Bridge the IT Skills Gap, Boost Revenue Growth & Follow Intent Based Networking
Week of January 13, 2019
How SD-WANs Can Bridge The IT Skills Gap
Data center IT skill shortages are set to intensify as most operators continue to struggle with staffing issues. According to a recent survey by Uptime Institute, this shortage is being driven by an aging workforce in this sector, as well as it being heavily male dominated.
Automation Could Boost Revenue Growth 10 Percent Each Year
Retail and consumer products supply chain and operations executives think automation could boost revenue growth by 10 percent each year, according to a new report from IBM and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Where Intent-Based Networking Goes From Here
Intent-based networking (IBN) is the catchall term for the gradual shift from today’s manual network operations to a more hands-off automated ecosystem. Using AI, sensor-driven data flows, virtual abstraction and a host of other technologies, the idea is simply to define what you hope to achieve, then let the data environment itself configure the network in the most optimal way to suit those needs. If only it were that simple.
Why Amazon’s Offering Illustrates That Manual Network Management Will No Longer Cut It
Light Reading recently posed the question, “Should telcos be scared?” The answer may not be a surprising one, but the overarching fact remains – manual network management just isn’t cutting it anymore. Amazon is introducing automation, flexibility & ease of use in a space where most continue to operate with “good enough.”
Cisco Touts Five Technologies That Will Change Networking In 2019
Wireless advances, software-defined WANs and intelligent network management tools are among the top technologies that will impact the networking community in 2019. “2019 is going to be a transformative year in enterprise networking,” said Anand Oswal, senior vice president of engineering in Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business. “Network operators will be preparing systems to support dramatically greater device density and data throughput, and they will be getting new analytics about their infrastructure use from the network itself. Network personnel will become more effective and efficient, thanks to improvements in centralized management tools and machine intelligence.”
NFV Technology To Boost Virtual Router Prevalence
The growth in network function virtualization (NFV) technology has fueled the rise of virtual routers, providing a substantial advantage over physical routers. Along with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), scalability, and flexibility, virtual routers also showcases a pay as you grow model that ensures it’s a more feasible alternative to a hardware-based Layer 3 IP router. The virtualization of NFV technology allows multiple functions to run on a standard server, lowering both capital costs and operational expenses due in part to more efficient use of resources.
SD WAN’s Impact On Network Monitoring
SD WAN providers claim that application performance can improve by up to forty times when migrated to SD WAN technologies… That’s a phenomenal statistic! But how true is it? How did this number roll up to the marketing department to lure you into clicking the “Subscribe to SD-WAN” button?
5G Turns Wireless Service Providers Into Indispensable Players In The IoT
2019 is going to be a very important year for the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. Not only are we seeing an explosion of new use cases emerge across almost every sector of the economy, but we are also seeing ideas that were put into the market only a few years ago mature into critical business requirements for their implementers. IoT is no longer just in the lab; it is in the market in very important ways.
AIOps: How To Solve Performance Issues In Complex Data Pipelines
There seems to be a chasm between DevOps and big data teams in the enterprise, and the bridge over that chasm is long and treacherous. In fact, data analysts who are charged with managing and making sense of the growing volumes of data in most organizations traditionally have been excluded from the strategy-making and operations functions of DevOps personnel. Yet, data analysts are critical to the success of software development and at every stage of the software delivery pipeline.
SD-WAN Is Useless Unless You Monitor It
SD-WAN brings the promise of greater resiliency and lower costs, but as with any new network technology it can leave NetOps teams in the dark as the company revises its strategy to monitor and manage the new networks. While most SD-WAN vendors offer some form of monitoring with their services, John Smith, executive vice president and CTO at monitoring company LiveAction, said these often create more problems for enterprises. He noted that often these tools don’t hook into an enterprise’s day-to-day operations or provide the required visibility — often leaving SD-WAN devices as the least visible part of the network.
Sprint Looks Ahead at 2019 to Broaden Its Managed SD-WAN Service
Since launching its managed SD-WAN offering in May 2017, Sprint has updated the service and expanded its footprint. But in 2019, the provider is looking to make its biggest updates yet in order to offer a more flexible and diverse SD-WAN service. When Sprint first launched the service it focused on the U.S. However, throughout 2018 the provider expanded the footprint and reach into Canada, Mexica, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
In Cloud Security, Automation Does Not Mean Automatic
Technology terms often mean different things to different people. For example, to someone in DevOps, the cloud is a fantastic environment for deploying applications with unprecedented speed and agility. To a security pro, the cloud might be a quagmire of risk that can grow exponentially in a matter of hours — thanks in no small part to those DevOps guys. To end-users, cloud is an easy way to access applications and data … and who cares about all the plumbing?