Network as a Service provider TeloIP

TELoIP presented at Networking Field Day last month. Keith Townsend heard a lot to think about during the presentation. Although they position themselves as offering a SD-WAN offering, Keith sees them as a Network as a Service, targeted at MSPs, allowing them to drop a high-speed circuit at the last mile. While this wasn’t targeted at Keith’s enterprise focus, he nevertheless found them to be “an intriguing 13-year old company”.


3 Linux Foundation networking projects that your business needs to know

The Linux Foundation is home to a lot of interesting projects. A lot of these are projects started by private companies, but moved over to the Linux Foundation to help foster a more active community and development. Keith Townsend runs down three interesting ones for IT architecture. One that he saw at Networking Field Day last week was PNDA, which is a big data analytics project that came originally from Cisco. PNDA is designed to work across data centers, a scale out approach to big data. The Data Plane Development Kit came out of Intel, and helps improve networking performance on commodity hardware. Finally, he introduces Open vSwitch, which came from VMware by way of Nicira.


[Video] Gigamon Network Field Day 15 Preview

Keith Townsend gives a preview of one of the companies at this week’s Networking Field Day. Today, he gives a video review of what to expect from Gigamon at the event. He talks about the company’s established role in the networking visibility space, and expects to get into some deep technical discussions during the presentation.


IP Infusion: Network Field Day 15 Preview

Keith Townsend looks ahead to Networking Field Day next month, giving a look at IP Infusion. He’s excited to hear more from the company, mainly because he couldn’t find out a lot about them from his research. They offer a networking operating system solution, and Keith wants to know how they’ll differentiate themselves in the market. He can’t wait to hear more and get a technical deep dive.


Ah… NSX, We Meet Again.

Keith Townsend is heading to his first Networking Field Day next month, and he’s started to preview the presenting companies. First up is VMware with their NSX platform. Keith is familiar with it, but wants to hear more about NSX and micro-segmentation, specifically what VMware has learned from customers is how they go from the passive listening phase of looking at traffic to finally taking action against suspicious behavior. He’s also interested in seeing how serverless and NSX-T work together. He’ll get his fill at Networking Field Day, make sure to check out the live stream to watch along with Keith and the other delegates.


Barefoot Networks looks to redefine ASIC in network device design with its Tofino chip

Barefoot Networks gave details about their programmable Tofino chip for switches at Networking Field Day. Keith Townsend gave the presentation videos a look, and thinks they could have a big impact on the networking space. The immediate value is that the programmability should allow for new services to be integrated into switches on a much tighter release window. But more importantly, whitebox vendors could customize switches to individual clients, with hyperscale deployments like Facebook only need a very specific subset of functions to prioritize on performance. And unlike programmable x86 processors in switches, there’s no sacrifice in performance, with Barefoot claiming Tofino can manage 6.5 Tbps.


How Intel’s open source Data Plane Development Kit enables high-performance Linux networking

How Intel’s open source Data Plane Development Kit enables high-performance Linux networking


Is Cisco All in on Hyper-converged?

Is Cisco All in on Hyper-converged?


Simplifying Private Cloud – Easier said…

Simplifying Private Cloud – Easier said…


Cirba – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview

Cirba – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview


ZeroStack – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview

ZeroStack – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview


FalconStor – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview

FalconStor – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview


3 must-watch startups from VMware alum

3 must-watch startups from VMware alum


Keith Townsend

Keith Townsend is the founder of Virtualizedgeek.com and is an IT management consultant with more than 15 years of related experience designing, implementing and managing data center technologies. His areas of expertise include virtualization, networking and storage solutions for Fortune 500 organizations. He holds a BA in computing and an MS in information technology from […]