Folks who work in IT - like myself - often tend to take technology somewhat for granted.
It's only when you get on a train at King's Cross, en route to Leeds and the mighty Elland Road, and find free WiFi all the way up the line - and it works - so you can write blogs like this one, that you start to really appreciate where we've come in the last 15 years.
I've been doing some WLAN testing with ProCurve's recently acquired Colubris technology, focusing on .11n and here we have a genuine wired replacement technology in the right environment, with 200Mbps+ of genuinely available bandwidth and far better coverage options that with the old a/b/g options, especially at 5GHz.
Combining this with 3G data gives a true broadband user experience on the move; something I've personally wanted for years. Combine this again with the kind of "always on" technology that the recently tested NetMotion product gives us (spoofed connectivity at the app layer, so you're always connected to your apps on the move) and you can truly be mobile and connected at a workable level.
Ironic then, that, due to the state of the economy, many companies are cutting down on staff travelling... Except no one seems to have told me!
Just started testing on mobile handsets, c/o one of our test equipment partners, Spirent.
And already we're seeing some interesting results - handsets dropping calls unexpectedly in relatively ok operating conditions. A cool half-million quid's worth of test rig is enabling us to recreate all kinds of different test factors, so we can simulate any network and state/condition.
All very interesting - more to follow...
Remember the days when IBM tried to rule the world?
Now, everyone seems to be trying to get in on the act, with Cisco being the latest this week to decide that networking alone is not enough. With the launch of its its Unified Computing System, comprising virtualisation technology, services and blade servers, it threatens to put an end to long term relationships of wonderment and beauty with the likes of HP and, well, IBM. Of course, HP has recently decided to embrace its own network child, ProCurve, in favour of Cisco, so it's a case of which came first I guess... HP finding out what Cisco was about to do (some secret) or Cisco... well, know it's obviously the former.
Meantime, IBM and Juniper are going out together to shake up the town, so who marries Dell? And who needs choice anyway? Over-rated concept...
Of course, there are no guarantees that Cisco will convert traditional storage lovers to believe that data is networking. I remember a campaign many years ago by said king of San José where it claimed that "voice is data" and not too many believed them. Then again, what is illogical about Cisco embracing the blade server? Or new for that matter.
And watch out for a veritable white water raft of virtualisation announcements by networking companies. Just when you thought you'd seen it all...