The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy is a stark reminder of just how fragile our environment is versus the power of nature. In just a couple of days, a single storm disrupted the lives of so many people and paralyzed a large number of businesses even days after it passed. In the wake of the storm, one of the questions on my mind is, how can we help businesses remain functional after such a massive hit regardless of their size?
Working for an Application Delivery Controller company, I’m no stranger to disaster recovery. Most often, disaster recovery is initiated by large enterprises that invest big money to build entire backup datacenters with the ability to automatically provide all online services in case their main datacenters become unavailable. A reality faced by many businesses in and around New York after the storm.
It’s not everyday you can get 300 intelligent, motivated and successful IT executives all in one place. But this past week at the Radware Executive Exchange, we saw administrators from all over the globe travel to Tel Aviv, Israel to discuss the latest application delivery controllers, data center evolution and attack mitigation offerings from Radware.
In three days, there was a mixture of IT presentations, as well as a number of breakout sessions, where customers could see the latest technology and tools offered by Radware, first hand.read more
It’s been hard to ignore all the talk around the datacenter industry since July 23rd when VMware announced their definitive agreement to acquire Nicira. Oracle followed VMware, recently announcing that it will acquire Xsigo. Overall, it seems like there are tectonic moves in the datacenter space – big vendors are stacking up. With these different acquisitions, VMware seems to be aiming at becoming the do-all virtualization software platform, and Oracle seems to be closing all the gaps in their product portfolio to offer a complete, business application optimized data center platform. Top that with the Cisco UCS idea (not new), adding Compute to their portfolio, which seems to be succeeding but still a major move in the way people buy datacenters, it truly shows how things are different than the way they used to be when HP and IBM were fighting head-to-head.read more
Networks grow like untreated vegetation in the hidden corner of a backyard — it is not unusual in data centers to find many layers whose sole purpose is to support other network layers.
Consider the fact that half of the network ports in the three-tier networks we all grew to know connect network devices with other network devices, while the other half connect servers to the network. There has to be a way to improve that ratio. IT has woken up and realized the need to reduce the cost of networking gear, and in turn, spend less time (and money) running the network. Put simply, the way to get there is to flatten the data center network.read more
In the first part of my blog series, I shed light on the key trends that impact the next-generation data center including consolidation, virtualization, connectivity, convergence and green IT. In this part, it’s time to discuss what are the best-of-breed solutions to address these trends in the most cost-effective way. I chose to start with data center consolidation and virtualization not only because I believe they’re the prominent ones – but also since they go hand in hand together. So here we go: