Software Defined Networking Looms Large at Cisco Live!
Thousands of technologists again gathered at the Cisco Live! event this month in Las Vegas. One thing was clear – leading edge companies are looking to leverage software-defined and hybrid cloud-based infrastructures to help enable digital transformation. SDN, SD-WAN and SDDC are moving beyond the “buzz word” stage into a time of action.
In fact, Gartner analyst Andrew Lerner says SD-WAN, specifically, is set to experience a sharp increase in the next three years
“By the end of 2019, 30 percent of enterprises will have deployed SD-WAN technology in their branches, up from less than 1 percent today,” said Lerner in December 2015. “Enterprises are only in very early stages of piloting or implementing smaller production deployments.”
In November, 2015, IDC predicted that more than 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, something they say will vastly drive the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.
“By 2020, Gartner predicts the programmatic capabilities of an SDDC will be considered a requirement for 75 percent of Global 2000 enterprises that seek to implement a DevOps approach and a hybrid cloud model,” said Dave Russell, vice president and analyst at Gartner.
With SD-WAN, SDDC and hybrid cloud in mind, our cofounder and CTO, Vess Bakalov, delivered a speech at the event on digital transformation in a software-defined world.
Bakalov talked about the need to shift from static to dynamic infrastructures to support next generation initiatives like SD-WAN, SDDC and more.
“With the advent of private and public clouds and the virtualization of network compute and storage is creating the opportunity for Rapid, On-Demand Infrastructure,” Bakalov said. “The days of communication service providers and large enterprises going out and buying rack after rack of specialized network, compute and storage hardware are coming to an end. Our customers and the market as a whole are on a Journey to Software Defined Everything.”
Dynamic networks like these require dynamic management, Bakalov said. As next generation controller and provisioning systems are becoming increasingly aware – meaning it’s not just about the devices – it’s about the user and the applications that need to leverage specific sets of networks and network services to meet unique objectives.
SevOne, Bakalov said, is working with industry leaders to understand this service context and enable SevOne to monitor the service with the components that make up that service now and over time as the service changes.
When implementing modern datacenters and wide area networks, businesses must arm themselves with the full array of data from its infrastructure, Bakalov said. That’s why the SevOne Digital Infrastructure Management Platform – available in both physical and virtual forms – is poised to deliver this data at scale.
The SevOne Platform provides Operational Insights based on four key data elements: Infrastructure Metrics, Application Flows, End User Experience and Operational Logs.
“While each of these data sources brings their own value and it’s when they are integrated together where operational insights are enabled,” Bakalov said.