Network Automation is Hard, SD-WAN Has Many Flavors, & Low-Code Fits Into DevOps Strategies

by | March 11, 2019
Network Automation is Hard, SD-WAN Has Many Flavors, & Low-Code Fits Into DevOps Strategies



Week of March 3, 2019


SD-WAN Will Be Key To Navigating The Digital Transformation Journey

Innovate founder Jim Hughes provides the perfect analogy to explain what software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is all about. “Imagine you are using Google Maps to help you to go somewhere, and halfway there the map intelligently reroutes you because of a traffic jam or some obstacle up ahead so that you still manage to arrive on time. “On a data or cloud network, SD-WAN dynamically reroutes traffic between multiple sites to help you avoid bottlenecks that could slow down the journey.”

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How Low-Code And No-Code Fit Into A DevOps Strategy

As DevOps talent remains in limited supply, some organizations are turning to alternative resources to fulfill their app creation needs. Companies naturally want to build apps quickly for internal and external purposes, but they might not have the time or in-house skills to build them from scratch. That is where some experts say low-code and even no-code development can come into play.

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Why Is Network Automation So Hard?

Automation can break your network. There’s no denying that fact. However, we’ve never needed automation to break our networks in the past. We’ve been quite handy at making silly errors that created spanning tree loops or routing black holes, disabled interfaces, or crashed important network devices. If you’ve not made any of these mistakes, then you must be new to networking.

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Telco Cloud & 5G: Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Light Reading’s Mitch Wagner and Kelsey Ziser discuss how the telco cloud will be impacted by 5G deployments and vice versa. Mitch explains that 5G and telco cloud go hand-in-hand — service providers will need the agility from the telco cloud to deploy 5G services. In addition, Mitch and Kelsey discuss how VMware and AT&T are collaborating on deploying 5G with SD-WAN, and perhaps most importantly — the quality of coffee available in the press room.

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Sampling The Many Flavors Of SD-WAN

Not everyone is fully aware that software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions can be designed differently. Enterprises considering SD-WAN should understand how the design impacts total costs, network reliability, application performance, and service-level promises. The good news is that your choices are no longer limited to expensive MPLS networks or unreliable Internet-based VLANs.

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Seven Must-Have Skills For Enterprise DevOps Practitioners

Enterprises have largely shifted their thinking from “What is DevOps?” to “How do we do DevOps?”, but a lack of skills and talent in this area remain a major barrier to adoption, according to a Monday report from the DevOps Institute. The 1,600 C-level executives, managers, and individual DevOps practitioners surveyed described a need for well-rounded “T-shaped” professionals, the report found. T-shaped individuals have both depth of specific knowledge (the deep stem of the T) along with a wide range of general knowledge (the general top of the T).

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How Businesses Can Capitalize On A Multi-Cloud IT Strategy With SD-WAN

Enterprises are continuing to accelerate the migration of workloads to public cloud service providers – such as AWS, Azure, Oracle and Google – often as part of an overall digital transformation and cloud-first IT strategy. According to LogicMonitor, more than 80 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. Businesses need a multi-cloud solution that provides them with an integrated environment to migrate workloads between multiple public clouds, or between private and public clouds.

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Two Tips For A Successful DevOps Culture

Though DevOps is often associated with objective goals and rigid measurements, it’s important to remember that your department still acts in accordance with its culture. Often times, this culture is created with no real thought. It comes about as a function of your department’s various members. However, if you’re deliberate about creating your DevOps’ culture, and, thus, the way your employees perform, you’ll have a much easier time achieving the most ambitious of goals.

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Breaking Down the Barriers Between IT & Network

“Digital transformation” initiatives in the telecom sector generally fall into one of three key categories: customer engagement, new services, and operational agility.

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Cloud And Data Center Interconnect Challenges Give Rise To SD Interconnect

With the rise of hyperscale public clouds, the emergence of multi, hybrid-cloud deployment strategies and the simultaneous migration of applications and data to the network edge, traditional data center connectivity has become more complicated and more critical than ever.

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Use The Right Performance Monitoring Strategy For Automated Networks

Virtual and automated networks can often hide performance issues that lurk within the network. Learn these performance monitoring strategies to get the most out of these environments.

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IoT Future-Proofing For The Long Haul

Think about this: The IoT application your DevOps team is developing right now, if successful at scale, will likely be the longest-living application in your shop. It may even outlive the tenure of many of your team members with your company. Is IoT future-proofing possible over a life cycle of 10 years or more? Yes, with some insight for the long haul borrowed from industrial and defense computing experience.

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Why Midmarket CIOs Are Demanding SD-WAN

Solution providers need to start pushing software-defined WAN to their midmarket customers or fear losing their clients to the competition, according to Nick Dell, IT Manager at Midway Products Group, a manufacturer specializing in the automotive industry. “SD-WAN is really the next thing. It’s just like hyper-converged and what VMware has done in virtualization,” said Dell in front of dozens of solutions providers during a session at XChange 2019. “Your clients are going to be demanding it and if you guys don’t do it now, someone else may sell it to them.”

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Microsoft Releases Azure DevOps Server 2019

Microsoft has announced the commercial release of the new Azure DevOps Server 2019. DevOps Server 2019, used for developer collaboration, is the company’s rebranded successor to Team Foundation Server 2018. The company published the Release Candidate 2 test in January.

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SD-WAN: Ten Essential Considerations

SD-WAN is the hottest new technology in networking and many distributed organizations have already or will soon adopt SD-WAN solutions. Here are 10 essential considerations for IT organizations weighing whether to adopt or expand their SD-WANs.

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Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration, 5G And AI-Powered Self-Healing Networks

In his Transmissions from Tomorrow podcast episode, industry analyst Dez Blanchfield caught up with Fernanda Mendez, Head of Management and Orchestration at Ericsson and Head of CENX, a service assurance company that Ericsson acquired in 2018. They discuss real-life automation, self-healing networks and the evolved Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration solution (launched at MWC 2019) sharing why it has a crucial role in the future of 5G networks.

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