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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EdTech Networkers: Be Ready for Cloud, SDN, and IoT this Year


This sponsored blog post was originally published at at HelpSystems.com With summer almost here, it’s time for network infrastructure teams at K–12 school districts and higher education institutions to take stock of their infrastructure and think about what IT initiatives and trends will be impacting them through the next school year and beyond. Server virtualization [...]



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

Preparing Network Management for SDN and NFV


[Editor’s note: This blog is sponsored by Infosim®, but the content is entirely my own] As enterprises advance from exploratory mode to actual deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), they need to be thinking about how they will manage these new technologies. Over the last two years, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) [...]



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

Early Adopters Define SDN


Greg Ferro recently blogged about how attempts to define software-defined networking (SDN) are a waste of time. He wrote: You can’t define “Software Defined Network” because its not a thing. Its not a single thing or even a few things. Its combination of many things including intangibles. Stop trying to define it. Just deploy it. [emphasis mine] [...]



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Network Managers Should be Monitoring Servers


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by HelpSystems on February  2, 2016. Network monitoring is about more than just the network. The network management team needs visibility beyond switches and routers to ensure infrastructure health and performance. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research has found that 25% of IT organizations experience server- and storage-related service outages [...]



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The Benefits of Leveraging MSPs for Performance and Security Monitoring


[Author’s Note: This post is sponsored by Edgeworx. The content is entirely mine.] One of the benefits of using a managed services provider (MSP) is the ability to add and subtract services as needed. MSPs typically have multiple areas of expertise that an IT organization can lean on. For instance, the organization could start by using the [...]



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

2017 Resolution 1: Importance of tying analytics to overall business strategy


Sometimes organizations lose site of the big picture when they implement a large analytics initiative and focus on the data and metrics. Although that is part of it, to implement analytics successfully, you need to start with what your overall business strategy and goals are and look at how enhanced data visibility supports your broader [...]



By | January 25th, 2017|Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for the Masses


Recently, I’ve been thinking about why we haven’t come all that far in machine learning and artificial intelligence over the previous decade. Today, Keen Browne, Bonsai’s Co-founder and Head of Product, summed it up for me in a concise manner: “The tools really suck and are meant for scientists and mathematicians, not for people who [...]



By | January 18th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

HPE Acquires Simplivity – A $650 Million Data Virtualization Play


Today, HPE paid $650 to acquire Simplivity. HPE paid this sizeable amount mainly to acquire OmniStack, Simplivity’s data virtualization software platform. OmniStack’s central value proposition is OPEX reduction through the elimination of traditional infrastructure management tasks. In short, Simplivity enables customers to manage their infrastructure at the virtual machine (VM) – level. Please note that [...]



By | January 17th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Truth Behind the Scope of the Endpoint Problem in the Enterprise


The Evolution of the “Endpoint” Over the past few years, the perception of what an “endpoint” is, and therefore the definition, has changed. The original perception was a user workstation independent of operating system. With the expansion of functionality, data persistence, Internet connectivity, and ultimately the threats against them, that definition no longer applies. Laptops [...]



By | January 12th, 2017|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Enterprise IT Trends in 2017


Customers in 2017 will demand solutions to claim back today’s massive CAPEX and OPEX waste of over 50% of their total IT spend. All our 2017 predictions are directly derived from the rapidly increasing pressure to reclaim these resources and leverage them to achieve direct business advantages in today’s highly competitive and fast moving marketplace. [...]



By | January 12th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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