Brocade’s Simon Pamplin: Digging deep into the future of SDN

With software defined networking (SDN), the network as we know it, along with the way businesses use computing processes, could be changed beyond all recognition.

And Brocade is at the very heart of that shift, being founder members of OpenFlow and OpenStack and pushing ahead with technologies that ensure its customers are SDN-ready.

Separating the data and control planes, SDN, as the name suggests, puts a layer of software between the components a network runs on and the network admin running them, leading...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Infrastructure, Interview, Mobility.

Oracle CAF targets dynamic cloud app development and deployment

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Ovum, Software Solutions Group

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) is an out-of-the-box, pre-integrated cloud infrastructure solution built around Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS). Release 12c of Oracle CAF is now generally available and is designed for building cloud-based, dynamic enterprise applications. In addition to WLS 12c, the release comprises Oracle Coherence 12c, Oracle Tuxedo 12c, Oracle Traffic Director/Web Tier 12c, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder, along with...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud evolving, yet most CIOs have a handle on it

Handle the hybrid cloud with care, but get to grips with it quickly to make sure you don’t miss out.

That’s according to a survey from SAP of 52 CIOs in conjunction with Wakefield Research, which comes to the conclusion that hybrid has various advantages, which even non-hybrid users can appreciate.

It’s perhaps not a surprise that SAP would be advocating this line; when CloudTech was present at its UK & Ireland Forum earlier this month,...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, SAP.

One in three businesses have ‘multiple’ outages a week

Companies are failing to update their software, meaning that because of the strain being put on old data centres, they suffer debilitating network outages on a weekly basis.

That’s the verdict from Brocade, whose latest research found that one in three businesses suffer “multiple” network downtime instances per week. Further, more than nine in 10 (91%) of IT decision makers admit that they have to ‘substantially’ upgrade their infrastructure in order to keep up with the demand of...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, SLA.

Time for a change is always now

It is often said that Europeans are more conservative in their outlook with regard to change.

There are occasions when this is a useful cultural trait, like limiting the rampant commercialisation of fine heritage sites or taking care to uphold a traditional method for creating a really good cheese. But when it comes to technology resistance to change it only brings disaster.

Nowhere is this clearer than in relation to cloud computing. The “readiness for the cloud’ debate is so bound up in what we...

By Matthew Finnie, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

People, process, technology for Cloud service providers

People, Process, Technology for Cloud Service Providers

There’s been a lot written in cloud circles about the preparations enterprises need to make to prepare for the move to cloud - but what about service providers? A lot of service providers are coming from a managed hosting, managed services or even a telco background and are now building a cloud business. The planning, provisioning, marketing & selling of cloud services can be vastly different from these more traditional IT services. Potential cloud...

By BMC Communities, 21 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Infrastructure.

The future of integration middleware is hybrid

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

Many organisations are struggling with integration issues created by the rapid rise of social, mobile, and cloud platforms, and given the persistent time and budget constraints, are not inclined to use traditional integration approaches for hybrid integration scenarios. IT has no other option but to combine traditional and cloud-based integration approaches to deliver the desired integration capabilities on time and within the allocated budget. The growing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, PaaS.

85% of SMEs struggle with cost of backing up virtual servers, says report

Nearly nine in 10 small to medium businesses have experienced “cost-related challenges” with backing up and recovering virtual servers, according to the latest industry report from virtualisation provider Veeam.

These fiscal frustrations primarily included ongoing management costs, backups requiring too much storage and expensive licensing models, according to the report.

Conducted in November and December 2012 by independent market research specialists Vanson Bourne, the report surveyed C-level...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Virtualisation.

The important questions around uptime guarantees

Some manufacturers recently have made an impact with a “five nines” uptime guarantee, so I thought I’d provide some perspective. Most recently, I’ve come in contact with Hitachi’s guarantee. I quickly checked with a few other manufacturers (e.g. Dell EqualLogic) to see if they offer that guarantee for their storage arrays, and many do…but realistically, no one can guarantee uptime because “uptime” really needs to be measured from the host or application perspective. Read below for...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, SLA.