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Solarflare: Meeting Enterprises’ Need for Speed

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Increasingly, only a few thing define the digital era: a focus on the customer, organizational agility and the need for speed. As customer expectations continually increase and potential market disruption lurks behind every corner, enterprise organizations realize that they need to move fast to survive. That means faster decisions, faster changes in direction, and faster transactions.

Solarflare believes that they can help enterprises rise to this challenge. The company, a longtime networking industry leader providing jitter-free infrastructure with very low latency, has developed a new line of “smart” network interface cards (NICs) for the modern data center server. First and foremost, these NICs, according to the company, deliver some of the highest bandwidth and lowest latency in the industry.

But the company promises more than just faster network throughput. Their smart NICs can also capture, package, index and time-stamp a wide-range of application and network data directly on the NIC — without agents or impacting server resources. The result is that organizations can get access to this important packet-capture functionality and network analytics more quickly and leave system resources available for more important tasks.

In addition, their smart NICs support a wide range of software extensions and what they call fabric-based apps that enable organizations to apply special functionality (such as firewall protection) directly on the NIC and at the point of network connection.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.