Go Beyond the CLI, DIY SD-WAN is Complex & DevOps has its Rewards
Week of April 28, 2019
UPS Expects 80 Percent Of Network To ‘Touch Automation’ By Year End
Automation served UPS well during peak season 2018, increasing average daily volume in the fourth quarter by 3 percent year-over-year. Perez said 60 percent of the company’s automation projects set to finish by 2022 are now completed. These buildings are intended to be 30-35 percent more efficient than their standard, non-automated counterparts. Currently, 55-60 percent of eligible volume is going through these advanced facilities.
The Challenges And Rewards Of Adopting DevOps
Pioneered by progressive web companies, DevOps came together as a discipline out of a desire to break the traditional waterfall approach to delivering software. Working with an agile mindset, they developed automation tools and processes that enabled products to be delivered in a more iterative way. After open sourcing these tools, an open source community formed, providing further tools that helped to streamline the software development process. The resulting methodology, which continues to mature, is what we now call DevOps.
End-to-End Network Automation is More Than CLI Scripting
Network automation has been around for a while, almost as long as there have been networks. It was easy to see as networks began growing that typing in everything via the command line interface (CLI) was just not going to scale. Enter the age of scripting. We all thought the end all be all of network automation had been achieved. We could now create repeatable automations for everything that mattered, right?
DIY SD-WAN More Complex Than Some Vendors Admit
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is — including DIY software-defined WAN, according to Ghassan Abdo, research vice president of IDC’s telecommunications group. “Deployment is not as easy as many startups promise; the reality is much more complex,” Abdo said. “To go in cold to a new location and deploy within a few hours — we aren’t really seeing that.”
Itential To Showcase Multi-Cloud Network Automation Solution At ONUG Spring 2019
Itential, the leader in intelligent network automation, today announced that it will be showcasing its Multi-Cloud Network Automation Proof-of-Concept at ONUG Spring 2019, demonstrating zero-touch SD-WAN turn-up that enables enterprises to automate across multiple network and cloud domains and entire operational processes. Itential will be showcasing this solution and its multi-domain network automation capabilities at ONUG on May 7th and 8th at the Conference Center at CityPlace Tower In Dallas, Texas.
Five Ways Machine Learning Empowers Mobile Networks
At Mobile World Congress this year, 93 percent of those surveyed said that machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) will be a game-changer and that, within three years or less, 76 percent of telco operators will have incorporated these technologies into their businesses. With recent innovations speeding up ML to analyze bigger, more complex data and deliver faster, more accurate results, it is becoming an indispensable tool for network automation — and for improving operating efficiency.
DevOps Efforts Stumble Over Database Obstacles
DevOps and Agile methodologies may help speed up and sync up software release cycles, but there’s something that tends to get in the way of even the tightest operations — back-end databases. Eight in 10 managers in a recent survey say that deploying database code changes takes longer than application code changes, and thus gums up the process.
How DevOps Works In The Enterprise
How DevOps works in the enterprise is one of key questions business leaders have been asking. This relatively new discipline, which Atlassian describes as agile applied beyond the software team, is helping businesses release products fast, but without cutting corners — which is “the name of the game at the moment in the digital world”, according to Gordon Cullum, CTO at Mastek. Increasingly, DevOps is the style in which businesses want to interact with each other in the digital age; it’s about rapidity of release without sacrificing and compromising on quality.
Dell EMC And VMware Launch SD-WAN Edge ‘Prime Time’ Solution
Dell EMC and VMware are once again flexing their integration muscles with the new Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge solution looking to take the growing software-defined WAN market by storm. “What we have is Dell, who is the leader in the open networking category, combining forces with VMware software, and we’re delivering an SD-WAN solution bundled together,” said Brian Henderson, director of converged infrastructure and open networking product marketing at Dell EMC in an interview with CRN.
Striking The Balance Between Automation And Workforce Empowerment
Almost every month, we come across a study that talks about automation displacing human workers and causing massive job losses. That said, the world has had concerns about automation since the first industrial revolution in the early 1900s. It’s time that we shift gears and move away from this endless analysis of ‘job loss of millions’ and ‘displacement,’ and instead focus on a more pertinent topic: that of ‘workforce skilling’ and ‘empowerment.’
Cisco Leverages Wi-Fi 6 To Deliver Intent-Based Networking And Easier Access
Users hungry for bandwidth, an explosion of internet of things devices that must connect securely, and a quest for the ultimate immersive experience are all driving wireless connectivity to the limit. A new wireless standard — Wi-Fi 6 — is being deployed to help manage this new reality.
Are You Only Doing DevOps Halfway?
When done correctly, DevOps provides solid business benefits such as shorter delivery cycles, better quality, rapid innovation and increased collaboration. However, some organizations may not be aware that the DevOps process often is not carried through to the data layer. The common refrain is that “dealing with data is hard!” In most organizations, the data produced or processed by applications is much more important than the application itself. Does it not deserve the same benefits of DevOps that we get on our applications?
Embedding Accessibility Into The DevOps Process
Calls for accessibility and inclusion are a defining characteristic of current times. Persons with disabilities (PwD), including vision, hearing, cognitive and physical impairments and others, are demanding equal access to virtually all public services and forums they interact with, from transportation to banking and self-service terminals in airports—and increasingly, digital (web and mobile) services.