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:

How Much Time Do You Spend on Licensing Issues Instead of Driving Innovation?

IT organizations need to be responsive to the business. Digital transformation, IoT, and cloud computing initiatives require the underlying IT environment (HW and SW) to be able to react quickly and scale seamlessly, but it can’t do that if your technical resources are spending more time getting the proper licenses correct. This is especially impactful in fast growing companies.

Topics: Networking

Juniper is Engineering Simplicity for the Multi-cloud Journey

I recently attended Juniper’s NXTWORK 2018 event in sunny Las Vegas. Well, I assume it was sunny--as most of these events go, most of my time was spent in the convention center. Juniper has had a number of key additions to its executive team since last year and we are now starting to see the results of those shifts. Most noticeable this year was the focus on enterprise customers and enabling them to drive operational efficiency into their multi-cloud environments.

Topics: Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

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

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

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 ESG on Location

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 ESG on Location

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 ESG on Location

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 ESG on Location

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 ESG on Location