Not Long Ago

In a network far, far away....

There’s a street in San Francisco called Gold Street, named for the banks that held the spoils of the Gold Rush.

Your gold was safe in those banks. The trick was getting your gold into them without interruption. Along the way, you might get hit over the head or slipped a Mickey, and find yourself with no gold and a splitting headache on a surprisingly slow boat to China (i.e. being Shanghaied).

Today, there are no banks on Gold Street. You’re not going to get hit over the head going to dinner at Bix. But you’re still likely to encounter something slow to China that leaves you with the same big, bad headache: your network.

China. Business is booming. But connecting to businesses in China remains a huge PITA. There is precedent for good connectivity into and out of China: private networks (MPLS etc.). Tolerated by the government for business purposes. 

Cache Me If You Can

(spoiler alert: you can’t)

Breaking the Internet. It’s as old as the Internet itself. The first culprit: web pages. Cacheable content. The band aid: CDN. It worked well, and it wasn’t done. The next major culprit: video of the Netflix variety. Same cacheable content, bigger scale. CDN and done, again.

It’s happening once more. Today, it’s all about real-time. And CDN won’t be coming to the rescue. We are talking live, interactive video. Major applications like interactive eSports (Twitch and Mixer), or collaboration (Zoom and FaceTime). You can’t cache me now, because time machines aren’t real like hoverboards.

Network issues — jitter and latency variation in particular — can really wreck the user experience. CDNs can’t solve this problem.

SD-WAN: How a Bad Acronym Inspired a Network Revolution

SD-WAN: How a Bad Acronym Inspired a Network Revolution

There are currents of speech that simply annoy. I’m certain you know what I mean. Words or phrases that trend and are harder to kill than zombies. I swear if I hear “top of mind” or “at the end of the day” or “empower” or “move the needle,” I will flip my bits.

But acronyms rule them all. We all used to enjoy a good acronym or two. Nowadays, every verbose concept winds up with its very own tongue twister. Worst of all, some manage to be both annoying AND misleading.

Case in point: SD-WAN. Software-Defined Wide Area Network. Except it’s not.

Can You Trust A Start Up?

Reliable Start Up. There it is. The oxymoron of early adoption.

Typically, you sweat the bugs in startup technology because the benefits are worth the wait. Before too long that V4 comes rolling out, and you’re vindicated.

But reliability out of the gate? Conventional wisdom says no way.

Let me tell you a story about conventional wisdom. When I was a medical student at Stanford, I was on a case with Dr. Vincent R. Hentz, a preeminent hand surgeon. A mentor. I got to call him Rod. I knew the conventional wisdom for applying tourniquets to limbs. Limbs can go without blood for a good amount of time, and bloodless surgery offers superior visualization.Legs, 180 minutes. So I mentioned the 90 minute rule to Rod at the start of a hand case, and he laughed.

The Mode OMG! Stack

Have It Your Way.

I am simply amazed at the volume of professional acronyms that get tossed around daily on the job. It’s clearly some sort of currency of credibility.

My Car Wash Is Your Network

Pretty good clickbait, huh? Hard to make any sense of it, but just enough to draw you in to find out what's what. I promise you, it will be worth it.

Internet Based Networks for SD-WAN: Should I Care?

When it comes to networks and SD-WAN, businesses have an increasing number of options. And with that comes a whole lot of confusion.

Most enterprises see this world in two colors: last-mile (Internet) or Private Network (MPLS).

Bad For Business

How Network Performance Batters Your Bottom Line

We all know that bad networks with high latency, latency variation, jitter, and packet loss lead to user frustration – leaving your workers, and your customers, unhappy. Which leads to low usage and churn. Then lost opportunities, and lower profits. 

Fool's Gold

The Gold Standard Needs Polish

Everyone reading this blog has lived long enough to see records broken. Giants laid low. Things thought impossible, made commonplace. Gold standards surpassed and forgotten. In the modern era of business connectivity, MPLS has been the gold standard for quite some time.

Stop Clouding Around

For Enterprises, SD-WAN provides last-mile reliability, cloud orchestration, and IPSEC-based security and privacy. But in its most basic form, SD-WAN does little to ameliorate the effect of...

If your business relies on applications and infrastructure running in the cloud, you know how much reliable, high-performance connectivity contributes to the end user's quality of experience.