Managing a business is complicated enough: different departments like accounting, management, and sales each have its own software and systems. Don’t you just wish there was a less difficult and more efficient way to manage your enterprise? Wish no more, because enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can solve management problems for you.
Networks are Complicated and Fragile
Networking is complex. There are many protocols running across the various OSI layers that are highly interconnected. Another way of layering includes the management, control and forwarding planes. In network design, we have various layers including the optical, core, spine and edge.
Businesses are constantly evolving and repositioning themselves as they pursue new revenue streams and efficiencies. In our technology-driven world, this evolution typically involves modern IT applications and data streams. IDC believes that these new enterprise workloads are shifting towards an infrastructure-agnostic model that extends from edge to core to cloud.
Every few years a new-hype technology becomes the shining star. It sucks all the oxygen out of the room and becomes the headline darling for a while. The list of technologies that move the needle forward on managing the business better or help to grow a business are impressive.
In the last of a series of blogs inspired by influential research published by industry analyst ESG, we explore the impact that implementing automated IT service delivery can have on an organization’s ability to achieve IT Transformation.
Of all the ways an organization can modernize and automate its IT infrastructure, opting to adopt an IT as a Service cloud operating model is one of the most effective in terms of making progress towards full IT Transformation.
There’s a lot of truth to the old saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.”
Then again, the opposite is often true as well. Sometimes you have no idea what you’re missing until you have it – and then you can’t imagine how you ever lived without it!
There are countless examples of automated products, services, and technology that came along have changed our lives for the better – in ways we could never have imagined before.
The Internet of Things (IoT) influences network connections in order to facilitate communication between systems and their machines. Enterprises have been using smart devices in new and innovative ways to promote their business. These are four trends you have to look out for.
IT sits at the core of an enterprise’s digital transformation and bears the burden to provide an on-demand infrastructure that delivers high uptime and agility. The data center becomes the focal point from where this transformation begins and enterprise data center fabrics need to evolve to meet the evolving needs of the business.
As SD-WAN adoption matures and moves from “peak of inflated expectation” to “slope of enlightenment”, a question that I hear and many technologist ponder over is whether SD-WAN is the new MPLS. If you asked this question to a distinguished engineer they would violently disagree at a technical level comparing the difference from an OSI layer and packet/protocol formats perspective.
The industry is at a crossroads. And this isn’t just hyperbole - we as an industry have some decisions to make around what we stand for - as engineers, operators, and architects, and frankly, the people that (sometimes literally) keep the lights on. It’s time to have some real talk.