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Riverbed Granite: Enterprise Riches or Fool's Gold?

Riverbed delivers a hardware refresh and a bold new direction. But the continued use of proprietary appliances and the blurring of the lines between IT and storage silos will make adopting the technology very difficult for IT.

February 8, 2012 by Dave Greenfield


The Rise of WAN Optimization Part II

Part of the challenge in optimizing applications is knowing where to begin. Lori MacVittie would like to have us believe that the right approach is to deploy a holistic application delivery solution to address the entire problem.

January 12, 2012 by Dave Greenfield


Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

In an odd turn of events, some of the most vocal anti-tunneling companies are now advocating the use of tunnels again. At the beginning of the month, application acceleration vendor Riverbed added UDP tunneling in the newest releases of its RiOS 7.

December 18, 2011 by Dave Greenfield


Tricks and Traps in Assessing IT Equipment Value

InfoTech Research Group recently completed a survey where it evaluated the value provided by WAN optimization vendors, which provides insights in what to do - and not to do - when identifying the value of networking equipment.As a veteran of the speed-and-feed wars of networking gear, I was happy to see that InfoTech put its finger on the essential issue in picking a piece of networking equipment - value.

November 28, 2011 by Dave Greenfield


Building the Intelligent Optimization Layer - Everywhere

In another life and another time, I ran the network testing program at PC Magazine. Back then,  Mag (as it was called) evaluated application and device performance primarily on 10Mbps (gasp) or later a 100Mbps Ethernet link -- pretty much the state of the art then.

July 13, 2011 by Dave Greenfield


Google+ on your Network? Not quite so fast.

As partners listened to Microsoft’ spiel at Microsoft WPC today, they may ask themselves the same question that any Google follower should be asking as well – with all of this talk about video, how is your network possibly going to keep up? From Google+ to Lync to Facebook,  application developers are rushing to embed video into the social , collaborative experience.

July 12, 2011 by Dave Greenfield


Croslin II: The Real Value Innovation Management Platforms Offer Your Company

Last week we heard from innovation veteran David Croslin and author of Innovate the Future: A Radical New Approach to IT Innovation, about some of his thoughts separating innovation from invention and pitfalls facing organizations when they  institute innovation programs.One of the items Croslin touched on as we were speaking was the real value behind innovation management platforms - such as Accept Software, BrightIdea, Element8, Imaginatik, Kindling, Qmarkets.

September 21, 2010 by Dave Greenfield