Networking becomes more relevant. I refer to this as my Theory of Network Relevancy.
Jon Oltsik, on Nov 22, 2017
As November ends, everyone and their brother/sister will be writing about their IT and security predictions for 2018. Here’s a no-brainer from me: We’ll see massive proliferation of IoT devices on the network next year. Some of these will be general purpose like IP cameras, smart thermostats, smart electric meters, etc., but many others will be industry-specific sensors, actuators, and data collectors.
Dan Conde, on Nov 1, 2017
The Internet of Things will move more processing to telecom suppliers' facilities.
Network engineers have traditionally treated networks managed by their telecom suppliers as outside their immediate domain of concern. The telco network was brought into the data center, appropriate routes or peering set up, and that was it.
Jon Oltsik, on Oct 31, 2017
My colleague Mark Bowker has a concept called the Internet of identities. How does this differ from the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things is about, well things – devices, controllers, actuators, etc. But these things will perform tasks, collect data, connect to other devices, etc. In other words, each device will have an identity with multiple attributes, and each of these attributes must be understood to enable good things to occur and block bad things from happening. Thus, the Internet of identities.
Last week Mark Peters and I attended Hitachi's first ever user conference, Next. While the conference had the usual product and solution announcements one would expect at such an event, the biggest news was the reorganization of multiple independent divisions and companies within the Hitachi umbrella to create the new Hitachi Vantara.
Hitachi Vantara brings together HDS, Hitachi Insights Group, and Pentaho into a single organization. The new structure gives the Vantara team an opportunity to focus on a different competitive landscape than they faced separately – and in a much stronger position. Longer term, HDS will no longer be duking it out with Dell EMC, NetApp, IBM, and HPE for the (shrinking) data center infrastructure dollar. Pentaho won’t be evaluated head-to-head with Qlik. And Lumada won’t just be evaluated against GE Predix. They will be able to knit together the infrastructure, analytics, and insights into an end-to-end solution that reaches from the edge (even to sensors, leveraging the broader Hitachi organization) to the data center.
Everyone is talking about IoT these days and for good reason – there are already billions of devices connected to the global Internet and some researchers are predicting 50 billion by 2020. This alone will make CISOs' jobs more difficult, but security executives face many other associated challenges as well:
Mark Peters, on May 30, 2017
If the words that follow seem more than a tad familiar to those of you that saw the first installment on this topic, I am thrilled that you pay such close attention!
Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here, while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.
Nik Rouda, on Apr 24, 2017
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of using science, technology, and analysis to drive continuous improvement and efficiency. I can't help but calculate the time, cost, and relative value of different approaches. For example, "What if we switched to using just one kind of LED light bulb throughout the house and ordered dozens at once when they are on sale? Does that make it easier to replace them? Is the NPV of investing the capital in surplus discounted light bulb stocks now greater than the future cost and effort of making subsequent acquisitions?" This is a real thought process that I have had, debated, and defended recently. Aren't I fun to live with?
I also value self-reliance and simplicity and the ability to take apart mechanical things and repair them. In the last week I've disassembled and fixed our leaking Subzero refrigerator (blocked drain on the condenser drip pan) and our also leaking Frigidaire clothes washing machine (loose connection on the internal filler hose). I love my 40+ year old pickup truck and my 50+ year old Mustang all the more for their repairability. In general, parts are accessible, understandable, and often easily cajoled back into operation (like the corroded connection that occasionally reduces the alternator's ability to charge things). Bonus: Should I need them, replacement parts are often 10x cheaper than their modern equivalents, like $27 for a refurbished alternator for my old Mustang, versus $270 for the one on a modern BMW. Kids love to ride in the old vehicles, too. "Wow, look I can turn this crank to raise and lower the windows, so cool!" To me, the understandability is a key part of the pleasure. With little effort you can see what each thing is doing and infer how it is doing it. My friends and I may not be able to design a carburetor, but we can take one apart and rebuild it.
My experience using a consumer IoT tracker device for tracking keyrings shows how IoT networks are constructed
using a combination of Bluetooth, mobile networks and cloud computing networks.
Bluetooth, a protocol best known for sending audio or keystrokes, is becoming a full-fledged data protocol that offers simplicity while participating in a complex end-to-end IoT system. There are many standards and technologies used for IoT networking.
In addition to Bluetooth and mobile networks, there are many low-power wide area technologies, such as Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) and Long-Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN), and nearby connection alternatives such as NFC or RFID. IoT networking requires a combination of different technologies working in conjunction, depending upon the use case requirements.
As summertime rolls on, we can enjoy a little sun, a little rest, and a big opportunity to reflect on the key trends to watch in the second half of 2016. Here are a few of my predictions of what comes next: