The theme of VMworld this year is “No Limits.” Personally I think this a great theme because at Juniper we’ve always believed the network should have no limits—within reason of course. While this may seem logical, some of our competitors haven’t always felt that way. Let me explain.
If you think about it, there are really two types of limits: the natural kind, which are dictated by physics or some other natural law; and the artificial kind, imposed somehow by human beings.
The more we read about how the cloud is changing the world, the more interesting the use cases and opportunities become.
Today Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced the Massachusetts Open Cloud – a public open cloud that will serve as shared infrastructure in the Commonwealth for running Big Data applications.
Last October, Juniper introduced the MetaFabric architecture—a vision for building simple, open and smart data center networks that support the deployment and delivery of applications both within and across data centers.
The network, however, is just part of the equation.
Last week, I got to participate in a GigaOM Research webinar where I sat on a virtual panel (along with Greg Ferro, Nick Lippis and moderated by David Linthicum) discussing the results of a recent cloud, SDN and networking survey. The survey itself had lots of great information, and I would highly recommend checking out the webinar to absorb the entire discussion. But for those without the extra time to spare, here’s a quick summary.
Last week, Mike Marcellin talked to Bloomberg Businessweek about Juniper's partnership with companies like Puppet Labs and the innovative work that we’re doing to solve some of the most difficult problems in the data center. This is an exciting topic because it speaks directly to what we’re seeing in our customers, and highlights the approach that we’re taking to help them.
Last week, Cisco launched their Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Much of the discussion centered on business transitions, technology evolution, and how to capitalize on the next big trend, which they call the “Internet of Things.” And while it may sound good at face value, it’s important to look under the hood and evaluate if ACI can actually deliver on the promises that Cisco has outlined.
As you’re taking a closer look at the details surrounding this new infrastructure, here are five questions to ask about Cisco ACI: