This post attempts to provide a framework for that discussion, in which I’ll argue that the platform for the next generation data center network has already taken shape. It’s called Network Virtualization, and it looks a lot like the networking platforms we’re already familiar with.Over the last 15 years the networking industry has been challenged with tremendous growth in all areas of the infrastructure, but none more challenging than the data center. As networking professionals we have built data centers to grow from tens, to hundreds, to thousands of servers – all while undergoing a transition to server virtualization and cloud computing.
Big Data can be a beast. Data volumes are growing exponentially. The types of data being created are likewise proliferating. And the speed at which data is being created – and the need to analyze it in near real-time to derive value from it – is increasing with each passing hour.
But Big Data can be tamed. We’ve got living proof. Thanks to new approaches for processing, storing and analyzing massive volumes of multi-structured data – such as Hadoop and MPP analytic databases — enterprises of all types
Wikibon is a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open source sharing of free advisory knowledge. According to newly released data from IDC, overall worldwide revenue for servers decreased by 4% in Q3 2012. Over the last decade, as server virtualization adoption has increased, we have seen a steady decline in the revenue and number of servers. Some bright spots of growth for server revenue are in the blade server and hyper-scale or "density optimized" servers. As discussed in Wikibon's Software-led infrastructure manifesto, converged infrastructure (which typically uses blade servers) and low-
An illustration of the SuperNAP-8, the latest high-density data center being built by Switch in Las Vegas. (Image: Switch)It’s getting hotter in Vegas – at least in the market for data center space. Switch, the operator of the SuperNAP in Las Vegas, had its strongest month ever in September, selling 533 cabinets of colocation space and 7.6 MVA of power over a single 30-day time period, the company said today. The record-breaking sales were distributed across approximately 40 new clients and will serve to bring the SuperNAP up to 84 percent occupancy.“Companies are finding that by partnering with the multi-trillion dollar buying power of the Switch
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I’ve been at TechEd 2012 since Sunday and, from the very beginning, the trends couldn’t have been more in focus. The future for Microsoft is about virtualization, cloud and mobility… and Metro. Everywhere I go at the conference, I see Metro. All of the company’s new products seem to be taking on the Metro interface elements and even the signs and other materials mimic the interface.
That’s the small stuff, though.
Flash memory is taking the data center world by storm and creating disruptive opportunities to challenge the status quo, overcoming the capacity challenges of RAM and the performance challenges of hard disks to enable innovative new architectures.
This article discusses several different real-world use cases for SQL Server, MySQL web scale, and performance scale up within a turnkey appliance.
When flash is placed within the server, as close to the CPU as possible (i.e. natively on the PCI Express bus), the mediaâs microsecond latencies enables
Wikibon is a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open source sharing of free advisory knowledge. While the role of software has been important to the technology world for a long time, the emerging software-defined data center or what Wikibon calls “software-led infrastructure” highlights the importance of code over boxes. Sheet metal, ports and devices don’t go away, but as more products are made up of commodity or off-the-shelf components, the intellectual property is in the stack that sits above the physical layer. Hardware does still matter in a software world; hardware that can provide flexibility
Today Cisco further elaborated more details about the Cisco ONE controller currently in beta. The announcement specifies new SDN applications and hardware support for existing products to market. Also announced, is the new Nexus 6000 switching product, along with a NAM module for the Nexus 7000. The Nexus 6000 is 96-ports of 40Gb low latency data center switch. Lastly, the Nexus 1000v support for Hyper-V integration into Microsoft System Center VM Manager and VXLan gateway support, both calculated moves in high stakes, data center virtualization chess. The big announcement is the software and will be for some time to come.Cisco has publicly committed
Early during my tenure as Cloud Czar, I was proud to have helped NetApp become the first infrastructure vendor to build an expansive enterprise cloud ecosystem of telco and service provider partners. Together, we serve over 77 percent of the Fortune 500 companies’ core applications and NetApp is the storage foundation for data served to more than one billion cloud users. Today, I want to share my enthusiasm for new customer cloud capabilities announced by NetApp and Amazon Web Services (AWS) at the inaugural re:Invent conference. NetApp Private Storage for AWS combines the availability, performance, agility, and control of NetApp’s enterprise
This week I attended a tech leadership Summit in Vail Colorado for the second time. The event is always a fantastic series of discussions and brings some of the top minds in the technology industry. Here are some thoughts on the trends and thinking that were common at the event.
There was a lot less talk of VDI and virtualization then in 2011. These conversations were replaced with more conversations about cloud and app delivery. Overall the consensus felt to be that getting the application to the right native environment on a given device was a far better approach then getting the desktop there.
Hypervisors were barely mentioned
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