Revisiting the vCider SDN Solution Prior to Cisco Acquisition

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Revisiting the vCider SDN Solution Prior to Cisco Acquisition : I never really got a chance to know what vCider brought to the menu of network industry disruption  prior to their recent acquisition by Cisco. Matt Nabors @itsjustrouting and I were talking about vCider the other day and I realized I never knew much about them other than some general concepts and went …

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Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice

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Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice: Network Architects, engineers and operators is often where the buck stops in the infrastructure world. Our jobs implicitly depend on robust and reliable networks while trying to absorb exponential growth, coupled with flat or even shrinking budgets. We are real world people in Healthcare, Banking, Finance, Government and every …

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Brocade on SDN at Network Field Day

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Brocade on SDN at Network Field Day: I was honored with participating in Network Field Day #4 which had loads of top notch presenters from the biggest names in Networking and IT in the industry today. Each of those organizations have people who believe in the value in open public dialogue with the consumers. This is becoming ever more important as we …

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Hybrid SDN Deployments

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The concept of a hybrid SDN deployments using and interacting with legacy networks has come up quite a bit recently in the industry. This idea that a rip and replace or physical overlay network in order to evolve networks in some cases is not often grounded in fact. When we replaced Token ring, ATM and before my time Decnet/Thinnet those were …

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Spirent Communications Looks Toward the Enterprise


Spirent Communications Looks toward the Enterprise with new products and new angles to existing products. Spirent has traditionally gone after service provider markets with their product offerings. They are branching out and I liked a couple of their ideas quite a bit. It is nice to write a post in my “Tools” category, we do not exactly have a lot of …

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SDN Using DNS Naming for Classification

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SDN Using DNS Naming for Classification Update: First, a Refresher. The initial project was outlined here Abstract Current generation networks are under scrutiny for not presenting the proper amount of flexibility at scale to accomplish technical and business objectives. At the core of the problem are the constraints imposed by the network revolving around the inflexible nature of IP addressing …

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Network Management System NMS – Statseeker

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Network Management NMS – Statseeker Not a Swiss Army Knife, but a Sharp Blade: At Network Field Day #4 we had a a company named Statseeker who is in the Network Management business. Stewart Reed from Statseeker, an Australian presented and demoed the product.  We were almost outnumbered something friends, John Harrington an Irishman, Anythony Burke an Australian and me a native Kentuckian …

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SDN Using Names


SDN Using Names SDN Using Names as an approach to simplifying policy application and ease operations barrier: For anyone who is visiting for the first time, first thank you for visiting. By day I design networks with completely traditional means, the handful of scalable architectures with a slight amount of flexibility, BGP/VPNs thats it. I am a one trick pony as the saying …

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