Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Navigating New Networking Trends: Beware of the Urge to Over-Engineer

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There are many differences between service provider and data center optical networks, but the main areas where data centers can drive efficiency and innovation fall into a few categories. Scott Wilkinson of MRV Communications outlines the areas of significance when building a network that delivers the functionality to support current services while providing a future path to meet growing customer demand. Read More

Fewer Silos For The Files: Managing Cloud Data

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Vendors don’t necessarily intend to create information silos, but their limited architecture and short-sighted approach forces users to drag and store all content in their system to make it work. This creates significant barriers for users who want to access their files. Where did they save it, is it the most current version and can they even access it from the road? Jeetu Patel, of EMC Syncplicity, writes about avoiding silos and achieving the true goals of cloud. Read More

Building a Business Case for SDN

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Many companies are curious about how software-defined networks can improve their network operations, but no CIO will approve an SDN project without being able to make a business case to the CFO and CEO. In this article, we’ll look at some steps to take to build a business case, writes Steve Garrison of Pica8. Read More

Bringing DCIM Technology into Your Data Center

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Facebook recently performed Proof of Concept with multiple DCIM vendors. While Facebook may have different criteria in how they approach DCIM than your organization, you may want to consider similar factors before deciding how to bring DCIM into your data center, writes Lara Greden of CA Technologies. Read More