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Delivering Policy Continuity at Scale in Cloud IT and Managed Network Services

Markets have been busy recently with announcements of solutions to help service providers benefit from powerful innovations in SDN, NFV and cloud computing systems. Solutions are emerging for fixed and mobile network environments, and for business and consumer applications. Pockets of solutions are emerging to address one part or another of an operator’s end-to-end environment, for example, increasing elasticity in mobile packet cores, simplifying business customer premise (CPE) configurations, and instantiating VNFs dynamically into cloud-based IT services.

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“Application Agility” is no longer an oxymoron

Rapid change in today's business environment is inevitable. Consequently, IT organizations must have the ability to respond quickly to changing business requirements and demanding applications. Unfortunately, many of today’s infrastructures do not make that an easy or cost effective task.

In an ideal world, infrastructure should support a high degree of automation where applications can dynamically scale and migrate throughout data centers on demand and without having to create "tickets".
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A Quiet Disruption Happened in Networking

I focus on marketing disruptive technologies. So, I am a student of disruption. Many look for a defining event, such as the cry of Father Miguel Hidalgo (the famous "Grito de Dolores”) that began the Mexican Revolution[i], to be a hallmark of disruption. Others look for a tidal change, such as when Internet use at home hit over 50% in the year 2000 (per US Census Bureau report)[ii]. Those are all good benchmarks.

But, another key benchmark is one that changes how people think or that signal [...]

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China Telecom Stacks Cloud infrastructure with Nuage SDN

In building a self-service, secure and scalable public cloud infrastructure to meet the needs of demanding enterprises, China Telecom’s Cloud Computing branch (CTCC) has deployed the Nuage Networks SDN solution. We’re all very excited to have CTCC among our latest publicly announced customers, and this blog will add a bit more commentary to our press release.

As is the case with many cloud providers, a primary driver for CTCC was to achieve faster response to customer requests while achie [...]

Docker Containers Need Security!

Overview
I spent some time in the security field, focusing on what the industry calls “intrusion prevention.” But, honestly, prevention is somewhat of an optimism since intrusion is almost a given. As a real-world perspective, at a major IT vendor I worked at what was the largest datacenter complex in the world at that time. There, I discovered a crucial fact – manual errors can enable circumvention of even the most sophisticated systems. In fact, IBM’s annual security reports detail th [...]

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SDN Will Soon Experience Hyper-growth

Overview

A very informative book, Inside the Tornado by Geoffrey Moore, describes how companies can survive and ideally leverage hyper-growth markets. While Software Defined Networking (SDN) is not yet in hyper-growth mode, there are powerful forces accelerating its overall velocity in the market. While each force exerts its own influence, it also increases the impact of other forces as shown in the figure.

 

Market Accelerators

Three forces acting to accelerate the SDN market [...]

Software-defined love: The Nuage Networks 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG)

Oh mighty appliance that shines at the Top of Rack
Thou acronym be spoken in awe
Protect us from intruders with your dynamic policies
Your form factor may be small, but your features are great
When all else fails, your lights remain
From now until eternity, at layer 2 and layer 3
My one and only… 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway
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The growing popularity of VXLAN as an overlay networking protocol has given rise to a number of hardware gateway products. Many vendors use the Broa [...]

Don’t Let Your SDN Roll Over

I grew up “4-wheeling” in the deserts of southern New Mexico. A dedicated 4-wheeler will tell you that every vehicle has a threshold for a sideways rollover. And, it’s usually different from what the books say. Many drivers have scars from finding their vehicle’s threshold!

When you implement Software Defined Networking / Overlay Virtual Networks into an Enterprise or Service Provider environment without designing for scalability, it’s like hitting the dunes without knowing your veh [...]

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Random thoughts from the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe 2014

Disclaimer from Shashi: These are just my own random thoughts with a few sprinklings of refined marketing to promote my company (#nuagenetworks) and team. Follow me on Twitter at @shi_sha_

Lack of sleep due to jetlag can have many side effects. One of them is the random thoughts that pop up into your head when you are staring at the ceiling in a dark, luxurious hotel room. The accumulation of random thoughts is a boon to mankind – well, kind of. You could discover a totally ground breaking [...]

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Nuage Networks Gets Ready to Blast CloudStack Trumpet

While much of the cloud industry's focus and marketing dollars (ours included) have been going towards that "other" open source cloud system, Apache CloudStack has been quietly advancing their project and gaining mindshare. And while it's pointless to argue that one cloud platform is better than another (let's call a truce in the "cloud wars", people), it's hard to ignore the significant number of production clouds that are running Apache CloudStack today.

Since Nuage Networks is committed to [...]

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OpenStack, Juno, Neutron & The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

As always, the OpenStack Summit presents one challenge. How to choose from so many excellent presentations and topics, whilst many are on at the same time! Nevertheless, we prevail and hopefully attend the session that really offers some excellent food for thought, generating healthy discussion over a glass of Pinot Blanc at the <insert vendor name here> function! : ) 

I offer to be of some assistance in selecting from the multitude of sessions to choose from. 

Why is OpenStack imp [...]

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