Say Hello to Network Automation, Choosing SD-WAN & the Peril of Network Virtualization

by | October 18, 2019
Say Hello to Network Automation, Choosing SD-WAN & the Peril of Network Virtualization



Week of October 13th, 2019


Gartner Says SDN Has Left The Building – Say Hello To Network Automation

In their annual hype cycle on network technologies, Gartner lists the emerging technologies and an estimate of the timeframe in which they will reach the plateau of productivity. The latest hype cycle on enterprise networking labels Software-Defined Networks (SDN) as an obsolete technology. So on the surface, it would appear that SDN is now semi-officially dead.

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Business Goal Achievement Tied To Greater Network Automation

CIOs focused on business agility take note: There’s strong evidence that a key to success with this goal can be found in a greater emphasis on network automation. A recent survey of IT decision makers at U.S. companies with 250 or more employees found that, among those who are highly automated, 78 percent exceeded their business goals of time to market for new products, relative market share for primary products, and increasing the number of customers. Juniper Networks’ 2019 State of Network Automation Report (SoNAR) included interviews with 400 respondents.

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Enterprises Choosing SD-WAN Routing Over Edge Routers

Companies buying software-defined WAN products as a replacement for edge routers in the branch were behind a recent surge in SD-WAN sales. Second quarter revenue from SD-WAN routing appliances and control and management software rose 23 percent year over year as many enterprises recognized that the technology has become mainstream, research firm IHS Markit reported this week.

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Network Automation Skills And Training In Demand

Surprisingly, scripting, programming, and software development are not exactly the top network automation skills desired by enterprises, according to recent research.

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Gartner: NFV Is Dead – The Cloud Killed It

Enterprises are demanding a new generation of cloud-based wide-area networking services that’s swallowing up SD-WAN, killing network functions virtualization (NFV) and challenging existing telco business and technology models, according to Gartner analysts. Gartner has given the new network delivery business model a name, and it’s an ugly one: SASE, pronounced “sassy,” which stands for the “Secure Access Service Edge.” And if Gartner is right, the effect on service providers’ business is going to be ugly too.

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Three Things To Consider Before Making The Leap To SD-WAN

Companies are increasingly turning to “as a service” platforms and moving systems to the cloud, but can their networks handle it? Traditionally, organizations have used Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS, as the standard-bearer, and most major companies still use it. But software defined wide-area networking, also known as SD-WAN, is becoming a popular option for enterprises that need support for latency-sensitive applications while at the same time controlling costs and enhancing performance. Ken Presti, vice president of research and analytics at AVANT Communications recently wrote a report about SD-WAN’s widespread adoption and best practices for companies considering a change.

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DevOps Deeper Dive: DevOps Accelerates Open Source Innovation Pace

In the span of a few short years, open source software has evolved from being a means to create the free equivalent of an existing commercial platform to now becoming the primary means of driving innovation across the IT industry. That rate of innovation has increased dramatically in the last few years. However, much of that innovation would not have been possible if large swaths of the open source community hadn’t been able to employ best DevOps practices to collaborate, said CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey.

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Cisco Pushes 5G To Hasten Industrial IoT

While 5G deployments are nascent, Cisco says it expects rapid future development of the mobile technology will expand industrial IoT use cases. The IIoT includes a broad range of products from connected sensors, robots, and machinery to vehicles, building automation, asset tracking, and remote agriculture systems. And in the industrial networking realm, there are wireless access technologies including low-power wide-area networks (LoRaWAN), Narrow Band-IoT and others.

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Moving From DevOps To Modern Ops

It started with DevOps. Then there was NetOps. Now SecOps. Or is it DevSecOps? Or maybe SecDevOps? Whatever you decide to call it, too often the end result is little more than the same old siloes with shiny new names. We’ve become so focused on “what do we call these folks” that we sometimes forget “what is it we’re trying to accomplish”.

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The Promise And Peril Of Network Virtualization

Service providers want the technological flexibility, business agility, and savings that Network Function Virtualization (NFV) promises, but they’re frustrated by its implementation complexity and cost and the fact that it requires additional work on top of all their other projects and initiatives. A new market brief from iconectiv®, NFV information as a service making virtualization practical, simple and telco-grade, explores the top four reasons why those roadblocks exist (particularly around the onboarding of Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and Cloud Native Functions (CNF) and identifies how service providers can overcome them to begin leveraging all of NFV’s benefits.

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Tackle SD-WAN Challenges Through Research And Preparation

Software-defined WAN has myriad benefits that make it a compelling option for organizations looking to improve application performance, WAN management, and control. Despite its advantages, though, SD-WAN technology comes with its share of challenges that can pop up around implementation, complexity, troubleshooting, software, and support.

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Best DevOps Tools Of 2019

Software development in the past decades has moved from being perceived as a form of alchemy to something that can be quantified and managed. Alongside good project management practices, those working in the DevOps world rely on complex tools that enable a team to contribute code to a common objective. Here are some of the best tools for keeping software development under control, and developers happy.

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