Welcome to the inaugural On-Premise IT Roundtable podcast! This episode, we’ve gathered our esteemed panel to discuss software-defined wide area networking, SD-WAN. In this emerging market, how do you compare the various offerings in the space? Is the market bound for consolidation, or will it remain full of vibrant competition? And how does the ease of use of SD-WAN impact the market for network professionals?
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…
Welcome to the first State of the Industry post for Gestalt IT. This is a weekly series where our staff gets together, talks about what seems to be percolating within the enterprise IT space, and puts together a look at a few relevant stories. We consult with experts in the field to get their opinions, and bring it all you you in a concise post. Thanks for joining us!
Kevin Myers has worked as an enterprise engineer for both a Telco and large enterprise, so he’s uniquely qualified to compare the different ways in which the two provision and deliver bandwidth with in their networks. One thing that jumped out to me was how the enterprise deployment scenario often leaves technology as a secondary […]
VeloCloud is offering a rather unique solution for SD-WAN. Instead of presenting themselves as a solution that an enterprise would build and deploy internally, VeloCloud takes a different approach. They’ve partnered with a number of Tier 1 and 2 Service Providers, integrating their service within their offerings, instead of using their offering as leverage for […]
Networks, sometimes it feels like you don’t even know them anymore. They’re an amalgam of different appliances across different vendors, who sometimes aren’t on very good speaking terms. Apstra is here to help fix that. Apstra has a problem with the way networks are built and designed. They have a great metaphor, networks are life […]
Software is a curious thing. Despite the best of developer intentions, sometimes projects take on an entirely different life than how they were envisioned. You don’t have to look much farther than the containerization of IT to see how something can take off in unexpected ways. Or maybe you’ve heard of the “(free) operating system […]
Software defined networking solutions are a lot like opinions, just because you have one doesn’t mean it’s any good. Phil Gervasi gives a look at an offering from VeloCloud in anticipation of a Networking Field Day presentation and likes what he sees. Whereas some other SD-WAN offerings can be immature, VeloCloud appears to provide a fully thought […]
The first Networking Field Day event will be held January 18th-20th with a second set for September 27th-29th. In addition, two Tech Field Day Extra Events will be held in Las Vegas at Interop and Cisco Live US on May 22th-24th and June 26th-28th, respectively. Check out the Networking Field Day site for videos of past events and great coverage from their delegates.