Network Management is Changing, IT Operations are Improving & 5G is Multiplying Opportunities
Week of March 24, 2019
How Are Automated Network Configuration And Management Changing?
Could a new generation of network testing and verification tools combine with automated network configuration to mimic intent-based networking systems?
Improving IT Operations – Key To Business Success In Digital Transformation
Forty seven percent of CEOs say they are being “challenged” by their board of directors to show progress in shifting toward a digital business model according to the Gartner 2018 CIO Agenda Industry Insights Report. By improving IT operations, organizations can progress and even accelerate their digital transformation initiatives efficiently and successfully.
Why Itential’s Automation Platform is Changing the Game in Configuration Management
If you list the network management topics that excite you, configuration management probably isn’t one of them. Tell me about containers, network virtualization, hybrid cloud, but configuration management? Config management is less than exhilarating; until something goes “thud!”
Four Hidden Benefits Of SD-WAN Adoption
While the potential efficiency savings are obvious, to think about SD-WAN only in terms of reducing man-hours or implementation lead time would be to miss some of the more radical changes to business methodology that the technology can deliver. Here are four of the less-considered upshots of SD-WAN ITProPortal sees coming into play over the next year or two.
How Intelligent Networks Drive Smart, Profitable Enterprises
In February 2019, CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer declared a fundamental shift in what are long deemed “safe” investments on Wall Street. “Digital technology has become so essential,” he said. “Companies can fail if they don’t stay current with the best network possible.” Cramer’s opinion is fitting given that today’s digital-first enterprises are highly connected. They would typically thrive in intelligent buildings that use the IT network to manage and control all systems including HVAC, lighting, security and communications. According to Navigant Research, the global intelligent buildings market is expected to grow from $3.6 billion in 2017 to $10.2 billion by 2026.
Orange’s Duriez: 5G Will Multiply Opportunities For SD-WAN
5G deployments could be a boon to the SD-WAN market and open up a host of new technological opportunities for SD-WAN, said Orange’s Didier Duriez. “5G will multiply the opportunities for SD-WAN… I think it will be another boost to SD-WAN adoption,” Duriez told Light Reading in a recent interview. In addition to potentially increasing SD-WAN adoption, 5G could enable new use cases such as a network slice dedicated to SD-WAN, said Orange Business Services’ EVP of Global Solutions.
2019 Is The Year That Agile And DevOps Go Large
‘At scale’ or ‘large-scale’ Agile and DevOps development – sometimes separately but often in the same breath – was a topic that has been cropping up more frequently in the enterprise-IT world. The ‘scale’ message is topical because it chimes with how software development increasingly involves the entire enterprise. For instance, IoT products cover hardware and software engineering, while video game development encompasses coders and artists with various specialities. This broader application of Agile is also affected by having to work for distributed teams, stretching what ‘classic’ Agile practices such as SCRUM covers.
An Inside Look At An IIoT-Powered Smart Factory
Despite housing some 50 robots and 50 people, Tempo Automation’s gleaming connected factory relies on industrial IoT and looks more like a high-tech startup office than a manufacturing plant.
Cisco Aims New Intent-Based Networking Wares At SD-WAN
Cisco Systems this month announced new solutions that take its intent-based networking technology to the software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN), promising increased visibility and control for disparate branches. WANs have traditionally been difficult to analyze for problems, the company said, because they are often fragmented into distinct systems that are sometimes out of the control of IT departments.
Machine Learning Network Monitoring Shows AIOps’ Promise
Machine learning network monitoring tools highlight the promise of artificial intelligence for IT operations, helping networking pros contextualize data and turn it into action.
How Modern WAN Edge Services Can Benefit Your Network
Modern services could replace legacy routers at the network edge. And while individual WANs have different edge requirements, common needs include flexibility and reliability.
How AI Is Automating Multicloud Management
Multiclouds have already arrived in enterprises, thanks to an emerging new kind of networking driven by artificial intelligence. Intent-based networking is a DevOps paradigm for simplifying, speeding and improving management of multiclouds. Intent-based networking is not exactly a new management technology, but rather a unified DevOps framework for automating scalable, end-to-end deployment, optimization and control of distributed systems and the applications and workloads running on them. At its heart, this approach refers to tools and techniques for automating software-defined networking across hybrid, edge and other multicloud environments.
AT&T And Ericsson Collaborate On Network Slice With Lifecycle Management
Ericsson has collaborated with AT&T to deploy the world’s first lifecycle management based on ONAP software for network slices at various enterprise locations. The physical radio and virtualized core network elements were configured, and the virtual network elements orchestrated, in an automated manner to be part of the targeted network slices.
VMware-VeloCloud Details Road Ahead For SD-WAN In Five Areas
VMware’s VeloCloud business has consistently topped the SD-WAN charts since VMware purchased Velocloud in November 2017. According to Sanjay Uppal, vice president and general manager of VeloCloud, the acquisition and subsequent integration has had three main benefits to VeloCloud: it has “more feet on the street” sales wise; it has gotten a boost from the complementary VMware products, including everything from VMware’s compute stack to NSX Virtualization; and it now falls under the Dell Technologies umbrella so it benefits from Dell’s supply chain and hardware capabilities. Uppal added that this has enabled VeloCloud to focus on the technology and where its SD-WAN is heading next.