Speed, Scale, Reliability and the Pursuit of Programmability

As networking moves from monolithic to disaggregated infrastructure, the necessity of programmability has become existential, be it physical or software-defined networks (SDN). A common thread runs through these movements: the need for control.

As the notion of control continues to evolve, it will drive significant changes to the systems that form the foundations of the network.

Putting Reliability at the Forefront of Network Engineering

In March, I had the pleasure of co-presenting at Open Networking Summit about Network Reliability Engineering, and had several awesome discussions around the conference about the impact automation is having on our industry. How are we supposed to keep up with all of the SDN, NFV, Intent-based Networking, and automation news we see every day.

The Collateral Damage of DDoS Attacks – Part 1. What is what

ISP networks are part of the backbone of the Internet—and carry any and every security threat. Most threats are not considered by the ISP, since they do not harm their own infrastructure, they are just another packet flow. While this is true for application-level and state-exhaustion DDoS attacks, ransomware infection, malware distribution, and so on, there are exceptions, such as volumetric DDoS attacks.

PwC research suggests change is coming: How will enterprises navigate?

In 2017, PwC conducted research with the primary objective of identifying what the major drivers in data center networking were. That research, made up of more than 250 responses from CIOs and IT leaders at large enterprises around the globe, suggested that the top priorities have shifted as IT charges towards cloud.

PwC Research: The Cloud Will Block Out the Sun

PwC Research: The Cloud Will Block Out the Sun

Previously, I had posted a blog about the results of PwC research about the changing design criteria for data center networking. Follow-on blogs detailed the insights gleaned from that research. Namely, security has risen to the top position in IT priorities for data center networking, and automation is firmly entrenched as the number two.

Media and Broadcast organizations are transforming. Migration to IP: What does it mean for your organization?

As consumer viewing habits shift to digital media, delivered on demand, anytime, anywhere, and on any platform, media and broadcast organizations are facing a challenging road ahead. Taking advantage of new technology and digital platforms while keeping costs in check will be key to driving growth and profit.