Jim Metzler


Convergence - The "Final Frontier"

So here we are. After more than 13 years and considerably more than 1,300 semi-weekly newsletters, it's time to move on to alternate assignments and alternate communications modes. And if pressed to single out a trend that, more than...

And what about IP?

As we continue to wind down this series of newsletter, we still have two opportunities to look back and forward. In this next-to-last newsletter, we will tackle the question of the future of IP.

Connectivity - Still an issue

As mentioned in the last newsletter, this newsletter will be going away at the end of September, so we're taking a quick look back at some of the major changes we've seen over the past 13-plus years. And while there is no way that we...

Looking back and looking forward

These next four newsletters will mark the end of an era for this newsletter. It started as the "Frame Relay Newsletter" in 1998, and, after another analyst group wrote approximately eight issues and decided there was nothing left to...

The great data center LAN debate

In our last newsletter we began to outline a plan for what networking sessions you should plan on attending at the forthcoming Interop conference. We will use this newsletter to continue that discussion.

Cloud networking at Interop

The early fall is a great time to be in New York. In September there is the US Open and in October there is the Interop conference. There is no doubt that Interop can provide a major assist to IT organizations that are grappling with...

Mobility and the WAN

For the rest of September, we will be concentrating primarily on shifts that we have seen over the past 13 years that we have been authoring this newsletter, beginning with its start as the "Frame Relay Newsletter."

The strategic importance of an ADC

In our last newsletter we began to discuss the role of the network in supporting cloud computing. We will continue that discussion in this newsletter and we will focus on the topic of how Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) are...

How the network supports cloud computing

Over the last few years there have been a seemingly endless array of articles and reports written on cloud computing. These articles are helpful in that they identify trends in the growing adoption of cloud computing. However, these...

What's the best alternative to Spanning Tree?

In a recent newsletter we mentioned the fact that we are driving a series of monthly discussions on the evolution of data center LANs and are including in those discussions six of the leading vendors: Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco,...

The macro view on the need for standardized definitions

In closing out our discussion for the time being on defining "services" vs. "applications," we'll take you back to a real-world accounting of an instance in which the lack of definition of "service" caused a lot of confusion and a...

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