A Response To “What Went Wrong with NFV: The Operator View”

This post is a specific response to Tom Nolle’s recent blog: What Went Wrong with NFV: The Operator View. I provide a perspective on the points Tom raised, based on my experience leading business model strategy / transformation at a leading Networking supplier, Juniper Networks. Tom’s blog reflects the operator view as articulated by Tom,…

Better Together: hardware and software experiences

My first car was a “sin bin” that never saw any action (hey, shoot for the moon right?). My second car was a straight six, tuned length extractors, aluminum head, and three side draft, double-barrel, 45 mil, DCOE Webers. That second car, when it was on the road, was a work of passion, seriously, all…

5G, Cisco, The Important

The Important Do the fortunes of 5G rest on Enterprise solutions? Which vendors are best positioned to execute on Enterprise solutions? These are the kinds of questions scenario planners should be asking Discussion I’ve worked with a couple of editors in my time. The most aggressive of them want that perfect title that demands people…

Huawei and the terrible conflict we feel

UPDATE – NOT LONG AFTER THIS BLOG WAS PUBLISHED THE IEEE REVERSED ITS DECISION TO BAN HUAWEI EMPLOYEES FROM REVIEWING PAPERS. If you work in tech, you a) work in global markets b) probably believe the best tech should win, even if you concede it does not always, and c) identity with political movements that…

Networking Epochs from Mainframes to NaaS

The Important After decades of Internet and Cloud infrastructure innovation / investment, the networking world turns its eyes to Enterprise Routing, and more generally, Enterprise networking. The tip of the spear is SD-WAN, but Network-as-a-Service (Subscription) is the larger theme, with multicloud also part of the mix. This presents Enterprise Networking disruption potential, though Cisco…

Network vs Cloud Service Providers

The Important The core of a Network Service Provider’s business in network services The core of a Cloud Service Provider’s business is cloud services This difference in focus drives different requirements for suppliers Discussion   Network service providers (NSPs) add value to the economy by providing network services. Cloud service providers (CSPs) add value to…

Network as a Subscription – Opportunity to change the game

Information technology in general, and networking specifically, have benefited greatly from silicon economics for decades. Consistent gains in networking price/performance have been on the capital expense side / hardware procurement. Operations gains have not benefited as much, and are increasingly a barrier to productivity.  Network managers can benefit from replacing large operational expenses, with smaller,…

Why (Networking) Software?

Why software, for any purpose? The simplest answer is: it is the easiest way, for the most engineers, to tell computers what to do, in the most expansive ways. The cloud era adds to that: it is the easiest way, for computer instructions, to be adapted to, the largest scope of computer / storage configurations….