SD-WAN Hits the Gas Pedal, Multi-Cloud Requires AI & The Digital Core Gets in Shape

by | June 7, 2019
SD-WAN Hits the Gas Pedal, Multi-Cloud Requires AI & The Digital Core Gets in Shape



Week of June 2nd, 2019


Industry Voices—Raynovich: SD-WAN Market Hits The Gas Pedal

The software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) market is in an accelerating state of expansion, and could represent the most strategic enterprise and service provider networking platform in another decade, say enterprise end users and service providers alike.

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Bring DevOps To Your Open Source Projects: Top Three Tips For Maintainers

Baruch Sadogurksy (@jbaruch), Head of Developer Relations at JFrog, and Aaron (@arschles), Cloud Advocate at Microsoft and Project Athens Maintainer, talk about the art of DevOps for Open Source – balancing contributor needs with the core DevOps principles: people, process, and tools.

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Getting The Enterprise Digital Core In Shape

While enterprises rush to transform their business digitally, most are taking tactical steps rather than building a comprehensive digital core that can be improved over time. Very few are taking a thorough view of their entire technology portfolio and looking for ways to create a cohesive core—their digital core—to provide them the strength and stability to move forward swiftly in their digitization efforts. The enterprise digital core essentially is the vital set of technologies and employee skill sets that enable the organization to deliver its digital services. These services are both consumed by customers and internally by staff and others.

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The Smarter Route To SD-WAN

If you deal with networking technology, there’s one trend that you’ll almost certainly have heard more about than any other, and that’s SD-WAN. Short for software-defined wide-area network, SD-WAN technology is used to simplify the management of wide-area networks, which connect remote locations like data centers or regional offices across large geographic distances. It does this by abstracting the control and management from the network and hardware layer onto a separate layer of software. This abstraction means that various elements of WAN management can be centralized.

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Managing The Multicloud Will Require Lots Of AI – But People Too

Business will increasingly run in multiple clouds, which means that managing this critical resource will become the core function of many information technology professionals. Automating the majority of multicloud management workloads will become a key initiative for IT departments that wish to cut costs, improve service levels and ensure strong governance. As noted in a recent Mesosphere research study, the business stakes behind multicloud management continue to grow.

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DevOps And The Shift-Left Trend

Businesses in every sector are undergoing a digital transformation in their quest to deliver services to consumers faster, and at a higher quality than ever before. A digital transformation doesn’t happen by itself though. Most enterprises have recognized the value that DevOps can bring them by applying continuous quality and security throughout every delivery pipeline, accelerating application and service delivery and ensuring better business outcomes. A key enabler of digital transformation is the DevOps practice of moving testing up in the development cycle, a concept known as ‘shift-left’.

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Cisco Will Use AI/ML To Boost Intent-Based Networking

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are expected to be some of the big topics at next week’s Cisco Live event and the company is already talking about how those technologies will help drive the next generation of Intent-Based Networking. “Artificial intelligence will change how we manage networks, and it’s a change we need,” wrote John Apostolopoulos Cisco CTO and vice president of Enterprise Networking in a blog about how Cisco says these technologies impact the network.

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Why Should Service Providers Harvest The Benefits Of SDWAN?

Modern enterprises who need to keep up with the digital business environment that exists today, require a smart and adaptable network that is built to deliver flexibility, automation and secure connectivity. A software defined network architecture or SDWAN can achieve this for them. SDWAN can completely topple the network management workflow and makes a perfect fit for organizations looking to move toward cloud-based solutions especially hybrid and multi-cloud.

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Can DevOps And MSPs Work Together?

DevOps and the adoption of MSP-based IT operations are both surging trends in the IT industry today. They are also trends that contradict each other in some key respects. Here’s a look at what MSPs mean for DevOps, and vice versa.

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Four Reasons For Investing In Your WAN Edge

The traditional network model of a central, physical data center hub with spokes running out to fixed locations has gone the way of the mainframe and electric typewriter – once mainstays of business. Today’s workforce is increasingly mobile, while business-critical productivity and collaboration applications run in the cloud. The rise of these cloud-based applications enable DevOps teams to deliver good application experiences and require IT teams to optimize cloud connectivity.

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DevOps Methodologies – It’s Not A Release, It’s A Lifecycle

It’s an old mantra in tech: you either have the right technology or you don’t get anywhere. But is the premise that ‘having the best technology equals success’, really valid? Today we know there is more to it. You could build the best technology in the world, but if you haven’t helped people understand how to apply the new concepts and capabilities to their problems, you just have a widget that nobody can use- and no way to know if it’s really even working.

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Making Layer Seven Dance: SD-WAN With UCaaS

A Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a virtual WAN architecture that allows enterprises to manage any combination of data transit services to securely connect users to applications via a centralized control function. The resulting user experience is greatly enhanced, by making better use of the existing applications, as well as reducing costs. UC Today spoke with Ben Niernberg, Senior Vice President, Sales & Services at MNJ Technologies, about the growing importance of SD-WAN for enterprise in 2019.

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Telefónica Spain Boosts Network Visibility And Automation With Nokia

Telefónica Spain will use Nokia’s Deepfield Cloud analytics platform to improve visibility and automation in real time in its Fusion network. With virtualization and software-defined networking, carrier networks are becoming more complex, which means service providers need to automate cloud and network analytics in order to provide service assurance and improved performance. Telefónica Spain’s Fusion network uses various software-defined networking components to provision internet video for its pay TV subscribers.

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Opinion: Better Systems, Better DevOps

DevOps is not simply a set of tools or systems, but rather a methodology requiring stakeholder buy-in for successful execution. DevOps is based on collaboration—using operations, best practices, and organizational culture to streamline and connect development teams and IT operations. The better the system design, the better the DevOps implementation could be. Deriving the best value from DevOps requires agility many legacy systems can’t deliver. To maximize efficiency, DevOps must operate on a flexible system such as one running microservices and containers in a cloud environment.

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Value Stream Optimization: Putting Business In The Driver’s Seat

Even as DevOps reaches a pinnacle in acceptance (as of 2018, only three percent of firms had not adopted DevOps and had no plans to do so), many organizations are still struggling to get high-quality software out the door. DevOps has been promoted by many experts and consultants as a solution to the cumbersome inefficiencies that were common with waterfall methods. However, as is common for many operational activities, applying a new approach or technology doesn’t automatically resolve entrenched problems.

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Despite Its Advantages, What Are The Top Disadvantages Of SD-WAN?

Cost, complexity, security, training, troubleshooting and software bugs are some of the top disadvantages of SD-WAN. See how these issues affect SD-WAN deployment.

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