Cisco Smart Licensing, the networking vendor’s fairly new approach to software licensing, aims to provide customers with more visibility and control over their licenses.
Cloud computing pools resources that are provisioned and orchestrated on the fly, enabling IT to respond quickly to changing business needs. This kind of flexibility means a clearly defined cloud strategy is now an essential element for every successful IT department. The question is no longer if IT will use the cloud, but instead how it will use it.
In the new year, expect SDN and SD-WAN to come back down to earth. Meanwhile, multi-cloud, edge computing and intent-based networking will ramp up. Plus, data centers are not dead.
Enterprises want their applications to be portable and able to shift easily among multiple cloud providers. To do that, putting together a good cloud migration plan is a must.
Everyone is talking about hybrid cloud strategies, implying this framework is how all IT resources will be deployed in the future. It sounds great — on paper. Proponents tout hybrid cloud’s ability to tap into both public and private resources to build scalable applications that can be managed and secured as if they were being delivered privately — a way to have your cake and eat it, too.
I spent a week in Beijing, participating in the OPNFV Summit which is a global event focused on the NFV market, primarily with carriers. I had a lot of engagement with the Chinese carriers and found that there is an amazing amount of collaboration within their ranks.
Back to back trips to Boston gave me an opportunity to talk open source and cloud from different perspectives with both Red Hat and OpenStack. There is a lot going on in this space and the trips showed that just as the open source movement has a lot of commonality, what really brings them together is the acceptance of opposing viewpoints.
There has been a lot of activity in the SD-WAN space, it is the “low hanging fruit” of SDN because it deals with point-to-point connections for the most part. Last year I predicted consolidation in the industry and we are seeing the beginning of that with the Cisco / Viptela acquisition.
Open source and networking are getting closer together as more innovation is being driven in the networking space by open source organizations, not proprietary vendors. The Open Networking Foundation and ON.LAB are merging to help drive more innovation by aligning resources.
Mesh networking, a staple in enterprise environments, is finally coming to the home in order to solve some of the nagging issues of coverage and performance. Google is leading the pack but there are plenty of other competitors lining up to try their hand in this space.