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Managing Risk and Automation with Policy as Code | ONUG Fall Session Recap

Using policy as code as the core of managing risk and automation was the topic at one session at the ONUG Fall 2022 Session.  Titled Managing Risk and Automation with Policy as Code, the panel included: Don Duet (Chairman & Co-Founder, Concourse Labs) Ruoh-Yann Huang (SVP, Global Head of Network Automation and Telemetry, Bank of America) James Walker (Managing Director, Network Services, Bank of America) Yesim Akdeniz (Managing Director for Network Services, Citi) Xiaobo Long (Sr. VP of Cloud Platform Security Engineering, Citi) Alexandra Shulman-Peleg…

The IT-Spend Party Is Over; Now It’s the Optimization Hangover

It’s hard to escape the news of reduction in force (RIF) and cautionary forward-looking corporate performance of large tech companies in the news this quarter. But note that there is a huge distinction between enterprise tech and consumer tech. Many of the large tech companies participate in both massive markets. Amazon is an online consumer retailer and offers enterprise compute services via its AWS business unit. Microsoft sells gaming and other consumer productivity software as well as enterprise compute services via Azure. Google is mostly…

On the Surface

We say these things quite often, “tip of the iceberg” or “on the surface…”. I love a good metaphor. And while I’m not prone to hyperbole, metaphors are the greatest linguistic invention in the history of everything ever created in the universe. Ignoring that important reality, and with all due respect to similes and analogies, my brain landed on the previously mentioned metaphors whilst recently pondering Policy as Code. On the surface, it feels that Policy-as-code solutions should be very straight forward. There are clear…

The Year Ahead: Into 2023

2022 Was a Launching Pad for the Programmable Network Cloud Ecosystem at ONUG  As a community, we have so many 2022 accomplishments to be proud of. We laid the groundwork for a new multi-cloud era where infrastructure and developer teams gain greater choice and options to deliver business value creation. We focused on multi-cloud connectivity, automation and security with a special emphasis on Network and Security Operational Centers (NOCs and SOCs) automation through AI/ML. We started to define the programmable network cloud market that promises…

Looking Back

I like watching bad movies. I can’t help it really; I was born this way. Sometimes I’ll be sitting around with my older brothers, and we’ll talk about ridiculous movies, nonsensical movies, movies that are so stupid that they defy logic…and yet…they’re hilarious. “Did you see Tremors?” someone will ask. “Five times… at least!” is the reply. “OMG… really? Me too!” So you can see it’s a genetics issue. Nonetheless, no matter how bad the movie, there’s usually one or two redeeming moments. Maybe a…

ONUG Is A Connected Community

Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. ~ Alexander the Great ONUG has always been a community of enterprise technology consumers and suppliers focused on building and running the digital enterprise at scale. Over the past few years, the community has focused on providing solutions to the hardest problem in IT; that is, operationalizing multi-cloud consumption to gain the widest range of options and choices for infrastructure and developer teams as they create business value. As we progress on this journey,…

What is the Hyperautomation Struggle?

A large portion of enterprise revenue is directly affected by the availability and security of IT infrastructure. This puts IT organizations under extreme pressure to ensure business continuity, accommodate growth, and help increase business value. But they struggle to solve one significant challenge: keeping operations running during economic recessions, natural disasters, or international conflicts, when physical access to sites is limited or outright prohibited. This challenge is exacerbated by an increase in distributed infrastructure, especially edge computing, which Gartner predicts will process 75% of enterprise…

Multi-cloud Usage Ramps Up, Brings Multi-challenges with its Expansion

Many organizations have meaningful multi-cloud projects underway. Of the majority (75%) of businesses deploying apps in multi-clouds, 63% use three or more clouds according to a Propeller Insights survey. Overall, just above half (56%) find it challenging to manage workloads across different cloud providers, citing difficulties with security, reliability, and—generally—connectivity. The litany of different challenges associated with distributed, multi-cloud applications can slow the progress towards the realized benefits, that so many institutions need desperately in the looming economy. And even though the adoption of proper…

Where did the Network Automation Blueprint come from?

If automation isn’t in your list of top three IT priorities, it should be. Many Fortune 500 organizations are recognizing the benefits automation brings to infrastructure availability and security. It keeps downtime at bay, which can cost $500k or more per hour according to Gartner. Automation also seals security gaps before a breach can occur, which IBM’s 2022 Cost of a Data Breach report shows costs an average of $4.54 million to rectify. Automation is so important now that Gartner has coined the term ‘hyperautomation’…

Let’s Finally Put the Build Versus Buy Question to Bed

With another ONUG Fall in the rearview, it’s a worthwhile exercise to look back at the topics and innovations discussed and consider what they mean for the biggest questions IT leaders face. This year, network complexity continued accelerating, with multi-domain, multi-vendor, and multi-cloud management taking up a growing slice of mindshare for enterprises large and small. We learned that security challenges won’t take a back seat while we pursue digital transformation goals. We also saw that M&A activity, which is likely to accelerate throughout the…