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Think differently, think microservices

As we move from Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to microservice architecture, JP Morgenthal (CTO, Application Services at DXC.Technolgy) believes most industries are not taking full advantage of this distinctive method of developing software has to offer.

For many developers, enterprise applications are best built using microservices due to its scalability. It uses many coding philosophies like Conway's Law and Brooke’s law to guide more efficient development mindsets.

With AWS, VMware Link, Hybrid Cloud Battle Lines Become Clearer

Enterprises looking to build hybrid clouds recently saw a potential new entry in the stack war with news that AWS and VMware are looking to expand their partnership. In October, the two announced a vSphere-based cloud service running on the AWS public cloud. While still unconfirmed, The Information reports that the new deal will be for AWS to work with VMware to develop software to run in enterprise data centers and provide a full (or fullish) stack when combined with AWS IaaS.

Let’s take a quick look at how hybrid stacks are shaping up for the Big 3 IaaS providers.

Jordan Martin: how to dive into digital transformation with both feet

It's the quintessential question for professionals who are increasingly finding that the half-life of any newly acquired skill is roughly two and a half years. Given this rapid — and accelerating — rate of change, what is the best way to attain and hone the right skills to ensure future success?

During this Software Defined Enterprise Conference & Expo (SDxE) panel discussion titled “Your Career: Certifications, Degrees or Just-In-Time Training?” Jordan Martin, Core BTS’s principal consultant of data center technologies and co-founder of the Network Collective, will discuss strategies for network engineers to stay ahead of the learning curve.

In this Q&A with SDxE, Martin gives a sneak peek of the insights he plans to share at this year's expo.

Security at the Speed of Business

By Geoge V. Hulme

You don’t have to outrun the bear, you just need to be quicker than competitors. But in a race to survive, data protection can fall by the wayside

Session Spotlight: Q&A with Antonella Corno, Sr Manager of Product Strategy, Cisco

What is the future of network engineering, and how do you stay relevant?

By Edward Gately

It's the quintessential question for professionals who increasingly are finding that the half-life of any newly acquired skill is roughly two and a half years. Given this rapid — and accelerating — rate of change, what is the best way to attain and hone the right skills to ensure future success?

During this Software Defined Enterprise Conference & Expo (SDxE) (tmt.knect365.com/sdxe/) panel discussion titled “Your Career: Certifications, Degrees Or Just-In-Time Training?,” Antonella Corno, senior manager of product strategy at Learning@Cisco, will discuss strategies for staying ahead of the learning curve.

In a Q&A with SDxE, Corno gives a sneak peek of the information she plans to share with attendees.

Despite Security Concerns, Enterprises Continue Their Rush into DevOps and Cloud

The benefits of cloud and agile methods certainly outweigh the risks, but the risks are real.

By George V. Hulme

Enterprises are moving as rapidly as they can to digitally transform their organizations. Consider the findings from a Gartner survey released this spring where 42 percent of CEOs reported that their digital transformation efforts are well underway. In order to succeed, these organizations are embracing cloud computing and software-defined data centers for on-premises systems, as well as facilitating agile development and management systems such as continuous delivery and DevOps.

Serverless Functions: Start Now, Choose Porjects Wisely

Functions-as-a-service enable IT to rapidly respond to business needs, free dev teams from physical-layer constraints and lower costs.

What Exactly Is Software-Defined Storage?

By Edward Gately

A digital enterprise needs a dynamic storage foundation – one that can cope with fast-changing workloads, Big Data, new applications and new ways of doing business.

While not simple to build, the long-term benefits of software-defined storage (SDS) include flexibility, speed and the freedom to unravel third-party vendor relationships.

During this Software Defined Enterprise Conference & Expo (SDxE) (tmt.knect365.com/sdxe/) presentation titled “What Exactly is Software-Defined Storage,” Steve Watt, chief architect of emerging technologies at Red Hat, will discuss Ceph and Gluster, two SDS technologies.

In a Q&A with SDxE, Watt gives a sneak peek of the information he plans to share with attendees.

The Disaggregated Network Operating System

By Edward Gately

During this breakout session, Russ White, network architect and author at LinkedIn, will look at the disaggregation ecosystem, providing engineers with an overview of the architectures and products that are available to actually run white box switches today.

Behind LinkedIn’s ‘Build, Don’t Buy’ Architecture Direction

By Edward Gately

During his SDxE session, LinkedIn’s Shawn Zandi will discuss the history, technology and business drivers behind his business’s decision to build rather than buy their network stack. 

Getting Started With Kubernetes & Container Orchestration

By Edward Gately

During his SDxE pre-conference workshop, Turbonomic’s Eric Wright will provide hands-on instruction on what Kubernetes is, what problems it solves and the challenges you’ll face.


SD-WAN's Complexity, Lack of Fast Payouts Not Stunting Growth, Says Survey
Cato Networks finds increased complexity, but resulting network agility continues to drive deployments — to the tune of a projected 200% year-on-year increase.

By Tami Carter, Portfolio Manager | Cloud & Enterprise Technology

Like so many emerging technology initiatives, SD-WAN’s early wins were driven by the promise of cost savings paired with performance improvements. But factors including continued spend on MPLS and increased operational complexity were a wake-up call to IT.

Still, according to a recent survey by Cato Networks, these haven’t dissuaded companies looking to shed legacy WAN technologies.

Why Cloud Demands DevOps

By Michael Biddick, CEO, Fusion PPT

For some ops teams, the words “software development” evoke fear, loathing and flashbacks to failed or costly (or both) projects. But the emergence of cloud means it’s time to get over it, because legacy applications aren’t making the transition. In this report, we present a working guide to DevOps, drawing lessons from how Google, Amazon, Twitter and Etsy do software development projects.

We cover:

  • Tools used in the various stages of the code development and release cycle, including version control and containers.
  • Benefits of continuous development with a comparison of Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt and more.
  • Discussion of containers versus VMs.
  • And much more!
Using a Mental Map To Make Sense of IT Certifications

By Russ White

With hundreds of certs in circulation — and growing — it’s impossible to analyze and evaluate each. A better bet: Understand the underlying principles and concepts.

In this report, you’ll learn:

  • How a technical certification program is developed
  • Three questions that need to be asked to understand certifications
  • Most common certifications and short descriptions
Session Spotlight: Q&A with DevOps Institute Co-Founder & CEO Jayne Groll

By Edward Gately

Between four generations in the workplace, IT’s tradition of silos and rapid shifts to automation, it’s no wonder there’s a stubborn resistance to cultural change in some shops, Jayne Groll, co-founder and CEO of the DevOps Institute, told SDxE recently. If you are looking to shift your company’s mindset to digital-first — and accept the adage that culture eats strategy for breakfast — then you need to understand how embracing DevOps can play an important role in a transformation effort.

Groll, who is also president of ITSM Academy, is an expert on the pitfalls of introducing a more agile way of working. In a recent Q&A, she talked digital transformation and DevOps and provided a sneak peek of the information she’ll share in an upcoming workshop.

2017 Trends to Watch: Enterprise Network Services

By David Molony, Practice Leader, Cloud & Networks, Enterprise Services, Ovum and Mark Sapien, Principal Analyst, Large Enterprise Services, Ovum

We have known that network-as-a-service (NaaS) was coming for at least three years. 2016 was the year of pilots, early trials, and a few service launches. But we did not and still do not know exactly what they are going to look and feel like; 2017 will shed some light and also be the year of wider-scale deployment with many provider alternatives. AT&T will lead the way in 1H17 with global Network on Demand and FlexWare, but other telcos have announced plans for deployment with defined roadmaps too. BT's Agile Connect SD-WAN with Nuage is due to launch in March 2017.

Docker Vs. Kubernetes: Rackspace CTO Weighs In

By Lorna Garey, Editor in Chief

At last week’s OpenStack Summit, SDxE caught up with John Engates, Rackspace’s CTO, and Bryan Thompson, general manager for the Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud, to get their take on the state of enterprise adoption of Docker versus Kubernetes and what they expect in open storage options as OpenStack and containerization take off.

Judging just by the number of mentions at the Summit, Kubernetes is the cool kid on the next-gen infrastructure playground. But there’s more to it.

Next-Generation IT: Supporting Agile Operations

By Kris Szaniawski, Practice Leader, Ovum

Service providers grapple with agile delivery, DevOps, and bi-modal operations

New digital services require a lean, flexible, open environment that allows for faster service design and the systems and streamlined processes that can deliver innovative on-demand services. However, communications service providers (CSPs) are not finding it easy to manage this shift to next-generation IT or decide how new and existing stacks should work together across different IT domains and delivery modes. How they manage this shift will have a major impact on the success of CSPs' digital transformations.

Juniper’s Sneddon: ‘We’ve Always Been Successful Being the Arms Dealer’
OpenContrail, Appformix will enable a multi-cloud future

By Lorna Garey, Editor in Chief

Juniper Networks was a sponsor of this week’s Boston OpenStack Summit. SDxE sat down with Scott Sneddon, senior director of SDN and cloud, to talk about the company’s role in OpenStack, what’s happening in enterprise networks, and the status of the company’s OpenContrail SDN project.

Mirantis, a leader in the OpenStack ecosystem and a headline sponsor, recently announced commercial support for OpenContrail. As part of the OpenStack ecosystem, OpenContrail provides components for network virtualization, an SDN controller, a virtual router, an analytics engine and northbound APIs.

The goal: An open, standardized stack that developers can write to.

Sneddon says a major driver for that standardization is a shift in decision-making away from network teams as DevOps culture takes hold.

Red Hat Survey: Digital Transformation is Real.

By Tami Carter, Portfolio Manager | Cloud & Enterprise Technology

There’s been a lot of chatter in the press and the mediasphere about digital transformation; so much so that you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all buzz and no substance. Red Hat’s 2nd Annual Global Customer Tech Outlook, however, reveals that digital transformation is more than a mere buzzword. It’s a reality for its 268 survey respondents (from 6 industries and 13 countries).

The survey aligns with what we’ve been hearing as we put together the program for SDxE. The focus for many companies has shifted to not just responding to disruption -- but to becoming the disruptor as they leverage new digital capabilities to develop new products, services or entirely new business models. Cultural and process changes are also top-of-mind as the technology changes are also bringing new ways to work.

Cloud Native Adoption in the Enterprise

By Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Ovum

Vision, skills, and security from the CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017 conference in Berlin

Cloud native technologies are beginning to make an impact at the large enterprise level. The threat of "born-on-the-cloud" start-ups is pressuring established businesses to become as nimble and innovative. Cloud native technologies driven by DevOps adoption and the huge improvements that containerization makes to rapid application development are now the focus of large established businesses. While at an early stage of adoption, this set of technologies is the future of software application development.

Suse Makes Waves at OpenStack Summit
Building on Linux pedigree, execs assured SDxE that HPE’s Helion and Cloud Foundry PaaS are in good hands

By Lorna Garey, Editor in Chief

While SuSE is in the news thanks to its purchase of HPE’s OpenStack Helion IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS business, the company has been adding engineers and updating its offerings and channel program since coming under the ownership of software and consultancy services provider Micro Focus International in 2014.

What's an Independent Conference?

By Tami Carter, Portfolio Manager | Cloud & Enterprise Technology

Working only a few blocks from Moscone center in San Francisco, I get the chance to attend a lot of tech conferences. Last week I went to the AWS Summit. Like most of the 10K+ attendees, I was curious to learn what new products and services AWS would announce and talk with some enterprise IT folks about how their jobs have changed in the past few years-- what they think is on the horizon, now that we’re “post-cloud”. What I didn’t expect was to not only explain the value of independent conferences, but to explain what they are.

Exploiting a Layered Technology Architecture

By Mark Blowers, Practice Leader, Ovum

Adopting multiple container-centric PaaS solutions

Designing the right layered architecture takes time and effort. Many enterprises, however, will take shortcuts or simply use one platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution and application containers in a similar way to which they use VMs, running legacy code with minimum changes. Some will mistakenly believe that, as with service-oriented architecture (SOA), implementing a specific technology will result in the right design. Nothing could be further from the truth – there is no technology shortcut to the right design.

ITSM: A Valuable Digital Transformation Component

By Adam Holtby, Senior Analyst, Ovum

How IT service management can support digital transformation initiatives

Digital transformation is a theme that is not only impacting IT, but also the broader business. Digital transformation means different things to different businesses, and organizations are approaching digital transformation in different ways, assigning different priorities to different digital characteristics. IT service management has commonly been an area associated only with the IT department, but in reality the practices and technologies that support it are undergoing something of an evolution, and they have a valuable role to play in helping organizations realize value from digital transformation.

Nvidia Doubles Down on AI at Developer Conference
CEO Huang also announced hardware, partnerships including with AWS and Azure designed to democratize machine learning

By Kurt Marko for SDxE

The highlight of every technology vendor event is the CEO's keynote — part pep rally, part shining a spotlight on company strategy shifts, part a rolling stream of product announcements.

No one does this better than Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang. For almost two and half hours this week, he kept attendees at the company's GPU Developer Conference (GTC) glued to their seats in a solo performance that went from evangelizing the potential of AI to change the world to technical details about Nvidia's latest accelerator chip.

Enterprise Mobility Is a Vital Piece of the Digital Transformation Puzzle

By Adam Holtby, Senior Analyst, Ovum

Mobility is key to the success of digital business initiatives

Digital transformation is undoubtedly a hot topic and an area of significant interest to organizations across the globe. It is important to remember that digital transformation means different things to different organizations and encompasses many different themes and considerations. However, there are common areas that are imperative to any digital transformation effort, and mobility is certainly one of them. Successfully executing an enterprise mobility strategy will be key for organizations looking to optimize and digitize business processes and enable new levels of workforce productivity.