Enterprise data center networks are rapidly reaching a breaking point. Why? Data center network scale and complexity is testing the limits of legacy networking equipment and IT operations. ESG calls this phenomenon data center networking discontinuity. While networking vendors are desperately adding new features to their equipment, a radically new model called Software-Defined Networks (SDN) is emerging through the efforts of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the OpenFlow protocols. Ultimately, SDN/OpenFlow could use software to virtualize networks just as hypervisors enable server virtualization. This vision is becoming reality in real-time as IBM and NEC co-market their integrated SDN/OpenFlow products and services.
Recent ESG research indicates that the remote worker population will grow significantly over the next three years. Why? Organizations see ROI on remote worker programs in terms of cost reduction, higher employee morale, and improved productivity. While these are attractive benefits, ESG believes that today’s laissez-faire remote worker programs have plenty of room for improvement from both a business and technology perspective.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation.
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