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Greg Ness's Blog Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating pressures on an already tired network infrastructure. Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the creation of multi-billion dollar network hardware markets. As we watch the global economy shiver and shake we now see signs of the next technology boom: Infrastructure2.0. Infrastructure 1.0 - The Multi-billion Dollar Static Network From the expansion of TCP/IP in the 80s/90s, the emergence of... (more)

Virtualization Security: VMware Crosses the Rubicon

While the press and blogs are buzzing about cloud computing, VMware has made probably one of the most significant cloud-related announcements ever made; and with : vShield Zones has added even more distance between rivals when it comes to data center and cloud security. Last year at VMworld in Cannes, VMware announced the VMsafe VMware security partner ecosystem. The virtualization security "industry" had been notably silent (other than a colorful row between security blogger/expert Chris Hoff and Citrix CTO Simon Crosby) for the rest of 2008. Virtualization expert Rich Miller ... (more)

Clouds Will Require Infrastructure 2.0

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo While almost everyone in the tech industry is talking about the promise of cloud computing very little dialogue focuses on the technology challenges that will need to be addressed (before enterprises fully embrace cloud computing).  And it is in that blue sky between cloud vaporware and day-to-day reality on the ground that new tech fortunes will be made and lost. See: Network Automation Will Turn the Tables on Vendors and Careers While Google, Amazon and others have proven that public cloud computing can work (at least as a subsidized business mod... (more)

The Coming Cloud Computing Wars

The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears that “the network infrastructure issue” has finally reared its head and ushered in networking and management leaders into the cloud conversation. More cloud watchers are discovering that cloud apps -at a minimum- will put more burdens on the network. As IT services decouple from hardware the network ... (more)

Today's Networks Not Yet Ready for Enterprise Cloud

Enterprise networks are not ready for broad enterprise cloud IT services a la Nicholas Carr. As network and IT practitioners gathered in Las Vegas (Interop) and tech thought leaders conveyed on San Diego (Future in Review) the week of May 18th, there was more than a weave of flights running between them related to the timing and impact of cloud computing on the enterprise IT industry. It was clear from a multitude of thought leaders, vendors and data center professionals that today’s networks are not ready for the deployment of many forms of cloud computing, especially the multi-s... (more)