Feb 12, 2010
RoboNets: Application-Aware Networks Advance
Remember the Sun Microsystems marketing tagline from the late ’90s that proclaimed “The Network Is the Computer”? At that time, it was just a catchy slogan. But if recent moves by Brocade, Cisco, HP, IBM, VMware and others are any indication, Sun seems prescient, as this concept is becoming a central theme of how networks will function in the not-too-distant future. No longer are switch vendors content with supplying the hardware (and software) to make the network a “dumb” medium for carrying data. They’re demanding a bigger chunk of the computing market and putting their R&D dollars on the line to make it happen. We examine what that means for enterprises.