BPM Is Not Network Automation, Zero-Touch is Coming & SD-WAN Solves Cloud Challenges

by | February 15, 2019
BPM Is Not Network Automation, Zero-Touch is Coming & SD-WAN Solves Cloud Challenges



Week of February 10, 2019


Don’t Confuse Business Process Management with Network Automation

At the surface, it’s obvious why people make the assumption that a BPM system can be leveraged for network automation. However, these systems fall short and at best, you are left with inefficient and highly manual “automation” and, at worst, a complete failure to meet any of the goals set for the effort, thus resulting in a total waste of the time and money invested.

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How Automation Can Help Digital Transformation

As digital transformation efforts advance, organizations are increasingly finding ways to use automation to make an impact on business processes. With a study from McKinsey estimating that up to 45 percent of work activities could be automated using technology that already exists, the potential for businesses to become more efficient and productive is clear.

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Break-Even Analysis: Understanding The Impact Of Automation

The pursuit of automating away all the operational tasks in your organization doesn’t stop after you finish building a solid CI/CD pipeline infrastructure using the myriad tools available and making it stable. There are many more one-off tasks not part of the CI/CD pipeline, but which are very important for managing the infrastructure and operating the applications running in production, that are not yet automated.

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Zero-Touch Is Coming

Until recently networks have been designed solely for operation by humans. But that’s about to change. As automation and AI technologies improve, zero-touch networks of the future will soon be able to automatically determine which actions to take with minimal human intervention. Read on to learn why employing trustworthy AI technologies is a good thing for everyone.

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Dell EMC: Open Networking’s Next Evolution Is SD-WAN

Dell EMC is the latest networking vendor to point to SD-WAN as the future for the evolution of the open networking movement, which emphasizes disaggregated, modular, software-centric systems over closed, proprietary, hardware-based legacy implementations.

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Lack Of Understanding Holding SD-WAN Sales Back

If SD-WAN is going to be a technology that reaches its potential, then the channel is going to have to step up the education for users around the topic. Research from Cogeco Peer-1 has indicated that 72 percent of customers do not fully understand SD-WAN and a third worry it will disrupt their business and not far off half are losing sleep over security issues.

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Why Do Your DevOps Projects Fail? Here’s Why

According to a 2nd Watch report, companies must bring separate operating groups together as a single unit when transforming their business into a full-fledged DevOps organization. Unfortunately, 78 percent of IT professionals claimed their organizations still keep separate teams for operations and developments and managing infrastructure. These kinds of key mistakes often are the reason your DevOps projects fail. But these are not the only reasons. Here are other common errors that could mean your DevOps projects will end up wasting your company time and money.

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The ROI Of SD-WAN

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is a recent product category. Most IT organizations have yet to make their first purchase, although many are doing technical investigations and adding SD-WAN gateways into their infrastructure plans. However, the financial arguments required for budgetary approval are still a pending activity. While there is a general belief among networking staff that SD-WAN reduces costs by shifting traffic from expensive private WAN links to broadband Internet connections, quantifying this and other SD-WAN benefits requires a more rigorous approach.

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DevOps Disillusionment? Four Behaviors To Get Your Team To The Other Side

For most teams, the adoption of DevOps and an agile mindset involves many twists and turns on the path to maturity. It’s not uncommon for teams to experience a “trough of disillusionment” period. And before you know it, what once felt like a cultural movement seems mired in the realities of metrics, tools and keeping the operational wheels on. Pushing through these challenges and self-doubt is a critical step in DevOps maturity that can refine and strengthen a team’s character.

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SD-WAN Can Help Solve Challenges Of Multi-Cloud

With SD-WAN becoming remote users’ primary access to cloud-based applications, and with organizations deploying multi-cloud environments to optimize performance, it’s important for IT pros to choose SD-WAN technology that supports secure, low-latency and easy-to-manage connectivity to their cloud providers.

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How To Take NFV From Virtualized Silos To A Real Cloud

The NFV transformation has taken more time than first anticipated but we are now starting to see results. This transformation is in reality a “must” for successful 5G operation, and here we want to share some insights from some of the leading CSPs in the world.

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How SD-WAN Architectures Improve Network Flexibility And Efficiency

The key benefits of SD-WAN architectures include better network redundancy, efficient MPLS connections and added flexibility to deploy new services remotely.

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Virtualization Is Progressing, But What About Cloud & Automation?

Communications service providers are about a fifth of the way towards their virtualization targets according to a recent Heavy Reading survey. The study, which polled representatives from 69 different CSPs, found the dominant market for NFV commercial deployments was enterprise communications with SD-WAN, cloud VPN and security, followed by mobile core with VoLTE and VoWiFi.

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eWEEK Data Points: Five Trends Impacting The Future Of DevOps

From a focus on improving software delivery to discussing the metrics teams need to keep track of during periods of elevated traffic, the world of enterprise IT has been abuzz with exploring questions around DevOps, as it has been for the past few years. The idea of more frequent deployments, thereby getting to business value faster, is simply too appealing for enterprises to ignore.

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Intel And Ericsson Partner On Software-Defined Infrastructure For 5G, Cloud And NFV

Ericsson and Intel announced a partnership to develop a software and hardware management platform for NFV, distributed cloud and 5G. The plan is to combine Ericsson’s software-defined infrastructure (SDI) management software with Intel’s Rack Scale Design across the length of a multiyear contract.

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