Network switches look different in the cloud

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Bryan Betts.

Cloud computing takes more than just a philosophical shift. It requires new skills, processes and architectures.  In particular, traffic patterns in cloud networks can be quite different from those of the familiar enterprise network and the scale of operation can be significantly higher.

That, according to experts in the field, means planning and building your network differently, both physically and logically...

A Need for Big Data Speed

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

One of the lesser talked about implications of Big Data is the simple fact that the processing of data that is orders of magnitude higher is going to put a lot of strain on both middleware and the underlying networks that much of that middleware relies on.

What Happens When the Cloud Meets a Bandwidth Cap

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Matthew Ingram.

The Terabit Age is Almost Upon Us

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Cisco Beware! Huawei Plans a Data Center Push

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

NEC Offers Europe OpenFlow Switches

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

NEC has delivered a new type of experimental switch to European research institutions based on the OpenFlow packet routing system. The idea behind the OpenFlow effort is that today’s network needs to be smarter and more flexible in order to handle and efficiently deliver more information. To do that, the fundamental idea is to separate the packet switching mechanisms and control functions. Users can freely develop and operate control middleware independently of the switching mechanism.

We Will Soon Live in a 100 Gbps World

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

HP ePrint news goes local

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

HP was smart enough to realise that once you've designed printers with network interfaces and enough processing power to run a touchscreen control panel, it doesn't take all that much to add network based services.

For example, the ePrint models can print documents sent to them by email, and download and print daily news summaries and other content. The problem was that the initial news source was American.

HP has now added Australian news and headlines through Yahoo!7 Daily Brief.

Improve the WAN, Improve the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It's almost inevitable at this point that the enterprise industry will be wholly dependent upon cloud services in a few short years. If 2010 was the proof-of-concept phase, then 2011 will see the kind of broad rollout that will make the cloud a standard enterprise component by mid-decade.

But while most of the attention is going toward the increased scalability and flexibility that the cloud provides, there is one aspect of this evolving paradigm that has gone largely unnoticed: the increasing dependence on Wide Area Networking (WAN) to support general data center functions.

IBM Turns Back on Juniper to Buy Blade Networks

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.