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United's woes show what's hard about networking

Stephen Lawson | July 9, 2015
United Airlines grounded its planes for about an hour on Wednesday, reportedly because of a router failure. That's a wide path of destruction for one piece of equipment, but it's the kind of hazard that comes with networking, where each piece is always linked to everything else.

And large enterprises are learning from online operations like Facebook and Google and adopting private and hybrid clouds because, essentially, they've gotten too big, Lippis said. "By and large, they're stable at small scale, but once you get into really large scale, when things go wrong, they go wrong big."


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