Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Virtualization & the Application Delivery Controller

Due to the impact of virtualization, evaluating an application delivery controller’s ability to support and operate in virtual environments is just as important as evaluating its ability to support load balancing, SSL acceleration, compression, caching, traffic management and security features, writes Paul Andersen of Array Networks. Read More

Unlock Your Capacity By Unplugging Your Ghost Servers

Why are these power-draining assets called “ghost” servers? Because they are ghosts of what a productive server is supposed to be, no longer of any practical use to the business. Whatever the reason, servers that were once useful are now dead weight. They need to be turned off, writes Gary Bunyan of iTRACS. Read More

Four Myths of the Container Data Center Market

Mark Thiele, Switch

Mark Thiele of Switch writes that pre-fabricated containers many not be the answer to every data center need. With aggressive marketing for what many vendors are calling “modular data centers” that he would term PODs or containers, vendors are asking, “Why build a data center when you can buy a POD?” This column covers some of the drawbacks of utilizing PODs. Read More

Hybrid Applications: Hybrid Cloud in the Real World

David-Grimes-NaviSite

The term “hybrid” is arguably as over used today as “cloud.” The term is used to discuss the mix or use of both internal and external cloud solutions (public and private cloud by enterprise). However, a less common definition, but arguably a more common implementation, is to describe the use of a mixed architecture including both cloud and a traditional, single-tenant hosted infrastructure, writes David Grimes of NaviSite. Read More

Innovations in Switch Forwarding Tables Boost Cloud Deployments

Private and public cloud applications, usage models, and scale requirements are significantly influencing network infrastructure design, with a growing focus on scalability. A critical element of cloud network scalability is the size of the forwarding tables in network switches deployed in the data center, write Sujal Das and Rochan Sankar of Broadcom. Read More

Missing Link for Enterprise Storage and the Cloud

Data storage consumes a disproportionate amount of money and management effort in most enterprises, so it’s not a huge surprise that enterprise IT leaders are wondering if the cloud can help them manage it more effectively. Cloud storage services have the potential to provide more affordable pay-as-you-grow economics, but there has to be enabling technology that allows enterprises to tap into the cloud’s cost-saving potential, writes Mark Farley of StorSimple. Read More

Colocation’s Changing Distance Factor

While many companies still use colo providers within 100 miles of their headquarters, evolution of technology, geographically dispersed users and better connectivity are impacting that scenario. Drew Leonard of SAVVIS weighs the outlook for colocation providers. Read More