SDN Pulls the Strings of Multicloud, Network Agility is a Top Focus & More

by | December 7, 2018
SDN Pulls the Strings of Multicloud, Network Agility is a Top Focus & More

Week of December 2 – 8, 2018


How Software-Defined Networking Pulls The Strings Of Multicloud

The multicloud world has well and truly arrived. Organizations today make use of multiple public clouds such as AWS, GCE and Microsoft Azure as well as many cloud base services (e.g. SaaS, IaaS), and they are using these in addition to on-premises workloads and applications that run in private clouds hosted in one or more data centers. However, with this transformation, networking and the security of the network in a multicloud environment become more complex and a significant challenge.

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SD-WAN: How To Get Out Of The Starting Gate

In 2018, the current darling of digital transformation in network circles is SD-WAN. Hype aside (and there’s plenty of it), SD-WAN solutions, coupled with a significant shift to Internet transport for a company’s network access, offers real promise to deliver enhanced network performance, significant savings on transport unit costs, and a more diverse portfolio of vendor options for a company’s network service spend. But to achieve this rare strategic sourcing trifecta and realize the full value of an SD-WAN and Internet transport transformation, companies must develop and execute a smart sourcing and deployment strategy.

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Network Agility is a Top Focus for I&O Leaders in 2019

The network underpins everything it does, from cloud services to the Internet of Things (IoT) to edge computing and will continue to do so in 2019 and beyond. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are becoming increasingly involved in the modern day enterprise, and must prepare for a number of impending technological shifts to support digital infrastructure moving into 2019, according to a Gartner report released at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference in Las Vegas.

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Toyota Research Institute Discusses DevOps Automation And Rapid Innovation

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is working to build a future where everyone has the freedom to move, engage and explore with a focus on reducing vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities. Working tirelessly behind the scenes is TRI’s Infrastructure Engineering team, responsible for designing, deploying and maintaining the infrastructure that makes this possible.

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Google Leans Heavily On SDN For Reliability, Velocity And Availability Of Its Network

Google would not be Google if not for software-defined networking, according to a keynote address at ONF Connect by Google Fellow Amin Vahdat. Google is an operator member of ONF, and earlier this year Google put its Stratum code into open source with ONF. Stratum is part of ONF’s Unified, Programmable and Automated Network (UPAN) Exemplar Platform, which is working on the next generation of SDN for ONF’s membership.

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CenturyLink Dove Into NFV Early Because Of A Profitable Business Case

Back in 2013, CenturyLink was a regional voice and internet provider. Not exactly the most likely candidate to be an early pioneer in NFV. But at that point, the company wanted to launch a network firewall system. And it turned out that the best business case for the new offering was a virtualized firewall. This paved the way for CenturyLink to adopt other network virtualization services, making the phone company a leader in SDN and NFV. Since then, CenturyLink has purchased Level 3, which also had network virtualization experience. And the combined company now offers global business services, such as SD-WAN.

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IBM Reinforces Enterprise Multicloud Growth With Automation Tools

IBM is looking to make it easier for customers to move to multicloud environments by adding automation tools to its cloud services, and the company is extending its relationship with cloud migration specialists ServiceNow. The driving idea behind both moves is to help customer simplify what can be a daunting task – moving new and legacy applications to multicloud environments be they based on IBM’s own cloud service or others such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Red Hat.

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NFV Deployments Are Still Growing But There’s Not Much Depth

A funny thing has happened on the way to the NFV nirvana? What was supposed to have been be an inevitable journey towards the virtualization of the entire telco industry – “there can be no turning back now” etc – appears to have slowed and changed shape well in advance of the first big ‘greenfield’ use case for the technology – 5G. According to consultancy STL Partners which runs an NFV Tracker and has just completed a report on the progress of NFV, it’s not that the actual number of deployments has decreased.

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Are You On The Path To The Modern Network?

In the realm of enterprise computing, we have already automated the management and orchestration of software-defined compute and storage resources. Need another server or more storage capacity? Those virtual resources can be created in mere minutes — and without intervention from a human to initiate or manage the process. But, the network still lags behind.

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Application Monitoring: What Devops Can Do Better

Many devops teams focus on implementing CI/CD pipelines, automating regression testing, configuring the infrastructure as code, and containerizing the application runtime environments. Collectively, these practices and technologies help organizations deploy applications more frequently and reduce the errors from manual steps and configurations. But many businesses want more and expect SaaS-like performance from their applications.

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Cisco Combines SD-WAN And Security, Extends Intent-Based Networking To Wireless

Cisco combined its SD-WAN and security technologies, and it extended its Catalyst 9000 switches and its intent based networking from big-wired networks to wireless networks and branch deployments. Cisco bought SD-WAN vendor Viptela for $610 million last year. Its new Cisco SD-WAN Security product combines Viptela’s technology with Meraki, Cisco’s cloud-managed IT service and wireless LAN product, plus Cisco security software.

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AWS Goes Deep And Wide With Machine Learning Services And Capabilities

AWS announced a raft of machine learning services at the re:Invent 2018 conference in Las Vegas, including new algorithms for SageMaker. The new SageMaker updates include SageMaker RL, which was designed to make it easier for developers to build, train and deploy machine learning tools, including low cost, automatic data labeling and reinforcement learning (RL). SageMaker RL is now generally available.

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Enterprise SD-WAN Growth Will Increase Five-Fold By 2022

Cisco’s Virtual Networking Index report is chalk full of interesting data, but aside of the explosive growth of video over the coming years, the report said that SD-WAN traffic in the enterprise sector will grow at a CAGR of 37 percent compared to 3 percent for traditional MPLS-based WAN.

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