Telling people “no” is hard. It’s extremely hard when you’re a company making products. But sometimes “no” is exactly what people need to hear to make them say “yes”. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at Kentik and how a Negative Roadmap is a huge positive for them.
Although infrastructure is beginning to disappear behind an API for use by development and systems teams alike, there is still a team or even a single person behind that API ensuring that operations are smooth and transparent for those who consume said infrastructure. Those individuals or teams are well served by new tools for old problems.
What does it take to truly be software defined? Tom Hollingsworth takes a quick look at the journey of Pluribus Networks from hardware and software vendor to a networking and analytics software company.
Comparison can also be a powerful tool. When framed against your peers, it can show you how something is relatively performing. In enterprise IT, it’s easy to get caught up in absolute metrics. We all have targets of how many IOPS we need, or how much latency is too much. But comparative metrics are also important. It would be nice to know if with an identical network setup, someone is getting substantially better performance overall. If nothing else, this give you an idea of where to start looks when problems come up. Most network monitoring and analytics focus on raw numbers without a comparison context. Nyansa’s Voyance solution puts it front and center.
In getting ready for Networking Field Day, I wanted to make sure I had a feel for all the companies. Most of this was pretty easy, even for the newer players, there was some published content about what they were offering. At the very least, there was a general sense of what we would see, even if there were a dearth of technical detail. For Forward Networks, admittedly still in stealth prior to the event, there was a vacuum. The best I could find was a Medium post by Andrew Wesbecher, their Head of Sales. From this I learned Forward wanted “to help enterprises avert costly network failures stemming from misconfiguration and other human error.” Okay…