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Software Defined Network

Introduction to Cisco’s ACI Application Centric Infrastructure

ACI Overview

When Cisco announced the acquisition of Insieme in Nov. 2013, Cisco revealed its long-awaited Software Defined Network (SDN) strategy; Application Centric Infrastructure (or ACI).

ACI is essentially a “policy-driven” network. Network policies are defined by the network administrator, and the network implements those policies.

The way Insieme designed ACI involves two pieces of infrastructure:

  • a new line of Nexus switches; the Nexus 9000,
  • and the “Application Policy Infrastructure Controller” (APIC).
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Mobile World Congress

Datatrend Deep Into Mobile & Telco Solutions at Mobile World Congress

Matt Maetzold, Phil Turner and Charlie Cox attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Matt Maetzold, Phil Turner and Charlie Cox attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

A team from Datatrend ventured to Mobile World Congress (#MWC15) this week to participate in the largest global gathering (~90,000 attendees) of mobile and telecommunications stakeholders. Datatrend offers consulting and integration solutions for independent software vendors (ISVs) serving the telco market to deliver friction-free in-network implementations, gaining speed to market, quick time to value and global support for mobile carriers and other telco operators leveraging ISV solutions.

Our CTO, Phil Turner, took a few minutes from the hubbub to send the following recap of early activities from his smartphone:

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vmWare Partner Exchange

VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) Highlights: vRealize & NSX

My first attendance at VMware’s Partner Exchange (PEX) was filled with both good and bad experiences:

The Good: I was able to see what VMware had up its proverbial sleeve in regards to the upcoming vSphere 6 and the associated infrastructure changes that come along with that such as an improved NSD, vSAN, vRealize Suite and other important technological improvements to the VMware virtualization stack.

The Bad: For me, as an extremely “hands-on” technical professional, I find value in hearing about the technical aspects of new or refreshed products, but always feel that shows like these fall short in the “hands-on” department.

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VMware 28 days

VMware kicks off February with Partner Exchange and “28 Days”

While many are looking to Punxsutawney Phil today (Groundhog Day) for predictions on the future of our winter season duration, our own visionary Phil – our CTO Phil Turner – and I will be attending the VMware Partner Exchange in San Francisco, looking for insights and enlightenment around VMware solutions and how to best leverage them. Among the offerings, we think that NSX, Virtual Desktops (VDI), Virtual Volumes (vVols) storage emulation, and further integrating the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) into existing enterprises will be key items of interest for us and for our customers. Stay tuned for updates from the show!

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wifi standards

New WiFi Standards Emerging to Meet Mobile Device Demand

Why businesses should look at newer 5 GHz 802.11ac networks for their WLANs.

In our BYOD mobile-enabled world, multiple devices – phones, phablets, tablets and laptops – need to have Internet speeds fast enough for users to be productive, especially at your place of business. It’s estimated that 60 percent of American adults use smartphones alone. With these expanded wireless devices and applications, how does corporate WiFi keep up with the demand?

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