Docker has announced the acquisition of SocketPlane, a relatively new startup focused on driving DevOps-defined networking by enabling distributed security, application services, and orchestration for Docker and Linux containers. This move is a talent acquisition play. SocketPlane’s Madhu Venugopal, Brent Salisbury, and Dave Tucker are three of the top twenty committers of the OpenDaylight project. An open platform dedicated to network programmability, OpenDaylight enables software-defined networking (SDN) and creates a solid foundation for network functions virtualization (NFV) for networks at any size and scale. These three industry experts have deep roots in networking technologies and extensive experience leading and participating in large open-source projects. The SocketPlane team also includes industry veteran John Willis, an infrastructure and networking expert himself, who is probably best known for his early contributions as one of the original drivers of the DevOps movement.
Aruba Networks announced on March 2, 2015, that it is to be acquired by HP for an equity transaction in the value of about three billion dollars. This is not a small amount, comprising cash and debt paydown of $2.7B.
My esteemed colleague and good friend Tom Howarth has posted about the recent FCC decision here in the US. Tom articulated an opening statement that is worth repeating: Continue reading Rebuttal: Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down
On February 26 in a groundbreaking announcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed in a 3 – 2 vote to recognize the rights of two southern US cities (Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina) to build their own publicly owned high-speed Internet networks in areas where incumbents had refused to invest in modern infrastructure to support high-speed broadband connectivity. Continue reading News: Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down
Perhaps one of the most significant parts of the vSphere 6 announcement was not one of the many new features and capabilities of vSphere 6, but rather VMware’s announcement around the packaging of OpenStack with vSphere 6.
Right now, the three major public clouds (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) seem all shiny and new, like many technologies seemed at some point in the past. Let’s see if we can learn from history and assess the risk of the public cloud’s becoming just another legacy platform.