Authors complain that features like Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited book-rental program are devaluing books, but it’s not Amazon that is devaluing book writing — in a very real sense, the internet is doing that, just as it’s devaluing every other form of media
New open-source and commercial software from Big Switch Networks threatens longtime hardware sellers as it lets customers introduce and manage commodity switches.
There’s a common assumption that the Cloud’s destiny is to be a public utility. Mark Thiele, of data center operator Switch, argues that would kill competition and innovation, and that IT can be a better option.
Brocade’s hanging of a “for sale” sign shines the spotlight on the one area of cloud and enterprise expansion that up until now has been largely overlooked: the network. Pick your model — cloud or enterprise — and it’s clear that while the list of server vendors is long, the single-source networking choices are few and far between. And as both cloud and enterprise markets move to commodity architectures that stress scale-out server approaches using IP and Ethernet networking, the importance of robust networking infrastructure becomes even greater. In the face of this transformation, will networking remain the last piece of the data center puzzle in which brand names still matter? Read More about Is Networking Gear the Last Stand Against Commoditization in the Data Center?