The Best of Interop Finalists were announced for next week's 2014 Interop Las Vegas show. Looking at the list there seems to be some products and names that did not make the final list. Was there a product and vendor you feel that should have made the list but did not? It will be interesting to see who wins the Data Center Solutions Category, Cisco or Arista? Read more
I had the chance to meet with Kelly Wanser, CEO of Stateless Networks, at Interop in Las Vegas, and I thought her company would be a great fit for our CEO interview series. So we chatted with Kelly about her company. Read more
1. So why don't you tell us where you think the markets are at with storage to start?
The storage market, estimated at ~$33B (systems spend without including storage software and services), is witnessing dramatic changes driven by the arrival of flash as a new persistent storage medium, complementing the exclusive role that HDDs have traditionally played within Enterprise storage systems. Read more
It has not been that long since Huawei said they were exiting American market then tried to retract the statement to some extent. But here we are in Las Vegas and they have a large booth on the floor with a full presence. So what gives with Huawei? I have sent a few emails and have received no reply. So if this the last big hurrah in Las Vegas for Huawei or are they rolling the dice to see if people still want their products? Read more
1. So why don't you tell us where you think the markets are at with security and EPS to start and then, do you still see growth? You can also include your other products.
Over the next two months I will be talking to CEOs about their companies, the market and what is new. This week we have Ajit Gupta, the CEO of Aryaka Networks. His company is taking on the telco carriers worldwide as well as the WAN acceleration vendors.
1. So why don't you tell us about your product or products since you have come out with some new ones.
Tonight on the TV show "60 Minutes" it took less than 15 minutes for them on national TV to torpedo Huawei in the United States. For those who would like to see the entire script, it can be viewed here on the 60 Minutes website. But let's not forget that CNBC took on Huawei and the security, espionage risk that the United State government sees a few months ago. Read more
Since making its way into the USA market Huawei turned to Miercom to try and validate its equipment to the American Market. We all know Miercom as the hired test center that Cisco uses against every competitor it has in the market space (Brad Reese Cisco vs Competitor). But now that Miercom has found a new sugar daddy in Huawei, will we ever see a competitive test against Cisco? Read more
With no reply from Cisco on any content for my blog or information since Interop about their secret WAAS App Nav Product, I had to have some friends visit the booth at Cisco Live. They sent me a video, which is available here from Cisco Tech Wise TV. This is what Cisco says about the new product: Read more
So yet another year goes bye and I received no email about press credentials for Cisco Live. For some of you who don’t know, Cisco Live has a policy that it is an invitation-only event for any member of the press. So, if you are like me and you question what they do, you don’t get an invite. As always, I have come up with alternative plans, which means a top ten list. Just not any top ten list, but a list of things you will not hear at Cisco Live this year.
With that introduction let’s start: Read more
I started a blog at Interop Las Vegas to see where the vendors manufactured their equipment. This was in response to the questions I get about buying American. Many executives are getting hit hard to buy American products and want to know where vendors are manufacturing equipment. Read more
Once again it is time for the Annual Larry Awards for Best Interop Presentation. Unlike the Best of Interop Awards these awards are given to the vendor who presents the best product presentation on the show floor. Spending three days in the weeds and watching some presentations twice, it was a well-spent trip.
Here are the categories for The Larry Awards for Best Interop Product Presentation: Read more
This blog below was sent to me in email. While I was not going to write about it, I am glad someone else called out the awards. The Best of Interop Awards are a great thing in Las Vegas and companies revel in winning or getting just nominated. But there are some problems with them that need to be fixed. Read more
As everyone knows Huawei tried to make a big splash at Interop with a booth to rival Cisco's booth, matter of fact they were side by side on the Interop floor. But the question was how did they do and will they make it in North America? Read more
The Best of Interop Award winners were announced this morning. Below is a list of the winners. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the award winners and look forward to seeing all of the products live on the Interop floor.
The 2012 Best of Interop Awards winners in each category are: Read more
Its seems that the story of Interop so far from the press releases I have seen and the ones under embargo, it's about the cloud. If it's not about the cloud it's about bigger is better in the core, the race for speed and density.
With Interop Las Vegas just around the corner the yearly Best of Interop Award Finalists have been announced and are listed below by category. The one thing that made me look twice was the absence of Cisco in certain categories. I would expect Cisco to be in Collaboration every year as that is all the Cisco CTO seems to talk about with video, mobile and the cloud. But they were not in the Data Center & Storage or Networking categories either. Read more
Today Riverbed is announcing what I think is their best product to date in Granite. They are also showing two other steelhead models today in the CX and EX. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Bob Gilbert of Riverbed to ask a few questions and learn a little more.
Please tell us about your background at Riverbed and what your current position entails. Read more
Speaking with a friend who purchased the Cisco UMI Telepresence from Best Buy, I was made aware he cannot get service on the product. Also I was made aware that Best Buy had a fire sale on the product, selling them at a price of 2 for 1 not so long ago and then pulling the product from sale.
Larry Chaffin Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman and founder of Pluto Networks, a Consulting and VAR partner specializing in WAN acceleration, VoIP, WLAN, telepresence and security.
Pluto Networks is a Riverbed reseller. Pluto was previously a Cisco reseller but in June, 2010, ended its reseller relationship with the company and is no longer a Cisco channel partner.
Pluto Networks specializes in the needs of small, large and enterprise companies by always giving them a great ROI on the products they sell. Pluto Networks has a presence in 23 countries around the world enabling all of its consultants to be virtual. Larry was a Judge at Interop for the Best of Interop Awards for 2009.
Larry has also co-authored all of the books listed below:
Managing Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, Configuring Check Point NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1,Configuring Juniper Networks NetScreen & SSG Firewalls,Essential Computer Security: Everyone's Guide to Email, Internet, and Wireless Security, How to Cheat at Microsoft Vista Administration, Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals, Asterisk Hacking, 2008 VoIP and Video Conferencing, Infosecurity 2008 Threat Analysis and author of Building a VOIP Network with Nortel's MS5100, along with co-authoring/ghost writing eleven other technology books for VIOP, WLAN, security and optical technologies. Larry is currently working on a follow up to Building a VoIP network with Nortel's MCS 5100 Book as well as new books on Cisco Telepresence Networks, Practical VoIP case studies and WAN Acceleration with Riverbed.
Larry also has more than 29 vendor certifications and has been working on many others. Larry has been a principal architect around the world in 22 countries for many Fortune 100 companies designing VoIP, security, wireless and optical networks. He has expanded over time also to include application acceleration. Larry is working with worldwide company now out of Asia as a Special Assistant to the CEO and CIO as they go through organizational and network changes, helping them with strategic advice from his years of experience.
Pluto Networks is a channel partner of, LifeSize, Riverbed, Call Copy, Fastsoft and Symantec.