Clear Up Confusion Between Edge & Cloud, See Where SDN Is Going & Feel the DevOps Impact
Week of April 14, 2019
Clearing Up Confusion Between Edge And Cloud
Edge computing and cloud computing are sometimes discussed as if they’re mutually exclusive approaches to network infrastructure. While they may function in different ways, utilizing one does not preclude the use of the other. Indeed, Futurum Research found that, among companies that have deployed edge projects, only 15 percent intend to separate these efforts from their cloud computing initiatives — largely for security or compartmentalization reasons. So then, what’s the difference, and how do edge and cloud work together?
In Depth: What SDN Is And Where It’s Going
Hardware reigned supreme in the networking world until the emergence of software-defined networking (SDN), a category of technologies that separate the network control plane from the forwarding plane to enable more automated provisioning and policy-based management of network resources. SDN’s origins can be traced to a research collaboration between Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley that ultimately yielded the OpenFlow protocol in the 2008 timeframe.
The Reimagining Of App Delivery For An Agile, Multi-Cloud World
Applications have become an asset class that is arguably more important for organizations than human talent. Companies typically use hundreds or even thousands of applications. Further, nearly nine in 10 companies are using multiple clouds, with more than half of cloud decisions being made on a per-application basis. Managing and protecting these widely distributed corporate assets is a daunting challenge.
Why The DevOps Engineer Is A Misunderstood Role
The demand for DevOps engineers is growing, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. Companies that utilize DevOps practices are deploying code up to 30 times faster than their competitors — and they experience 50 percent fewer deployment fails. With all the advantages of DevOps tempting more companies into transforming their software development processes, its no wonder the average DevOps engineer can demand a salary in excess of $100,000. But despite all the hype, there is a lot of confusion around what a DevOps engineer actually does.
Citrix Taps Google Cloud Platform For Virtualized SD-WAN Offering
Add Citrix Systems to the growing list of software-defined wide-area network vendors taking their wares to the cloud — in this case the Google Cloud Platform. The company last week announced its Citrix SD-WAN (specifically, a virtual instance of its SD-WAN appliance) and Citrix ADC (application delivery controller) will be available next month on the GCP Marketplace.
Alerting Consolidation: What’s The DevOps Impact?
Over the last 12 to 18 months, the monitoring and alerting piece of the DevOps toolchain has been going through some serious consolidation. Companies are bracing to compete with the world or getting picked up by larger DevOps players, making their product more appealing through integrations.
Orange And Nokia Migrate Networks To Photonic Control Plane
Orange and Nokia migrated Orange’s long-distance networks in Europe and Asia to a photonic control plane, which allows the operator to manage the network through distributed software intelligence. The migration involved distributing intelligence on different networking equipment on Orange’s French, European, and Asian networks, which span more than 18,000 kilometers and 330 nodes. These networks are comprised of Nokia 1830 photonic service switches, which support wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and packet-optical transport from access to core. The switches can transport up to 20 Tb/s on long-distance links, according to Orange.
Why Providers Have Failed SD-WAN Customers
SD-WAN is taking off, but customers should be disappointed. As Node4 Sales Director, Shane Dove, pointed out in a previous article on UC Today, IDC expects a 40 percent annual growth rate for the SD-WAN market through 2022. That’s exciting growth. While it seems that SD-WAN is the best and brightest option for amplified connection speed and bandwidth for businesses, customers often don’t see these benefits. Why? Many lack the education to take advantage of them. And, frankly, that’s our fault as solution providers.
Eight Ways AI Will Revolutionize Healthcare
The potential benefits of AI for healthcare are tremendous; the sector’s growing market value is estimated to reach $36.1 billion by the end of 2025. AI’s role in healthcare revolves around making better decisions, freeing up time for doctors and nurses, and bringing precision to processes. The core strengths of AI here are pattern recognition and workflow automation. AI will not only cut costs and help diagnose life-threatening diseases like cancer faster, but will also mean a more patient-centric approach to healthcare. This will lead to increased patient satisfaction, patient-doctor communication, and more accurate healthcare records.
Automated Vehicles Will Unlock Countless As A Service Business Models
The as a service (XaaS) business model is an increasingly popular strategy in the modern economy. Although using vehicles in XaaS models is not a new concept, the development of vehicle automation over the next decade will unlock a plethora of new XaaS applications as vehicle automation becomes more reliable and specialized.
Scaling Agile, Adopting AI: How Intel Is Making IT A Strategic Part Of The Business
Intel has released its 2018-2019 IT performance report, giving an inside look at how the semiconductor business is transforming its IT operations to serve as a strategic part of the overall business. The report details the maturity of Intel’s DevOps strategy and its ongoing efforts to scale Agile and DevOps practices. It also shows the progress Intel has made bringing machine learning into its operations.
Cloud Computing Leaves Banks Exposed To Risks
European Union watchdogs have released a report last Wednesday (April.10th) in which they state that the finance industry relies too much on third parties and that their concerns are “especially acute with regard to cloud services”. According to top European financial regulators, the financial industry’s dependence on just a few large cloud computing companies to store key data is an emerging threat to stability and requires new legislation to guard against potential vulnerabilities.
Hear From Speakers In AI, DevOps Cloud Migration At The GeekWire Cloud Summit
One of the biggest tasks facing businesses interested in cloud computing is figuring out how to make the transition without breaking their existing applications, and then unlocking the promise of all that data in the cloud. If that describes your company, the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit will help solve those challenges.
DevOps Jobs: Five Trends To Watch
Whether you’re going after a DevOps job or building out a DevOps team, you need to understand the overall DevOps jobs landscape. It’s not always simple. While DevOps continues to gain steam in IT organizations, it’s still a discipline that is relatively young. That leads to some confusion and debate around things like job titles, necessary skills, and organizing principles – even as DevOps salaries continue to rise.