Network automation (specifically within the data center), is one of the most marketed, yet least realized of the product feature promises made by networking vendors. Networking vendors market automation due to the growing negativity associated with the manual configuration required of traditional networks, and the unique skill sets required to configure and operate data center networks. Enterprise... Read more

Network visibility and insight have never been more important. As security threats continue to increase, ensuring application performance meets the needs of the business is critical. With this challenge in mind, have Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) kept up?For the most part, NPBs do the same thing today as they did when they first hit the market. Packet feeds via TAPs and SPANs from the production n... Read more

Next-gen Network OS (NOS) Architecture based on Open Network Linux (ONL)The rapid adoption of open networking and software/hardware disaggregation is causing a renaissance in the networking industry!  The networking industry has largely been devoid of innovation in the past two decades. The adoption of Ethernet & IP networking in the 90’s helped standardize the protocol stack, making ne... Read more

Many network professionals saddled with legacy equipment dream of building a new network based on software-defined technology. But building such a technology business from the ground up is both “a luxury and a challenge,” says David Robinson, Chief Technology Officer of STT Connect. Based in Singapore, STT Connect is the cloud management arm of ST Telemedia, a Singapore based technology invest... Read more

As Uber continues to dominate media headlines for all the wrong reasons, I become increasingly disappointed, but ironically hopeful. Hopeful that A new type of leader is emerging in Silicon Valley, and that the days of placing the domineering, brash, irresponsible leaders in the Valley on a pedestal, rather than highlighting the accomplishments of the far less dramatic, but far more measured compo... Read more

For the second year in a row, Wealthfront named Big Switch to its list of Career Launching Companies. This list, now in its sixth year, is compiled by Wealthfront, with input from leading venture capital firms, including: Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Lightspeed, and Sequoia capital.  For Big Switch, this recognition is incredibly meaningful for so many re... Read more

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) to identify and remove all products and services supplied by AO Kaspersky Lab from Federal agencies. According to DHS, “this action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems.”[i]   Given the significant access and priv... Read more

It’s hard to login to <insert any social media platform here> these days and not see something about containers. Having worked with quite a few customers on container networking projects over the past year, I wanted to dispel some myths around containers and more specifically, around container networking.Myth: Containers exist only in the cloudAlmost every deployment example online focuses... Read more

There is a general consensus on the goals of network function virtualization (NFV): to improve agility and speed of service delivery, lower costs, and allow service providers to keep pace with the demands on their network. NFV accomplishes this by helping service providers apply IT principles to roll out new services as VMs on standard commodity servers -- hence decoupling the services from the un... Read more

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