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What are Cisco and Infoblox doing on the Webcast next week????

I have had more friends, co-workers, and even a few competitors ask me, “What are you doing with Stuart Bailey on the web-cast next week?” It turns out that so far over 500 people have registered do GReg Ness is doing one heck of a job driving attendance, but hey, a few more never hurt… and it will be a good session to attend so here is the link for registration! As far as what Stuart and I are going to chat about I’ll put a bit of a preview here. As most of you who know me can attest I think best on my feet, in front of an audience, with a whiteboard marker in hand, attributable solely to the marker smell, and sometimes I make PowerPoint slides the day of a presentation. (another fact is my boss told me I am sometimes a bit binary in my thinking, but I felt that was a compliment in the networking world, thanks {encode=”” title=”Paul”}!) Back to our chat- Infoblox has a product that is at an interesting abstraction point in the network- they bind names to addresses. This has been a rather poorly served section of the market that Infoblox and a handful of other companies have focused on improving. The relationship between the binding of a name to an address sounds rather simple, but when you get into portable workloads, virtual machines, IP address and VM sprawl, and infrastructures supporting 1000′s of servers it is a very and increasingly complex task. Read More »

Cisco Nexus 1000V Demo

January 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Follow this link to see a demo of the Nexus 1000V and how it interacts with VirtualCenter to set up VN-Link services.

Data Center Infrastructure Gets Hip

January 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

While I have avoided a”2009 predictions” post, I will say I think the coming year will be a fun time to be in the infrastructure business. Its been quite a while since infrastructure was cool, but as Geva Perry recently pointed out, infrastructure is sexy again. In a time of flat do declining budgets, sexy is not a bad thing.In fact, I think infrastructure will continue to see targeted spend in the coming year precisely because it has been ignored for so long. Ethernet and IP are remarkably resilient technologies and they can both take a lot of abuse, but there enough concurrent pressures in the data center right now (i.e. operational complexity, scaling, virtualization, power/cooling) that attention is shifting back to infrastructure. As Jon Oltsik recently pointed out”…these core services have been a virtually ignored kludge leading to unplanned downtime, security vulnerabilities, and manual operations…” Read More »

Does Going Green Reduce Energy Use?

Well- sort of.Had an interesting”Green” data center discussion at a conference this week that addressed some nuance on the developing taxonomy of energy efficiency in IT.So- to pose a specific question:Will adopting energy efficient solutions from best of breed partners and vendors reduce the total amount of energy your business will use as it grows? The short answer is no, at least not if your business is growing.Here is the thing, energy usage basically mirrors productivity. Unsurprisingly, countries with the highest GDP also use the most energy. This directly translates into our business operations. Whether you’re a company that scales through adding more headcount or by adding more compute and multimedia per headcount, you are using more total energy.imageIn data centers, users translate into hardware. The more productive and complex the business becomes, the more complex and energy intensive a data center becomes (typically). So assessing the efficiency of a business’ operations can also translate into energy efficiency. I stress the word”can” here as we often don’t have resources invested in managing the translation between the two. We have a very large retail customer who has translated it very well. Read More »

Why virtual-routing may (possibly) become reality

One of the great things about the concept of cloud computing is the possiblities it creates for large, disruptive markets. We talk about compute capacity markets and the like all the time--that’s the commoditization of IT infrastructure. But, as Simon Wardley would be quick to point out, the commoditization of one technology almost always leads to the opportunity to innovate others. What are the new technologies that cloud infrastructure will enable?

An interesting discussion broke out in the “cloud-o-sphere” this week surrounding a related comment from our own Doug Gourlay at Cisco’s CScape analyst conference last week. In talking about the effects of cross-cloud workload mobility to Andreas Antonopoulos of Nemertes Research Group, Doug mentioned the concept of “Virtual-Routing” (a horrible term), the idea that one can move the compute loads to the best network location rather than rerouting the network to the workload.

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