Peak 10 Enhances Cloud Offering with New Network Option

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National IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, Peak 10, Inc., announced today that it has teamed with Level 3 Communications, a global communications provider, to introduce Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions – Ethernet to Peak 10 customers. This unique service provides performance and security of a private, scalable Ethernet connection into the Peak 10 cloud. It replaces distance-sensitive pricing with flat-rated pricing, and scales bandwidth on-demand to support changing business needs.

"Some applications and cloud-use models are best served by a private, secure connection to their cloud service provider. However, it can be cost prohibitive based on the physical distance between the customer and the cloud provider," said Monty Blight, vice president of sales operations and product strategy at Peak 10...

Cloud Computing: IBM Forms Partnership With Juniper on Data-Networking Analysis

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Alex Barinka.

International Business Machines Corp. formed a partnership with Juniper Networks Inc. to create networks with built-in analytics, harnessing big data to improve mobile and other applications.

IBM and Juniper will design and sell tools to help businesses analyze information, update operations, reduce costs and improve how applications run, according to a statement Tuesday. This could involve customizing experiences for watching videos, running business apps or managing Web-connected devices...

Cloud Computing: HP deal marks milestone for open source networking hardware

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

If you still harbored any doubts that the web is now driving the future of IT, last week's announcement that HP will offer disaggregated products for web-scale data centers via deals with Cumulus and Accton should be enough to convince you. The deal itself is hardly monumental. HP inked a pair of "partnerships that will produce a branded white box switch capable of running multiple network operating systems."

And it comes on the heels of HP's deal with Foxconn last year to build inexpensive cloud computing servers. But as HP joins Juniper, Dell, and many others supporting the concepts behind Facebook's Open Compute project, it's becoming clear that the era of high-priced, proprietary networking hardware—not to mention servers—is drawing to a close...

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Cloud Computing: Bell Labs finds that combining IP and optical transport can improve network efficiency

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Never has the hunger for bandwidth been as high as it is today. To meet that demand, Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has been studying how high-end networks use converged IP and optical transport technologies to meet today's network demands.

The researchers found that converged IP/optical control integration could reduce network resource requirements without compromising service availability. This was done by "comparing the relative cost of integrating and coordinating resiliency methods in both the IP routing and optical transport network. Resilience is the network's ability to resume normal operations if a failure occurs and is an essential component of an operator's highly reliable network."...

Cisco's cloud networking play targets hybrid cloud shops

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Trevor Jones.

Cisco has struggled to make inroads in public or private cloud, so the vendor is banking on its networking experience to play a key role in enterprises' hybrid cloud deployments. The San Jose, Calif.-based company's cloud strategy relies on shifting its networking focus from hardware to software. Cisco made a splashy roll out of its cloud intentions last year that hasn’t translated into much yet, but its latest efforts around a unified cloud networking platform and subscription models could change that -- at least with its existing customers.

"They're going out with their strength, which is connectivity between all these clouds rather than differentiating with one cloud itself," said Dave Bartoletti, principal analyst with Forrester Research, Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass. "Cisco wants to be the glue that connects all your clouds together and not battle it out with commodity vendors for cloud servers."...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Turns to Verizon to Speed Up Its Video Delivery

Grazed from Wired. Author: Robert McMillan.

Microsoft has made Verizon Communications the centerpiece of its effort to build out a worldwide network to speed up video delivery for users of its Azure cloud computing service. To some, the move comes a bit of a surprise. Microsoft had been building out this network itself, according to observers, but now appears to have reversed course.

When it comes to internet infrastructure, giant Web players like Microsoft typically build out their own offerings, rather than relying on service providers such as Verizon. And in recent years, these content delivery networks, or CDNs, have seen some big build-outs. When you’re Netflix and Google, it helps to have full control of your CDN, so that you can more efficiently deliver a significant slice of the internet’s Sunday evening data...

Cloud Computing: 10 Changes on the Horizon for Networking in 2015

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Consumers and enterprises crave always-on, on-demand and mobile access to just about everything: applications, work documents, video streaming and social networking. The list is lengthy. The networking industry that underpins the seemingly insatiable desire for constant information streams has undergone massive shifts in access and efficiency in the last couple of years.

How do you think your mobile device houses so much of the world's information? Well, it isn't by magic. With the rise of software-defined networks and virtualization redirecting the industry, players—from big vendors to startups and developers—have jumped into the markets from all angles to enable the next generation of computing...

Cloud Computing: VMware President Carl Eschenbach Says the Software-Defined Data Center Is the Future

Grazed from BizTech. Author: Ricky Riberio.

The technology that companies use is changing at a blistering pace. While companies are still considering whether or not to virtualize their servers, other enterprises are planning on turning their entire infrastructure into a software-defined machine. The software-defined enterprise starts, first and foremost, with fundamental architectural shift we are seeing in the industry.

And that is the movement to a software-defined data center. And that software-defined data center can be delivered on-premise or off-premise, known in the world as hybrid cloud computing. That's where the world is going," said VMware President and COO Carl Eschenbach. Eschenbach was one of several IT leaders who gathered to discuss the most important and needle-moving technology challenges facing businesses today, as part of CDW’s Bring IT On technology leadership series...

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Cloud Computing: Cheap sensors, fast networks, and distributed computing

Grazed from OReilly. Author: Jenn Webb.

The trifecta of cheap sensors, fast networks, and distributing computing are changing how we work with data. But making sense of all that data takes help, which is arriving in the form of machine learning. Here’s one view of how that might play out.

Clouds, edges, fog, and the pendulum of distributed computing

The history of computing has been a constant pendulum, swinging between centralization and distribution. The first computers filled rooms, and operators were physically within them, switching toggles and turning wheels. Then came mainframes, which were centralized, with dumb terminals...

Cloud Computing: Is Fibre Channel the Answer to Growing Bandwidth Demands?

Grazed from StateTechMagazine. Author: Rick Cook.

Originally developed to connect storage area networks for high-performance computing, Fibre Channel dominates large data center architecture. As many as two-thirds of data centers use Fibre Channel in one if its incarnations. The most prevalent versions of Fibre Channel offer bandwidth of 8 or 16 gigabits per second. However, demand for bandwidth is rapidly growing, and faster iterations of Ethernet threaten to overtake Fibre Channel.

In response, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) this year released the Gen 6 Fibre Channel Physical Interface standard, which doubles speeds to 32Gbps. By combining channels, the new specification offers speeds up to 128Gbps, along with new features designed to increase reliability...