As we look back on the last couple of weeks there was a lot of news about networking that we are still taking in. The networking industry is evolving and there are important considerations to make as you build out your networks. We are seeing an ever increasing need for bandwidth, a need for greater application awareness and the need to quickly provision, trouble shoot and adapt the network to ensure application performance and availability. As a result we are seeing a transition to software defined networks. If you are building networks to serve your business then you are probably considering how your choices today will affect your ability to respond to the changes that come in the future. How do you get to where you need to be? What is best for your organization?
Throughout Europe and the rest of the world the most recognizable name in motor racing is the Formula One Grand Prix. If you follow Formula One racing then you know that last weekend the teams came back from their summer break. Now they are at a turning point in their strategy. It’s time for the teams to decide where to focus their development efforts. Should they focus on winning points this year, or on designing a car that will win next year? With the rewriting of the rules for car design for 2014 this decision is especially difficult. You may be wondering what this means for Juniper and for networking. The answer is quite a lot. Juniper provides networking equipment to the Lotus F1 Team and their driver Kimi Raikkonen was 2nd in the driver’s championship running until last Sunday’s race in Belgium. Data analysis and computer aided design are keys to determining a winning strategy and to building a winning car.
A number of trends—including the consumerization of IT, cloud computing, and social media— present significant opportunities for businesses to improve productivity. Before adopting these technologies, however, organizations try to fully understand the impact they will have on the underlying infrastructure and, more specifically, the network environment, since it is a critical enabler for all of these services. As a result organizations are looking to innovation in the network to meet their business needs.
Are you and your colleagues headed to VMworld next week? Stop by and meet the Juniper team at booth #1517 where will be talking about the security and network architectures needed to move to an agile virtualized datacenter. It's going to be interesting with all of the changes that are happening in network virtualization. I'm looking forward to some interesting keynotes and sessions as well as catching up with friends in the industry.
With the recent news about Juniper and Riverbed I thought I'd write about the value of WAN Optimization for the Data Center. Application performance in the data center and out to remote locations is a top concern for business organizations. WAN Optimization is a technology that is critical to ensuring application performance out to end users in remote locations. In this post I’d like to share some of my thoughts on the value of WAN Optimization for data center and cloud use cases.
LISP is a protocol that pops back in the news just when you might have forgot that it existed. It happened again in June when Cisco re-launched LISP for fast mobility at their annual user conference, complete with an on stage demo and much fanfare. While the demo’s are impressive, the history of LISP makes me wonder what is going on behind the curtain. This isn’t the first time that Cisco has proposed LISP for a new use case. In 2011, Cisco positioned LISP as a solution for IPv6 transition and virtual machine mobility, along with VXLAN and OTV, creating a triumvirate of proprietary protocols to further pioneering use cases. But is there real value in LISP?