Many years ago Gartner introduced their technology Hype Cycle, which maps
visibility against maturity for new technology. The Hype Cycle in essence
states that many new technologies get a large amount of visibility early in
their maturity cycle. The visibility and enthusiasm drops significantly when
reality sets in: technologies early in their maturity cycle will have low
adoption rates. The vast majority of customers of technology are conservative
in their choices, especially if this new technology is not (yet) fundamental
to this customer’s business.
I call it common sense reality, Garter calls it the Trough of
Disillusionment, fine. It is that realization that the technology may have
lots of promises, but isn’t ready to be consumed.
That is where the real work starts, maturing the technology, driving
solutions and use cases, creating the economic viability of the... (more)
In the world of Anything-as-a-Service (I will leave the acronym to your
imagination), Network-as-a-Service is not a new term. In fact, it even has
its own wikipedia page which will tell you it has been used for many years
now, well before the current set of service related terms in IT have become
Like most high tech industries, we get somewhat carried away when we have
some new terminology and quickly overuse and overload them, watering them
down to be meaningless or at least highly confusing. But when you cut through
the clutter a bit, the as-a-Service terminology most... (more)
I am sure our work environment is not all that different from many others.
There are large whiteboards everywhere and you cannot find a meeting room
that does not have circles, lines and squares drawn on them. Some of our
favorite bloggers have written blogs about network drawing tools and aids.
Probably not restricted to just networking folks, but we certainly love to
visualize the things we do. Out of all the customers I have visited, the
amount of them where one of us did not end up on a whiteboard can probably be
counted on one hand.
It is not surprising that we are drawn t... (more)
Last week Greg Ferro (@etherealmind) wrote this article about his experience
with scripting as a method for network automation, with the ultimate
conclusion that scripting does not scale.
Early in my career I managed a small network that grew to be a IP over X.25
hub of Europe for a few years providing many countries with their first
Internet connectivity. Scripts were everywhere, small ones to grab stats and
create pretty graphs, others that continuously checked the status of links
and would send emails when things went wrong.
While it is hard to argue with Greg’s complaints per... (more)
Much has been published about the Open Compute Project. Initiated by
Facebook, it has become an industry effort focused on standardization of many
parts and components in the datacenter. Initially focused on racks, power and
server design, it has also added storage and now networking to its fold. Its
goal is fairly straightforward: “how can we design the most efficient
compute infrastructure possible”, a direct quote from its web site.
The focus of OCP has been mostly around hardware designs and specifications.
If you look at the networking arm of OCP, you find several Top of Rack... (more)