Architect & DE Discussions

Cisco Technology Radar is a Grand Prize 2015 Finalist for ISPIM Innovation Management

I am delighted to announce that, on June 15th 2015, alongside the SunShot Catalyst by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Tata Group Innovation Forum, the Cisco Technology Radar received an award for being named as a finalist in the prestigious ISPIM Grand Prize 2015 for excellence in innovation management! This prize, presented […]

Complexity is just like Chocolate…

Confession time: If someone puts a nice chocolate in my reach, I find it very hard to resist. In fact, there are few days where I don’t get my dose of dark chocolate. Chocolate is one of the pleasures in life. Of course we all know that eating too much chocolate will get you into […]

OPNFV: Systems integration for NFV as a community effort

Can OPNFV (Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization) become the base infrastructure layer for running virtual network functions, much like Linux is the base operating system for a large number of network devices? The first step has been taken: “Arno” – the first release of the OPNFV project came out today. What does it provide […]

Verify my service chain!

How do you prove that all traffic that is supposed to go through the service chain you specified actually made it through the service chain? This blog was written by Frank Brockners, Sashank Dara, and Shwetha Bhandari. Service function chaining is used in many networks today. The evolution towards NFV, combined with new technologies such […]

What if you had a trip-recorder for all your traffic at line rate performance?

The case for “In-band OAM for IPv6”:  Operating and validating your network just got easier How many times have you wanted to gain a full insight into the precise paths packets take within your network whilst troubleshooting a problem or planning a change? Did you ever need to categorically prove that all packets that were […]

Fosdem 2015: a status update

As is our tradition by now a team of volunteers helped out with the network setup and operation of Free and Open-source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM). The network was very similar to the one used last year and we wanted to report on the evolution of the traffic we measured. First the bad news: […]

Cisco Live Milano……..IPv6, Spaghetti and Innovation

Last week was "that time of year again": Cisco Live Europe !! One of my favourite weeks of the working year when (together with 11,000 other Networking...

DevOps4Networks

In June, 2014, I attended the DevOps Days (un)Conference at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. I reflected on that in this blog post. At the end of that blog I said: “At DevOps days, I was kindly introduced, by Paul Peissner of CollabNet, to John Willis and Dave Nielsen, who helped organise the event. […]

Seeds of Change

While change is a hallmark of the IT industry, the actual levers for change are have actually remained fairly stable. Vendors were the initial agents of change largely because they were the only ones with the critical mass of smart people, R&D, manufacturing and service delivery to seed and then maintain a fledgeling industry—barriers to […]