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Brief History of the Internet

A wonderfully done piece on how the Internet got its roots, some of the philosophy behind the decisions and need for federation, and thus how the most important communications medium was created.

Data Center 3.0 Anniversary Note and New Products Video

What is a FEX?

So what is a Fabric Extender? In short, its going to change the way to network your server racks. The best way to understand the Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender, or FEX, is to view it as a remote linecard located at the top of the server rack. Why would you want to do this, you may ask?image Read More »

HP ONE — or Should We Say “Many”

Expanding or developing an ecosystem from a point product or technology solution to a broad-reaching one is always a beneficial effort from vendors for their customers. HP’s just announced Open Network Ecosystem (ONE) is certainly a logical strategy and effort to expand basic Ethernet (some might say “data center”) switching to provide a broad array of data center and application-enabling IT services — e.g. load balancing, IP security, VoIP, WAN optimization.This is a strategy Cisco has espoused — and innovated + executed on — for years with the Catalyst, Nexus, ISR and other product families…Looking DeeperHowever, to really benefit the customer, much more needs to be done than merely host other vendors’ operating systems and code on your processing hardware and physical chassis. As we all know, different IP services all do different things to data and application traffic — from firewalls and IPS’ inspecting and enforcing traffic safety, to WAN optimization compressing/de-duplicating/optimizing application protocols. Read More »