|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?
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
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"We help companies that are using a lot of Software as a Service. We help companies manage and gain visibility into what people are using inside the company and decide to secure them or use standards to lock down or to embrace the adoption of SaaS inside the company," explained Scott Kriz, Co-founder and CEO of Bitium, 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.
Nov. 27, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,429
15th Cloud Expo, which took place Nov. 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, expanded the conference content of @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit to include two developer events. IBM held a Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held a Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionalit...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,394
Some developers believe that monitoring is a function of the operations team. Some operations teams firmly believe that monitoring the systems they maintain is sufficient to run the business successfully. Most of them are wrong. The complexity of today's applications have gone far and beyond the capabilities of "traditional" system-level monitoring tools and approaches and requires much broader knowledge of business and applications as a whole. The goal of DevOps is to connect all aspects of app...
Nov. 27, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,211
The 4th International DevOps Summit, co-located with16th International Cloud Expo – being held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's large...
Nov. 27, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,808
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, discussed how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA...
Nov. 27, 2014 05:00 PM EST Reads: 1,379
Want to enable self-service provisioning of application environments in minutes that mirror production? Can you automatically provide rich data with code-level detail back to the developers when issues occur in production? In his session at DevOps Summit, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, will discuss how to accomplish this and more utilizing technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio online, and Application Insights in this demo-heavy session.
Nov. 27, 2014 04:45 PM EST Reads: 1,219
When an enterprise builds a hybrid IaaS cloud connecting its data center to one or more public clouds, security is often a major topic along with the other challenges involved. Security is closely intertwined with the networking choices made for the hybrid cloud. Traditional networking approaches for building a hybrid cloud try to kludge together the enterprise infrastructure with the public cloud. Consequently this approach requires risky, deep "surgery" including changes to firewalls, subnets...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:45 PM EST Reads: 1,277
DevOps is all about agility. However, you don't want to be on a high-speed bus to nowhere. The right DevOps approach controls velocity with a tight feedback loop that not only consists of operational data but also incorporates business context. With a business context in the decision making, the right business priorities are incorporated, which results in a higher value creation. In his session at DevOps Summit, Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, discussed key monitoring techniques...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:30 PM EST Reads: 1,280
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water,...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,349
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, a...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,681
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happe...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,355
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,505
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and asse...
Nov. 27, 2014 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,699
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
Nov. 27, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,317
SYS-CON Media announced that Centrify, a provider of unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center environments that delivers single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT, has launched an ad campaign on Cloud Computing Journal. The ads focus on security: how an organization can successfully control privilege for all of the organization’s identities to mitigate identity-related risk without slowing down the business, and how Centrify provides ...
Nov. 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,346
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrateg...
Nov. 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,255
"SAP had made a big transition into the cloud as we believe it has significant value for our customers, drives innovation and is easy to consume. When you look at the SAP portfolio, SAP HANA is the underlying platform and it powers all of our platforms and all of our analytics," explained Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce at SAP, 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.
Nov. 27, 2014 08:15 AM EST Reads: 1,316
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device exp...
Nov. 27, 2014 08:00 AM EST Reads: 1,275
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps,...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:45 AM EST Reads: 1,555