Automation Use Cases, Open Source SD-WAN & DevOps for Doubters

by | July 5, 2019
Automation Use Cases, Open Source SD-WAN & DevOps for Doubters



Week of June 30th, 2019


Discover Three Real-World Network Automation Use Cases

The real benefits of network automation are managing multiple network devices at once. Larger networks, in particular, can benefit from these network automation use cases. Network automation is no longer reserved for the most cutting-edge network administrators. Time-tested programming languages and modern software development tools have become standard operating procedure for many network operations teams.

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What Does Open Source SD-WAN Look Like, And Do We Need It?

Today’s software-defined WAN, or SD-WAN, offerings already use open source building blocks in their underlying architectures. The adoption of open source in SD-WAN occurred primarily because the SD-WAN market already accepted many underlying open source components, and vendors were focused on time to market — or the amount of time between developing and selling a product — for this surging product category. Open source combined with SD-WAN might be a perfect match or a too idealistic goal.

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Network Convergence And What It Means For Enterprise Solutions

Our world is becoming more connected every single day. We’re experiencing the advent of autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and 5G. New technologies like robotics, quantum computing, and virtual reality are entering our personal and professional lives each and every day. In order to harness the power of these technologies at a global scale, a unified infrastructure network is needed to bring them together. This technology emergence also requires “technology convergence,” but what does this mean in practice?

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DevOps For Doubters: How To Deal With Nine Kinds Of People Who Push Back

At first glance, the benefits of DevOps are hard to deny. Continuous delivery of new software and features makes customers happy and businesses more agile. Highly collaborative, transparent, cross-functional ways of working can rally teams around a shared mission and purpose. It’s no wonder that companies big and small are singing DevOps’s praises and expecting everyone to get on board and never look back. That’s why it can be surprising when leaders encounter team members who seem to intentionally dig in their heels or create obstacles that slow DevOps down, says Matt Poepsel, senior vice president at The Predictive Index.

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Collaboration Inside And Out For Innovation

Across all industries today, organizations increasingly are migrating their infrastructures to the cloud in a bid to boost agility, lower the cost of IT ownership and reduce the risk of outages. Firms are under more pressure than ever before to innovate new products to keep up with newer, more agile firms. But before they can reap the benefits that come with going totally serverless, organizations must deal with the immediate challenge of meeting the ever-growing expectations of today’s digital-first customer.

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Agencies Can Alleviate Problems With Intent-Based Networking

Federal agencies currently face numerous enterprise networking challenges, including modernization, the skills gap, and network sprawl. To be successful, agencies must leverage new technology to create a modern network solution that can handle the different types and the sheer volume of devices they have connected to their networks every day.

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Tips For Choosing The Right CI/CD Tools

Building an effective CI/CD pipeline can be a complex process with countless decisions that require a great deal of planning. Whether it’s a massive DevOps team or a single developer working alone, the more you can draw on practical, real-world knowledge in making decisions about CI/CD tools the better off you are. While highly experienced developers can pass along tips to less experienced team members, the constantly changing nature of DevOps means that even the most experienced developer can benefit.

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SDxCentral’s Top Ten Articles — June 2019

Check out our top ten articles for June 2019, covering the SDxCentral universe of SDN, NFV, and related topics. Rankings are based on unique visitors aggregated during the month.

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SD-WAN Update: 5G Impact Still To Come, As The Market Consolidates

Move over aerial taxis and connected street lamps, 5G is coming for SD-WAN. But is 5G even the hero SD-WAN needs? One of this year’s latest hyped use cases for 5G is delivering added intelligence and transport options to SD-WAN services. Ahead of Mobile World Congress in February, Verizon and AT&T announced they would add 5G to their SD-WAN services. 5G could be used to dedicate network slices to improving SD-WAN’s ability to manage traffic and prioritize applications.

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DevOps Necessary For Business Success

Communication between IT security and software development departments within an organization aren’t good enough, and if businesses are looking to succeed, this is one of the things they should focus on improving. This is according to Trend Micro’s new survey of 1,310 IT decision-makers from enterprises and SMBs all over the world. Almost three quarters (74 percent) believe that DevOps initiatives had become more important over the past year, and even more, believe communication between departments needs to improve.

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How To Compare DIY And Outsourced SD-WAN

Software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) are growing at an incredibly fast pace. When you look at the benefits, it’s not hard to understand why. The cost savings for MPLS, the flexibility for application performance, ease of management and the security benefits for branch offices make it an attractive option. According to IDC and Dell’Oro Group, the SD-WAN market is predicted to grow between 35-40 percent each year over the next five years. Many in the IT solution provider market have taken notice and are seeing more and more customers asking, “Should I build this in-house or should I outsource it to a managed service provider?”

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Securing SD-WAN – Beyond The Base Level

Digital transformation has enabled businesses of all sizes to create new ways of achieving operational efficiencies. But just as technology has enabled business strategy to evolve, so too have the risks to security. With data breaches and ransomware attacks now a daily occurrence for businesses of all sizes across the world, security is a critical component for businesses to address from the start.

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DevOps Needs Continuous Improvement To Succeed

Continuous improvement is not a new thing and is often misunderstood. To be successful, we can take guidance from agile principles and apply them to the DevOps world, argued Mirco Hering, managing director at Accenture. At Agile Portugal 2019 he spoke about DevOps leadership in the age of agile.

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