The Goals, Barriers, and Why Now is the Time to Invest in Network Hyperautomation

To excel in today’s economy, enterprise leaders are focused on accomplishing more with less. The accelerated pace of business transformation in the past four years has only added to the complexity of these goals. Today, with sprawling hybrid, multi-vendor, multi-domain, multi-cloud environments making up the backbone of leading enterprise networks, a focus on hyperautomation is crucial. Even after establishing the goals of an enterprise’s hyperautomation transition, the approach network teams and leadership take to accomplish these goals can lead to differing degrees of success. Hyperautomation…

The ONUG Journey: A Tale of Relationship Building Over Time

Over the past 11 years, the world of enterprise IT has witnessed rapid changes in terms of technology adoption, innovation, and scalability. A significant force behind these transformations has been the symbiotic relationship between the enterprise IT consumers and suppliers. Since founding ONUG 11 years ago, the ONUG journey offers a fascinating lens through which we can understand these dynamics in greater depth. The Consumer’s Perspective: A Continuous Learning Experience For consumers, the ONUG platform is not just about purchasing solutions. It’s about shared experiences,…

The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Private 5G

The final agenda for the Private 5G Event conference at ONUG Fall is locked down, and I am pleased that the participating speakers and session moderators are poised to deliver a solid read out on the current who, what, where, when, why and how of private 5G networks. Darius Singh at STL Partners sets the stage for the conference by exploring how businesses will benefit by adopting private 5G at the enterprise edge. IDC analyst Patrick Filkins moderates the first three sessions after Darius’ lead-off presentation,…

The Business Cycle of Tech Consumption: The Need for Design Patterns and New Operating Models

In recent years, the enterprise tech sector has witnessed a unique cycle of overconsumption. This surge in technological investments and acquisitions isn’t merely a trend; it reflects the rapid digitization of business processes and the indispensable nature of tech infrastructure today. But like any cycle, there is an inevitable shift towards optimization after this period of overconsumption. Today, businesses are pivoting towards grand transformation projects that fuse the cloud’s agility with on-prem resources, integrating Network, Security, OT, and IT into seamless platforms. These transformative steps…

Why Telecom Service Providers Outshine Cloud Service Providers in Connectivity and Security

The modern digital age has evolved in leaps and bounds, leading to numerous advances in technology. With this evolution, the demands on our networking infrastructure have significantly expanded. From multi-cloud networking to edge computing, from remote office connectivity to IoT integrations, the landscape is rapidly changing.   In this dynamic environment, while cloud service providers have emerged as the leading force for offering powerful compute constructs for developers, there’s an area they haven’t mastered – networking. Enter telecom service providers, the experienced giants of the networking…

We Need Design Patterns in the Enterprise Cloud Era

In a world driven by rapid technological advancements, network engineers have found themselves traversing the unfamiliar terrain of cloud infrastructure and its integration with on-prem systems. For over five years, this journey has been likened to a trek through a vast, challenging desert, primarily due to the nature of cloud offerings by service providers. The Unique Cloud Landscape Most cloud service providers have presented us with proprietary methods to integrate with their platforms. While innovation is the lifeblood of progress, the unique approaches adopted by…

Winning Private 5G Use Cases

The ONUG Community is obsessed with use cases. Critical use cases for multi-cloud adoption determine the direction and outcomes of the ONUG Collaborative Working Groups. ONUG conference sessions feature enterprise IT professionals discussing and debating the merits of solutions for critical networking and security use cases critical to success in complex multi-cloud operations. In 2023, ONUG launched a new private 5G (P5G) networks initiative that has culminated in the creation of the new Private 5G Event at ONUG Fall and the recent launch of the…

Policy-as-Code: Why We Should Care

It has now become commonplace in the enterprise world to hear colleagues, vendors, and industry pundits alike remarking on the many challenges of managing systems in a context of ever-increasing complexity. Just as common is the litany of reasons put forward for this development: the rise of cloud computing, the persistence (often in the same organization) of on-premise, legacy environments, and the need to succeed in maintaining the security and resilience of both. To these, one can quickly add the seeming impossibility of keeping up…

Show Me the Money: Network Engineers Usher in a New Era of Cloud Integration

“Show me the money!” – The iconic line from Jerry Maguire isn’t just a catchy phrase; it embodies the pursuit of value and success. Much like the sports agent in the movie sought to revolutionize the industry, network engineers are revolutionizing the cloud landscape, ushering in a new era of operational models that bridge cloud infrastructure and on-prem solutions. Two New Operational Models The CCoE Model: Help Me Help You Just as Jerry Maguire used the phrase “help me help you” to show his clients…

The New Role of Networking: Beyond Connectivity

We are on the brink of a revolutionary shift in networking, and it’s not just about transmitting data anymore. In this new era, networks are evolving to become an intrinsic sensor that aims to de-risk our infrastructure. As Operational Technology (OT) devices, previously insulated through air gaps, merge onto the enterprise grid, the function and role of networks will change dramatically, expanding their boundaries and responsibilities. Networks as Sensors Until recently, the main purpose of networking was to ensure packets of data traveled from one…