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Doug Gourlay on the Future of Network Infrastructure at FIRe 2009

Our own VP of Data Center Solutions marketing, Doug Gourlay, participated in a panel at the Future in Review conference on 5/21, titled “Today’s Networks Need to Embrace Automation”. Moderated by Infoblox’s Greg Ness, and including panelists Richard Kagan from Infoblox, Mark Thiele from VMware, Erik Giesa from F5 Networks, the panel looked at the technical, business and political implications of a move from static to dynamic network infrastructure. The 35 minute discussion is facinating, and well worth the viewing time.

Future in Review Infrastructure 2.0 Panel from InfobloxInc on Vimeo.

Especially interesting to me was the discussion about how deciding whether or not to move to dynamic infrastructure will affect the United States power in the global network community. If we don’t do it, someone will, and Kagan notes rightfully that indecision may cost us cloud computing and Internet infrastructure jobs and revenue. As an amateur “cloud policy wonk”, that observation is exactly the kind of thing that worries me about how our economic and security policies are misaligned with the a global dynamic infrastructure.

Infrastructure 2.0 is not only a business opportunity, it is a public policy one as well.

Pay attention to Doug’s comments in this space as well, as he really lays out an excellent case for why infrastructure optimization could parallel the history of manufacturing supply chain optimization, provided we can overcome infrastructure’s inability to adjust to demand today.

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