- Afraid of AI taking your job? Yep, you likely are - CIO New Zealand
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- Why network managers must embrace automation, not fear it - ChannelLife NZ
Posts Tagged ‘WAN speak’
At the start of the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Lt. Saavik took a test known as the Kobayashi Maru. The test was actually a trap to see how someone would handle a “no-win scenario” where any choice made would lead to a bad outcome. In network engineering, a Kobayashi Maru-like scenario is emerging for those who resist a move away from manual processes.
Embracing Automation is Key
One of my new rules is that “manual processes are the mortal enemy of network operations”. Earlier this month I wrote a post discussing the new rules of running a WAN, discussing how manual processes are bad for the business because they make the network a big choke point for the company, stifling business innovation.
Another New Year’s Resolution for Network Managers:
I Will Embrace Virtual Network Functions
In my blog near the beginning of the year, I urged network managers to make a resolution to not stick with the status quo when it comes to evaluating and selecting an SD-WAN solution provider, as it will ultimately prove a bad decision for the company and potentially the engineer’s career. Another resolution network managers must make in 2017 is to embrace the concept of virtual network functions (VNFs), particularly for branch office and remote locations.
In my last post I focused on how managed SD-WAN service providers can help large, distributed organizations with the complexity of managing dozens of relationships with various broadband providers. This can let a business with hundreds or even thousands of locations enjoy all the financial and performance benefits of SD-WANs without the associated risk of having to find and procure services from a bunch of DSL, cable, Ethernet, or other types of transport providers, since that’s one of the roles to managed service provider will play. This post will focus on the evaluation criteria that decision makers should use when choosing a managed service provider for SD-WAN. Below are what I believe are the top criteria:
Highly-Distributed Organizations Should Consider
Managed SD-WAN To Accelerate Adoption
There is no company too small or large to take advantage of Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN). The only requirement is the obvious one that the business be multi-site in nature and is running a WAN that connects the locations together. However, not all WANs are created equal.