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In addition to my recent recap blog on the Open Networking Summit 2015, I recorded a brief video with my thoughts on the event. In the video, I describe some of the unexpected patterns I saw, such as the importance of services in the SD-WAN session I chaired or of network automation in the data center SDN session.
Software-defined Storage (SDS) is an inescapable term right now...and looks to become an inescapable reality soon. That is, of course, if you buy into it as being something that's brand new and not already all around us. I just posted what I hope is a fun, insightful, and intentionally somewhat provocative ESG Video Capsule on just this contention. Please take a look—as with all our Video Capsules, it's under 140 seconds:
I recently attended the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, CA. While there, I took part in several sessions, and below are the common themes I encountered in those sessions and how they may all fit together into a single narrative.
In thinking about when the founders of NexGen decided on their new company's name, one wonders whether, at the time, it was something of a placeholder—unless they were fortune-tellers as well as successful storage dudes that is! Since its founding in 2011, the company itself is on its fourth generation in as many years; and now, once more independent, finds itself well placed in what can be more generically called the next generation of storage arrays.
Aesop, an ancient Greek storyteller, is credited with coining the expression, “slow but steady wins the race”. That ancient wisdom rings hollow in the present-day digital age, where the need for speed is essential to business survival.
I've written an ESG brief on the Group-based policy, a open source project within OpenStack and OpenDaylight project that enables high level abstractions for controlling networks, although it can be generalized for compute, security, and storage. The brief is available to ESG subscription clients only, but I have summarized a few points below.
Given the booming state of the cybersecurity market, industry rhetoric is at an all-time high. One of the more nonsensical infosec banalities goes something like this: Cybersecurity has always been anchored by incident prevention technologies like AV software, firewalls, and IDS/IPS systems, but sophisticated cyber-adversaries have become extremely adept at circumventing status quo security controls. Therefore, organizations should give up on prevention and focus all their attention on incident detection and response.
Automating rote network tasks isn't all script-driven. Network automation also can mean intelligent control and policy-based networking.
To fully understand the state of cybersecurity at enterprise organizations, it’s worthwhile to review a bit of history. In the early days of Internet connectivity, information security was viewed as a necessary evil, so enterprise security budgets tended to be pretty stingy. CEOs didn’t want good security, they wanted “good enough” security, so they were only willing to provide minimal funding.
Last week 4,000 fine people gathered in San Jose for the Hadoop Summit. Hosted by Hortonworks, but largely non-denominational, the event showcased the broader ecosystem of Hadoop, big data, and analytics. Despite the wide variety of approaches, the attendees were clearly focused on finding the value and learning practical techniques to be successful. Less hype, more tech.