Insights from Extreme Connect 2018 (Video)

Last week I attended Extreme Connect, Extreme Networks' first ever user event. This event attracted roughly 500 people from across the globe. Nestled in the Weston Kierland resort in Scottsdale Arizona, this event was the culmination of a five-month tour to introduce customers to the new Extreme. You may remember that Extreme recently acquired Zebra wireless, Avaya networking, and Brocade Data Center Networking Solutions.

Topics: Networking Extreme Networks Extreme Connect

See You at Extreme Connect

This week I am escaping the cold and wet northeast to head to the warm and sunny climate of Scottsdale, Arizona to attend the Extreme Networks customer event aptly named “Connect.” While there, I will take part in an analyst panel hosted by Norman Rice, the Extreme CMO, discussing trends and initiatives that are impacting the network.

Topics: Networking Extreme Networks Extreme Connect

Aruba - Driving Innovation to the Intelligent Edge

Last week Mark Peters and I attended the Aruba (an HPE company) Atmosphere event in Las Vegas. It has been three years since Aruba became part of HPE and officially took over all campus switching from HP.

So, you may ask, how are they doing? Well, as it turns out, they are doing pretty darn well. According to CEO Keerti Melkote, Aruba has achieved 15% growth to result in 2.5B in 2017, with a nearly 50/50 mix of wired to wireless (perhaps a tad more on the wireless side). All of this results in Aruba having about a 20 percent market share.

Topics: Networking Aruba Aruba Atmosphere

Exploring the Intelligent Edge at Aruba Atmosphere

Mark Peters and I are looking forward to joining more than 3,000 networking and security professionals at the HPE Aruba Atmosphere conference being held next week under the glittery lights of Las Vegas. It will be great to hear about the latest developments from the Aruba team – which, according to last quarter’s published earnings results, showed strong results, posting a 9% increase. This is the group responsible for driving innovation in campus networks, wireless LAN, and security solutions. I can’t help but think that one of the key reasons this acquisition by HPE has gone smoothly and has been able to achieve impressive growth is because its founder (Keerti Melkote) stayed with the company during the transition and is committed to keeping the company’s culture intact.

Topics: Internet of Things Networking Aruba Aruba Atmosphere

Video: What Drives IT Complexity

ESG surveyed 651 global technology decision makers in our annual 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey.

In this video, I highlight some of the results most relevant to networking and cloud platforms.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

Video: What Networks Do for IT Organizations

ESG conducted research on what network infrastructure provides for organizations by surveying 300 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing networking technologies.

Are networks cost centers and simply a form of plumbing? Or do they provide some other capabilities that can actually generate revenue or provide security insights?

Topics: Networking

Highlights from ESG’s Enterprise On-premises Infrastructure Spending Trends Research (Video)

ESG conducted research on the spending intentions of 651 IT decision makers to determine how 2018 may differ from previous years.

We found out that the majority of organizations were largely going to keep their infrastructure spend flat or even reduce the amount they spend on infrastructure. For many organizations this can be attributed to two initiatives – Hyperconverged and Cloud.

Topics: Networking IT Spending Intentions hyperconverged infastructure

Change is Constant

The one constant in IT is change. This aphorism applies not only to the technology, but to people, processes, and organizations. Like the rest of IT, ESG’s validation services have been undergoing change.

In my last few blogs, I wrote about benchmarking tools and performance analysis because, for a long time, these were significant parts of our validation process.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking software-as-a-service (SaaS) ESG Validation Services

Video: Role of SD-WAN in Network Modernization

ESG conducted research on the drivers, levels of adoption, perceptions and procurement sources for SD-WAN by surveying 300 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing networking technologies

We found out that 3 in 4 organizations are either using or plan to use SD-WAN. So what are the drivers? It's not one thing, but a combination of reasons such as security improvements, increased bandwidth and simplified management.

Topics: Networking SD-WAN

2018 Prediction: Network Relevancy

Networking becomes more relevant. I refer to this as my Theory of Network Relevancy.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking IoT SD-WAN enterprise networking