Bob Laliberte

Bob Laliberte

ESG Senior Analyst Bob Laliberte focuses on existing and emerging network technologies, software, and services utilized by enterprises and service providers. He is particularly interested in the software-defined and virtual architectures that will drive the next wave of network investment. His coverage includes the network, cloud, and service offerings that telcos (wireless and fixed line), cable operators, and MSPs are delivering to enterprise customers. In his 25+ year career, Bob has held several senior management roles in marketing, product management, and sales for software and technology companies conducting business in the U.S. and internationally. Bob’s straightforward and thought-provoking insights have made him a popular resource for IT vendors and the media alike.

Recent Posts by Bob Laliberte:

Extreme Sets Its Sights on 2019 and Its Customers

Extreme networks just announced its Q4 2018 earnings and it showed that the company missed the revenue estimate and lowered guidance for Q1 2019. The market reacted quickly by knocking the stock down.

Topics: Networking

Connectivity and Experience

At the start of the year I wrote about the network becoming more relevant in 2018. As the year has progressed, I am even more convinced that this is true. In fact, as organizations transform themselves to become more agile and responsive to their customers, IT teams are reimagining their roles. Are they really about information technology or rather about ensuring that every employee, customer, partner or machine can connect to an application, service, or each other, regardless of location or technology.

As organizations continue to adopt cloud computing in its various forms – IaaS, SaaS, or PaaS - the network will be critical to ensure success. Equally relevant is the fact that the “pendulum” is now swinging towards decentralization – meaning compute and applications are being deployed at the edge or in the cloud. Branch offices are connecting directly to the cloud and not routing through centralized data centers. All of which is putting increased pressure on the network to ensure availability, performance, and security.

Topics: Networking connectivity end-user experience

Will AWS Join the Enterprise Network Switch Market?

A number of articles surfaced last Friday about AWS selling network switching infrastructure used in its own environment to enterprises. This news had a ripple effect in the market as some of the major network companies saw a dip in their stock prices.

If the sources are accurate, AWS is, at the very least, contemplating this strategy. If it decides to enter the market, this could be highly disruptive to the status quo. Let’s take a minute to think about this, though--it’s not like AWS will be selling data center network switches online – well, at least not yet - I actually just checked and didn’t see any Prime Day specials. If they are seriously considering entering this market, it does highlight a number of things that AWS may have to do to capture the on-premises enterprise market share.

Topics: Networking Amazon AWS network switch

In Conversation with Warner Bros. Entertainment's Doug Crawford at HPE Discover 2018 (Video)

While at HPE Discover 2018, I had the opportunity to sit down with Doug Crawford from Warner Bros. Entertainment. As it turns out, Warner Bros. Entertainment is one of HPE Aruba’s oldest customers. We discussed how they were leveraging  HPE Aruba solutions, how their environment has evolved and how they plan to leverage HPE Aruba solutions in the future to enhance the experience at the studios.

Topics: Networking HPE Discover

HPE Re-Discovers Its Roots and Looks Forward to an Intelligent Edge (Video)

This year’s Discover event was the first time the 20-year HPE employee and engineer, Antonio Neri took the stage as President and CEO. Antonio was engaging and humble – a very approachable CEO, he seemed to be acutely aware of the HP legacy, but is determined to drive HPE forward.

Topics: Networking HPE Discover

Discussing the Acquisition of Netsil with Rajiv Mirani of Nutanix (Video)

In this video, I speak with Rajiv Mirani of Nutanix at the .NEXT conference about one of their latest acquisitions, Netsil, a digital native application performance management solution built specifically for containers and microservices. Learn about its different approach to collecting information and providing actionable information. We discuss how this innovative solution fits into the Nutanix mutli-cloud strategy and how customers will benefit from it, and Rajiv provides some insight into how the technology will evolve to better serve hybrid cloud environments by integrating with Nutanix FLOW and the role it will have automating brownfield segmentation. 

Topics: Networking Nutanix .Next

Beam Video Discussion with Binny Gill of Nutanix

I was able to catch up with Binny Gill at the Nutanix .NEXT conference to have a quick discussion about one of their newest product announcements – Beam. This announcement is important in many aspects as it is Nutanix’s first SaaS offering and serves as the foundation for its customers to truly understand multi- cloud environments. Organizations can leverage Beam to fully understand their cloud footprint, costs, and compliance with best practices. Binny also shares some examples of how customers are leveraging Beam and provides some insight into where Nutanix will leverage it in the future.

Topics: Networking software-as-a-service (SaaS) Nutanix .Next

Pure Accelerate 2018

Last week, Pure took advantage of the historic Bill Graham Civic Center and auditorium to host its annual customer and analyst event, Pure Accelerate 2018. Accelerate is a good choice for Pure as 2017 marked its first year with over one billion dollars in revenue as an independent company. A feat it accomplished in 8 short years.

Topics: Networking Pure Accelerate

Nutanix Delivers Invisible IT, but Highly Visible Cloud and Modern Application Environments with Acquisitions

Nutanix held its annual customer event, Nutanix .NEXT, in New Orleans this year – kicking off the event with a Mardi Gras-like parade, complete with band and floats. That was followed by a pair of customers welcoming the crowd to New Orleans! Nutanix has been growing rapidly and the event has been maturing as well, this year attracting over 5,000 attendees. It would seem that its message and solutions are resonating with customers and Nutanix continues to roll out new capabilities that further enable its customers.

Topics: Networking Nutanix .Next

Networking News and Insights from Dell Technologies World 2018 (Video)

The canals, gondolas, and St Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel served as the back drop for the first ever Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas last week. Dell is continuing to execute against its strategy to help organizations execute against their digital and IT transformations. Over the last 20 or so months, it has worked diligently to eliminate conflict in its portfolio and discuss the value of its solutions across the entire family of companies.

Topics: Networking Dell Technologies World