Transformation was clearly this year’s motto at EMC World. Everything shows a move towards virtualization, whether its storage, networks or computers themselves. That means cloud computing and XYZ as a Service is still a big thing. Also Big Data, which was last year’s buzz word, is still something that moves the industry.
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and software-defined datacenters have been announced by the various hardware manufacturers namely EMC, Brocade and Cisco. Also companies like Ciena and ADVA Optical Networking are showing their solutions and ideas on SDN for optical networks.
Most of the things here are not really new, especially in regards to the hardware side when dealing with datacenter networking. The switching guys are still talking about their various Ethernet fabrics like Juniper Networks’ QFabric and Broacde’s VCS technology. Speaking of Brocade, they recently renamed their Fibre Channel products, showing a move away from the 4, 8, and 16G speed to generations. Now Gen 5 is the new name for their latest generation of FC SAN switches.
Cisco announced their 16G FC technology a few weeks ago and I saw the actual product here for the first time. It’s kind of funny that they made this move, or were forced to by the market, after pushing FCoE for the last couple of years. In conclusion, it seems that we will see Fibre Channel around for quite some time rather than anything else taking its place …
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The Internet2 conference this week was a smashing success. Reflecting on the audience’s comments and interest in our advanced development SDN (Software-Defined Networking) infrastructure testbed leads me to elaborate on it a bit further …
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There can be no question that 2012 was a bumper year for healthcare IT. The sheer volume and size of investments was enormous. Fast-forward a few months and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing. In February alone, there were over 30 deals closed for a total of $107.95 million invested. This represents twice the deal volume of the same time last year …
There are many stories in business lore of companies failing because they tried to protect their legacy business against a new technology they could have implemented themselves. Probably the most emblematic example – and the one that will be used as a case study in business schools for many years to come – is Kodak. Kodak’s R&D invented and prototyped a digital camera back in 1975. The R&D guys didn’t know what to do with it, and the management only saw the risk to their film business and couldn’t conceptualize how users would relate to it (which, to be fair, wasn’t all that easy in pre-PC, pre-Internet days). My favorite part of that story is the comment in the technical description of the project:
“The camera described in this report represents a first attempt demonstrating a photographic system which may, with improvements in technology, substantially impact the way pictures will be taken in the future.”
Talk about an understatement. Fast forward 30 years and Kodak files for Chapter 11, its film business having been blown to smithereens by the digital cameras they themselves had invented.