FCC suggests mobile connectivity might be substitute for home broadband

Somewhat lost in the middle of a pretty newsworthy couple of weeks is some technology news that people really ought to be paying attention to. Last week, the FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry as part of a regular assessment of broadband penetration in the US. In the notice, the FCC led by Ajit Pai asked for […]

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Moving the emphasis from networks to networking

The lingua franca for IT is acronyms. On the networking side, we speak primarily in protocols, abbreviations, and certifications. Our vocabulary is already full, but we seem to add more to it every year. And the rate of change only feels like it is accelerating.

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Networking’s Next Era: Age of Removal

From a purist’s point of view, networking has been around since the 60s. But the real heyday of networking started with the Internet boom. And for the better part of the two decades that followed, networking went through a growth spurt that we will likely never see again.

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From private to hybrid to multi-cloud

As enterprises plot out their cloud strategies, it’s perhaps less about the final architecture and more about the migration strategy. Companies that started their cloud journey years ago might have private cloud initiatives. Those that are less certain about either their ability to build their own or dump their legacy stuff talk more about hybrid.

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Move over datacenter–access is heating up again

It’s pretty in fashion these days to talk about datacenter innovation. After all, it’s where the cloud folks are. It’s where a lot of the security focus is. DevOps? Yeah, that’s mostly a datacenter thing in most peoples’ eyes. Microsegmentation? Datacenter.

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What happens to mid-market enterprise networking buyers?

A quick survey of the top technology trends in networking would certainly include things like DevOps, SDN, NFV, overlays (microsegmentation), and now intent-based networking. Each of these has arrived on networking’s main stage to much fanfare about the transformational changes they promise.

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Does disaggregation lead to commoditization?

There is probably no greater lie in networking at the moment than the blanket statement that disaggregation leads to commoditization. That’s not to say that there is not going to be persistent pricing pressure in networking (spoiler alert: there will be). But it misses the real dynamic, and because of that, the common refrain can […]

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Natural language and network management

Network management has been the problem child of networking for decades. The whole notion of managing a heterogeneous set of devices and software from a single tool was going to be difficult at best. The companies that tried to rise to the challenge quickly learned that staying current with other vendor commands and configuration was […]

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Machine Learning: More than just algorithms

Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the new orange in networking. The most common story line is that algorithms will drive behavior. The theory is that they represent another logical opportunity for vendors to move “up stack”. And while it is true that algorithms will (at least initially) provide a proprietary means of […]

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