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The Rise of the User Voice

by Nick Lippis

The public voice of IT business leaders has been muted over the past two decades. Part of this was due to corporate PR, legal, and mitigation teams forbidding IT executives from speaking in public. Part of the cause was the lack of forums available for IT leaders to collaborate and exchange successes and challenges. Part of the cause was old fashion thinking about what was strategic. But ONUG changed all that and its implications will be wide spread! Consider this a start. During the last ONUG Board meeting at Yahoo Headquarters, members of the board agreed that the direct exchange of information between IT business leaders at ONUG is of much greater value than industry analysts’ advice on trends. It doesn’t even come close! (more…)

The ONUG Community Rethinks Security For a Software-Defined Cloud-Based World

by Nick Lippis 

Gone are the days when enterprise security was defined by physical firewalls and IPS devices placed in a DMZ and programmed with rules that either allowed or denied access. It’s not that these security appliances are not needed or important anymore, it’s just that they are legacy, hardware-based, inflexible gatekeeper devices that were build for an older world and application portfolio. Network security, like all hardware-based appliances, is rapidly being disaggregated from hardware and software so that security services can be applied to workload independent upon its locale. The new security market is based on Software-Defined Security Services and there are a wide range of new companies making up this ecosystem. Companies such as vArmour, Juniper Networks, Illumio, Aporeto, Avocado Networks, Drawbridge, Cloud Passage, Darktrace, FireEye, ShieldX, ForeScout, CIX, and Catbird are all either currently or soon-to-be offering products and services for the Software-Defined Security Services market. Even the cloud providers such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are starting to get involved by offering APIs to Software-Defined Security Services. You can also expect VMware, Cisco, HPE, Palo Alto Networks, Checkpoint et al. to build modules and extensions to their products this year. (more…)

Re-Tooling the Enterprise For The Software-Defined Market

by Nick Lippis

The two largest barriers of entry of the software-defined revolution are skills and tools. The Software-Defined Enterprise will not become a reality unless there are new monitoring and analytic tools as well as new infrastructure DevOps engineers with the skills to put the tools to work. At ONUG, we’ve seen the lack of uptick in data center overlay deployments for this very reason; there is currently no visibility of underlay/overlay and especially trouble event causality. And don’t expect VMware, Docker, Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, et al. to provide comprehensive software-defined management tools either, as they focus on delivering specifically tools for their offerings. So as you can see, IT is forced to integrate a wide set of tools to deliver lifecycle management for the Software-Defined Enterprise. Still, there is some really good news here too. There are a large number of vendors offering tools with machine learning and AI integrated or road mapped. Companies like Solarwinds, NetScout, InfluxDB, Moogsoft, ServiceNow, SignalFX, Sensu, Splunk, Elastic, Wavefront, Nagios, New Relic, Gigamon, xMatters, PagerDuty, and others are not tied to cloud or enterprise providers. (more…)

How the Service Providers Missed The SD-WAN Market

by Nick Lippis

One of the great ONUG success stories is the creation of the SD-WAN market. Its inception took place on an April day in 2013 when the ONUG Board convened for its twice-yearly, face-to-face meeting at UBS headquarters. During this meeting, ONUG Board members shared use cases for which they required solutions that suppliers were not yet providing or addressing. (more…)

Machine Learning and Meta-Clouds Next for Cloud Services (Part 2)


by Dr. Cliff Grossner

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Don’t miss Part 1. 

Machine Learning and AI Transform Business

Machine-learning, artificial intelligence, and analytics capabilities integrated with enterprise and mobile applications are set to bring more innovation, changing how enterprises will serve their customers. The following three trends have come together, to make it possible for enterprises of all sizes to apply analytic techniques to business processes, changing how they will serve their customers: (more…)

How to Turn IT from a Business Impediment into an Innovation Driver

by Muralidharan Palanisamy

In the past, people often preferred large, established institutions vs. smaller start-ups because the former offered a wider set of features and options. Let’s take the example of financial institutions. Large banks have the infrastructure and resources to offer their consumers high-quality banking facilities and support in different locations around the world.  (more…)

Machine Learning and Meta-Clouds Next for Cloud Services (Part 1)

Innovation in cloud services ushers in a new era for data center IT, re-defining market landscapes

by Dr. Cliff Grossner

Part 1 of a 2-part series. Don’t miss part 2.

Enterprises are migrating applications to the cloud, to improve agility and reap cost savings. Agility means enterprises can shorten the time needed to introduce new applications and either increase or decrease compute capacity to fit business need. Upfront capital expenditures (capex) can be shifted to as-needed operating expenditures (opex) using off-premises cloud services—shifting from investments in equipment and staff, to leveraging a cloud service provider’s (CSP’s) automated data center infrastructure, supported by highly skilled data center experts. (more…)

Digital Transformation Improves the US Economy and Creates Jobs: The New, “Megadigital” Economy

by Robert Cohen

Steve Case argues in his recent book, The Third Wave, that we are entering a new phase of the Internet and infrastructure where “the Internet will be fully integrated into every part of our lives…every industry leader in every economic sector is at risk of being disrupted.” In The Third Wave, entrepreneurs will use technology to revolutionize major “real world” sectors and transform the way we live. Because of the widespread transformation, we call this economy the megadigital economy[1]. (more…)

How We’ll Know When the Open Infrastructure Revolution Has Arrived

by Peter Burrows

It’s been four long years since VMware bought Nicira for over a billion dollars. That shocking price-tag—for a company with essentially zero revenues—sounded the starting gun for what was expected to be a rush by vendors to create new, open ways for companies to build, operate and monetize their networks. Rather than be locked into whatever the established hardware vendors happened to be selling, chief information officers would soon be able to cobble together the network of their dreams using that miraculous stuff called software. (more…)

Evolving IT Networks from Legacy Silos to Radical Responsiveness

by Ichiro Fukuda

Enterprise companies have historically organized themselves around functional silos such as R&D, marketing, and sales that focus largely on their own respective value chains and fiercely independent agendas. The nature of the network and IT infrastructure that therefore evolved to accompany this kind of business structure naturally emulated its lack of openness, sharing of information, and insights. As industries have undeniably become global and the speed of response that they demand has increased exponentially, enterprise organizations are feeling the heavy economic burden of the constraints of legacy business and technology structures built around these old philosophies. (more…)