Why should CIO’s and business leaders care about Software Defined Networking

  Software Defined Networking is a meaty topic and a good follow-up to last week’s conversation on Software Defined Storage.  There’s a lot at stake from both the software and hardware vendors in this space.  Both VMware, who’s trying to get their foot in the door and Cisco, who’s trying to maintain market dominance haveContinue reading “Why should CIO’s and business leaders care about Software Defined Networking”

The importance of VSAN and NSX to VMware’s SDDC Strategy

I know this is an understatement, but VSAN and NSX are very important VMware.  Not just because they both introduce two new markets for VMware but also because it represents a shift in the position of the hypervisor in the data center.  Prior to VSAN and NSX, VMware preached the security strengths of running limitedContinue reading “The importance of VSAN and NSX to VMware’s SDDC Strategy”

Is VMware a one hit wonder?

In my opinion, VMware is much too dependent on their vSphere product suite. This is not an analysis of VMware’s sales or market share. This is a practical look at innovation. It is a look at what happens when companies quickly grow and do not continue to innovate. The innovation needs to compel customers toContinue reading “Is VMware a one hit wonder?”

Network Virtualization: ACI vs. NSX is about ASIC vs. Software

I’ve been thinking a bit more about the Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX debate.  It brings about a larger question.  It’s not just ACI vs. NSX but Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC).  When I started programing back in high school I had this theory about x86 hardware.  There was never such a thing as underContinue reading “Network Virtualization: ACI vs. NSX is about ASIC vs. Software”

NSX is here. Now what does that mean for innovation?

I don’t believe VMware’s NSX or network virtualization for that matter is the innovation being brought by the release of the product.  One of the advantages to VMware releasing NSX is that we get to see the true value of network virtualization via the hands of end users.  Like most new technologies that progress fromContinue reading “NSX is here. Now what does that mean for innovation?”

NSX needs some love from Network Managers

NSX needs more than the ability to be innovative in managing networks and “just” adding value similar to how x86 virtualization has done for the server team.  One of the key moments of VMworld was when the VMware COO called VMWorld the largest gathering of Network Administrators.  There are more virtual ports than physical andContinue reading “NSX needs some love from Network Managers”

Is SDN the innovation the industry never knew it needed?

Does SDN bring with it the type of innovation the original iPhone brought? Innovation takes much more than just really great technology.  It’s having the right technology that disrupts the status quo and enables uses that couldn’t be predicted.  For example, the iPhone revolutionized the way we look at the smart phone.  Prior to theContinue reading “Is SDN the innovation the industry never knew it needed?”