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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)

The Coming Network Evolution: Cisco Gets It, Do You?

Greg Ness's Blog I think it is only a matter of time before ALL of the leading networking players start talking about the (strategic importance of the) network as a way to succeed in an uncertain economic climate. Last week, in "Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Diseconomies" I talked about the increasingly intense pressures already building on static network infrastructure, and the underlying need for more intelligence and automation. I think the new survival mantra for the coming economic weakness will be "He (or she) who automates wins." As the industrial age emerged from... (more)

Virtualization Driving the Network Revolution

Today virtualization is creating new demands for another tech disruption.  Perhaps the first shots in this revolution were fired last week at an all day working session of networking legends and "Young Turks" at the SRI Infrastructure 2.0 meeting.  Time will tell, but the level of interest and discussion was exhilarating and timely.  Vint Cerf, Bob Grossman and Dan Lynch did an incredible job setting up the session with the help of SRI. Virtualization Demands will drive the next Network Revolution My take on why we met: Because of the spread of virtualization the IT industry is al... (more)

Infrastructure 2.0 in the News: The Beat Goes On

Infrastructure 2.0 Session at Virtualization Expo This week InformationWeek featured my recent infrastructure 2.0 interview with Alexander Wolfe. As the infrastructure 2.0 Working Group is in stealth mode, we focused on the high level tech issues resulting from the collision between virtual and static (physical) infrastructure: InformationWeek: Let's dive right in. Define the issue, as you see it. Greg Ness: If you look at networks today, the way they're operated, run, and configured hasn't really changed for the last several decades. There's a contrast between today's networks and ... (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)