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You don't have to be a geologist or paleontologist to understand the implications of the word "Cambrian" for IT.
I had the distinct pleasure of talking to the Bob Dylan of Infrastructure 2.0, John Willis earlier.  The result was this podcast on infrastructure 2.0.  John has a great IT Management and Cloud Blog.  You can follow his Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/botchagalupe.      John used the...
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 inte...
The blog buzz on virtualization and the network has been gathering steam, including a recent Network World blog tying the issues together.  Virtualization, it seems, could be a big win for network equipment vendors (and pros) if they only understood the network impacts of virtualizatio...
A series of blogs began a speculation about the impact of virtualization on the network. It's certainly fair to suggest that the network has had little impact on first stage VLAN virtualization, or virtualization-lite. The real question, however, is whether or not virtualization (or ...
Many of today's large enterprise networks are burning cash and are overly dependent upon layers of manual processes (like DNS, DHCP and IPAM for starters) to stay available and secure. Networks were created this way from the start; we architected networks to work just like the environ...
Just as VoIP started with eager trials and challenges, virtualization is growing in production environments as VMotion remains confined to VLANs. Infrastructure 2.0 will unleash the power of VMotion and could re-energize the networking industry.
Last weekend Chris O'Brien (San Jose Mercury News) referred an "identity crisis" at Google, which immediately reminded us of a litany of technology companies which have ended up dabbling in too many markets for their own good. Breadth ultimately undermined synergy. It isn't hard to ...
Virtualization could easily be called the most critical enabler of cloud computing. After all, it decouples applications from hardware, freeing up companies from being tied to specialized hardware and enabling new mobility potentials for processing power. Those potentials could allow...
A few weeks ago I talked about the coming cloud computing war by discussing the formation of multi-vendor cloud-driven alliances and their implications for the IT industry. Now that Cisco has announced its unified computing initiative which includes Nehalem blade servers and IBM is no...
Whether you’re a small business considering cloud services or an enterprise contemplating public or private cloud services, it pays to understand some of the technical challenges and players likely to have a significant impact on the availability, security and costs of those services. ...
Recent attacks on outsourced DNS have caused extended outages for major organizations, making them unreachable on the Internet and costing millions in lost revenue and customer goodwill. All of these organizations, including such notable companies Amazon.com, have one thing in common:...
VMware has made a stunning announcement when it comes to virtualization security. The question now is: will it awaken the security industry?
Before we get to carried away with the cloud computing dream lets talk about the fundamental challenges in the network (manual labor and kludge) that may have a substantial impact on the shape of cloud computing, at least in the enterprise.
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 t...
Despite the gloom and doom in the news, no one seems to be predicting that the spread of TCP/IP will be slowed by a global recession. Most analysts are more concerned with how the network will be monetized and the role it will play in new virtualization and cloud computing initiatives....
The "speeds and feeds" mantra of the networking industry is about to be replaced by a new "dynamic infrastructure" mantra; and Cisco, Infoblox, and F5 Networks are taking the lead in shaping this new vision of a more flexible, more available, and easier to manage network. New enterpris...
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 ...
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 in...
Infrastructure2.0 is the next technology boom. It is already underway. Cisco, F5 Networks, Riverbed and even VMware promise to benefit from this new infrastructure and the level of connectivity intelligence it promises. (More about these companies and others later in this article.)