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The Top Four Things SDN Needs For The New Year

Ask a seasoned network engineer about the “year of the LAN” and you’re likely to get a chuckle and this query in response: “Which one?” Indeed, various pundits insisted regularly in the late 80s that this would be the year that...

01/12/2015

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How the SDDC and the SDN Can Work Better Together

If you think this whole “software-defined” thing is turning networking upside-down, consider what it’s doing to the data center. The data center has always been the last bastion of consistency, a paean to reliability, stability,...

01/12/2015

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Bringing DevOps Together with SDN For Better Networking Configuration

For better or worse, IT has long been a land of specialization. Network administrators didn’t talk to storage administrators, who didn’t talk to server administrators. Application developers didn’t talk to operations. Silos...

12/22/2014

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Can SDN Make Optical More Accessible?

Some technologies are just ahead of their time. They make a tiny splash and then wander off to the periphery, either to become a successful niche or an unsuccessful afterthought. I learned this firsthand one weekend not long ago...

12/19/2014

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Does SDN Simplify Or Complicate Network Management?

For as long as I’ve been covering technology – and I’ve long since passed my silver anniversary – I’ve always been able to rely on the IT double take that comes with any advancement: “This is really great! [beat] [beat] How are we...

12/12/2014

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Should SDN Admins Worry About Security?

Sometimes I think that IT security measures confuse employees more than they deter bad guys. Forcing people to change their passwords every 90 days, without letting them reuse one even a year later, is just a recipe for Post-It...

12/12/2014

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Is SDN Real? You Bet It Is

While being bombarded by promises for a new technology – especially one as radical as SDN – it’s natural for IT executives to ask a simple question: How real is it? Who’s using it? How are they using it? What benefit are they...

12/04/2014

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Should SDN Start Over Again?

It’s not commonly known that Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 version of the Jimmy Stewart classic The Man Who Knew Too Much was not his first. He’d originally filmed the story in 1934, but he yearned to do it again, but better. Given that...

12/04/2014

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Does SDN Play Well With Others?

The last thing I’d ever want to do is complicate the lives of CIOs even further, but frankly, as a writer, that’s my job. Journalist H.L. Mencken used to talk about comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. This...

11/20/2014

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Are Carriers Really Leading the Charge to SDN?

Back in my days as a magazine editor, I published a story about the supposed death of mainframes, wonderfully titled in a steal from Monty Python, “I’m Not Dead Yet.” And whadya know, mainframes still aren’t dead. I was reminded...

11/19/2014

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The Private Cloud Has a Silver Lining, and It’s Called SDN

For some CIOs, the idea of being able to offload their computer processing needs to third-party providers like Microsoft and Amazon and Google is heavenly. Their IT departments don’t have to procure, manage, or upgrade hardware....

11/12/2014

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A Crackerjack Technology: Looking for the Hidden Surprise Within SDN

One of the greatest aspects of technology is its ability to help people leap over its original intention. When 3M engineer Arthur Fry developed the Post-It, all he really wanted was a temporary bookmark for his church hymnal. When...

11/12/2014

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5 Steps Toward SDN Success

Moving to a new technology is like setting off on a journey to a foreign country whose customs are unfamiliar. The goal is to end up looking suave and successful versus bedraggled and bereft (think Bogart in Casablanca rather than...

11/05/2014

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Doing A Reality Check On SDN

Not many industry research firms are known for their sense of humor, but you have to appreciate Gartner when it comes to its hype cycle. The hype cycle tracks five phases of new technology, from the trigger (1), up the peak of...

11/05/2014

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Making Heads or Tails of SDN Standards: From OpenFlow to OpenDaylight and More

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln (which you admittedly don’t often get to do in a technology blog), “God must have loved standards because he made so many of them.” That sentiment is nowhere more evident than in the field of...

11/03/2014

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Network Virtualization vs. Software-Defined Networks: What the Heck is the Difference?

Most of the time I love new technology. At the risk of using an old metaphor, it’s like a new car. It has cool features that old cars don’t have. But one of the things I hate about new technology is when companies try to...

10/31/2014

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