There is little debate that open source is increasingly important across all of the major infrastructure areas: compute, storage, networking, and applications. But the role of open source and in some cases even the purpose are being being changed as the major drivers shift from vendors whose primary objective is to carve out a business […]
As the emphasis in networking shifts from device management to over-the-top integrations with the move towards automation and DevOps, our network engineers will spend an increasing percentage of their time working above the devices that form the foundation of the systems over which they have dominion.
Somewhat lost in the middle of a pretty newsworthy couple of weeks is some technology news that people really ought to be paying attention to. Last week, the FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry as part of a regular assessment of broadband penetration in the US. In the notice, the FCC led by Ajit Pai asked for […]
The lingua franca for IT is acronyms. On the networking side, we speak primarily in protocols, abbreviations, and certifications. Our vocabulary is already full, but we seem to add more to it every year. And the rate of change only feels like it is accelerating.
From a purist’s point of view, networking has been around since the 60s. But the real heyday of networking started with the Internet boom. And for the better part of the two decades that followed, networking went through a growth spurt that we will likely never see again.
As enterprises plot out their cloud strategies, it’s perhaps less about the final architecture and more about the migration strategy. Companies that started their cloud journey years ago might have private cloud initiatives. Those that are less certain about either their ability to build their own or dump their legacy stuff talk more about hybrid.
It’s pretty in fashion these days to talk about datacenter innovation. After all, it’s where the cloud folks are. It’s where a lot of the security focus is. DevOps? Yeah, that’s mostly a datacenter thing in most peoples’ eyes. Microsegmentation? Datacenter.
A quick survey of the top technology trends in networking would certainly include things like DevOps, SDN, NFV, overlays (microsegmentation), and now intent-based networking. Each of these has arrived on networking’s main stage to much fanfare about the transformational changes they promise.
There is probably no greater lie in networking at the moment than the blanket statement that disaggregation leads to commoditization. That’s not to say that there is not going to be persistent pricing pressure in networking (spoiler alert: there will be). But it misses the real dynamic, and because of that, the common refrain can […]