REI is a very well-known company in the outdoor gear space. They have 153 stores all over the world and are a respected leader in retail. They’re also a trailblazer in adoption of SD-WAN, as their recent plan to roll out Viptela SD-WAN appliances to their stores demonstrated. In a presentation for FutureWAN 18, Adam Burton, Rich Russell, and Mayra Guia detailed their reasons for moving to SD-WAN to increase stability and ease of use, standardize on protocols, and gain visibility and reporting into their wide network of retail stores.
For this week’s IT Origins interview, we had the privilege to learn how Network Collective Co-Founder Jordan Martin got his start in IT. The interview covers why enterprise infrastructure is not a solved problem, the encouragement around network disaggregation, and Chuck Yeager’s Advanced Flight Trainer.
Bonus podcast episode! I had the privilege to talk to Dong Ngo, an IT consultant and writer at Dong Knows Tech. From 1999 through 2017, he was an Editor at CNET.com, covering the storage and networking beats. We talked about how his understanding of technology evolved since his childhood in Vietnam, to moving to San Francisco in the 1990s.
In this iteration of Gestalt News:
– We spoke with Dong Ngo about his IT Origin story, starting in Vietnam and ending up in Silicon Valley
– Tom Hollingsworth looks at top-down orchestration and bottom-up automation
– Larry Smith breaks down how SD-WAN can be used to better steer SaaS-based applications
Automation and orchestration are key topics that are driving conversations around SDN and other IT ideas. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at each through the lens of top-down vs. bottom-up methodology and why each has a place in your environment.
Dong Ngo is an IT Consultant and writer at Dong Knows Tech. From 1999 through 2017, he was an Editor at CNET.com, covering the storage and networking beats. This interview provided some fascinating perspective into what we assume is significant technology. Dong shares his journey from a small village in Vietnam to moving to San Francisco in the 1990s.
Do your SaaS-based applications currently get steered in the most optimal way possible? If they do, is this a time consuming and manual effort? Or is there currently an automation expert who is crafting all of the components together to optimally direct the traffic? Chances are that the answer to these previous questions is “NO”. And if your answer is “YES” then are you already utilizing SD-WAN? If the answer is again “NO” then I encourage you to read on.
In this edition of Gestalt News:
– John Herbert talks about the networking trials of moving to the cloud
– Rich Stroffolino examines if 2018 is the year of the cloud
– Nick Bowie sits down for the IT Origins interview
Gian Paolo Boarina and Nicola Arnoldi have an interesting exchange going on the role of white box networking in the enterprise and the exodus of intelligence from organizations to vendors.