|By Mat Mathews||
|August 15, 2014 04:05 PM EDT||
There is no doubt that software defined networking has the power to improve network performance on college campuses. University networks demand flexible and reliable solutions and many institutions are turning to SDN to save time, increase efficiency and reduce IT costs. A few of the articles below analyze this very opportunity.
In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Bachman answers the commonly asked question: “Is Plexxi’s Big Data fabric for Hadoop only?”
Mitch Wagner wrote a piece on the strategy behind Cisco and VMware’s data center partnerships this week in Light Reading. For the better part of two decades, we have seen the “Best of Breed” era in IT. Solutions have been cobbled together by companies (or integrators) after picking the best of breed solutions for each point component within the broader solution. What VCE and Exadata teach us is that companies will succeed if they handle the integrations for the customer. The first step is to partner, but more consolidation within the in the industry will follow. Over time, we will end up with pre-integrated solutions that are offered by a smaller number of large players. This re-verticalization of IT will fundamentally change how we buy and deploy infrastructure, which will remove some constraints and create additional requirements on the underlying platforms. I don’t think this will play out immediately, but we likely will see a different competitive landscape five years from now after a long period of relative stability.
In a contributed article for EdTech Magazine, Aletha Noonan identified that software defined networking has potential in higher education settings. In my opinion, university environments frequently have a diverse set of traffic types that tend to vary fairly predictably with time of day. During the day, someone in the life sciences department might be doing genome mapping, and then at night all of the students come back to stream content. From a university perspective, not all of this traffic is equal, and an SDN environment allows for dynamic treatment of different types of payloads. Additionally, with fiber connecting buildings, there is a lot of opportunity to do more interesting treatment of traffic between buildings (or in the case of I2, between cooperating campuses). The sweet spot in the .edu space will be how SDN gets married to high-bandwidth transport—together they seem to be a potent combination.
In a post on the Barron’s TechTraderDaily blog, Tiernan Ray covered Cisco’s software defined networking solution. I think that talk like this about SDN, especially as it relates to margins, is a little bit imprecise. Software defined networking is not the reduction of margin because there is functionality in software. The truth is that even the hardware-driven networks that have existed forever get the lion’s share of their functionality via software already. A typical R&D split is on the order of 90-10, with software taking up most of the investment. What we really have is a pricing imbalance. As SDN takes off and hardware becomes less differentiated, we will see a shift in pricing from hardware to software. APIC is notable because it is a software product that gives CSCO another point of monetization. The real threat is not software. What SDN represents is an architectural shift that levels the playing field to some extent. Cisco has built a stronghold with very high barriers to entry because no one can catch up to 30 years of feature development. If there is an architectural reset, competition gets stronger. And competition will drive price down (and likely margin as newer companies could have a lower margin threshold to gain market entry). The question is how will Cisco compete in a more price-sensitive environment? My guess—they squeeze the supply chain first, then go after their resellers. Cisco will pull more of that business in-house, seeing VCE as a successful GTM experiment. When the EMC relationship erodes completely, they replace it with their own business. This leaves partners in a lurch. The biggest resellers will gobble up the smaller resellers at lower margin. Cisco recoups some of that, and they can keep margins buoyed to some extent. There is disruption here. There will be share moves, and the resellers are perhaps in the most vulnerable position.
Peter Burrows covered Cisco’s recent earnings report in a piece for Bloomberg this week. This seems to happen every year, and with a company this large, you kind of expect it. It is not uncommon to place bets, see what works, trim, and then double down on the bets that panned out. The comments about margin pressure because of software are probably a bit imprecise. The vast majority of R&D expense is on the software side already—it’s just that the pricing mix favors the hardware. SDN will drive a change in pricing mix. That by itself doesn’t necessarily hurt margins; think of it more as a shell game of where money goes. SDN represents a new way of doing things, which means that Cisco’s strength from 30 years of feature development doesn’t mean as much. It opens the playing field some, and that brings competition. Competition will drive pricing pressure, and with that comes margin pressure. Cisco will combat that by squeezing the supply chain and then gobbling up their resellers’ business. Small and medium-sized resellers will be at risk as Cisco claws some of that business back, using VCE as a blueprint for how to go more direct. Large resellers will consolidate business (at lower margin), and Cisco will mitigate the margin pressure some. The real shift is competition.
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
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The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation; Alan Williamson, Principal...
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Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, discussed how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your aud...
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Get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. You can't get application performance without database performance. Give everyone on the team a comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources and storage I/O. Quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
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President Obama recently announced the launch of a new national awareness campaign to "encourage more Americans to move beyond passwords – adding an extra layer of security like a fingerprint or codes sent to your cellphone." The shift from single passwords to multi-factor authentication couldn’t be timelier or more strategic. This session will focus on why passwords alone are no longer effective, and why the time to act is now. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Chris Webber, security strateg...
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Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
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"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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"We are a leader in the market space called network visibility solutions - it enables monitoring tools and Big Data analysis to access the data and be able to see the performance," explained Shay Morag, VP of Sales and Marketing at Niagara Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
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More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
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Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
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An IoT product’s log files speak volumes about what’s happening with your products in the field, pinpointing current and potential issues, and enabling you to predict failures and save millions of dollars in inventory. But until recently, no one knew how to listen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dan Gettens, Chief Research Officer at OnProcess, discussed recent research by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OnProcess Technology, where MIT created a new, breakthrough analytics model for s...
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In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
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SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2017 New York. The 20th Cloud Expo and 7th @ThingsExpo will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Internet to enable us all to im...
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"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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"We are a custom software development, engineering firm. We specialize in cloud applications from helping customers that have on-premise applications migrating to the cloud, to helping customers design brand new apps in the cloud. And we specialize in mobile apps," explained Peter Di Stefano, Vice President of Marketing at Impiger Technologies, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
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Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, director/senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
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What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
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Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
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