Automated Provisioning, The Rise of Kubernetes & Planning for Network Automation
Week of August 25th, 2019
Network automation – To plan or not to plan is the question
As the network evolves into a more dynamic environment due to the introduction of new concepts such as virtualization and software-defined everything, it is becoming imperative that operators automate as much as possible. Whether it be software-defined WAN, data center, or networking in general, it is clear that the age of network programmability is upon us.
Why Is Automated Provisioning So Important?
Automated provisioning is critical to reap the benefits of technologies like NFV, SDN and containerization. It’s required to deliver innovative services to customers while responding to the surrounding dynamics in real time
Carriers Missed The Boat On Cloud But 5G Can Change That
With a call out from VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during his opening keynote and numerous mentions from Dell Technologies-family executives, 5G was most certainly a topic of interest during VMworld this week. And with 5G commanding an IT-centric approach marked by highly varied workloads orchestrated across a multi-cloud environment, VMware sees a clear path to winning more operator business.
The Continuing Rise Of Kubernetes Analyzed
The rapid adoption of container technology, DevOps practices, and microservices application architectures are three of the key drivers of modern digital transformation. Whether built in the cloud, on-premises, or in hybrid environments, containerization has proved to be significantly more advantageous in terms of scalability, portability, and continuous development and improvement. More recently, organizations have began to standardize on Kubernetes as their container orchestrator. While the reasons behind such a rapid adoption of Kubernetes has been well documented, security issues remain one of the biggest concerns for organizations.
Dell EMC Teams Up With VMware On Integrated SD-WAN Offering
It’s not quite “you got peanut butter on my chocolate,” but VMware teaming up with Dell Technologies on SD-WAN seems to be an obvious partnership. At VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, Dell Technologies, which owns a controlling stake in VMware, announced that its combined SD-WAN service with VMware is now globally available. The Dell EMC SD- WAN Solution combines VMware’s VeloCloud SD-WAN service with Dell EMC’s data center fabric orchestration.
Security-Driven Networking: Automated, Integrated, Adaptive
The most effective way to protect your network is through consistent security. Digital transformation is changing the very nature of your network. Users can be located anywhere, applications can be hosted anywhere and data can be stored everywhere. Infrastructure can be physical or virtual. And you can purchase, lease or outsource network capabilities. The only constant amongst all of this is the need for security. Any security event in this complex, finely-balanced operation can have a devastating impact. Your challenge is to provide consistent security across the entire network, regardless of location, device, application or user.
Modernization Is About People And Processes, Not Just Technology
Government agencies looking to modernize their information technology systems need to keep in mind that the process involves a lot more than technology. It requires a cultural shift away from outdated, slow-moving development processes and toward an open philosophy that focuses on transparency, collaboration, and an iterative but continuous delivery of improvements. If modernization begins and ends with technology, it effectively could end before it begins.
Industry Experts Call For Caution On NFV — Here’s Why
Telcos have sought new ways to compete as enterprises substitute lucrative MPLS and telco-managed security services with SD-WANs and cloud security. In response, telcos have been shifting from network hardware appliances to network function virtualization (NFV), a standard describing how to virtualize network infrastructure. And yet increasingly, analysts and experts are cautioning optimism around NFV. “I don’t think any of the operators I’ve talked with believe that ISG-modeled NFV is going to expand much in 2019,” writes long-time telecom consultant Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp. Why are these and other analysts sounding the alarm on a technology once thought of as the future of networking? There are several reasons.
Why Businesses Need A Hybrid Networking Strategy
With 91 percent of business leaders considering hybrid cloud to be the ideal IT model, investments in it are skyrocketing. Industries like manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare are heavily adopting the multi-workload environment approach with hopes to modernize their operations and improve customer service platforms. But while there is a shift towards cloud-first across key enterprise IT markets, the reality is that cloud isn’t always the answer for all businesses.