Networking becomes more relevant. I refer to this as my Theory of Network Relevancy.
Dan Conde, on Aug 15, 2017
This is another piece in the “Road to Mobile World Congress” blogs. First part is here.
One of the choices in the move toward deploying solutions “as-a-service” is how something fundamental like network and services will be delivered. Unlike software, it’s obvious that some equipment is necessary at all locations, but as we have seen in the role of virtual CPE (vCPE), it’s possible to have much of the intelligence pushed out to the central office or to the cloud as virtualized services.
As the debut of Mobile World Congress Americas approaches, I'm writing a series of blogs to describe how the solutions related to mobile carriers affect general enterprise networking.
SD-WAN has traditionally been a solution for branch networks that involves the combination of landline networks, such as MPLS, broadband, and even DSL. What’s not well appreciated is the participation of mobile networks, specifically LTE, to provide one of the paths for branch networking.
Jack Poller, on Oct 26, 2016
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.
Dan Conde, on Mar 2, 2016
Enterprises have been struggling to take good ideas found in data centers and extend them into the rest of the network, like the campus.
The two worlds have stayed separate for a long time, but people managed to get by without tight integration, since the workloads and network connections were often managed by different groups, and the network traffic tended to have different characteristics.
However, with changes afoot, such as a move toward using more SaaS apps and pressures to improve manageability of remote offices, people realized that some core changes in the enterprise network architecture were necessary.
Ever wonder how Cisco’s policy control used in the data center using ACI can extend to the rest of the rest of the enterprise, such as the campus or branch networks? We saw a hint of those possibilities when APIC-EM was released last year.
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:
Much has been written on the so-called "unicorns" in the start-up community - private companies with valuations north of one billion dollars. Although the shine has started to come off what some are calling a bubble, we need to focus on how tech companies add value to end-users and enterprises. To that end, I want to present my view on how to structure the stages of how technology infrastructure affects companies. I hope it has relevance to the IT buyer, as well as to the technology provider.
Dan Conde, on May 15, 2015