Author Archives: chris

Velocloud – Software Defined WAN

Could I run Unfied Comms over Internet connection and avoid costly Leased line or MPLS service requirements. Answer yes.  Velocloud The solution comes in 3 parts. A CPE device which sits between your LAN and your Internet connections e.g. DSL, 3G, 4G, Cable etc. A Cloud based Orchestrator to manage all the edn-points and a […]

ShapeBlue Launch CSForge

ShapeBlue Launch CSForge: A Rapid Deployment Framework For Apache CloudStack IaaS Clouds April. 09, 2014 | Press Release CloudStack Collab Conference, Denver,CO – April 9, 2014. ShapeBlue, the leading independent global CloudStack integrator, today announced general availability of its new CSForge product, giving organisations rapid, low risk, deployment of IaaS cloud infrastructures. The framework can be used as […]


The basic principles of SDN are the decoupling of the data plane and the control plane, enabling the SDN controller, a global view of the routing environment that sits below. Likewise OvSDB style databases can provide virtual network information, which like SDN and utilise OpenFlow to communicate information/profiles to the physical hardware equipment. But you’re […]

New Vendor – Plexxi

Commercial SDN infrastructure solution, offering northbound API, SDN controller and optical hardware platforms capable of supporting virtual deployments.

Don’t bin that Kinect just yet!

In a hectic life with many commitments, health care might just start to take a back seat. If getting a doctors appointment isn’t difficult enough these days, you have then got to travel to and from the surgery or hospital, potentially several  times. Now remember Christmas past. When Kinect, the motion sensor for the Xbox […]

Ditch the landline.

Stay with me on this one. Optical fibre in communications terms means lots and lots of data.  The likes of Infinera are offering N x 100Gbps per line card! Truly astounding bandwidth. But the gating factor is fibre. Nationally we have a fibre roll-out plan, typically offering Fibre-to-the-curb, in short the running of optical fibre […]

It’s all gone 3Doodler …..

I hate 3D glasses, either in a cinema or watching 3D TV, the concept is alien and irritating, but is a reaction to the 2D world that currently envelops many of our activities. From the simple letter or scribble on a piece of paper, to the universal use of computing platforms and screens, two dimensions […]

Figure Running – Pavement art?

I run, not as much as I used to but the pavement is still pounded and the calories burnt. Sometimes I run to music and other times I just let the mind wander, but the route is often the same with bits added or removed depending on how I feel. So how about adding a […]

RP-VITA – coming soon to your local hospital

The digital ages offers the medical institutions access to a unprecedented array of clinical information, which if utilised correctly delivers great benefits to today’s patients. But like computer users worldwide the real trick is to sort the trash from the gems and bring them together in a meaningful and constructive  format. Interested parties include the […]

Sprout – simple but tasty

There are moments when something catches my eye, and I applaud the creativity and simplicity. Whilst Sprout has nothing to do with mobile it brought a smile to my face. As a golfer I’m constantly binning the small pencils used to mark the scorecard.  Now I can simply plant them instead.