Metcalfe’s Law for Automation, Cloud Domination, & The Ultimate Guide to SD-WAN
Week of July 6, 2020
Metcalfe’s Law and the Exponential Value of Integration for Network Automation
In the technology world, two “laws” have influenced and driven innovation, adoption, and value realization –Moore’s Law and Metcalfe’s Law. While Moore’s Law is based on the observation that the density of transistors on a chip were doubling every year, Metcalfe’s Law focused on the growth in value as nodes are added to a network. For the math-inclined, Metcalfe’s Law posits that the value of a communication network increases proportionally as the square of the number of nodes in the network increases. For those of us (like me) who are mathematically challenged, what Metcalfe’s Law was attempting to do was illustrate how the value of a network grows exponentially with each new connection.
Industry Voices—Raynovich: The Cloud is Swallowing Everything
It’s increasingly looking like the public cloud infrastructure is swallowing large swaths of communications applications and infrastructure. With the public cloud providers growing faster and approaching capital spending (capex) levels that rival, and in some cases surpass, the largest telecommunications providers, there’s no reason to think this trend won’t continue.
SD-WAN Explained: The Ultimate Guide to SD-WAN Architecture
Evaluating SD-WAN architecture can be confusing, especially as the market grows. This guide helps IT pros learn SD-WAN basics, choose the best product and deploy it with confidence.
Cisco Rolls Out Networking for New Edge
Cisco rolled out networking products for businesses reopening as well as those planning a more hybrid future with a distributed workforce working at reopened and highly digitalized branch offices and from home — aka the new edge.
Smart Network Upgrades to Consider Before the Next Pandemic
With little warning, COVID-19 forced large numbers of employees to leave their offices and begin working at home, where they expected fast, reliable access to enterprise services. IT managers had to scramble as the pandemic revealed weaknesses in network infrastructure, planning and management.
Why RPAs and Automation Platforms are Complimentary
There is a common misperception in the marketplace that Robotic Process Automation (RPA) systems and automation platforms are redundant, when, in fact, they are complimentary. Utilizing RPAs with an automation platform allows organizations to leverage tribal knowledge that teams possess without enforcing a steep learning curve for software development and new enterprise tools. This combination supports most organization’s goals of extending automation initiatives beyond simple data analysis and single step mundane tasks to seamless end-to-end automation.