Applying a Platform Approach to Intent-Based Automation 

Network Complexity Grows Unabated   All enterprise networks are growing increasingly more complex, expanding in breadth and depth from the edge to the cloud. The rapid adoption of multi-cloud architectures, Datacenter networks, SD-WAN, and other edge networking technologies have created new challenges for network operations (NetOps) teams. And all of this growth and technology change is causing a huge chasm between the available skilled NetOps resources and the litany of management tasks at hand. All said and done, this growth is proving that traditional device-centric methods…

The Path to Security as Code:
One Company’s Journey

Companies everywhere are moving to the cloud. But they struggle to ensure their security, to comply with regulatory standards, and to protect themselves and their customers from data breach or disruption. Yet the pressure to migrate to cloud continues unabated, and with little tolerance for slowing innovation to get control of cloud risk. A new approach is needed, one that automates security and compliance across the entire cloud application lifecycle, prevents breaches before they can happen and immediately identifies drift and attack in runtime environments….

Five Tips to a Successful Virtualized Enterprise Edge Deployment

To accelerate digital transformation and deliver a higher-quality customer experience, enterprises across multiple industries are attempting to shift to a “virtualized” IT and network environment.  In this context, “virtualized” refers to the evolution from a hardware-centric enterprise edge to a software-centric environment.  This entails replacing numerous physical network devices and application servers in each location with virtual network functions and application workloads uploaded to a single physical device.  Examples include SD-WAN, Virtual Router, Virtual Firewall, Secure Access Service Edge, and others.  Enterprises that make the…

Flipping the Script on Security

Traditional security solutions still aren’t helping companies detect, recognize, and respond to rapidly changing relationships and threats. This problem is underscored by three main factors: Managers view workers as the cause of poor security. Workers make mistakes, they violate rules—they represent a problem that an organization needs to solve, instead of dealing with the underlying phenomena of security issues. Because of this, organizations intervene to try and influence workers’ behavior. Managers develop strict rules and guidelines that control what workers do, because they cannot be…

3 Steps to Up Your Cloud Networking Game

It’s no surprise that workloads are moving to the cloud in record numbers. At the same time, trends towards multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures are making networking far more complicated. Yet, network teams are often the last team to be brought in when organizations migrate. Why? Because cloud-provider tools were built for developers, not for the network. There’s a common theme emerging here: Tools, the organization, and the cloud infrastructure are optimized for application support and not networking. No one thinks about networks when building…

Cloud Networking Needs More Than Incremental Innovation

If you’re looking for a better way to build your network, everyone knows you go to ONUG.  ONUG has proven that community collaboration transcends convention and myopic perspective.  ONUG has been re-inventing what’s possible with the OSI stack allowing us to continue our forward progress when we were about to run out of road.  Ten years ago, I remember an event where the presenter terrified everyone (who mostly showed up for a free steak) with the “fact” that we were about to exhaust the public…

Is Your Multi-Cloud Estate Secure?

It is unlikely that anyone would question the need for securing their hybrid multi-cloud estate; the number of mission-critical applications running in the public cloud nearly doubled between 2020 and 2021, and the growth is expected to continue. (Source: 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security, Budgets & Outlook 2021). Cloud providers want to mitigate concerns, often saying, “The cloud is more secure than your on-prem network.”  This is true, sort of. Public cloud providers have more highly trained experts focused on cloud security…

What’s the Future of Enterprise Computing? Nick Lippis and Ernest Lefner Discuss at ONUG Fall

Enterprise Cloud 1.0 has changed the game for top-level computing, but like everything else in the industry, things keep changing – and quickly. To keep up, enterprise customers are looking toward the next wave: the leap that could combine the disparate worlds of cloud and on-premises into Enterprise Cloud 2.0. But what does that mean, exactly? What will digital enterprise look like once it has become the new paradigm? And is it capable of bridging gaps that left Cloud 1.0 wanting? In the ONUG Fall…

The WAN is Now Cloudy and That’s a Good Thing

Enterprises are used to the idea that the cloud is consumable. After all, cloud consumability is the characteristic that brings the chief cloud benefit: business agility. Why build and maintain your own data center space, power, equipment, etc. when you can simply click or API your way to thousands of servers? For traditional IT teams, cloud consumability has been a revelation. For digital native DevOps and SRE teams, cloud consumability is a given. The bad news is that the WAN as a whole has historically…

Five Steps to Accelerate Your AIOps Journey

For today’s IT operations teams, understanding and solving issues can feel like a nonstop game of whack-a-mole. Managing a diverse, edge-powered infrastructure isn’t easy for increasingly complex, distributed enterprises. Most IT operations teams have organically accumulated multiple legacy tools as their organizations have matured, each with its own distinct interface and training requirements. This tools glut can drag down IT operations and limit their ability to gain visibility. Manual processes make the problem worse, because they make correlating data across massive amounts of data a…