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SteelConnect SD-WAN: Riverbed Technology’s Wayne Gretzky Moment

Until recently, the emerging notion of ‘software-defined’ has largely been fragmented.

In the application development world, taking a software-defined approach to configuring the operational environment to support rapid software deployment is an important enabler of the DevOps movement.

Similarly, software-defined networking – so essential for the internal operations of public clouds – has become an increasingly important part of the enterprise networking story.

Pulling together the application and networking contexts of the software-defined trend, however, has largely been out of reach, until now.

At last week’s Disrupt customer event, Riverbed Technology laid out a software-defined strategy that combines the network and application worlds into a seamless, powerful reinvention of how networking meets the increasingly dynamic needs of the business.

In fact, Riverbed’s move is remarkably bold, a ‘skate to where the puck will be’ strategy intended to leapfrog over networking bellwethers like Cisco Systems, positioning Riverbed as a thought leader in the burgeoning ‘software-defined everything’ space.

Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly was unabashedly sanguine. “We’re going into the mainstream networking market for the first time,” Kennelly says. “It’s fundamental seismic shift in the company.”

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2016/09/22/steelconnect-sd-wan-riverbed-technologys-wayne-gretzky-moment/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Chef Software and Riverbed Technology are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Jason Bloomberg.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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