Branch Infrastructure Design: The Cloud Effect

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Andrew Froehlich.

When designing infrastructure for corporate branch offices, you usually run up against one or more common pitfalls. Best-practice architecture documentation and common sense dictate that designing and implementing branch offices in a cookie-cutter fashion makes it much easier to manage all sites. But various factors commonly force designs to be altered to meet the needs of each individual branch.

Because of this, the architecture and, therefore, support of each branch office end up being decidedly different. Your support staff has to burn more time and resources to support disparate infrastructures -- time that could be spent on more meaningful tasks. Thankfully, the growing acceptance of cloud computing allows for an opportunity to design branch office infrastructures in a far more homogeneous manner...

Vitesse Streamlines Migration To 10 Gigabit Ethernet Cloud Service Delivery

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS), a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks, introduced the latest generation of its widely adopted 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) PHY portfolio, the VSC8489 physical layer transceiver family. Targeted at Enterprise and high-speed data centers supporting cloud service delivery, the VSC8489 family offers a low cost, flexible LAN/WAN solution with multiple interface options for KR backplane and SR/LR/ER/ZR/220MMF optical module applications. The VSC8489 family also has the industry's smallest footprint in its feature class, consuming 22% less area than the competition.

Cisco's Global Cloud Index (2012-2017) forecasts a 4.5-fold growth in cloud network traffic, from 1.2 zettabytes annually to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017. Driving much of that data traffic will be end users accessing entertainment, personal and business content on demand, on any device. In a virtualized, cloud environment, this tremendous data burden can dramatically impact the supporting networks. By 2017, Cisco projects that cloud data centers will process nearly two-thirds of global data center traffic workloads, making high-speed connectivity at Gigabit Ethernet speeds increasingly critical...

Network Evolution Key to Driving Cloud Expansion

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Editorial Staff.

During the early 1990s, visitors to a trade show clicked on a hyperlink and used the Internet to connect to over 600 servers. It was called the World Wide Web and stunned the users with the simplicity of the operation and how easy it was to get information. Of course, today we can connect to more than 690 million servers, and the Web is woven into the very fabric of our lives. It was the dawn of a new era in technology.

Which of today's technologies are now similarly positioned to revolutionize our work and interactions? Cloud computing is signaling that we are again at the dawn of a new era, and the network will drive the way we use the cloud in much the same way as the browser transformed the Internet...

High Performance Cloud Computing Networks [Infographic]

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Brian Wallace.

Today, networking takes place both through data centers and on the cloud. How was the system born and where is it going? The Ethernet cable, a common household essential even today, was invented in 1973 by Xerox PARC. From here, it would take seven years before a basis of Ethernet standards would be published.

Ethernet slowly improved over the next 25 years until, in 1995, Ethernet was standardized to “Fast Ethernet” — 100Mbps. As Ethernet turned 40 years old in 2013, the technology had been universally implemented, but the rate of innovation had slowed to a crawl. Finally, in 2010, Ethernet standardization increased to 40Gbps and 100Gbps...

Microsoft's Cloud, Juniper's Opportunity: ISI Group Tidbits from Ethernet Summit

Grazed from Barrons. Author: Tierman Ray.

ISI Group analyst Brian Marshall today weighs in with some thoughts on cloud computing after attending the first day of the Ethernet Technology Summit taking place this week. For those of you unfamiliar, the summit is an annual event attended by “several hundred mostly senior level engineering staff and mid-level management” from “leading companies” such as Google (GOOG), Comcast (CMCSA), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Dell and startup Big Switch, among others, “to exchange thoughts on future network topology design.” Overall, he sees some progress by Cisco, and opportunities for Juniper Networks (JNPR):

We came away convinced that the Ethernet market and technology dynamics will continue to evolve very rapidly and could create greater opportunity for share shifts in the coming years. While more open models for switching and routing platforms create risk for incumbents, we believe CSCO [NEUTRAL] is adapting to emerging industry trends with skill (e.g., ACI or application-centric infrastructure with the Nexus 9k, etc.) and we continue to warm up to the name...

Huawei Selects SOASTA to Provide Cloud Performance Testing

Grazed from Utilizer. Author: Elizabeth White.

SOASTA® Inc., on Tuesday announced that Huawei has selected SOASTA to provide continuous integration and robust functional test automation for its business and consumer offerings. Huawei will utilize SOASTA TouchTest and CloudTest for internal testing of Huawei’s apps, ensuring peak performance and user experiences for its PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) ecosystem.

“We chose to work with SOASTA because of its unrivaled leadership in cloud and mobile testing,” said Guoqiang Rong, President of Device Cloud, Huawei. “SOASTA continues to outperform the competition by ensuring top application performance and quality user experiences, allowing our developer base to bring their apps to market quickly...

Equinix Launches Cloud Exchange to Unlock Full Potential of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Equinix. Author: PR Announcement.

Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the launch of the Equinix Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks across the globe. By bringing together cloud service providers with cloud consumers and enabling them to establish private, high-performance connections, the Equinix Cloud Exchange gives enterprises direct access to the services they need to build sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions inside Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers.

Until now, companies concerned about relying on the open Internet for mission-critical business did not have a secure, reliable and scalable connectivity solution for a multi-cloud environment. By eliminating the bottlenecks associated with traditional cloud access across the public Internet, the Equinix Cloud Exchange provides a secure path for businesses to access cloud resources at much higher throughput. In fact, tests run in the Equinix Solution Validation Center showed increased throughput of 147 percent when connecting directly to the cloud as compared to public Internet connections...

High Performance Cloud Computing Networks (infographic)

Grazed from ProfitBricks. Author: William Toll.

Explosive Internet growth, beginning in the mid-late 1990's, has had a dramatic affect on the evolution of computer networking. Some new network technologies and initiatives boomed, but faded rapidly into oblivion. Others, notably Ethernet, invented by Bob Metcalfe at Xerox PARC, became the standard and a commodity.

While new technologies emerged in the 2000's to solve many of the performance and latency problems associated with Ethernet, notably Mellanox’s InfiniBand which is rapidly becoming the preferred networking interconnect technology in the Cloud Computing space. InfiniBand offers speeds of 80Gbps between cloud servers and between cloud servers and cloud storage. This extreme performance is driving big data implementations and cloud deployments that rival the performance of High Performance Computing environments...

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FiberLight Launches IaaS in Partnership with Cirracore

Grazed fro TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

High-performance fiber optic network solutions provider FiberLight is getting into the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) business through a partnership with Cirracore, a provider of VMware (VMW)-based cloud IaaS solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity.

The public cloud and hybrid cloud IaaS offering is intended to provide customers with a viable business continuity and disaster recovery solution for data transport, processing, storage and distribution. According to the companies, the new IaaS product enables customers to easily scale out infrastructure while reducing their technology spending by taking advantage of the scale of cloud computing...

Imperva goes to the clouds against rivals F5 and IBM

Grazed from TheMalayMailOnline.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Shlomo Kramer, the Israeli entrepreneur who made his name by co-founding the world’s second-largest security networks maker, is seeing investor support vanish for his latest cyber venture.  Imperva Inc, the Redwood Shores, California-based company that builds security systems for data centers, sank 44 per cent last week after scaling back its first-quarter revenue growth outlook to a third of its previous forecast.

Almost all of the declines came in a single day, April 10. The rout erased US$584 million (RM1.9 billion) of market value and sent the stock to a 20-month low.  Imperva, one of six Israeli online-security firms that Kramer has founded or financially backed over the past two decades, is facing growing competition from global powerhouses including International Business Machines Corp and F5 Networks Inc, Kramer, who is also the chief executive officer of Imperva, said the company missed its sales projection as competition for larger deals delayed orders, according to an April 9 statement...