With all the expectations and hype that surround software-defined networkings, it’s easy to get a little jaded. But that misses the massive impact it’s had for enterprise networks. In this piece, Tom Hollingsworth rightly points out that this programmability is no longer a new feature that network engineers are excited about. Instead, it’s become a staple of the modern data center, one that increasingly organizations depend on.
Ray Lucchesi considers the implications of Mesosphere now supporting Kubernetes. He also points out why Mesosphere’s own Marathon orchestrator will probably stay relevant in the enterprise for the foreseeable future.
Is choice an illusion, or simply a burden on time and convenience that most aren’t willing to negotiate? Tom Hollingsworth and Russ White discuss on their dueling blog posts.
One of the major announcements from this year’s VMworld was the culmination of VMware’s partnership with Amazon to launch VMware on AWS. Essentially, you can now run a minimum four host cluster on Amazon’s cloud infrastructure, which puts together vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vCenter into a SaaS offering. The idea is this will mirror on-site infrastructure in either a pure cloud or hybrid cloud formulation.
Confused by what exactly “storage class memory” means now that Intel Optane is finally on the market? You might want to listen this episode of the CTO Advisor. Keith Townsend is talking to Intel Director of Data Center NVM Solutions Architecture, James Myer.
In this piece, Gabriel Chapman makes an interesting case for the demise of the storage admin. He compares the state of storage to the smartphone pre-iPhone. The market is poised for someone make storage radically simpler, from providing a service that has to be laboriously constructed, to something that’s more of a platform to be built on with accessible APIs.
While I’ve never used their service, CrashPlan was always on my radar as a competent home backup solution. I really liked the peer-to-peer element on top of their centralized cloud backup, the more options the better, right? Sadly, the company is leaving the consumer market. Dan Frith weighted his options, and opted to return his backups to Backblaze.
Whenever you’re attending a giant show like VMworld for the first time, it’s a good idea to get some insider tips from a more experienced attendee. With that in mind Matt Crape put together his tips for first timers at VMworld.
I wrote about Forward Networks when they came out of stealth late last year. They’re on the forefront of the intent-based networking wave, using formal verification of a network in real time to model every possible location a packet can go on the network.
At launch, they had built search, verification, and predication tools. They just announced a new offering called Essentials to basically offer their search functionality in a freemium model.
At Cloud Field Day, Ben Kepes got to see the latest from ServiceNow. In the broadest terms, it’s kind of like IFTTT or Zapier for legacy business systems. As a technology it’s really interesting. But is that enough?