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Dirk Marichal is VP of EMEA & India at Avi Networks and has over 20 years of experience in the networking, security and datacentre industry. Prior to joining Avi Networks, Dirk was Vice President for EMEA & India at Nutanix. In his three years at Nutanix, Dirk grew business in his territory achieving the fastest growth and…a run rate of over $150M. His region contributed over 25% of the global bookings for the company. Prior to Nutanix, Dirk was VP EMEA for Infoblox, where he was responsible for the strategy and development of the entire EMEA business. He helped establish Infoblox as a leader in network infrastructure automation market in EMEA, taking the company from its position as a relatively unknown startup to revenues in excess of 200 million, followed by a successful IPO in 2012. Prior to Infoblox, Dirk served on the management teams of Mobistar, Netscreen and Juniper Networks. Dirk holds a B.A. degree in Economics and International Business Administration from Antwerp University.

No Hardware? No Problem!

While hardware was long-considered to be the foundation of IT, the tides are now turning. A brief glimpse into the not-too-distant past, and you’ll see that you simply couldn’t deploy an application without needing to configure dozens of servers and hardware appliances. While staff were shackled by time consuming and resource intensive activities, CTOs were faced with the challenges of proprietary physical hardware which was expensive, slow, and hindering efforts towards their digital transformation goals. It’s a scene many of us recognise, but one that is thankfully fading. Thanks to the success and dominance of virtualisation and cloud environments, hardware’s grasp on infrastructure is being lessened, as enterprises commoditise or outsource hardware considerations. While these trends ha...

The Hardware Load Balancer Is Dead, Long Live The Software Load Balancer!

Traditional load balancers were undoubtedly a useful (if sticking plaster) solution to a problem that came from the olden days challenges of WAN management. Effectively, these were appliances that maintained the equilibrium of networks, so they didn’t go wonky when certain workloads tried to hog bandwidth. The load balancer was the appliance that tried, against the odds, to maintain an even playing field, calling the shots to ensure connectivity and performance when applications contended for bandwidth capacity and other network resources. The hardware load balancer was the Switzerland of the datacentre: an honest broker that tried to ensure peace and justice even when the wars between applications, connectivity, and compute resources were raging. They worked… up to a point. Hardware load ...