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Charles Babbage – The True Father Of Virtualized Networking?

By Richard Platt on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Charles Babbage, the Victorian Oxford fellow, is the unlikely pioneer of today’s sophisticated networking technology. Babbage was unconventional as an intellectual because he held a firm conviction that scientist and engineers owe their first allegiance to real life – not speculation. Widely regarded as the father of computer science, Babbage was praised by his contemporaries for having created the first “smart machine” – his famed Analytical Engine. Babbage would no doubt be intrigued by the evolution of his practical philosophy as exemplified in modern networking technology today – specifically the advent of virtualized networking. I think Charles Babbage would agree that “virtualized networking” will for years to come occupy a central role in simplifying the complex tasks needed to function in a “virtualized world”. Who said you can’t judge the future by the past?

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Virtualized Networks: a Game-Changing Opportunity for MSPs and SMBs

By Tricia Hosek on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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According to ACG Research, the SDN-enabled hardware space will exceed $707 million this year and reach $13.3 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, the market for SDN software in managed service provider (MSP) networks will be valued at $2.3 billion by 2018.

Virtualized networks have the potential to deliver benefits beyond the expected and to provide previously unavailable opportunities, especially for MSPs and their small to medium business (SMB) customers. MSPs have found it a challenge to provide SMBs with IT services that would suit their limited budgets without reducing their own profitability. But, with virtualized networks, there is the opportunity for MSPs and their SMB customers to obtain significant operational savings and reap tremendous benefits.

In a March 18th Redmond Channel Partner Webinar titled, “Virtualizing the Network Edge – A Virtual World of New Opportunities and Profitability,” Netsocket’s director of product management, Dave Corley, will discuss those benefits in detail.

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Empowering MSPs to Deliver Virtualized Edge Networking Services

By Tricia Hosek on Monday, March 10, 2014

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While the adoption of virtualization technology related to application hosting and service delivery has continued to increase at break-neck speed, virtualization of the networking infrastructure (routing, firewall, switching) has remained inert, having changed little over the last two decades. It is the inability of legacy networking components to take advantage of virtualization technology that is hindering the ability of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to convey to their customers faster, more frequent new service delivery and significant cost savings, particularly in a network edge deployment.

Analysts predict that network edge virtualization in concert with Software-defined Networking (SDN) technology is inevitable, and that it will completely replace purpose-built applications and legacy systems at the edge. We agree and have co-written a white paper, along with Intel®, on how a virtual edge solution, specifically optimized for MSPs who service enterprise and SMB LAN/WAN edge deployments, can enable them to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver managed edge routing and other services to distributed environments.

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Charles Babbage – The True Father Of Virtualized Networking?

By Richard Platt on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Charles Babbage, the Victorian Oxford fellow, is the unlikely pioneer of today’s sophisticated networking technology. Babbage was unconventional as an intellectual because he held a firm conviction that scientist and engineers owe their first allegiance to real life – not speculation. Widely regarded as the father of computer science, Babbage was praised by his contemporaries for having created the first “smart machine” – his famed Analytical Engine. Babbage would no doubt be intrigued by the evolution of his practical philosophy as exemplified in modern networking technology today – specifically the advent of virtualized networking. I think Charles Babbage would agree that “virtualized networking” will for years to come occupy a central role in simplifying the complex tasks needed to function in a “virtualized world”. Who said you can’t judge the future by the past?

Read more»

Virtualized Networks: a Game-Changing Opportunity for MSPs and SMBs

By Tricia Hosek on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

According to ACG Research, the SDN-enabled hardware space will exceed $707 million this year and reach $13.3 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, the market for SDN software in managed service provider (MSP) networks will be valued at $2.3 billion by 2018.

Virtualized networks have the potential to deliver benefits beyond the expected and to provide previously unavailable opportunities, especially for MSPs and their small to medium business (SMB) customers. MSPs have found it a challenge to provide SMBs with IT services that would suit their limited budgets without reducing their own profitability. But, with virtualized networks, there is the opportunity for MSPs and their SMB customers to obtain significant operational savings and reap tremendous benefits.

In a March 18th Redmond Channel Partner Webinar titled, “Virtualizing the Network Edge – A Virtual World of New Opportunities and Profitability,” Netsocket’s director of product management, Dave Corley, will discuss those benefits in detail.

Read more»

Empowering MSPs to Deliver Virtualized Edge Networking Services

By Tricia Hosek on Monday, March 10, 2014

Tags: , , , , , , ,

While the adoption of virtualization technology related to application hosting and service delivery has continued to increase at break-neck speed, virtualization of the networking infrastructure (routing, firewall, switching) has remained inert, having changed little over the last two decades. It is the inability of legacy networking components to take advantage of virtualization technology that is hindering the ability of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to convey to their customers faster, more frequent new service delivery and significant cost savings, particularly in a network edge deployment.

Analysts predict that network edge virtualization in concert with Software-defined Networking (SDN) technology is inevitable, and that it will completely replace purpose-built applications and legacy systems at the edge. We agree and have co-written a white paper, along with Intel®, on how a virtual edge solution, specifically optimized for MSPs who service enterprise and SMB LAN/WAN edge deployments, can enable them to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver managed edge routing and other services to distributed environments.

Read more»