Busting SDN myths

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - April 15th, 2014

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the hottest thing going today, but there is considerable confusion surrounding everything from the definition of the term to the different architectures and technologies suppliers are putting forward.

The promise of SDN

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - April 8th, 2014

In partnership with CNME, delegates from Brocade hosted a roundtable at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on 24th March, which gathered a select group of IT leaders from around the region to discuss the future of Software Defined Networking and Ethernet Fabric.

Cisco reveals OpenFlow SDN killer

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - April 3rd, 2014

Cisco is this week unveiling an alternative to OpenFlow for software-defined networking and proposing it as a standard, while adding it as a vital component of the company’s new programmable architecture.

SDN – moving beyond the hype and realising its value

Taj El Khayat, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, North, West and Central Africa at Riverbed Technology by Taj El Khayat, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, North, West and Central Africa at Riverbed Technology - March 18th, 2014

To overcome the rigidity of the traditional data centre network, software-defined networking has emerged as a popular solution, says Taj El Khayat, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, North, West and Central Africa, Riverbed Technology

The differences between SDN, network virtualisation and Network Functions Virtualisation

Steve Garrison, VP, Marketing, Pica8 by Steve Garrison, VP, Marketing, Pica8 - February 12th, 2014

Steve Garrison, VP, Marketing, Pica8 examines how NV, NFV and SDN differ and how each moves us down the path toward programmable networks.

Oracle makes cloud advancement by acquiring SDN firm Corente

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 8th, 2014

Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs (wide area networks), in a strike against competitors Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close early this year, weren’t disclosed on Tuesday.

Cisco: SDN, internet of things main 2014 concerns

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - December 8th, 2013

Next year will see demonstrable evidence of the Internet of Things, real-time communications on the Web, and SDN-enabled platforms with killer applications for them, says Cisco.

Application services meet up with SDN in the cloud

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - November 6th, 2013

Enterprises and service providers are looking beyond collections of boxes and toward virtual data centers that are better at growing and changing, and now application services such as security and acceleration are about to fit into that picture as well.

Huawei unveils SDN-ready switch

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - November 4th, 2013

The Agile Switch S12700 uses a fully-programmable switching architecture, and automatic network deployment and management applications.

Chambers: Cisco waited too long to address SDNs

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - June 30th, 2013

Cisco waited too long to address the software-defined networking trend now sweeping the industry, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said last week at the Cisco Live conference.

Netgear to target mid-market with future SDN capability

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - May 12th, 2013

While much of the hype for software-defined networking is focused on large-scale data centre deployments, some companies are taking a different angle. According to Laurent Masia, a product line manager for Netgear, the […]

Juniper closer to Cisco in shipping SDN brains

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - May 6th, 2013

Juniper Networks this week will extend its SDN offerings with the release of its controller, roughly six months ahead of schedule. The controller technology obtained from the acquisition of Contrail Systems is now called JunosV Contrail. It […]

Juniper addresses SDN, BYOD needs

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2013

Juniper Networks has launched a new range of more widely programmable switches and management tools that aim to address provider and enterprise needs for software-defined networking (SDN) and bring your own device (BYOD) […]

Dell in SDN standardisation push

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 17th, 2013

Even though standards bodies like the Open Networking Forum (ONF) are leading the effort to standardise software-defined networking, Dell has proposed an SDN working committee within the Object Management Group. OMG is an […]

HP uses SDN to scale up TippingPoint

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 4th, 2013

HP announced last week that it plans to use its recently unveiled SDN controller to distribute its TippingPoint intrusion prevention system across networks. This will help to overcome the scale limitations of dedicated […]

Juniper buys SDN startup for $176M

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 13th, 2012

Juniper Networks this week acquired Contrail Systems, a startup that makes controllers for software-defined networks, for $176 million in cash and stock. Contrail was founded early this year by officials from Google, Cisco, Juniper […]

Nicira CTO shares sneak peek of company’s SDN plans

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - December 12th, 2012

Nicira, the software-defined networking (SDN) startup that VMware purchased for $1.2 billion earlier this year, plans to release an SDN product that runs independent of the underlying hypervisor and hardware that will work in VMware environments and […]

Alcatel-Lucent enters crowding SDN field

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 28th, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise division this week jumped into the SDN market with a strategy to fortify products to enhance network programmability and virtualisation. The company is augmenting its Application Fluent Network strategy with a software-defined networking plan […]

HP takes aim at Cisco, Juniper with SDN market invasion

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - October 3rd, 2012

HP this week will unveil a software-defined networking portfolio that spans infrastructure, control plane operations and applications in an effort to lead the emerging SDN market. HP will roll out its own SDN controller, a separate control […]

HP unveils cloud config manager and DRaaS offering

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - October 19th, 2014

HP has unveiled a network virtualisation system for large enterprise and cloud providers designed to simplify network configuration, and has also enhanced its disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) offering in the cloud. HP says Distributed Cloud […]

Huawei to flaunt Smart City offerings at GITEX

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - September 21st, 2014

Huawei has announced a full program of activities to “help build a better connected world” at this year’s GITEX Technology Week, through its portfolio of Smart City solutions and expertise.

Four ways to consolidate a data centre

Bharani Kumar Kulasekaran, Product Marketing Manager, ManageEngine by Bharani Kumar Kulasekaran, Product Marketing Manager, ManageEngine - August 18th, 2014

Bharani Kumar Kulasekaran, Product Marketing Manager, ManageEngine discusses how an enterprise can consolidate its data centre and the rewards it can bring.

Rack to the future

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - August 5th, 2014

Data centre technology is rapidly changing. With the advent of virtualisation and increasing speed and agility may come a sense of impending doom for IT staff. However, more efficient centres do not necessarily mean the end of a robust technical department.

Cutting edge

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 15th, 2014

With the systems integrators market evolving, IT leaders have the opportunity to tailor their skills to specific verticals and areas of SI specialisation. Which verticals offer the best opportunities for growth and what types of projects will SIs have to specialise in?

Cisco welcomes Dimension Data to global cloud initiative

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - May 22nd, 2014

Cisco will sell cloud services using Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform, including IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings of Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint.

Cisco’s gloomy financials brighten in Q3

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - May 15th, 2014

Cisco posted lower sales and profit in the third quarter but beat its own forecast, signalling that the company is continuing to work against economic and industry challenges following two earlier weak performances.

Virtual networks

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 15th, 2014

As a prelude to CNME’s Network World ME Awards 2014, delegates from Dell partnered with CPI to host a roundtable on network virtualisation at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on 24th March.

Arista Networks expands cloud platform with new 100 Gigabit options

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 26th, 2014

Arista Networks today announced two new 100 GbE modules that through open and programmable overlays can achieve VM mobility.

Interview: Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 25th, 2014

As Shaygan Kheradpir settles into his role as the new CEO of Juniper Networks, the former Barclay’s COO/CTO is looking to the future.

Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualisation

Marc Ferranti by Marc Ferranti - February 23rd, 2014

Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.

Ericsson and Ciena join forces on IP and optical networking

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - February 16th, 2014

Ericsson and Ciena have signed a global agreement to develop joint transport solutions for converged IP and optical networks that also use SDN (software-defined networking) features.

Interview: Juniper Networks’ new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir

Allan Swann by Allan Swann - January 26th, 2014

New Juniper Networks CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, seemed to be hitting all the right notes speaking at the company’s RevUp 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

Amazon and Microsoft drop US cloud storage prices by up to 50%

Lucas Mearian by Lucas Mearian - January 26th, 2014

Last April, Microsoft committed to matching Amazon’s Web Services prices for compute, storage and bandwidth.

Software Defined Networks – the future of networking?

Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat by Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat - January 23rd, 2014

SDN is a technology that promises to be the next big thing not only for IT organisations and networking vendors, but also for service providers, says Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat

Brocade exits network adaptor business

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - January 22nd, 2014

Brocade has said it has sold its network adapter business to QLogic to better focus on data centre fabrics and software defined networking.

Different flavours of Ethernet

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 13th, 2014

Enterprises, cloud providers and carriers all rely on Ethernet. What’s next for this 40-year-old ubiquitous technology?

Dell issues 4 networking trends for 2014

Shabbir Ahmad, Regional Sales Director - Networking, Dell, EMEA Emerging Markets by Shabbir Ahmad, Regional Sales Director - Networking, Dell, EMEA Emerging Markets - January 7th, 2014

2014 is poised to be an even bigger year for networks in the Middle East, perhaps “the year of the network”, says Shabbir Ahmad, Regional Sales Director – Networking, Dell, EMEA Emerging Markets

Analysis: security weak spots

Stefan Hammond by Stefan Hammond - December 17th, 2013

Reading the coverage of the recent breach of Adobe passwords, we learned that 1.9 million users used “123456” as their password. That’s right: out of 38 million cracked passwords, almost two million adults used ones more suited to five-year-olds.

Brocade predicts 5 top Middle East IT trends for 2014

Marcus Jewell, Vice President, EMEA, Brocade by Marcus Jewell, Vice President, EMEA, Brocade - December 15th, 2013

Marcus Jewell, vice president, EMEA at Brocade looks into his crystal ball to outline the top technology trends that Middle East enterprises should watch out for in 2014:

How to simplify your infrastructure

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - December 10th, 2013

It’s a cold, hard fact that enterprises are putting more strain on their networks now than ever before. On top of this, never before has the risk of downtime been more pertinent―businesses simply can’t afford for their networks to be down, even momentarily, meaning the pressure is on CIOs to ensure that all services are up-and-running all of the time.

Microsoft’s Desktop Optimisation Pack gets Win 8.1 management capabilities

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - December 3rd, 2013

The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of IT management tools has been updated with support for Windows 8.1 device and application management and Office 2013 virtualisation.

Experts debate Cisco’s 2017 cloud computing forecast

J.D. Sartain by J.D. Sartain - November 28th, 2013

Cisco Systems’s third annual Global Cloud Index forecasts that global cloud traffic will more than quadruple, from 1.2 zettabytes in 2012 to 5.3 ZB in 2017. That works out to about 443 exabytes a month, or about 476 billion GB.

Brocade launches high-density 10/40 GbE Network Switch

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 25th, 2013

Campus networking solutions vendor Brocade has unveiled its ICX 7750 fixed-port, high density 10/40 GbE switch.

‘Kill switch’ for stolen phones rejected by operators

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - November 21st, 2013

Mobile carriers are opposed to the plan for a smartphone ‘kill switch’ that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, claiming that it could be misused by hackers to block critical services.

HP enjoys networking success, predicts the same for Big Data

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - November 4th, 2013

HP has transformed its position in the networking space from a year ago and is now ready to do the same with Big Data, according to the heads of its Middle East operations.

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