Stories by Brandon Butler

What’s the difference between SDN and NFV?

SDN, NFV & VNF are important trends in the networking industry, but they're also among the confusing alphabet soup of terms that have emerged in recent years. So what's the difference between them?

What is intent-based networking?

Cisco this week jumped head-first into the intent-based networking market, saying the technology that uses machine learning and advanced automation to control networks could be a “paradigm” shift in how networks are managed. But what exactly is intent-based networking?

Why Cisco’s new intent-based networking could be a big deal

Cisco has announced hardware and software capabilities that use machine learning to provide advanced network automation The system allows users to express policies and includes a software platform that executes the policies and maintains the desired state of the network.

Why Edward Snowden loves open source

Infamous government hacker Edward Snowden believes open source is fundamentally better than proprietary technology, which he believes disempowers users.

Deep dive on AWS vs. Azure vs. Google cloud storage options

In reality, the world of cloud storage has many facets to consider. Each of the three major public IaaS cloud vendors – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform – have a variety of storage options and in some cases complicated schemes for how much it costs.

Inside look at Hewlett Packard’s next-generation infrastructure

Since the split with its sister consumer business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has made a lot of moves to refine its strategy with a goal of helping customers adopt next-generation infrastructure, including its hyperconverged and composable infrastructure products.

Serverless explainer: The next generation of cloud infrastructure

Serverless computing has burst onto the cloud computing scene in the past two years as a way to process event-driven computing tasks at a potentially lower cost compared to virtual machines. But this market is so nascent that best practices for using this technology are still emerging.

Amazon Connect brings contact centers to the cloud

Although cloud-based contact center software is still an emerging market, Amazon today introduced Connect, its take on this industry, hosted in the AWS cloud. The move represents AWS’s continued march into the enterprise communications market.

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