Various vendors are offering closed loop automation tools today. Let’s take Anuta Networks’ Active Service Assurance (ASA). ASA is a relatively recent addition to Anuta’s ATOM platform. If you don’t know Anuta, they offer network automation aimed at service providers and large enterprises acting as service providers. Create a service, and ATOM will deploy it for you in a vendor agnostic way. ASA adds network monitoring to know that a deployed service is or is not meeting the required service level agreement (SLA). If an SLA is not being met, ASA can modify the configuration to bring the service back into compliance.
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As Andy Jassy takes over the CEO role at Amazon, the question is asked, “Does it matter who takes over at AWS, the position Jassy is vacating?” The idea is that AWS is such a dominant force in public cloud, an untrained monkey could sit at the helm and AWS would continue printing billions of dollars. So who cares who replaces Jassy? Whoever the new human is, they can’t get it wrong. That might be exactly right, but for the thought exercise, I decided to go a different direction. For purposes of this opinion article, I choose to entertain the idea that Jassy’s replacement does matter, and matters a lot.
Is vendor lock-in all that bad? Many argue yes. You’re tied to a vendor because you’ve used some of their proprietary technology, and so you’re (apparently) stuck with it forever, limiting your future business agility. I think that’s an incomplete argument, though.
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TECHunplugged is a one-day event where end users, influencers and vendors come together to talk shop. At the Chicago event on October 27, 2016, I’ll be speaking on the following big idea: how the network automation war might soon be won. If you’re a Chicagoan, I hope to see you there.
To hear vendors tell the story, every enterprise in the world will be running cloud native applications on hybrid cloud networks any second now. In fact, if you’re not already firing up those containers, your business is behind. I mean…gosh…you’re probably losing thousands of dollars each minute because you’re not agile enough. You’ll be doing massive layoffs before you’re done reading this article just to stay alive.
Want to brief me about your product or otherwise have a chat? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org while there’s still room on my calendar. I look forward to seeing you at Interop!
Shiny red lights and sundry messages can tell us when a transaction time is too high, an interface is dropping too many packets, database commits are taking too long, or a WAN link’s jitter just went south. That information is wonderful, but doesn’t resolve the issue. A course of action is required.