Bob Laliberte

Bob Laliberte

ESG Practice Director and 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.

Recent Posts by Bob Laliberte:

Ready or Not; 5G is Coming (Video)

I attended the Big 5G event in Denver Colorado last week. The show was well attended, with every session I went to, including keynotes, having standing room only. That is probably a good indicator of the level of interest in and even to a certain degree the level of hype surrounding 5G.

The keynotes had representatives from major North American CSPs, including ATT, C-Spire, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon (alphabetically). While there was plenty of “we were first in this 5G category” claims from two of these vendors and commentary about other countries' deployments that would lead you to believe this was a race, one of the speakers echoed a comment from a recent DARPA show that probably sums up the transition to 5G best, in that 5G is an evolution, not a race. Indeed, comments from the other major vendors stated that they did not want to release a 5G solution until they are ready, which they assured us they will be soon. In fact, CTIA stated there will be 92 5G deployments in 2019. Across all of IT, we have seen technology adoption accelerating, and 5G is no different, so expect the 5G adoption rate to be the fastest yet. ATT cited an example that a new deployment would typically be 18 mos, but for their first roll out, it was only six months.

Topics: Networking

Networking Getting Some Airtime at Dell Technologies World 2019

Dell Tech World kicked off in Vegas this week, capturing the attention of 15,000 attendees from over 122 different countries.

The big announcements in the day one keynote were focused on Hybrid Cloud, the Microsoft Azure partnership, and unified workspace, but the underlying theme was clear. Dell Technologies is continuing to embrace its “Better Together” philosophy creating solutions from its family of companies. This is evidenced by its solutions that leverage technology from VMware, Dell EMC, SecureWorks etc., wrapped into a single bundle.

Topics: Networking Dell Technologies World

NETSCOUT Engage19 Explores “Visibility Without Borders”

NetScout recently held its Customer Event: Engage19 in Nashville TN. Situated in the Opryland hotel (now called the Gaylord Opryland), there were approximately 800 attendees from over 350 companies coming to hear about the latest from NETSCOUT, meet with key executives, and learn from technical experts.

Topics: Networking

Coming to a Solution Near You – Intel’s Next Generation Technologies

Last week Intel hosted a group of press and analysts to learn about its Data Centric Innovation launch. Driven by the proliferation of cloud computing, growth in AI and analytics, and the cloudification of the network and the edge, Intel released a number of new technologies to help organizations process, store, and move all the data that is being created.  

Topics: Networking

Experience HPE Aruba "Customer First, Customer Last" at Atmosphere 2019

I spent a few days on the sunny Las Vegas strip with the team from Aruba last week at its annual customer event - Atmosphere 19. This year’s attendance recorded almost two thousand attendees and eight hundred partners. Aruba continues to grow and provided some stats to support that, citing over 1Billion switch ports, 15M access ports, 500,000 customers, 90,000 or so Airheads, and over 4000 patents. HPE Aruba is now at three billion in revenues and looking towards future growth that would get them to five billion.

Topics: Networking

Networking Predictions for 2019

Its that time of the year again when we try to predict the future based on everything we have seen and heard over the course of the prior year (or years). This is a fun exercise that makes us put on our thinking caps and try to determine how new technologies or initiatives will help to shape the upcoming year.

Topics: Networking

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 Services & Orchestration

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