Micro-segmentation Projects Span Enterprise Organizations

Micro-segmentation is nothing new. We started talking about the concept a few years ago, with the onset of software-defined networking technologies like OpenFlow. More recently, micro-segmentation was most often associated with establishing trusted connections between cloud-based workloads.

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity SDN nfv micro-segmentation

NV, NFV, SDN, SD-WAN: Networking Acronyms That Can Transform Your Data Center

Arguably, nothing in the last decade has been more revolutionary in IT than virtualization.

Topics: Networking SDN ESG Lab SD-WAN nfv

The economics of SD-WAN and NFV

Software-defined WAN and network functions virtualization offer clear and simple cost-containment benefits.

Nothing beats direct economic benefit when adopting new technologies.  That’s why I continue to focus on software-defined WAN and NFV adoption in 2016.

It’s easy to tout some new technologies because they’re cool (nice technical implementation!) or make vague management agility claims. But ultimately, if they do not deliver outcomes, these products are pretty much useless and may remain as shelf-ware as some crazy-pants technology purchased for the wrong reason. I’m not saying that they’re not useful. It’s just that they are not supremely simple for consumers to understand and benefit from.

Topics: Networking SD-WAN nfv

RSA Conference 2016, Day One

The first day of 2016's RSA Security Conference is in the books, and the ESG team offered some thoughts from San Francisco on the sights, sounds, and news from the event:

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking SDN nfv

Network Predictions for 2016

As we start this year, I wanted to offer my predictions for what may lie ahead for 2016. The overarching theme is that use cases will drive trends in 2016, as opposed to plain transport and speeds. Here’s my take:

Topics: Networking SDN SD-WAN nfv

NFV, Telecom, and Enterprise: We know what we are, but know not what we may be

I attended the NFV World Congress, and I found the continuation of the increased intersection between Enterprise and Telecom Carrier Ecosystems. Traditionally, the world of telecom has been about signaling, switching circuits, radios, and the like. The introduction of NFV (network functions virtualization) had nudged the telecom world closer to the land of data center networking and cloud computing.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking openstack nfv