Network Agility, Automation for NetOps & SD-WAN Management

by | August 16, 2019
Network Agility, Automation for NetOps & SD-WAN Management



Week of August 11th, 2019


How Do You Improve Network Agility?

The rise of innovative efforts made by several vendors to expand and modernize network device interfaces is improving network agility and is seen with emerging technologies such as SD-WAN, SDN, NFV, and intent-based networking. This network interface innovation stems from the use of programmable constructs like Yang, Tosca, and DevOps in an effort to move away from the CLI. However, organizations are still looking for ways to further improve network agility, but how do they get there?

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Automation For NetOps And DevOps

Many organizations use public cloud service providers, some in addition to their private cloud and on premise deployments. Maintaining application security and configurations across multiple environments is complex AND error prone and increases the attack surface. A successful implementation will not only include the right cloud provider, the correct security, licensing and cost model, but also the appropriate automation tools to help secure the technology and security landscape consistently as applications are rolled out in a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) process.

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Dell Technologies And AT&T Collaborate On Open Source Edge Computing And 5G

Dell Technologies and AT&T are jointly exploring the development of key open infrastructure technology areas for the next-generation network edge that will be required by service providers to support new use cases and service opportunities in a cloud-oriented 5G world.

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What To Expect With SD-WAN Management, Intent And Usability

The software-defined WAN market is maturing as it becomes a mainstream element of IT organizations’ plans to improve application performance. Leading SD-WAN technology providers continue to improve the automation, scalability and centralized management features of their products. But SD-WAN providers have a long way to go before they deliver the promise of fully automated, intent-based WANs.

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DevOps: Beware Three Paths To The Dark Side

When DevOps is done correctly, it’s a sight to behold. But anybody who’s built a DevOps practice knows that things don’t always go according to plan. Everybody in the process usually has the best of intentions, but sometimes teams can run into problems executing on their DevOps strategies. They encounter the dark side of DevOps – where nothing goes right, everybody’s blaming each other, and nobody has a solution. How do these “dark side” situations crop up? And what can you do to get back in the light? Here are a few scenarios to consider.

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MSP QoS Networks: SD-WAN Is Powering The Next-Gen Network

There’s a growing emphasis on the network, especially as new endpoints join the network that were never there before and performance is arguably more critical than ever. SD-WAN can help MSPs take network conversations with their customers to the next level, said Frank Cittadino, CEO of QOS Networks.

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Nokia Employs 5G In Its Own Factory

To prove the capabilities of its private wireless 4.9G & 5G networks, edge/cloud, and analytics technologies, Nokia put them into play in its Oulu, Finland, base station pre-production facility.

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Five Reasons To Choose A Managed SD-WAN And Five Reasons To Think Twice

When weighing the choice between DIY and a managed service for SD-WAN, consider current WAN conditions, IT skill levels, geographic scope of the WAN, and how much control you’re willing to relinquish.

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Ten Ways DevOps Helps Digital Transformation

Scaling DevOps is no small feat, but consider this: If your DevOps journey is stalled, there’s little hope for your digital transformation. The two are intrinsically connected, experts say. DevOps helps organizations succeed with digital transformation by shifting the cultural mindset of the business, breaking down detrimental silos, and paving the way for continuous change and rapid experimentation: All those elements help organizations meet evolving customer demands, experts point out.

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How SD-Branch Addresses Today’s Network Security Concerns

Secure software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) has become one of the hottest new technologies, with some reports claiming that 85 percent of companies are actively considering SD-WAN to improve cloud-based application performance, replace expensive and inflexible fixed WAN connections, and increase security. But now the industry is shifting to software-defined branch (SD-Branch), which is broader than SD-WAN but introduced several new things for organizations to consider, including better security for new digital technologies.

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Cloud-Native DevOps

At a high level, Cloud-Native architecture implies adapting to the many new possibilities empowering innovation that paves the way for digital transformation. How did Cloud-Native approaches come to be? Time to take a tour of Cloud-Native DevOps, where it came from, where it is now, and what positives it brings to its users.

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Solving Cloud Security Complexity With Visibility, Automation

There are two sides to every coin, as the old saying goes. It’s certainly the case with the cloud, as organizations of all sizes take advantage of the improved agility, scalability and cost savings it offers. Security Boulevard’s recent survey conducted with the Cloud Security Alliance showed that 59 percent of organizations are now running up to 40 percent of their workloads in public clouds, and those running over 60 percent of workloads in the cloud had doubled in the past two years.

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Is SD-WAN A Better Bet For Unified Communications?

When organizations plan for digital transformation, there might be some discussion of bringing managed services, such as SD-WAN, into the mix. Many enterprises may have on-premise unified communications, but some vendors are pitching the possibility of running such services over software-defined, wide area networks. This push might ride the wave of growth expected for migration to managed services.

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Why DevOps Implementation Is Often Unsuccessful – And How To Fix It

Many have identified the need for faster software development life cycles. DevOps is essentially agile, all grown up and ready to take on the constantly innovating and rapidly deploying needs of the modern business. For security professionals, it’s a fantastic initiative: We can inject security into the process far earlier, reducing the cost of fixing bugs and avoiding potential catastrophe down the track. The problem is, few companies are truly successful in their DevOps implementation. Without the right support, nurturing and understanding across the business, it can quickly become a white elephant, you know, one of those “don’t mention the war” projects.

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