Fractured automation market: the effect of adoption waves

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.

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SD-WAN and the role of the platform

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.

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Network effects: Why automation is limited without integration

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 […]

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Nation States move from passive to active cyber defenses

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.

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Cloudmageddon: the bifurcation of builders and buyers

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.

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Automation: More than addressing the mundane

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, […]

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I’ll RACE You To the Hybrid Multi-Cloud

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.

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The Self-Driving Network™: What will we do with the “Leisure Dividend”?

This is part IV in our multi-part blog series on the Self-Driving Network™. Find part III here. And learn much more about the Self-Driving Network from the just released part 2 of our vision paper, The Self-Driving Network: Appetite for Disruption. What does the future of artificial intelligence look like? Stanford University recently invited leading […]

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Security Prediction 3: DDoS via IoT – the first wave of attacks?

In the last year, we’ve all heard of the Mirai malware, but did you know that Mirai is Japanese for ‘the future’? And that’s what I believe we are seeing: The future of cyber-attacks. This doesn’t mean that everything else goes away. There will still be phishing attacks, socially engineered access and advanced persistent threats, […]

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