OpenStack Neutron Lovebomb at NFD10

When you hear a specific term pedestaled as a discussion point from a wide variety of industry leaders, it’s probably something of importance, and something you should know about. During the recent Networking Field Day (NFD10), I noticed a handful of these persisting terms and technologies repeated throughout the event.

Terms like agility and elasticity make me cringe, yet they’re entirely relevant in todays conversations around design and delivery of information services, networking included. (more…)

What you need to know about Riverbed’s SD-WAN

At the recent Tech Field Day event (NFD10), Riverbed announced it’s entry into the SD-WAN market with it’s new solution currently dubbed Project Tiger. This threw me off guard, for I typically think of Riverbed as an APM or WanOp solution sitting between my Data Centers and large branch sites, optimizing particular traffic. I never conceived the possibility that Riverbed would enter a market dominated by edge routers. Oh, but one should not be so foolish. Riverbed certainly isn’t. With bold statements like, “The future of the WAN is NOT … a router,” it seems that Riverbed is prepared for disruption. (more…)

Big Switch Labs – A Playground for Big Minds

When I was chosen as a delegate for the recent Tech Field Day event (NFD10) and learned that Big Switch Networks would be presenting, I had no idea who they were or what to expect. I spent some time reading up and watching a few videos to get a better understanding of the technology, but still felt like I had gaps in comprehension. Big Switch then sent an email informing me of their lab environment called BSNLabs. I dove in and swam around for a few hours, consuming enlightenment with each doggie paddle. If you have 3 minutes to spare, I’ll do my best to quickly explain why Big Switch is cool, and how you can test drive it yourself. (more…)

The Application-centric model of Cisco’s IWAN

I’ve been keeping the very corner of my eye on Cisco’s IWAN and it’s rapid evolution in the realm of SD-WAN.  At the recent Network Field Day event (NFD10), some light was shed on the application-centric aspects of IWAN under APIC-EM that I believe really sets it apart from some of the competing solutions out there. Sumanth Kakaraparthi, Principal Product Manager with Cisco, discussed the company’s approach to SD-WAN in a concise presentation to the NFD10 delegates and live viewers. Two key differences stand out to me – (more…)