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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 the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).