The Enterprise Private 5G Journey

In my last post, I explained why private 5G networks are not one-size-fits-all and outlined the salient technical issues that enterprise decision-makers must consider when developing a private 5G strategy. While there are common use cases within industry verticals, the unique needs and business priorities of individual organizations will ultimately determine the specific path each enterprise takes on its private 5G journey. The journey starts by rationalizing how private 5G will underpin an enterprise’s C-level business objectives, which will differ from company to company across many…

To the ONUG Community

We are thrilled to invite you, the ONUG Community, to the upcoming ONUG Conference in Dallas on May 17th and 18th! This year’s conference promises to be an unparalleled opportunity for networking, learning, and innovation. As always, we have assembled a fantastic lineup of speakers, with experts from across the industry sharing their insights and perspectives. You’ll have the chance to hear from leaders in networking, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and more, all sharing their expertise and best practices. This year, we’re excited to feature several…

Private 5G Networks. One Size Does Not Fit All.

Private 5G adoption is driven by use cases in a broad range of industry verticals such as transportation (airports, shipping hubs), energy (oil & gas), mining, utilities, logistics (delivery, warehouses), Industry 4.0 (manufacturing, IIoT), healthcare and agriculture. Private 5G is also being deployed in large-scale campus environments (business, education, government), public venues (retail, sports, entertainment) and municipalities (smart cities, public safety). Operational scenarios may differ significantly between verticals. Each use case has specific coverage, performance, reliability and security requirements for the types of users, applications…

Hyperautomation and The Technological Earthquakes That Created It

A turn of phrase I like quite a bit is describing something as a “quake” blog, book, movie, or tech. It refers to a ground-shifting idea or concept that changes my worldview. The three biggest “quakes” I have had in my 25-year career were Linux, Puppet, and GitHub Actions, and their stories are all interwoven with me personally and the technology community at large.  On Wednesday, May 17th at 3:30 PM CT I will be teaching and training the attendees of ONUG Spring 2023 on…

Growing Network Complexity Can Make or Break Your Business

The Vital Role of Enterprise Performance Management in Ensuring Digital Transformation Success No matter what stage in the digital transformation journey an enterprise is at – whether relying on multi-clouds, on-premise data centers, edge computing, remote and hybrid workforces, or a combination of all of the above – the complexities of today’s environment is creating significant network and application performance challenges. The promise of greater cost efficiency, enterprise flexibility, competitive advantage and improved end-user experience is undoubtedly worth the transformation effort, but ensuring application-level performance,…

Eating The Internet: The Rise of Edge Computing and a New Business Network

Five years ago, an infamous Gartner blog said, “The Edge will Eat the Cloud.” The gist was that while everyone was rushing to the cloud, Gartner saw a rush in the other direction – to the edge–driven by a need for lower latency and near-real-time processing. Fast forward five years, and with edge computing now forecasted to be an $800B market by 2028, it’s a perfect time to revisit the topic. So, has there been a rush to the edge? Absolutely. Is it “eating the cloud?”…

Private 5G is a Game-Changer for Enterprises and Service Providers

5G adoption in public mobile networks is well on the road to success, with Omdia reporting a total of 119 million 5G connections in North America by the end of 2022. However, despite the early hype, consumer 5G has not been truly transformative because for most users connection speeds are typically only 2-3 times faster than LTE. This is a far cry from the gigabit connections 5G will ultimately support, although users are realizing the benefits of improved video quality, fasters downloads, and lower latency…

The State of Digital Transformation

ONUG member companies that are digitally transforming their businesses have varying drivers for their change. Some are industry specific, others are affected by their size and how they’ve been impacted by recent worldwide events. There are, however, a few general trends that could be affecting all businesses, including yours. Considerations include: The COVID-19 pandemic: The pace of digital transformation has accelerated as businesses adapt to remote work, e-commerce and other digital solutions. Many companies have realized that digital transformation is no longer a luxury, but…

Ladies and Gentlemen: Please Welcome the Cloud Network Engineer and Team

We are all in the process of building the most powerful communication infrastructure the world has seen. It is built upon a programmable network infrastructure that delivers on demand capacity and is cloud delivered. It’s the combination of cloud native and networking technologies. Why cloud native? Just look at 5G and the wide range of Network as a Service or NaaS offerings; they are built with cloud native technologies and APIs.   This new infrastructure promises to provide choices and options for corporations to accelerate their…

It’s Time for No-Code Network Automation

For decades, armies of network engineers have been mired in one-off, brute force approaches to maintaining the network (the very core of their digital businesses), anchored by each individual engineer’s personal knowledge and experience. And that personal expertise has become a badge of honor worn by many of those tenured engineers, becoming a bit of folklore along the way, essentially an ‘art’ rather than science. This ‘art’ of network management tends to result in problem resolutions that extend remediation times, incur higher levels of human…