commentary about Early Case Assessment (ECA). However, we might be assuming a lawyerly acceptance of ECA that just isn't there.
Q&A: HP ProCurve CTO Paul Congdon
Our interview takes a deep diving into networking, with Paul Congdon, HP ProCurve's chief technology officer. Congdon not only opines on managing network sprawl, but he's playing a big part in the solution. As the vice chairman of the IEEE 802.1 working group, Congdon is hard at work on the data center bridging standard, which seeks to make Ethernet the single converged fabric in the data center.
GlassHouse Technologies: At Your (IT Infrastructure) Service
GlassHouse Technologies just held its debut analyst day and clearly communicated what it does and where it is going to the analysts in attendance. Looking more deeply at GlassHouse reveals its response to the greater transformational trends in IT infrastructure that impact virtually all businesses.
External IOV and Data Center Politics
I, like some others, have been concerned that the convergence of storage and data networking could in many organizations end up bogged down as the storage and networking teams fight it out over turf. Some may decide that reducing from two cables each for 10gigE and Fibre Channel to just two 10gig cables isn't worth the trouble but that's means duplicate infrastructures end to end which will hit the budget pretty hard. External I/O virtualization could be the answer.
Third Time A Charm For Law Firm
Law offices have been at the forefront of the Enterprise Search market. These businesses generate a large volume of data and need to provide their users with easy access to it. Experience has been the best teacher for international law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP: the firm went through three Enterprise Search systems before finally finding one that meets its needs.
Brocade And Motorola Partner; Brocade To Dump Meru Networks
Brocade and Motorola have formed an OEM deal and a partnership to develop a unified wired and wireless communications strategy bridging WLAN, VoWLAN, Fixed Mobile Convergence and cloud services infrastructure. Brocade will start selling the Motorola products in November 2009 under the Brocade Mobility Series and will stop selling Meru Products. Brocade is committed to supporting existing Meru customers for the next five years.
HP Automates Oracle Deployment
HP has enhanced the support for Oracle business applications by updating their Oracle configuration reference documentation and by adding templates to their Blade System Matrix to automate the provisioning of the underlying compute, network, and storage resources. HP claims to take infrastructure provisioning from hours or days to minutes.
Chelsio Delivers Windows iSCSI Initiator For Unified Wire
Chelsio Communications, Inc. today announced its hardware offloaded iSCSI initiator driver, enabling 10Gb line-rate iSCSI performance over its unified wire adapters in Windows 2003, Windows 2008-SP2 and Windows 2008-R2 environments.
Exagrid Grows Dedup Capacities
ExaGrid Systems EX10000E 10TB disk backup and enhanced GRID software allow customers to store a 100TB full backup in a single GRID-based disk-backup system with data deduplication. The EX10000E will be available by the end of October for a base price beginning at $85,900.
Day 2 - Live From SNW
Continuing our Live from SNW series, our first few entries for today are going to be catch up from yesterday's final briefings. As before these are all coming rapid fire so I ask your continued patience, these are very much first impressions.