Network Technology Shifts towards IT’s Third Platform

The requirements for next generation applications in the Third Platform era have a profound impact on the network. No longer can we treat the network as a piece of infrastructure that just needs to be present. It has to drastically change to become a fundamental component of the next generation application. Mike went through some […]

Unused networking capabilities are useless networking capabilities

Stop me if you have heard this before: “We have had the ability to do that for 10 years. It’s called MPLS.” For whatever reason, the networking industry seems more open to innovation these days than for much of the past 15 years. We see the rise of important technologies like SDN, NFV, network virtualization, […]

SDN: Capability or Context?

Why is it that the definition of SDN continues to get debated? I think the definition of SDN remains a bit squishy. And while I am not entirely certain that it matters (people shouldn’t be buying SDN; they should be building networks), it is an interesting phenomenon, and understanding it better could help with the […]

I am a BGP fanboy

Last week I sat down with Dan Backman and several members of the engineering team at Plexxi to put together the BGP design and configuration for one of our customers. It had been a while since I had my fingers in a BGP configuration, but it is indeed like riding a bike (which for a […]