Networking

Zyxel Ships Nebula Family of Cloud-Managed Networking Solutions

Grazed from Zyxel Communications

Zyxel Communications, a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet access and connected home products, today announced it is now shipping its Nebula family of cloud-managed network solutions including 11ac access points and Gigabit Ethernet switches.

Ideal for distributed organizations and value-added resellers that deploy and manage networks at multiple locations across the country, the Zyxel Nebula Cloud Management architecture enables IT administrators to securely monitor and manage the networks at all of their locations in real-time from a single dashboard. Utilizing the powerful web-based Nebula management interface to manage Zyxel’s growing family of Cloud-managed access points and Gigabit PoE switches centralizes the IT function and eliminates the requirement for highly-trained IT staff at branch locations.

VMblog's Expert Interviews: Kentik Talks Funding, SaaS & Big Data Network Visibility

Grazed from VMblog.com. Author: David Marshall

Since launching its ground-breaking SaaS-based network traffic analysis platform a year ago, Kentik has been making nice progress in the industry.  The company provides Kentik Detect, a cloud-based network visibility and analytics solution that delivers unprecedented depth of insight into any network.  Kentik processes tens of billions of data records per day, equipping service providers and enterprises network operations teams with actionable insights that enable them to make quick, cost-effective decisions.

The company just announced a Series B round of funding -- a nice sum of $23 million.  To dig in a little deeper into that funding news and to find out what they have planned going forward, I spoke with Kentik's co-founder and CEO, Avi Freedman.  

Cloud Computing: In the WAN, it’s better to be single than attached

Grazed from NetworkWorld.  Author: Khalid Raza.

In a traditional WAN infrastructure, the control plane and data plane are tightly coupled, typically congruent, and cannot be separated due to how they are integrated with each network device. This architecture served the networking needs of enterprises well until now, since most data flows were structured around data centers with centralized exits.
 
However, the emergence of cloud computing and new dynamic business requirements that involve communicating with multiple partners and suppliers have forced enterprises to embrace new connectivity models. Today, enterprises need secure access to both partners and cloud provider infrastructures. This new model requires a different policy structure that is very difficult to instantiate and maintain within a legacy MPLS WAN...

New Transceiver Speeds Data Transfers for Cloud Computing

Grazed from ElectronicDesign. Author: James Morra.

Over the last year, computer companies have been diving deeper into cloud computing, with Hewlett Packard making the controversial decision to spin out its information technology business, and Dell buying data storage company EMC. The widespread use of cloud computing is not only making for more competition, but also leading to new advances in servers that process data from the cloud.

Now, researchers have built a transceiver that could speed up data transfers between optical modules and semiconductor chips used in servers and switches. Built by Fujitsu Laboratories and system-on-chip designer Socionext, the transceiver can transmit data at 56 Gbits/s per channel—twice the speed of current transceiver standards...

Read more from the source @ http://electronicdesign.com/communications/new-transceiver-speeds-data-transfers-cloud-computing

Akamai Debuts Cloud Networking Service for Remote Offices

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Akamai Technologies (AKAM) is looking to help customers solve weaknesses in their Wide Area Network (WAN) architectures with the release of Akamai Cloud Networking, an integrated system of services designed to protect applications and eliminate network downtime.

The Akamai Cloud Networking service is a globally available system created to strengthen the reliability of enterprise solutions like Software-as-a-Service and cloud-based applications. The system is necessary to meet the increasing connectivity demands created by the use of Direct Internet Access (DIA) breakouts and hybrid WANs among enterprise users, according to the company...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing/akamai-debuts-cloud-networking-service-remote-offices

Amazon Snowball launched to help with cloud data transfer

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Barclay Ballard.

Amazon has revealed a pretty substantial piece of hardware for transferring large amounts of data to the cloud. Amazon Snowball weighs a hefty 50 pounds and can be used to store up to 50 TB of data before being shipped to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS hasn’t really entered the hardware market before, but Snowball does fit the company ethos of helping customers gain access to cloud computing.

Some businesses find data migration to the cloud challenging, particularly when dealing with magnitudes in the order of terabytes or petabytes. Slow Internet speeds or inadequate network infrastructure can make wireless transfers impractical. Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services, believes that as the latest addition to the company’s Import/Export service, Snowball can provide a genuine boost for business customers...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itproportal.com/2015/10/08/amazon-snowball-launched-to-help-with-cloud-data-transfer/#ixzz3o56bsXcJ

Huawei debuts open cloud fabric

Grazed from  ITOnline.  Author: Kathy Gibson.

Kathy Gibson reports from Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai – The network has become the bottleneck stifling the ability of cloud computing to scale effectively; but software-defined networking (SDN) could hold the key to unlocking performance and scale.  “SDN is becoming necessary because, as the cloud gets bigger, traditional networking cannot satisfy the requirements,” says Swift Liu, president of Huawei’s switch and enterprise communications solutions.

“More and more enterprises are moving into SDN because they want to get more value from their investment in networking and their data centres.  “We think SDN is the future trend because it can provide more power utilisation and other features that we cannot provide today. The whole industry is moving to cloud, and networking has to move as well.”...

Cloud Computing: Juniper, Aerohive Partner on Wired, Wireless Networking Offering

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:Jeffrey Burt.

Juniper Networks and Aerohive Networks are jointly developing a wired and wireless networking solution aimed at distributed enterprises that are wrestling with such trends as the consumerization of IT, cloud computing and the Internet of things (IoT) and the need for a secure and scalable network from the edge to the data center.

The two companies will create an interoperable enterprise offering that will include cloud-managed WiFi capabilities via Aerohive that combine with Juniper's networking products that will give businesses of any size with multiple remote locations an easy-to-manage wired and wireless solution that can be deployed in the cloud or on premises...

Cloud computing and the future of networks

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Dirk Paessler.

Cloud computing, network virtualisation and on-demand technology services are changing how we think about IT. If these new services become as ubiquitous as predicted we could see companies accessing their IT services remotely, at the expense of their own IT infrastructure and applications.

If this happens, the thinking goes, the importance of the Local Area Network and the IT administrator could diminish as well. It’s not worth saying the last rites over the LAN and IT administrator just yet, though. There’s no denying that times are changing and the increasing use of cloud computing will mean a shift in ICT practices...

Cloud Computing: Blueprint - The Evolution of the Network

Grazed from ConvergeDigest. Author: Leon Adato.

Learn from the past, live in the present and prepare for the future. While this may sound like it belongs hanging on a high school guidance counselor’s wall, they are words to live by, especially in IT. They apply perhaps to no other infrastructure element better than the network. After all, the network has long been a foundational building block of IT, it’s even more important today than it was in the days of SAGE and ARPANET, and its importance will only continue to grow in the future while simultaneously becoming more complex.

For those of us charged with maintaining the network, it’s valuable to take a step back and examine the evolution of the network. Doing so helps us take an inventory of lessons learned—or the lessons we should have learned; determine what today’s essentials of monitoring and managing networks are; and finally, turn an eye to the future to begin preparing now for what’s on the horizon...

Read more from the source @ http://www.convergedigest.com/2015/07/blueprint-evolution-of-network.html