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There is a vast new technology infrastructure now building itself out with significant implications for Archimedius readers.  As you might recall from previous blogs, in 1999 -in the midst of the “dotcom boom- there were fewer than 100 million IP addresses.  We are in the midst of a ne...
Having just read Google’s Schmidt’s Telegraph interview on the future of computing, one cannot help noticing the ripple effects of Moore’s Law now being played out on a grander scale: “Now, the math of that is interesting,” he says. “Doubling every 18 months is roughly a factor of 10 i...
As the cycles of IT vendor innovations and land grabs play themselves out in the software and networking industry, this almost predictable silicon opera may soon turn out to be a kind of sideshow to an even bigger drama. IT isn’t about rack space and/ or new breakthrough bezels and app...
As Microsoft begins to embrace cloud computing one cannot help but to see parallels between the challenges Microsoft and Oracle face today and those faced by IBM decades ago.  As you might recall, IBM was as influential (perhaps more so) in the mainframe era as Microsoft is today in th...
I am reblogging this Archimedius blog from 2009 in honor of Cisco’s recent tablet PC announcement and my comment (which follows) in response to the Future in Review Infrastructure 2.0 panel: “As the lines blue between traditional networking players and servers and services ...
The Intel acquisition of McAfee is about a transformation taking place within IT and pending collisions between devices, networks and systems.  At the core of this transformation is a massive shift from personal computers to network-enabled devices (smart phones, tablets, etc); a shift...
The tech industry is in the midst of its next rebound, fueled by the spread of virtualization, the network-connected device explosion and the pending emergence of the new (infrastructure 2.0) network. In May I wrote about today’s tech triumvirate of Cisco, Microsoft and VMware and how ...
As a part of my summer repost of my favorite Archimedius blogs I include my chasm crossing prediction hat still stands. Think about recent networking announcements from Cisco, F5, Juniper, etc. as the drumbeat leading the networking industry to a new era of network and therefore IT aut...
Keep in mind that this was posted Nov 2008… and I just blogged about record increases in the population of devices connected to the network. As virtualization takes hold in production environments and network strains accelerate expect the network to move to eth ecenter stage of h...
The network industry could be entering yet another new stage of innovation and growth, fueled by a flood of new demands and an increasingly likely new tech refresh cycle driven by increasing network infrastructure automation and control.  At the core of this new cycle is a flood of new...
I’ll be speaking on a panel at Cisco Live on July 1. I’m looking forward to talking about the new demands on network infrastructure, and whether or not the enterprise is ready for seamless cloud. Frankly, so much of the discussion about cloud is for SMEs (or regarding apps) and so li...
Future In Review Panel: Is the Network Ready for Cloud Computing? Future in Review is Mark Anderson’s annual tech conference, described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world.”  Our session on networks and clouds followed Mark’s interview with Microsoft ...
The Future in Review panel last week on the demands that virtualization and cloud are putting on networks was a sobering contrast to the surge of cloud computing conferences and announcements.  Senior executives from VMware, Cisco, Microsoft, ServiceMesh and a former cloud CTO from Sun...
If you drew a triangle and placed Cisco, Microsoft and VMware, respectively, at each corner you would have a good idea of where the center of power is regarding the future direction of the IT industry and the emergence of cloud computing. And plenty of well-heeled tech companies would ...
If you drew a triangle and placed Cisco, Microsoft and VMware, respectively, at each corner you would have a good idea of where the center of power is regarding the future direction of the IT industry and the emergence of cloud computing.  And plenty of well-heeled tech companies would...
  Summary: The acquisition of Netcordia extends Infoblox leadership in the IPAM and DNS and DHCP appliance category into the billion dollar NCCM category.  It is a bold move that sets the stage for network automation by supplementing existing DDI and NCCM solutions with complementary l...
Is the Network Ready for Cloud Computing? Wednesday May 12; 8:45 – 9:15AM While virtualization has automated systems, the network has continued to be operated, delivered like a flashback to 70s era management practices. Last year here at FIRE we heard from leaders in networking and vir...
In the meat space of confusion and contradiction caused by the collision between virtualization and the typical 70s-era management of today’s networks the future direction of IT will be determined.  Tremendous value is likely to be created in the automation of the network, as factories...
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 an...
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 an...
When VMware entered the production data center it was the beginning of a massive IT disruption with profound implications for careers, vendors and the next tech innovation cycle, driven by deep reductions in network operating expenses and equally uplifting increases in network flexibil...
The much anticipated divorce between Cisco and HP that was announced in recent weeks is a harbinger for the network equipment industry.  Note Alexander Wolfe’s comments from his Wolfe’s Den blog: Cisco has made what can only be characterized as an aggressive move emphasizing its strate...
A few weeks ago an HP blogger commented that infrastructure 2.0 is premature: The intercloud concept has recently emerged as a topic of discussion in the industry.  Conceptually, the intercloud builds on the concept of the Internet where multiple providers participate in a ubiquitous i...
Lew Tucker’s response to the Lew’s Law blog further helped to clarify the point I was trying to make about the rise of IT automation and the network’s pivotal role: While I’m sure this is more obvious than brilliant, the cost of computing will continue to fall bounded only ...
Last week I heard Sun Microsystems Cloud CTO Lew Tucker predict that IT expenses would increasingly track to the cost of electricity.  “Lew’s Law” (as described to a room of thought leaders) is a brilliant theorem that weaves a microcosm of IT trends and recent reports into a single an...
Network equipment vendors today are suspended –sometimes in disbelief, sometimes in denial- in a choice between innovation and irrelevance.  The world around them has changed dramatically from the first Interop, from the powerful supply chains that have driven time and expense out of d...
One of the most powerful drivers of virtualization is the flexibility enabled by the decoupling of applications from hardware. In essence that decoupling enables unprecedented flexibility, management and automation, all within the confines of virtualized local area networks (vLANS). ...
As virtualization entered the data center it became an accidental standard bearer for network automation. The power of virtualization helped to drive a cultural (including x as a service) shift in expectations, just as Nicholas Carr was declaring war on traditional “old world” IT with...
A recent article by Larry Dignan about how IT has fallen behind the Tech Curve laments how slow and cumbersome enterprise IT has become relative to consumerized technologies. Larry covered a session at the recent Gartner Symposium and was advised by Gartner analysts that IT pros want t...
A recent article by Larry Dignan about how IT has fallen behind the Tech Curve laments how slow and cumbersome enterprise IT has become relative to consumerized technologies. Larry covered a session at the recent Gartner Symposium and was advised by Gartner analysts that IT pros want t...
As infrastructure 2.0 is turned on it will represent an irreversible transformation in the way IT services are delivered.  The timing of product releases, investments and deployments could make all the difference for a range of companies and organizations.    Those who could be impac...
In a matter of decades we watched the data network eliminate “middlemen” and arcane practices that had been around for centuries, only to see these practices re-emerge at the core of the network.  Understanding this irony is pivotal to understanding what is about to take place within t...
As Cisco, HP, Juniper, F5, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others circle the data center field of battle, one strategic ridge of high ground is in network automation, or the ability to move (or adjust/provision) IT assets at the push of a button without the need for extensive manual inte...
A special thanks to the speakers and attendees at today’s webinar on Virtualization and the Future of the Network: Nemertes Andreas Antonopoulos, Cisco’s Chris Hoff, VMware’s Mark Thiele and Richard Kagan from Infoblox.     You can view the slides here.    Works best with I...
It only makes sense that the steam locomotive existed before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. One breakthrough created the need for another. The power of the VM (virtual machine) introduced unprecedented mobility and flexibility, albeit within the confines of a VLAN c...
It only makes sense that the steam locomotive existed before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.  One breakthrough created the need for another.  The power of the VM (virtual machine) introduced unprecedented mobility and flexibility, albeit within the confines of a VLAN c...
Lori wasn’t able to represent F5 Networks at the first Infrastructure 2.0 Working Group but has been perhaps the most prolific contributor with some incredible thoughts on how networks must evolve.  Erik Giesa from F5 was on the Future in Review panel on I2.0 that inspired the formatio...
One week to go.  Nemertes co-founder Andreas Antonopoulos leads an expert-packed webinar on virtualization and the strategic importance of the network.  Speakers: Mark Thiele from VMware, Chris Hoff from Cisco and Richard Kagan from Infoblox.   Register Here for this online live webina...
My recent podcast on infrastructure 2.0 with John Willis reminded me of some recent banter about my use of the term “Cambrian explosion” to talk about where IT is headed when infrastructure 2.0 becomes a reality.  In short, today we have a classic preconditions scenario when automated ...
Attending the first Infrastructure 2.0 Working Group was a powerful, albeit surreal experience.  Watching Dan Lynch, Bob Grossman and Vint Cerf make the case for a revolution in networking and moderate a team of industry giants was more memorable than I could have ever imagined.   Ye...