Everyone has to start their year with predictions of what will happen. Generally we’ll all be simultaneously right and wrong because nobody can predict the future. But the trend lines are there and I believe that we are heading towards some major changes in 2017.
Home WiFi is irreparably broken through a combination of poor products and inhospitable environments. Mesh networks may be the answer, but in dumbing down smart technology can we really end up with something that is both powerful and user-friendly?
Security is a mess. Half of the problems can be traced to vendors and the other half can be traced to customers. Part of the challenge on the vendor side is that they have the ability to claim capabilities without really spelling out what “secure” means. This needs to change.
The world of networking has two opposing forces, the customers and the vendors. Open networking has gotten a big boost from vendors in recent years through the efforts of groups like ONUG that advocate for customers, helping drive those requirements over to vendors for implementation.
Since its inception, software-defined networking (SDN) has primarily been viewed as a tool, driven in part by its fast acceptance through web-scale datacenters. But in reality there is an opportunity outside of the datacenter for SDN.
Everyone is talking about “Hybrid Clouds” but the definition is as stable as a house built on a beach. Previously vendors talked about how elements of a single cloud could live in both public and private spaces. More recently, reality is saying that clouds will live in one or the other, not both. But customers will have a mix of public and private.
While many consider open source to be the province of free software advocates and hobbyists, in enterprise technology, open source has made many inroads, especially as businesses move to the cloud
Marc Andressen said that “software will eat the world, but the change is not just in applications. Software also has the ability to consume the traditional network, and orchestration is the accelerator that can make this happen.
The annuals OpenStack Summit in 2016 was held in Austin, TX, giving me plenty of opportunity to spend time with vendors and customers to see where things are heading. Interestingly, “maturity” was one of the most common themes among both groups.
Tape is dead. While seen as an inexpensive solution for archiving, the fragility and capacity can’t keep up with today’s storage needs. Sony, a leader in tape technology, is actually the driving force behind Everspan, the technology that can render tape useless with optical technology.