Network Intelligence, Intent-Based Networking & The World Of SD-WAN
Week of July 28th, 2019
What is Network Intelligence?
Network Engineers know their networks inside and out and the CLI has been their main resource for configuring, troubleshooting, and maintaining networks. When the CLI couldn’t provide enough scale to meet the growth of network demands, network automation was born through bespoke ad-hoc scripts; but the demands for network expansion has continued to snowball past these traditional automation methods. As the backbone of business-critical applications, the networking space has been resistant to and slow to change.
Intent-Based Networking: Bridging The Gap On Network Complexity
Networking has gone through various transformations over the last decade. In essence, the network has become complex and hard to manage using traditional mechanisms. Now there is a significant need to design and integrate devices from multiple vendors and employ new technologies, such as virtualization and cloud services.
Podcast: The Fast-Moving World Of SD-WAN
What is Infrastructure as Code (IaC)? At DevOps Con, JaxEnter spoke with Emma Button from nubeGo about IaC, what agile methods are needed, the best tools for the job, and what her advice is for people coming into infrastructure from the development world.
Trends To Watch: Network Services
In response to a period of fast-paced change in the network space, Ovum’s latest report looks at recent trends, identifying what large enterprise decision-makers have learned so far – and where they expect to go in the future. Covering software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) platforms and services, network functions virtualization (NFV), hybrid networking, cloud connectivity services and supporting back-office capabilities, the report highlights what enterprises can look forward to in 2019.
Is DevOps In The Enterprise Real?
Is DevOps in the enterprise real? The short answer is yes, but you may assume it’s only relevant to the world’s leading cloud companies because they’re the ones that make the headlines. DevOps offers the promise of agility, quality and ultimately better-performing software. While DevOps processes can increase agility, and agile approaches are a great help in improving responsiveness to change, the overall process still needs a clear objective, measurable KPIs and a finite scope.
Scaling Integration Production with Model Driven Development
Software Development, like every other industry, has it’s “hot new thing,” which can either change the course of the industry or simply fade out in the next 6 months or even 6 days. One of those “hot new things” is the low code environment (which is based on the academic concept of Model Driven Development). While most software products are focused on engaging non-software developers through low-code, Itential has experimented with creating components of our applications using this low-code approach.
Operators’ Plans For 5G Network Automation Are ‘Grinding To A Halt’
Pulling back on 5G automation could mean losing out on significant benefits, Rethink warns. Although some operators, particularly in the US and Asia, are making good progress, many reported that their plans for completion of self-organizing networks (SON) have now slipped back to the mid-2020s. Globally, only 18 percent expect to have more than 40 percent of functions automated by the end of this year.
Who’s Driving The Autonomous Network?
Autonomous networking, also referred to by various vendors as intent-based networking, experience-driven networking and – probably the most explanatory – self-driving networking, is central to the digital transformation gripping businesses on a global scale. The digital transformation is characterized by the rapidly changing IT landscape incorporating new devices, upgraded applications and enhanced cloud services. While encouraging IT vendors to shorten their development cycles, the digital transformation also persuades IT managers to more rapidly evaluate and simultaneously integrate multiple technologies into their organizations.
AT&T’s Chokshi: Why Carriers Need Disaggregation At The Edge
Service providers are looking to put SDN and white box hardware in their edge networks, especially at the IP layer, driven by 5G and other demands, according to Heavy Reading research. At Light Reading’s Network Virtualization & SDN Americas event in Dallas from September 17-19, Sterling Perrin, principal analyst of Optical Networking & Transport for Heavy Reading, will examine why edge network operators such as AT&T are “sending a clear message to their suppliers that access and edge routing should be disaggregated.”
IBM Fuses Its Software With Red Hat’s To Launch Hybrid-Cloud Juggernaut
IBM has wasted no time aligning its own software with its newly acquired Red Hat technology, saying its portfolio would be transformed to work cloud natively and augmented to run on Red Hat’s OpenShift platform. IBM in July finalized its $34 billion purchase of Red Hat and says it will use the Linux powerhouse’s open-source know-how and Linux expertise to grow larger scale hybrid-cloud customer projects and to create a web of partnerships to simplify carrying them out.
Digitally Driven Customers Increase SD-WAN Infrastructure Investments
The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) infrastructure market continues to expand at a global level, driven by changing customer requirements and increased spending. According to IDC, this market segment – housed within the enterprise networking space – will grow at a 30.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2018 to 2023 to reach $5.25 billion.
Bringing DevOps Control To Bear On AI Applications
Enterprises are putting a lot of time, money, and resources behind their nascent artificial intelligence efforts, banking on the fact that they can automate the way applications leverage the massive amounts of customer and operational data they are keeping. The challenge is not just to bringing machine learning into the datacenter. It has to fit into the workflow without impeding it. For many, that’s easier said and done.
The Challenge Of Securing Open Source Applications
As enterprises have increased their reliance on applications over the years, there has been a significant rise in the use of reusable software components such as third-party libraries and open source code. This makes perfect sense, as this development method makes it possible to add value to applications and other software offerings quickly and easily. After all, why reinvent the wheel when supposedly well-tested and proven software components are readily available?
Agencies Turn To SD-WAN To Modernize Wide Area Networks
NASA has 10 major global centers as well as several other remote offices, says Keith Bluestein, associate CIO for enterprise service and integration. The way that NASA connects those sites has changed significantly in the 61 years since the agency was founded. For many years, those sites communicated via dedicated switched circuits. But managing multiple dedicated lines was costly and inefficient, says Bluestein. “Over the past decade or so, it became obvious we needed to come up with a more common infrastructure,” he says. By consolidating its broadband pipes into a single WAN, NASA can lower costs and utilize resources more efficiently while providing much-needed redundancy.