Enterprises need networks that enable optimal agility, ones that are driven by software and with as many functions as possible automated and virtualised. They need this because otherwise their dreams of a full digital transformation of their business will remain unfulfilled, stuck at the planning stages unless backed by the kind of connectivity that can glue a complex set of moving parts into a seamless whole.
Board level executives across world are more focussed than ever on maintaining business continuity and improving agility in the face of a year marked by unpredictability and uncertainty. Prospering in the ‘new normal’ will be all about innovation, added to the deployment of outstanding technology. It is a time for leaders and business visionaries to stand up and be counted.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the market for IT and connectivity services in ways that nobody could have forecast. What was top priority this time last year may be well down the list given current circumstances. The chief preoccupation of many organisations right now is the continuity of their business, and related to that the resilience of their networks.
Enterprises have relied on the resilience of their networks as never before during the COVID-19 crisis. What sort of business continuity provisions will they need to survive and prosper as we move on from the pandemic into an uncertain future?
David Cheriton is a computer science professor at Stanford University with a serious reputation for advanced thinking on Distributed Systems. Unlike most academics I know, he combines that with uncanny insight into technology market opportunities.
John Apostolopoulos is CTO/VP of Cisco’s largest business – Intent-Based Networking Group, which covers campus, branch, WAN, data center, wired/wireless, and cloud networking. He is also the founder of Cisco’s Innovation Labs…
SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) is an open source Linux-based network operating system created and heavily promoted by Microsoft – over 70% of network hardware vendors now support it – in order to enable more flexible, tailored networks with the collective backing of a large community of partners and users.
Expect a lot of noise – NVIDIA is dead serious about networking
When I was a kid “me and my mates” used to make gunpowder. It only took three ingredients: charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter (what the grown-ups called Potassium Nitrate). That was easy, but the proportions had to be just right, and the real challenge was to tamp it hard enough to get enough pressure – without hammering so hard that it went off prematurely. We never managed: the result was always a fizzle, a pretty flame. Not the loud bang kids crave.
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