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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Red Hat, Atlantic ACM, InfiniBand

July 03, 2015

It's been another huge week in the transforming network infrastructure market, and even with a holiday weekend afoot, it couldn't be enough to slow down the works when it comes to this dynamic market. Before the many plans of a holiday weekend kick in, though, let's take a few minutes to catch our breath and consider the wider implications of another big week in the field with our Week in Review coverage!

First we had a look at Red Hat, which brought out updates for both the Ceph and Gluster software-defined storage products. The Ceph updates were devoted to optimizing performance, including a new pause function to improve performance during cluster changes. Gluster's updates, meanwhile, offered several new tools including an automated tier system for deploying storage clusters. The updates arrived at just the right time, as Red Hat was seen preparing for its annual user conference known as the Red Hat Summit.

Next came word from Atlantic ACM, a firm well-known in the field for providing insight into a variety of markets, particularly the telecom and technology fields. Atlantic ACM recently added some of that insight into the field, revealing that the fiber market was still going forth at a rapid clip, but that wireless was going to ultimately be the future. Fiber and wireless, though, would be working together on this front, with fiber providing the necessary support to make wireless happen.

A familiar problem came in next as we looked at the idea of getting data center space to underserved areas, like rural areas and developing markets. With the world itself becoming increasingly connected via data center means and the like, the issue of bringing that connectivity to areas of low population density took on a new life. With content providers and media arms eager for new audiences, data centers must be closer to the areas in which the audiences await. That's leading to some expansion, as firms like Fifteenfortyseven bring in data centers to the areas where they aren't often seen.

Red Hat again hit the news as it brought out the Access Insights system, a slate of tools allowing for customers to better manage cloud operations. Access Insights is specifically devoted to four separate sectors: availability, performance, security and stability. All of Access Insights' tools are designed to help on at least one of these four fronts, including a variety of tools like the Cloud Infrastructure 6 system to help drive a move to OpenStack cloud environments.

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Finally, the InfiniBand Trade Association formally launched the RoCE Initiative. Designed to promote awareness of RoCE in general as well as to promote Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over various converged Ethernet solutions, the RoCE Initiative will look to provide information to potential users, and show the various advantages that RoCE and RDMA can offer. For instance, RoCE and RDMA can improve CPU efficiency and reduce latency in a system thanks to speeding up the movement of data from server to storage.

That was the week that was in transforming network infrastructure, and there was no shortage of things going on in the field. Not even a holiday weekend could slow down our global online community, so be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest news from the sector, and every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!

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