Network management has been the problem child of networking for decades. The whole notion of managing a heterogeneous set of devices and software from a single tool was going to be difficult at best. The companies that tried to rise to the challenge quickly learned that staying current with other vendor commands and configuration was […]
Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the new orange in networking. The most common story line is that algorithms will drive behavior. The theory is that they represent another logical opportunity for vendors to move “up stack”. And while it is true that algorithms will (at least initially) provide a proprietary means of […]
Automation is certainly a top theme in networking. Virtually every networking vendor has automation as a key pillar in their stated strategy. Tools companies, typically oriented around server and application side automation, are seeing traction in the network engineering space.
In a previous post, I made the potentially controversial comment that SD-WAN will ultimately be a table stakes requirement for all (or at least most) connectivity solutions. And when it becomes an add-on to base connectivity, it will be seen less as a premium service and more as a component of a commodity service.
Most of the industry dialogue around automation focuses on tools. There are countless examples of people touting this API or that framework. There are templates and recipes and playbooks. We have libraries and GitHub repositories. But until we talk more directly about the role of integration in making useful automation, we will have unnecessarily limited […]
Look for evidence in the public domain that any government has admitted to targeting another government’s civilian or military digital infrastructure and you won’t find much, for obvious reasons. To date, almost all official rhetoric has been about defending citizens and infrastructure against foreign states, but that is changing.
For decades, the people who bought infrastructure were the same people (or at least working for the same company) as the people who used that infrastructure. Put less obtusely, companies were responsible for buying, building, and ultimately using the compute, storage, networking, and applications on which their businesses relied.
For most people, automation is a set of scripts designed to make their lives just a little bit easier when handling the common day-to-day tasks that always seem to take longer than we wish. But if the end goal of automation is to take away the mundane, we are collectively aiming way, way, way, way, […]
I admit it…running has never been my strength. Eventually, I want to compete in a 5K race and with the right training, mindset, and preparation, I think I can do it. As tough as running gets, I can’t deny the moments of happiness from when I work hard enough for those cloud-nine “runner’s high” endorphins.