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…

Application-Centric Networking for the Modern Enterprise Era

The modern enterprise has applications and services that are distributed across on-prem, multicloud and intelligent edge environments. By 2025, 75% of the enterprise data will be created and processed at the edge. The enterprise application users are themselves becoming mobile with the hybrid work paradigm gaining ground. These drastically shifting needs of applications and users are not addressable with traditional models of networking, including traditional SDN solutions. This leads to increased pressure on the NetOps and CloudOps teams. Without the ability to provision networking for…

The Growing and Evolving Role of Today’s Networking Professional

As businesses evolve to meet customer needs and satisfy the demands of a remote workforce, cloud computing adoption has grown at a record pace. With forecasted market size growth in cloud computing rising from 545.8B in 2022 to a market size of 1,240.9B in 2027, the demand for networking expertise is growing. Today’s enterprise requires networking professionals who have the skills to adeptly provision, implement, process, analyze and secure the cloud infrastructure. As cloud adoption soars, how has the role of the networking professional changed,…

Empowering Network Professionals to take on Responsibility of Cloud Networking

At a time when large enterprises are building out their digital infrastructures and facing added complexities, keeping ahead of networking innovations and new technologies is critical to the long term survival and health of today’s enterprise.  Beyond leveraging the advances in networking solutions, keeping an organization’s   network secure and operational is a top concern. According to Statista, a single network outage can cost an organization upwards of $301,000 per hour. Your networking organization needs up-to-date skills training that aligns with operational objectives to leverage…

Networking Is Becoming the Center of the IT Universe Again

There is a major shift taking place in the market toward networking teams becoming the center of the universe again–just like during the internet build phase. We’re seeing a new focus on the golden era of networking take shape at ONUG. Networking teams are becoming empowered as they take on the responsibility of cloud networking and other select cloud infrastructure domains from centralized cloud platform groups; some call this group the Cloud Center of Excellence or CCoE.  Why are CCoE platform teams giving up networking…

Hybrid/Multi-Cloud: A Powerful Paradigm for Enterprises

Introduction A multi-cloud or hybrid strategy gives enterprises the freedom to use the best possible cloud native services for revenue generating workloads. Many organizations are utilizing multi-cloud deployment use cases like Increased reliability Improved security Cloud bursting  Disaster recovery Vendor neutral solution Utilizing differentiated solutions from providers   The cloud vendors provide common solutions like compute, storage and networking solutions with cost efficiencies. Organisations today consume multi-cloud solutions for enterprise IT services like email, Salesforce, PaaS from Microsoft etc. for applications. Study from Flexera shows most…

Predictive Load Balancing For Cloud Cost Optimization: A Case for Intelligent Load Balancing

Introduction Modern applications are composed of individual microservices that need to run in one or more locations (cloud regions or edges). On the one hand the loading at each of these microservices can vary with seasonality and other external events that influence the workloads. On the other hand, it is assumed that there is sufficient capacity to handle the load arriving at each of these locations. The platform team can only create static load balancing profiles based on the offerings from various cloud providers resulting…

Operational Models That Optimize Cloud Spend

The business environment over the last few years has had a significant impact on cloud adoption and spending. As companies accelerated their network builds to accommodate hybrid and remote workers, they quickly rolled out new cloud services and solutions.  Gartner originally predicted that in 2023 worldwide public cloud spending will grow 20.7% to total $591.8 billion, up from $490.3 billion in 2022 and worldwide spending on IT would grow 5.1% in 2023. As recently as last month, Gartner slashed those IT estimates and is forecasting…