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By Steve Kliff, Editor There are several ways monitoring can save your business money, depending on the kind of business you run. While it's almost impossible to give solid numbers, think of monitoring as an insurance policy for your company, or a health plan for your system. In the best case, it can diagnose issues before they turn into problems, or in the worst case, it can get your system back on its feet in case of a service outage. How a monitoring system can save my business money First of all you might want to consider your operating costs. Take a look at your IT department; how did they deal with the last outage you experienced? Was your business offline? Could your suppliers get you on the phone? Did your order go through? A monitoring system can warn you if your server memory is reaching overload, or if your bandwidth is about to become saturated, and ale... (more)

Interface Masters to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #SDN #IPS #UTM #DataCenter

SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, a leader in Network Visibility and Uptime Solutions, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet network access and network connectivity solutions that integrate with monitoring systems, inline networking appliances, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration, and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include PacketMasters, specialized server adapter cards, Bypass NICs, Smart NICs, Managed Switches, Intelligent Network TAP and I... (more)

Announcing @NiagaraNetw to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #API #SDS #DataCenter

SYS-CON Events announced today that Niagara Networks will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs. For more information, visit http://niagaranetworks.com. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several... (more)

Overcoming Network Limitations | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #SDN #Storage

More is being required today of network infrastructure than ever before, due in part to the changing latency and bandwidth needs of modern applications. Wide area networks ("WANs") are feeling the pressure, especially those that use many technologies from different services providers, are geographically diverse and are stretched to the limit by increased video and cloud app usage. In view of these challenges, hybrid WAN architectures with advanced application-level traffic routing are of particular interest. They combine the reliability of private lines for critical business applications with the cost-effectiveness of broadband/Internet connectivity for non-critical traffic. Architectures like this can be difficult to scale over the existing network; most of today's network management tools can't manage it. Most of them still apply blocks of configuration data to ... (more)

Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers | @CloudExpo #Agile #Cloud #DataCenter

PlexxiPulse - Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers By Mat Mathews Many IT organizations look to the private cloud to improve agility and simplify business operations. More and more are introducing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to support cloud initiatives and agile development practices. But there is too often a road block - legacy data center networks. Private clouds require a new multipurpose data center network to support diverse applications and workloads without sacrificing performance or service quality. Fully programmable and highly adaptable, the next-generation network easily integrates with service orchestration tools and DevOps systems to enable elastic services and self-serve IT. And it supports seamless workload mobility within and across data centers to ensure high availability for business-critical applications. Below... (more)

Interoute @CloudExpo Bronze Sponsor | @Interoute #IoT #DigitalTransformation

SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centers across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world's leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute's Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, ... (more)

Network-Aware Orchestration | @CloudExpo #SDN #DataCenter #Orchestration

Network-Aware Orchestration: The Next Level of SD-WAN Enterprise networks are complex. Moreover, they were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. But, the adoption of cloud services, new business applications and intensifying security policies, among other factors, require IT organizations to continuously deploy configuration changes. Therefore, enterprises are looking for better ways to automate the management of their networks while still leveraging existing capabilities, optimizing performance and reducing operational risk through standardization and best-practice architectures. Software-defined networking (SDN) promises to provide network configuration management via software to make a network more agile and adaptable. With SDN, network configurations can be managed centrally, and devices can be reprogr... (more)

Drilling into Network Disruptions

When Swedish communications services provider TDC needed network infrastructure improvements from their disparate networks across several Nordic countries, they needed both simplicity in execution and agility in performance. Our next innovation case study interview therefore highlights how TDC in Stockholm found ways to better determine root causes to any network disruption, and conduct deep inspection of the traffic to best manage their service-level agreements (SLAs). BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to learn first-hand how over 50,000 devices can be monitored and managed across a state-of-the-art network when we interviewed Lars Niklasson, the Senior Consultant at TDC. The discussion, at the HP Discover conference in Barcelona, is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts: Gardner: You have a number of ma... (more)

Interface Masters to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #BigData #DevOps #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, provider of leading network visibility and monitoring solutions, will exhibit at the 17th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Masters Technologies is a leading provider of high speed networking solutions focused on Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet network access and connectivity products.  For over 20 years, the company has been providing innovative networking solutions with customization services to OEMs, large enterprises and sophisticated end users. Interface Masters has been an OCP member contributing multiple white box designs to the project while supporting customer SDN development. Interface Masters Technologies offers standard product and customization services for Sm... (more)

Running QEMU/KVM Virtual Machines | @CloudExpo #BigData #Microservices

Vm_Commit or How to Easily Handle an Infinite Number of Versions of Running QEMU/KVM Virtual Machines At first adopted by enterprises to consolidate physical servers, virtualization is now widely used in cloud computing to offer elasticity and scalability. On the other hand, Docker has developed a new way to handle Linux containers, inspired by version control software such as Git, which allows you to keep all development versions. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Dominique Rodrigues, the co-founder and CTO of Nanocloud Software, discussed how in order to also handle QEMU / KVM virtual machines versions, they have developed a new tool, called Vm_commit, which can create commits, backup any commit, rollback to a previous commit or rebase all the commits up to a given one for any running virtual machine, on the fly. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Domini... (more)

Cloud Networking Adoption Drives Record 2015 Revenue and EPS | @Cloud @AristaNetworks #Cloud

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET), has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights Revenue of $245.4 million, an increase of 41.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, and an increase of 12.8% from the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin of 64.0%, compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 67.4% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 65.5% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin of 63.6%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 67.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 65.2% in the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net income of $57.5 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $37.3 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net income of $43.9 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $31.0 million, or $0.4... (more)