Posts Tagged ‘IT Organizations’

The topic of WAN transformation has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. In fact, earlier this year, Mark Haranas, the fine reporter with CRN, recently authored an article declaring that 2016 would be a breakout year for SD-WAN.

Happy New Year to WANSpeak readers! By now, I’m sure many of us have made a start on our annual resolutions. I’m sure Donald Trump has made a resolution to antagonize even more of the country, Michael Dell has likely resolved to make the Dell/EMC merger smooth, and I’m sure Tom Brady has resolved to make sure all his footballs are at least 12.5 PSI.

2016 should be a significant year of change for networking professionals, as the role of the network has changed. Historically, the network was considered the “plumbing” of the organization and was something few CIOs were concerned with. Today, many of the current IT initiatives such as mobility, cloud computing and Internet of Things are network-centric, meaning the network plays a much more important role. Because of this, the network and network managers need to change. This year, network managers should consider the following resolutions.

A few weeks ago I presented on the state of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) at this years Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference. During the section on SD-WAN I made a comment that I thought that hybrid WAN was an unnecessary step on the journey towards a broadband WAN. It appears I touched a nerve on that topic — the minute I stepped off the podium I was inundated with people asking to me to explain myself further — so I thought I would give more details.

One of the quotes that Albert Einstein is credited with is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that is indeed how insanity is defined then there is no part of IT that is more insane than the corporate WAN. I’ll explain why I say that below.

The Hills was a popular MTV-produced “reality” TV show that created pop culture icons such as Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner (son of Caitlyn) and one my favorites, Kristin Cavallari. The theme song from the show was called “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield which contains the lyrics “Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten”. The song is fitting for the show as it features younger people at a crossroads in their life trying to find their way; however, I think the song is also apropos for networking engineers, as the industry sits at a crossroads today. The old is going away, the new is coming in, and network engineers need to think about what to do next with their careers.



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