Will the cloud take my job?

I remember the first SAAS application I helped deploy. It was great! One less application to worry about, and simple, fast installation. It meant an end to  frequent application updates and  late night service windows for IT. The...

OpenFlow, Merchant Silicon, and the Future of Networking

2011 has been one of the most exciting years for networking I can remember.  Innovations made popular this year will prove to bring more value to enterprise networking consumers than anything in recent memory. Not only are we...

Open Networking Summit 2011 Day 3 Recap: Why current generation networks just aren’t cutting it

Early this year, I wrote a post I called "What is all the hype about OpenFlow", and this really is the crux of the matter: is the excitement around Software Defined Networking (SDN) real, or is it being over-hyped.  All significant...

Open Networking Summit Day 2: Cisco says "We see SDN as the next evolution of networking"

I have to say that after an amazing Day 2 at the Open Networking Summit, I am convinced that OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are not only here to stay, but they will define the future of networking. I speak to a lot of...

Open Networking Summit Day 1 Recap

Tech industry leaders converged on Stanford University today to kick off the 2011 Open Networking Summit. It has been a big year for Open Networking, and the sell-out crowd at Stanford attests to the rising popularity and influence...

Is Cisco losing thought leadership in the networking industry?

If you work in networking, you've gotta have love for Cisco. Like most of us, I first learned about networking through Cisco, and attaining the CCIE certification would prove to be the basis for launching my career.  Cisco's brand in...

VMware networking exec leaves VMware for OpenFlow startup Big Switch Networks: Here’s why

Howie Xu has been at VMware since he co-invented and helped to launch the vSwitch. After leading the development efforts for VMware's networking for much of the past 9 years, Howie joined OpenFlow startup Big Switch Networks. I had...

OpenFlow inventor: Network provisioning will inevitably be automated

2011 has been an exciting year for Openflow and software defined networking (SDN). Continuing my informal series on Openflow, I recently got the chance to have a conversation with Nicira CTO Martin Casado to discuss the future of...

The real 'investment protection' story of the Cisco 6500

As I am sure you all saw, Cisco recently announced the Supervisor 2T, extending the lifespan of the much loved platform. This continues Cisco's marketing message of investment protection around the 6500 ... the problem is, that the...

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