|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.
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
Nov. 22, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,068
The move in recent years to cloud computing services and architectures has added significant pace to the application development and deployment environment. When enterprise IT can spin up large computing instances in just minutes, developers can also design and deploy in small time frames that were unimaginable a few years ago. The consequent move toward lean, agile, and fast development leads to the need for the development and operations sides to work very closely together. Thus, DevOps become...
Nov. 22, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 822
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. 22, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 752
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from ha...
Nov. 22, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 214
Docker offers a new, lightweight approach to application portability. Applications are shipped using a common container format and managed with a high-level API. Their processes run within isolated namespaces that abstract the operating environment independently of the distribution, versions, network setup, and other details of this environment. This "containerization" has often been nicknamed "the new virtualization." But containers are more than lightweight virtual machines. Beyond their small...
Nov. 22, 2014 03:45 PM EST Reads: 876
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com...
Nov. 22, 2014 07:00 AM EST Reads: 1,271
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Ar...
Nov. 21, 2014 09:15 PM EST Reads: 1,180
Leysin American School is an exclusive, private boarding school located in Leysin, Switzerland. Leysin selected an OpenStack-powered, private cloud as a service to manage multiple applications and provide development environments for students across the institution. Seeking to meet rigid data sovereignty and data integrity requirements while offering flexible, on-demand cloud resources to users, Leysin identified OpenStack as the clear choice to round out the school's cloud strategy. Additional...
Nov. 21, 2014 08:45 PM EST Reads: 1,161
Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things" (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In his General Session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Dave Wagstaff, Vice President and Chief Architect at BSQUARE Corporation, discuss the ...
Nov. 21, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 1,265
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. 21, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 1,183
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 21, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,145
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. 21, 2014 06:45 PM EST Reads: 1,107
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is simplifying the cloud-purchasing experience for its clients, with the launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a key foundational component of the company's robust ecosystem of enterprise-class technologies. The online storefront will initially feature pre-built cloud-based services from AppDynamics, Hitachi Data Systems, Juniper Networks, PfSense and Tervela. Available globally to enterprises using Verizon Cloud, Verizon Cloud Marketplace provides a one-stop shop fo...
Nov. 21, 2014 05:30 PM EST Reads: 1,090
Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than their peers nearly 70 percent of the time (1). DevOps provides a way for businesses to remain competitive, applying lean and agile principles to software development to speed the delivery of software that ...
Nov. 20, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,363
"Our premise is Docker is not enough. That's not a bad thing - we actually love Docker. At ActiveState all our products are based on open source technology and Docker is an up-and-coming piece of open source technology," explained Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 20, 2014 10:30 PM EST Reads: 1,257
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, 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 it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete...
Nov. 20, 2014 09:00 PM EST Reads: 1,441
Infor has announced a new feature Infor CloudSuite™ Aerospace & Defense (A&D) to aid compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The ITAR function will serve as a complementary function for new or existing Infor CloudSuite A&D customers, to facilitate compliance for Infor customers that are creating a US defense article or performing a US defense service and wish to benefit from cloud-services. The ITAR regulation serves to manage handling and access requirements for dat...
Nov. 20, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,276
What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in - unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the back door leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's hig...
Nov. 20, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,145
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
Nov. 20, 2014 04:45 PM EST Reads: 998