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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted August 26, 2013
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Your Network Has Left The Building

Your users are increasingly mobile.  Your applications and data are increasingly in the cloud.  Why are you still managing networks in the building?  It’s time for the network to leave the building.

I remember the days when installing a network meant snaking coax cable throughout the office and tapping into this cable where we had computers.  When 10BaseT came out, it was such a huge advance to run a network over twisted pair to a switch in the telco closet.  Connecting between offices meant leased line services that terminated into the switches and routers in the closet.  While there have been advances in both the services connecting offices and in the switches and routers in the telco closet, the basic architecture remains largely unchanged.

During the last 15 years, there has been a huge migration of users, data, and applications outside the office.  First, we had a large movement to support mobile employees, like sales people and those who work from home.  This allowed our users to be closer to vendors, customers, and partners while staying connected to the data and applications they needed to be productive.

Further, in the last 5 to 10 years, we have seen data and applications move into the cloud.  IT organizations have leveraged the economics of cloud computing to migrate their applications to hosted servers where they no longer needed to worry about power, space, cooling, uptime, maintenance, reliability, and more.  Cloud server providers could do this more efficiently through virtualization and economies of scale.

Along with these applications, data has left the building.  Simple and powerful file sharing services make it easy for users to store, access, and share their data in the cloud. Enterprises have also taken advantage of cloud storage for its economics, reliability, and access.

So with users increasingly outside the office, right along with the applications and data they need, why do we build networks that reside in the building?  Keeping the network in the office requires a boomerang of data transfer through the office back out to the Internet to reach the applications and data users need.  
Why are we building networks that are oriented around places and not users? Create a Pertino network for yourself in minutes, and see what all the fuss is about. 

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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