Fields of Fiber

    Enterprise, we've got Data Center Transformation - News of the Week, 7-1-16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jul 1, 2016 10:38:26 AM

    This week, I’m pleased to share the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster from Jason Bloomberg of Intellyx. Fiber Mountain is a sponsor, but I also love the way it ties in all the different elements and interdependencies that go into digital transformation, from DevOps to Enterprise Architecture to Customer Experience and APIs. Click here to download the full-sized PDF. 

    Moving on from Fiber Mountain news - I have three articles for you this week providing different views of data center transformation. Is the enterprise data center waning as hyperscales and public cloud ascend? Or will hybrid cloud – the optimization of combined cloud and private data center resources – lead to a new resurgence of enterprise-owned data centers? One thing is certain – the new generation of data center architectures, and components such as servers, are far more energy efficient than most of us realize yet. 

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    Topics: Network Architecture, SDN, Industry News, data center

    Software-defined hits the real world - News of the Week, 6/17/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jun 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    SDN and the plethora of other Software-Defined solutions have been making news for quite some time, but in terms of real-world applications you're probably used to seeing them in test-labs or non-critical systems, if at all. That's changing, however, and fast! This week's articles reflect on the changing landscape of production data centers - and data center jobs.

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    Topics: SDN, Industry News, Cloud, SDDC

    Building Networks to Withstand IoT - News of the Week, 3/25/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 25, 2016 3:01:01 PM

    There was a lot of Google news in the past few days, but even though I’m a huge fan, I see another pattern in the articles we shared this week that is more interesting. Specifically, the demand that the Internet of Things (IoT) places on networks everywhere is huge and growing – and is going to require new approaches to infrastructure. What’s the ideal approach? Well, that’s a question that different vendors and analysts are still weighing in on.

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    Topics: Glass Core, SDN, Industry News, SDDC, Iot

    How to deploy SDN (whatever it is) - News of the Week, 3/4/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 4, 2016 3:02:35 PM

    Happy Friday!

    Our big news this week was Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core architecture being awarded a Network Innovation Award by the editors of TechTarget Inc.’s Networking Media Group! Read all about why Glass Core stands out from the crowd here: Fiber Mountain Glass Core embraces Layer 1 devices, software.

    In other news, I’d like to feature three articles that come at the question of how to implement SDN from different angles.

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    Topics: SDN, Industry News

    Is SDN the Ethernet of the 80’s or ATM of the 90’s?

    Posted by Bill Miller on Feb 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM

    Everyone knows what Ethernet is, but how many people who started their careers in the past fifteen years have heard of ATM? No, not Automatic Teller Machine – Asynchronous Transfer Mode, a technology that dominated the hype cycle in the 90’s and then disappeared from public awareness, despite the fact that many applications still make use of it today.

    I have had the pleasure of being deeply involved in the industry through many changes. In 1980, I was in the field with Digital Equipment Corporation when the Ethernet DIX standard was launched to market. Later, I became a product manager of Ethernet at Prime Computer. In the 90’s, I was heavily involved in ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) with General DataComm, heading up ATM product management and marketing. Moving on, I led cloud operations for a VoIP provider. Most recently I became deeply immersed in the SDN (Software Defined Networking) world with Fiber Mountain.

    The way I see it, the past four decades were dominated by four main networking technologies:

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    Topics: Glass Core, Network Architecture, SDN

    It's all SDN and games - News of the Week, 2/19/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Feb 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday!

    While there was plenty of the usual industry news this week, from feature announcements for popular open source projects to more predictions for 2016, my favorite articles injected a bit of fun into the conversation, starting with an actual game development engine!

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    Topics: SDN, Industry News

    2016 - what can we expect?

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jan 4, 2016 11:50:16 AM

    Happy New Year!

    It’s Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun – and I can’t be the only one who enjoys reading predictions for the year ahead! There has been a lot of change in the technology landscape over the past year, and all signs point to 2016 being another year full of new and exciting developments.

    What’s driving so much change, so fast? In my opinion, it’s a combination of the push of customer demand – big data, video streaming and the explosion of mobile devices in business to name three – and the possibilities that new technological developments open up, such as cloud computing, SDN, NFV and new network architectures – but let’s see what the experts say:

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    Topics: SDN, Hyperscale, Industry News, SDx

    News of the Week - 12/11/15

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Dec 11, 2015 11:02:59 AM

    There are a lot of people writing about Networking, SDN and Data Centers, as well as related topics on Hyperscale, Optical Networking, Virtualization and software-defined everything and anything - from software-defined cities to software-defined batteries!

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    Topics: SDN, Industry News

    Expert Interview Series: M. H. Raza

    Posted by Guest Post by Josh Bland on Oct 28, 2015 8:30:00 AM

    M. H. Raza, the Founder & CEO of Fiber Mountain, was a recent guest on my TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series. The series explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.

    In this episode, we discussed everything from network architecture to virtualization and Glass Core.

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    Topics: Glass Core, SDN, ITEXPO

    Data Center Transformation to SDN-based architecture: Upgrade cycle or Expansion?

    Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 28, 2015 9:05:00 AM

    Mass adoption of SDN will definitely drive acceleration in data center upgrade cycles - once a critical mass of companies adopt it, their competitors will need to hurry to catch up, just to stay competitive. While we're getting closer, I don't think we're at that point yet, but even now, nearly every company with a data center has some sort of upgrade cycle or expansion in one stage of progress or another.

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    Topics: Glass Core, SDN