The network balancing act.

Of virtual domains and load balancing: some benefits of network virtualization.

 It’s a common problem: by underutilizing their resources, most data centers end up deploying more servers than they need to. Those additional servers increase costs, of course, but they also create more disparate environments that are tough to manage. But now IT has the capability to buy single device items that, through virtualization, they can carve up into separate logical devices that look physically separated.

 That means you can create a virtual domain for a company or entity or line of business that’s run and managed separately, discreetly from other things in the environment even though each is sharing the same physical device.

 It also means increasing the value of your network devices and leveraging your infrastructure.

 Yet virtualization of data center infrastructure can bring with it an increase in security issues — around privacy, compliance, and business continuity, for example. So a lot of technology is being offered by vendors that can make sure, for instance, that devices coming on the network are trusted and that you don’t end up accidently putting something online or in a place where it shouldn’t be and create security issues.

 Another challenge when it comes to network virtualization centers around [Read more…]

Times are a-changin’ in the network

Networking is a word that for many causes trepidation and excitement at the same time, and I’m not necessarily talking only about networking equipment in IT, I’m also talking about human networking. We all know how nerve racking it can be to step into a room full of strangers with the goal of branching out to meet new people.

As society has become more digitally focused with the way we interact, human networking has become a lot less scary for many. (while more scary for others!) Today, through tools like Facebook and Linkedin people can learn about each others most intimate details, interact in both a personal and professional capacity, and in many cases become closer to that person with far less effort or time than in the past.

Many people may be wondering what the above has to do with IT, and may be thinking that I’m just off on another one of my tangents and have no real direction with this blog post… Well here comes the meat and potatoes… [Read more…]