Understanding Network-as-a-Service from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Today’s digital enterprises require IT infrastructure that is agile and dynamic. Popular digital technologies like mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud applications can rapidly disrupt the status quo. The network must be responsive to change, with the ability to scale capacity, expand coverage, and implement new network technologies that support and enable the unique needs of disruptive digital services. Unfortunately, most enterprises take a static approach to building and operating networks. Network hardware requires expensive capital outlays, and enterprises usually sweat network assets for as long as possible, sometimes beyond a typical depreciation cycle. They overbuild capacity and hope ...

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What is Advanced Network Analytics? Cutting Through the Hype

Everyone wants to talk about how analytics is the future of network engineering and operations. The phrase “network analytics” is used by vendors of various stripes to imply that a particular technology is smarter and better than the average solution. But what is it? What does the term network analytics mean to the enterprise network infrastructure professionals? Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) recently published survey-based research on this topic. We sought out individuals who were actively involved in so-called network analytics initiatives. To find these people, we presented random IT professionals with a broad definition of a network analytics initiative. The implementation of technologies ...

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Solve the Cloud Networking Conundrum With SD-WAN

Enterprise networking professionals have a cloud problem, even if they don’t know it. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions can help them solve this problem. Many network managers are unaware that their enterprises are consuming IaaS infrastructure and SaaS applications until someone comes to them with a cloud-related problem. In some cases, users can’t connect to the cloud and they want network operations to figure out why, a tall order for a networking team that didn’t even know the company was using such a cloud service. Or a line of business manager will come to the networking team with the unhappy news that ...

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Cisco introduces “Digital Building” Catalyst switches for IoT


Cisco recently announced a new series of Catalyst “Digital Building” switches. These Catalyst switches are designed for connecting and powering Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems in smart buildings and other related environments. For example, one design innovation is the use of a separate power plate for Power over Ethernet (PoE), so even when an administrator reboots [...]



Juniper founder steps away to run new startup Fungible: What is Fungible?


What is Fungible, Inc., the new startup created by Juniper Networks’ founder Pradeep Sindhu, working on? Juniper announced this week that Sindhu, its founder and CTO, will be taking a reduced, advisory role at the company and surrender his seat on the board of directors so he can devote more time to his Fungible, a [...]



2017 Resolution 3: Evaluate security and break down perceived versus real obstacles to implementation


Within cloud implementations, organizations list security as both an obstacle and opportunity in recent surveys conducted by EMA. By looking at your security environment, you can identify where weaknesses are and look at requirements for your industry, platform, etc. Within cloud environments specifically, providers build their platforms with security in mind first. Therefore, many security concerns [...]



By | February 6th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Unified Endpoint Management: Bringing Multi-Device Support to the Next Generation of Business Professionals


It’s hard to believe there was actually a time before mobile devices. It wasn’t even all that long ago. In fact, this month Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. While the iPhone was not the first smartphone, its introduction is credited with kick-starting the mobile revolution and initiating the “consumerization of IT,” [...]



By | January 31st, 2017|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

2017 Resolution 2: Plan for potential integration/migration challenges


  Whether implementing analytics in the cloud or on-premises, large data volumes and business rule complexities create unique challenges for successful data integration. For cloud platforms, you need to consider movement between on-premises, hybrid, and cloud data storage and any unique requirements that may exist based on platforms and data source location. However, because more and [...]



By | January 31st, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Avaya’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing points to a sale of its networking business


Avaya will restructure its debt under the protection of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The company aims to emerge from this action intact with minimal impact on customers. However, it is very possible that Avaya will sell its network infrastructure business. Avaya is a leading enterprise voice and unified communications vendor with a significant portfolio of network infrastructure products that [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Dell EMC Opens Door to Bare-Metal Campus Switching


Back when Dell EMC was still just known as Dell, its networking business staked out a leadership position by becoming the first mainstream switch manufacturer to embrace bare-metal data center switching. Now it’s moving into the bare-metal campus switching market, too. Dell disaggregated hardware and software in its data center switches, allowing network operators to choose [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

The Software-Defined Future of the WAN


Software-defined networking (SDN) exploded onto the scene five years ago with a tremendous amount of hype, but the transition from hype to reality has been a little less explosive. Most enterprises are still in evaluation mode with SDN. However, the SDN story is a little different when it comes to the wide-area network (WAN). The [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

How Network Infrastructure Teams Support the Internet of Things


[Editors Note: This blog post is sponsored by Infosim®, but the ideas expressed here are entirely my own] The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new phenomenon, at least not in practice. It describes a network of everyday objects (or “things”) that have sensors, controls, and network connectivity. While technology companies only recently coined [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Cisco DNA is Marchitecture, But Also a Shift Away From CLI


The industry has seen plenty of marchitectures from Cisco and its peers over the years. Its newest one, Digital Network Architecture (DNA), feels different, especially after I spent a week at Cisco Live 2016. DNA is different because underneath all the slideware and demos is an apparent commitment to changing the way enterprises do networking. [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments
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