Take The Pathway to 5G, Get Ready for Kubernetes & See Where Networking Tech is Now
Week of May 12th, 2019
Network automation: Efficiency, resilience, and the pathway to 5G
Telecommunications operators understand that automating network management and operations is a vital step in their networks’ modernization, and ultimately in the digital transformation of their businesses. The immediate imperative is technological: enabling network management that can efficiently address the demands being placed on it by the burgeoning growth of data, devices, and new technologies. This serves a bigger imperative: enabling the business to understand and meet customer demand for services, and to scale quickly and flexibly as needed.
Five Things To Know About SD-WAN
Software-defined networking in a wide-area network (SD-WAN) isn’t new anymore. It has welcomed itself into the ecosystems of companies across the globe as the next evolution of a better-performing network. While still not implemented for many, the benefits and confirmation of the solution’s potential have been solidified. So, now that the industry has adopted the technology, is it right for your business?
Networking Technology: Where It Is Now
As corporate bandwidth requirements continue to surge exponentially with every passing year, it becomes clear that bandwidth demands as well as the business requirements of the modern digital workspace are setting the stage for the implementation of new, advanced technologies. These technologies give rise to fresh possibilities and further fuel the demand for adding intelligent systems to our daily lives and greater reliance on tech support, both in the home and workfronts.
Kubernetes Adoption: Are You Ready?
Enterprises are rapidly embracing a cloud-first strategy and microservices play a pivotal role in this journey. But enterprises are achieving various levels of success, measured by many factors including maturity of DevOps in the enterprise, ability to identify the right candidates for microservices, selecting the appropriate container management platform, adequate tooling and, finally, cultural shift in design thinking.
DevOps Is Changing The Way Companies Build Software
As software-as-a-service became the dominant vector for enterprise computing during the last several years, the development velocity required from top-tier software teams skyrocketed. DevOps has been one of the key strategies for managing that increased velocity, and it has never been more important to a new generation of companies modernizing their infrastructure for the cloud era.
Not All SD-WANs Are Created Equal
As SD-WAN surges toward maturity and more companies join the market, separating the hype and buzzwords from the actual technology is getting more difficult. John Proctor, president and CEO of Martello Technologies, told SDxCentral in an interview that “the SD-WAN market is still fairly new, but the maturity is coming, as is a real understanding that not all SD-WANs are equal. And people ought to be more discerning in what they want and what they expect from their SD-WAN.”
Expectations About SDN Cost Savings Don’t Match Reality
While most enterprises prepare for Opex and Capex increases during the initial stages of SDN deployment, many don’t expect a continued delay in SDN savings, according to IHS Markit.
The Evolution Of Enterprise Network Connectivity
The demands placed on today’s networks are higher than ever as employees now access an ever-increasing number of cloud-based and IoT applications. In fact, as more traffic travels over the public internet, the requirements of enterprise networks extend beyond 24×7 reliability to networks that can scale, adapt, move, and grow as business needs evolve. There are many reasons organizations are turning to cloud-enabled, software-defined and LTE-pervasive wide-area networks (WANs). Adept at connecting people, places and things, wireless links are ideal for addressing today’s branch, mobile and IoT requirements.
AT&T, Verizon, A10 Share 5G Opportunities, Challenges
A 2018 Ericsson Mobility Report concluded that 5G networks will cover 20 percent of the world’s population five years from now, with 5G accounting for nearly half (48 percent) of North American mobile subscriptions. The low latency of 5G means more than just mobile connectivity for consumers. The new wave of technology will impact the business sector more significantly than any of its predecessors, according to Stacey Marx, senior vice president and channel chief for AT&T Partner Solutions.
Exploring WAN Data Acceleration: Is Edge Computing Really Necessary?
Most traditional forms of dealing with network and data latency, as well as packet loss, fall short of their promise. This includes WAN optimization. SD-WANs are great, but their performance can also be improved by adding a WAN data acceleration layer. With the growth of the Internet of Things, therefore, organizations are looking for new ways to reduce the impact of latency and packet loss.
Network Automation Provides Telecom Operators With Opex Savings
A new study by MIT Technology Review Insights in association with Ericsson finds that telecommunications operators are automating network management and operations as a vital step in their networks’ modernization, and ultimately in the digital transformation of their businesses.
How DevOps Enables Organizations To Deliver Value To Customers
Gone are the days when teams could work on a project for months (or even years) before releasing it to production. Now even two-week cycles are too long due to ever more demanding customer expectations and an always-growing field of competitors. Organizations today expect to deliver new features to production on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis. This accelerated timeline lets organizations adapt to market shifts and technological changes.
The Terrain Of DevOps Is Strewn With Pitfalls
As Gene Kim, one of the leading thinkers in DevOps, once said, “DevOps is not about what you do, but what your outcomes are.” What he’s telling us is that DevOps is about enabling a rapid flow of work that transitions from development to testing to operations, but the bottom line is that it’s about achieving results. Unfortunately, this too often gets lost in modern-day DevOps practices.