|By Michael Bushong||
|January 6, 2014 09:15 AM EST||
As we embrace 2014, it’s important to focus on emerging trends to predict any industry changes this year and in the coming years. Mike Bushong reviewed 2013 on the Plexxi blog and noted important events that will likely carry into this year, including how 2013 initiated SDN deployments and marked the year Cisco moved beyond networking. We will see what happens in 2014, but it is crucial to reflect before looking ahead. In our Plexxi video of the week, Dan Backman explains optics integration with electrical mediums like Ethernet, and how this transition from optical to electrical back to optical is called OEO. He discusses the significance of this translation and how Plexxi’s solution differs. Here is the video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!
Jordan Novet at VentureBeat observes that Cisco and VMware have released new technology that seems more popular with analysts than purchasers. Jordan says many cloud providers, enterprises, and other buyers are choosing to stay with existing networking hardware and software, rather than Cisco and VMware’s new networking solutions. It will be interesting to see how overlays perform. The prerequisite for an overlay solution is the existence of a functional physical network, which means that the spend goes first to the physical and then the remainder to the virtual. If you have $100, you have to subtract out whatever your new capacity and refresh costs are. Whatever you are left with is the most that any overlay vendor can extract. This is why the white box effort is interesting. If it lowers prices, there is more value for VMware to grab. No surprise that they were cozy with past price leader Arista, and are now quite cordial with Cumulus.
SearchDataCenter reviews some major networking and IT trends to come in 2014, including cloud growth, big data and SDN. On the “Software-defined everything” prediction, it’s important to correctly frame how we discuss standards. The space is emerging still, and that means that meaningful standards are not yet complete. The OpenFlow work has been fantastic, but OpenFlow is just a part of the broader SDN framework that people ought to be watching. Whether the open source communities are driving meaningful code is also very interesting. OpenDaylight, as an example, should release code in January or February of 2014. Whether or not it is standard is less important than whether it is useful. Standards ought to lag adoption, because SDN is in its early stages. We still need to iterate on the technologies and architectures some.
Jim Duffy provides predictions for SDN in Network World this week, including foreseeing more implementations by end users, more deployments, and more vendor customization, among others. I would add that 2014 will be the year of the controller. We saw lots of debate about technologies and competing efforts in 2013, but the controller is the new focal point. The dialogue will shift away from the network to more of the periphery. How the network forwards traffic is interesting, but broader application workload abstraction is more important for orchestration. We should also see a push towards analytics, monitoring, billing, troubleshooting, and dynamic network tuning. The question will be whether the dialogue moves too fast for the average user who can dedicate only so much time to learning and keeping up to date. This is why the reference programs at all the vendors will be important, and for those who cannot keep up, professional services and systems integration will be the crutch. We should see those practices increase this year.
Network Computing’s contributor Tom Hollingsworth examines the SDN trends from 2013 and argues that proponents and detractors have been very focused on the tools for SDN. He says every vendor should ask themselves – how will the various SDN tools in my toolbox help me get things accomplished? I agree with the spirit behind this post, but I do think that people need to talk about and ultimately disambiguate the different tools in any SDN toolbox. I think Tom’s point is that the discussion is too low-level at the moment. I agree with this observation, particularly around arguing about OpenFlow ceased to be productive in 2012. It is a low-level component of a broader framework. We ought to be arguing the merits of the framework and then filling in the details with the appropriate SDN tool. I’d love to see people talk more about operational issues though. I wonder if our focus on some tools (largely forwarding tools) has hurt what could be a better discussion on integration, orchestration, workload abstraction, and monitoring/troubleshooting.
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device acce...
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In 2014, the market witnessed a massive migration to the cloud as enterprises finally overcame their fears of the cloud’s viability, security, etc. Over the past 18 months, AWS, Google and Microsoft have waged an ongoing battle through a wave of price cuts and new features. For IT executives, sorting through all the noise to make the best cloud investment decisions has become daunting. Enterprises can and are moving away from a "one size fits all" cloud approach. The new competitive field has ...
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Advances in technology and ubiquitous connectivity have made the utilization of a dispersed workforce more common. Whether that remote team is located across the street or country, management styles/ approaches will have to be adjusted to accommodate this new dynamic. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., will focus on the challenges of managing remote teams, providing real-world examples that demonstrate what works and what...
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eCube Systems has released NXTmonitor, a full featured application orchestration solution. NXTmonitor, which inherited the code base of NXTminder, has been extended to support multi-discipline processes and will act as a DevOps utility in a heterogeneous enterprise environment. Previously, NXTminder was packaged with NXTera middleware to configure and manage Entera and NXTera RPC servers. “Since we are widening the focus of this solution to DevOps, we felt the need to change the name to NXTmon...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
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The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
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The web app is agile. The REST API is agile. The testing and planning are agile. But alas, data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes that force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. Come learn about a new solution to the problems faced by software organ...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of tech...
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SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on...
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