|By Michael Bushong||
|January 10, 2014 12:19 PM EST||
Oracle’s acquisition of cloud-based services company Corente topped the headlines this week. As Mike Bushong noted in a recent post, Oracle’s third cloud acquisition and pursuit of SDN pushes the company into closer competition with Cisco. Both IT giants are looking to expand their market capabilities and influence across the IT industry. We think it’s advantageous to expand on solution capabilities, which is why our video of the week explains what Plexxi is doing with Boundary. Check out our video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!
Arthur Cole at Enterprise Networking Planet says SDN is the top priority for networking, but as organizations rush to push SDN into the wide area, they must recognize that SDN needs to be more evolved. The Google use case mentioned in this article is frequently referenced in networking arguments. The implementation illustrated in this case is in a part of Google’s network where they have complete control and a lot of information. They know what the traffic patterns will be, so they can run the links quite hot. It is a great use case, but as the article points out, this is not running on their Internet-facing side. I suspect the real value for Google is more closely tied to path control. They would love to have algorithmic control over pathing, making technologies like PCE much more interesting. On the content side, technologies like ALTO will be utilized for content request routing. OpenFlow will continue to play a part in many of the architectures, but it is important for would-be users to understand that OpenFlow is one of several tools required to make real use cases work. Accordingly, controller selection needs to consider more than just OpenFlow, and controllers that can support multiple protocols will likely be the safest path forward.
Enterprise Networking Planet contributor Sean Michael Kerner lays out the trends from 2013 that indicate growth in 2014, including SDN and BYOD. I also believe controllers will gain notice in 2014, particularly alongside deployments. As controllers are considered, it is worth noting that operational deployments will eventually rely on monitoring and analytics to close the feedback loop. It is great to provision a flow, but the question is going to be – how is the network performing. If you want dynamic performance, network intelligence will be critical. Beyond that, we should see more work with applications this year. It is not immediately clear how that will happen without the requisite abstractions, but both VMware and Cisco tout their ability to deal with applications. At Plexxi, we have been dealing on the application side for some time.
Rachel Abrams at the New York Times covered the Oracle acquisition of Corente, marking the third large purchase of a cloud-based platform for Oracle. These infrastructure-related acquisitions signal a shift in the competitive landscape. As Oracle pursues software-defined networking, the company will compete with other industry titans like Cisco. CEO John Chambers is intent on being not the number one networking company but rather the number one IT company. This will impact buying patterns, the role of professional services, and ultimately how these companies take products and services to market. I think these acquisitions sometimes fly under the radar, but this is part of a big trend that will change IT in a meaningful way over the next 5 to 10 years.
VentureBeat’s Jordan Novet also covered the Oracle purchase of Corente this week. Jordan explains that Corente allows companies to control networks through a single software interface instead of having administrators manually set configurations on individual pieces of hardware. Oracle will apply this technology to accelerate network set up for customers. On the networking side, we often ignore events at the periphery of our industry, but these acquisitions are potentially important to how the competitive landscape evolves over the next decade. If SDN brings applications and infrastructure together in a more orchestrated, highly-automated way, then both application vendors and infrastructure vendors will move toward each other. Over time, they will eventually clash. The battle to watch is not Cisco versus Arista, but Cisco versus Oracle, and this acquisition pushes Oracle closer into direct competition.
Ethan Banks, a contributor for SearchSDN, provides important questions to ask SDN vendors before deciding to invest in the technology. This is a good list and I particularly enjoyed two points. First, the in-band versus out-of-band (OOB) discussion is very insightful. The majority of potential investors don’t think about this aspect initially, and it addresses some of the controller architectural decision points. Secondly, Ethan’s use the word “open” is targeted for the lock-in discussion. The word “open” is often used too vaguely and without context. I think there are additional questions to consider about how multi-controller environments will work. Does Ethan envision a single controller or redundant controllers? And depending on this choice, what are the failure and maintenance domains? How does this impact upgrades, among other processes?
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Nov. 29, 2015 06:00 AM EST Reads: 372
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
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Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
Nov. 29, 2015 05:00 AM EST Reads: 458
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound...
Nov. 29, 2015 04:30 AM EST Reads: 483
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, San...
Nov. 29, 2015 03:00 AM EST Reads: 592
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
Nov. 29, 2015 02:45 AM EST Reads: 421
In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facin...
Nov. 29, 2015 02:30 AM EST Reads: 500
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Nov. 29, 2015 01:00 AM EST Reads: 436
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
Nov. 28, 2015 08:00 PM EST Reads: 433
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Nov. 28, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 479
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
Nov. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 341
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
Nov. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 555
In his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at Logz.io, explored the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and provided a hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He examined three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. Asaf Yigal is co-founder and VP of Product at log analytics software company Logz.io. In the past, he was co-founder of social-trading platform Currensee, which...
Nov. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 235
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Su...
Nov. 28, 2015 11:45 AM EST Reads: 408
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
Nov. 28, 2015 11:15 AM EST Reads: 417
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Nov. 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 517
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Nov. 28, 2015 10:30 AM EST Reads: 316
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Nov. 28, 2015 10:15 AM EST Reads: 264
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
Nov. 28, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 403
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
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