The Network is the Message

The presentations this week at Networkers had a very clear message on the integration of services into the network itself. John Chambers keynote had many of the same ideas shown by Microsoft in their Live Server promotional material.

It is clear that network architects and application developers need to share more information for things to work. Since networks have typically been viewed as a fairly ‘dumb’ service, it has been easy for networks to run on their own and server guys pile on whatever they like.  It has been uncommon for an application developer to understand how their creations interact over a network and vice – versa.

The presentations this week at Networkers had a very clear message on the integration of services into the network itself. John Chambers keynote had many of the same ideas shown by Microsoft in their Live Server promotional material.

It is clear that network architects and application developers need to share more information for things to work. Since networks have typically been viewed as a fairly ‘dumb’ service, it has been easy for networks to run on their own and server guys pile on whatever they like.  It has been uncommon for an application developer to understand how their creations interact over a network and vice – versa.
That is not going to be the way forward. There are simply too many ways for the server and network to work at cross purposes.

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