Networks are meant to connect. Yet all too often network operations are disconnected, creating chasms instead of bridges for IT departments. This is especially true in the world of Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
In 2017, PwC conducted research with the primary objective of identifying what the major drivers in data center networking were. That research, made up of more than 250 responses from CIOs and IT leaders at large enterprises around the globe, suggested that the top priorities have shifted as IT charges towards cloud.
The way enterprises, cloud providers and service providers are consuming the cloud is changing rapidly, driven by the blurring of the boundaries between different types of cloud environments. Their journey toward delivering core business services with agility has consisted of introducing automation into the assets they own, the private clouds, building and expanding their data center infrastructure and leveraging virtualization and software-defined-networking to a certain extent. At the same time, the public cloud offering has become more pervasive, mature and usable for widely consumed applications and use cases.
Our partnership brings the Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager on top of Contrail. Stingray was already KVM-ready before we launched Contrail, so it was a perfect fit for Contrail and the open orchestration platforms with which it works like OpenStack and CloudStack. Not only that, but Stingray, as a virtual application delivery controller (ADC), enables high-impact high-value application delivery services.