Posts Tagged ‘WAN speak’

 

When it comes to IT projects — be they WAN or any other domain — there’s a general rule of thumb that should be applied but often is not: if the solution is more complicated than the problem, then don’t do it. With many customers I’ve talked to about SD-WAN, the solution has indeed been more complicated than the legacy WAN they were running before. Most agree the network is more agile but operationally more difficult to run.

 

EMC World was held last week in Las Vegas, and as EMC has grown in size so has their annual event until it has become the key storage event in the industry. The theme of this year’s event was “Modernize” the data center, and almost all of the product announcements from EMC revolved around this theme.

Whenever technology evolves from one thing to the next thing, there’s always a certain degree of perceived risk involved. Adopting new technology can disrupt workers because of a change in process, cause unnecessary downtime due to integration issues, or fail because it’s new and unproven. Because of these possibilities, many CIOs and other business leaders prefer to wait until technology matures before deploying.

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) continues to pick up momentum as organizations look to evolve their networks to meet the demands of digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), and other trends. But how does one know that the business is ready to make this shift? An SD-WAN is significantly different than a legacy network and requires new ways of doing things.

Many businesses, small- to mid-size ones in particular, strive to consolidate the number of vendors they use. Going to a single network, server, or storage provider creates “one throat to choke”, simplifies purchasing, and makes supporting the environment easier. It’s often normal to give every employee the same computer with the same software image on it that’s preloaded with every application that everyone across the company needs because that’s easier than trying to juggle numerous ones.

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.



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