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ONUG – What is it, and why am I here?

If you’ve ever seen a film with audio engineering by THX, you’ve experienced that brief, immersive surround sound that captivates your senses, completely eradicating your thoughts while the mind basks in weightless bliss.  Much like the beginning of a George Lucas film, the networking industry is currently in a state of THX, steadily swelling with that warm buzz, fantasizing about the potential for bliss.  Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Hybrid Clouds, Virtual Overlays and Containerization are at the crest of this tsunami of change, promised to radically disrupt the way businesses develop and operate their networks. But change is risky, especially in regards to bleeding technologies. Companies need better opportunities to understand their options and share experiences with each other.  Enter ONUG.

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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…)