John Dickey, President and Chief Operating Officer of Talari Networks, dropped by for a conversation. Although the scheduled topic was an introduction to Talari Networks, and Thinking WANs, it turned into a wonderful remember-when discussion combined with seeing a vision of how networks can become application aware, self-healing and much more intelligent than they currently area.
Talari Networks is working on creating “thinking WANs” that are built upon the concept that all network components are intelligent, support software defined policies and management, and “do their bit” to support security, optimization and performance.
I found myself reminded of my time with Digital Equipment Coporation’s (now part of HPE) Networks and Communications group. Much of what Talari Networks has implemented is based upon concepts explored long ago in DECnet. That is, routing and caching should adapt to network conditions, the current state of network links and even the cost of those links. This means that every packet that makes up a communication session might go through the networking using a different path.
What’s new is that this type of intelligence is distributed throughout the network but managed centrally using today’s predictive analytics, security and ability to define and re-define network paths as needed.
I expect big things from this company and look forward to our next conversation.