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From Evolution to Revolution

by Gary Barter (gbarter) ‎07-30-2014 07:15 AM - edited ‎07-30-2014 07:15 AM

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Gary Barter, Marketing Manager, C4L. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Like many organisations C4L’s network had gradually evolved over a number of years, but the demands of customers and the pace of change of technology meant that we were reaching the critical tipping point where something a little more radical and revolutionary than a SW upgrade was required. This was the dilemma that we faced a year ago, having grown and extended our all Cisco legacy network to the limits of what you might see as a very large Enterprise solution, where we really needed to be firmly in the Carrier space.

 

C4L is a Data Centre (DC) Infrastructure company at heart, we deliver Colocation, Cloud, Communications and of course Connectivity solutions allowing businesses to move critical systems to a DC and larger enterprises to expand and manage equipment over multiple sites. Our solutions are underpinned by our own private network, so performance, flexibility, scalability and reliability of the network is fundamental to our success.

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AllegroNetworks

Networking Goes Retail

by AllegroNetworks on ‎06-16-2014 07:25 AM

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Helen White, Sales and Marketing Director, Allegro Networks UK. These views are her own and in no way do they represent the views of the company she works for.

 

The internet has revolutionised the way we buy, driving down pricing and driving up delivery speed.  Consumers now have access to the largest marketplaces of solutions at the touch of a button, with entertainment, tools and services delivered to their fingertips instantly.  Even our own industry has been revolutionised: cloud computing allows you to deliver immediate utility to your customers, satisfying requirements that appear on a day by day basis and driving additional new revenue from your existing contacts and customers.

 

Yet the ability to buy online, the associated speed to market and revenue that this can generate seems to elude the wholesale IP/data market. While the internet has enabled convenient product delivery for end customers, what about the service provider? The delivery of a service provider’s network components remains complex and expensive and requires significant interaction across various technology teams, often using a myriad of third party organisations. 

So, how would the introduction of automated network provisioning change the status quo in the wholesale community and is it a reality?

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This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Michael Taylor, IT/IS Director, Lotus F1® Team. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Here I am at 30000 feet frantically tapping away at my Surface making the most of the FAA and British Airways’ more relaxed approach to device usage. There is one thing missing though, wireless access. Whilst I enjoy the relative peace and calm of flying without being 'connected' there are occasions where connectivity would be useful ‐ today being one of them as I'm keen to keep up to date with the progress of the 2014 F1 cars currently testing in Bahrain.

 

We are already three races into the season, but the opportunity for us and the other teams to spend two days ‘testing’ new components and performance options, whilst refining our development programmes is too good to turn down. This is where the real progress on the new breed of cars will be made. Naturally, I’m keen to not only follow our team’s progress but that of all of our competitors too. The hyper connected world we now live in provides the perfect platform for us to do just that. With significant amounts of information, analyses and detail available to capture and consume, we may not be there, but we know exactly what is going on. Essential when you're fighting in the ultra competitive world of F1 where we measure performance in less than a tenth of a second.

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Over the last few decades a great deal of research has gone into ensuring that the integration of IT systems turns into business value.

  

There is a famous IT textbook that has been used on many IT degree courses over the years called 'The Mythical Man Month'. Written by Frederick Brooks who worked for IBM as a project manager for the System/360 project in the 1960s, it was all about ensuring that complex IT projects were managed well and delivered on-time.  Since its original publication in the mid 70s (there was a second updated edition in 1995) the IT revolution has continued at a terrific speed and it is now recognised that whilst delivering an IT system to time and budget is important, its ability to integrate smoothly into an organisation and add significant value is even more so.

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I have just come off the stage at Canalys Channels Forum 2013 having the honour of sharing with the EMEA Channels community how Lotus F1 Team built the best network with Juniper Networks. Graeme delivered a tremendous insight into how an F1 team operates.

 

In the chat session that followed Graeme’s presentation the questions covered aspects of the rigorous technology evaluation process they go through and the aspects of Juniper’s approach that exceeded the goals Lotus F1 Team has in striving to be the best.

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Graeme Hackland from Lotus F1 Team entertained delegates from the Canalys Channel Forum, Barcelona today with an insightful view of the Formula 1 world and the role and impact of IT. 

 

The first thing that struck me was the breadth and depth of skills required just to get two cars to 20 races per year. Pretty much the entire F1 car is designed and manufactured from scratch at Lotus F1 Team’s Technical Centre in Oxfordshire, UK. Not only that, but all of the R&D required to project the car to the front of the grid happens there too. The words ‘leading edge’ hardly do the effort justice, as well as being literally appropriate, as aerodynamics is one of the key areas of technical expertise required to win races.

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Does the network, really contribute to business success? Specifically why did the Lotus F1 Team select Juniper Networks to refresh the entire networking infrastructure as part of its 2014 project?

 

It’s too obvious to say that without the network, nothing would work. Yes the foundations have to be there, but that doesn’t explain why we chose Juniper Networks over its competitors. It also doesn’t explain why the network is so important to car performance for the Lotus F1 Team. In order to understand that, you need to consider the whole F1 car lifecycle.

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David

SDN for Dummies: Routes, Maps and GPS

by Juniper Employee ‎08-23-2013 03:45 AM - edited ‎09-25-2013 01:36 AM

During some of my SDN non-technical SDN discussions with customers, I sometimes get asked to explain in simple terms “what does SDN add to the networking industry. I've seen many analogies, but I found this one interesting: Understanding SDN with routes, maps and GPS (read more)

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Gilles

ALL-IN-ONE BRANCH PERIMETER SECURITY

by Gilles on ‎05-22-2013 11:58 AM

...or how to simplify the gateway in and out of branch offices

 

Today’s enterprises are anything but centralized. From retail to financial services, utilities to distribution, engineering to R&D, organizations operate wherever business is conducted. This has a major impact on how you secure the branch.

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Gilles

TAMING THE MOBILE FRONTIER

by Gilles ‎05-06-2013 06:32 AM - edited ‎07-23-2013 03:44 AM

Like the Wild West of the 1800s, today’s campuses are becoming lawless places. Employees and visitors roam free armed with multiple devices, user owned and company supplied, and expect to connect to the corporate network, wherever and whenever they want to.

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Recent research Juniper Networks conducted with the Economist Intelligence Unit across Germany, Japan, the U.S and U.K found that high-performing organisations that work with and rely on its IT department and subsequent technology insights are able to drive business growth and innovation within their organisations. The full global report can be downloaded here but I want to focus on the UK and German figures that emerged....

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Skype in the classroom is free to users - and there are more than 22,500 of them. It's what we expect of the internet isn't it? Access to content that provides value to us but for which we are reluctant to pay. But, throughout history, content has been meaningless without effective distribution. So nowadays why do we value one but not the other? Neil Pound asks if this approach is sustainable.

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Gilles

Beyond BYOD – A True Mobile Enterprise Experience

by Gilles ‎06-28-2012 04:31 AM - edited ‎07-29-2012 05:15 AM

Certainly BYOD is on everybody’s lips and is the most common and probably feared concern today. You can read about it in every single publication and blog, and all vendors – including those not associated with the topic which raises question of credibility – claim to have somehow a solution to let personal-owned devices securely accessing the network.

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Gilles

Is “good-enough” security really good-enough ?

by Gilles ‎04-30-2012 05:20 AM - edited ‎05-16-2012 12:51 AM

From a conceptual point of view, it's all about our attitude to the risk. To keep it simple, we can distinguish three different main security philosophies.

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Gilles

Data Breaches - The Evil from Within

by Gilles ‎02-24-2012 01:28 AM - edited ‎03-23-2012 12:55 AM

In its 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon Business reported that 17% of all data breaches in 2010 were due to internal agents. It is true that represents a relative decrease of 31% compared to 2009, but this is mainly due to the exploding number of breaches having external agents as an origin (+22%), which is not a surprise. The bottom line is that the absolute number of such internal breaches didn’t change much over the last couple of years, meaning that you still have to pay high attention to this phenomenon.

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