|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?
“DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today, competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 751
Mobile commerce traffic is surpassing desktop, yet less than 20% of sales in the U.S. are mobile commerce sales. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dan Franklin, Segment Manager, Commerce, at Verizon Digital Media Services, defined mobile devices and discussed how next generation means simplification. It means taking your digital content and turning it into instantly gratifying experiences.
Dec. 18, 2014 03:00 AM EST Reads: 755
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session a...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:15 PM EST Reads: 1,208
"Ulunsoft is a start-up that focuses on how enterprises build cloud-based IT infrastructure for business," explained Haibo Zhu, President of Ulunsoft Corp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 1,058
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in San...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 1,283
As enterprises engage with Big Data technologies to develop applications needed to meet operational demands, new computation fabrics are continually being introduced. To leverage these new innovations, organizations are sacrificing market opportunities to gain expertise in learning new systems. In his session at Big Data Expo, Supreet Oberoi, Vice President of Field Engineering at Concurrent, Inc., discussed how to leverage existing infrastructure and investments and future-proof them against e...
Dec. 17, 2014 10:00 PM EST Reads: 1,314
“The year of the cloud – we have no idea when it's really happening but we think it's happening now. For those technology providers like Zentera that are helping enterprises move to the cloud - it's been fun to watch," noted Mike Loftus, VP Product Management and Marketing at Zentera Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 09:00 PM EST Reads: 730
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 1,250
"Desktop as a Service is emerging as a very big trend. One of the big influencers of this – for Esri – is that we have a large user base that uses virtualization and they are looking at Desktop as a Service right now," explained John Meza, Product Engineer at Esri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,432
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the ...
Dec. 17, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 1,138
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,106
"Application monitoring and intelligence can smooth the path in a DevOps environment. In a DevOps environment you see constant change. If you are trying to monitor things in a constantly changing environment, you're going to spend a lot of your job fixing your monitoring," explained Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,483
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile ...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:45 AM EST Reads: 1,395
"SOASTA built the concept of cloud testing in 2008. It's grown from rather meager beginnings to where now we are provisioning hundreds of thousands of servers on a daily basis on behalf of customers around the world to test their applications," explained Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:30 AM EST Reads: 1,171
“We are a managed services company. We have taken the key aspects of the cloud and the purposed data center and merged the two together and launched the Purposed Cloud about 18–24 months ago," explained Chetan Patwardhan, CEO of Stratogent, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,096
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core...
Dec. 16, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,229
"Verizon Digital Media Services is responsible for the broadcast, video and content delivery network that accelerates, scales and helps our customers reach end users with all kinds of video and web content," stated James Segil, CMO of Verizon Digital Media Services, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 16, 2014 10:00 PM EST Reads: 1,189
SYS-CON Events announced today that Creative Business Solutions will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Creative Business Solutions is the top stocking authorized HP Renew Distributor in the U.S. Based out of Long Island, NY, Creative Business Solutions offers a one-stop shop for a diverse range of products including Proliant, Blade and Industry Standard Servers, Networking, Server Options and...
Dec. 16, 2014 09:30 PM EST Reads: 1,024
You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. But what about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today's databases are anything but agile - they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application an...
Dec. 16, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 1,222
“We are strong believers in the DevOps movement and our staff has been doing DevOps for large enterprise environments for a number of years. The solution that we build is intended to allow DevOps teams to do security at the speed of DevOps," explained Justin Lundy, Founder & CTO of Evident.io, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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