Agility is the new TCO for enterprise IT. It’s no longer viable to measure success by staying within budget constraints. If IT is not supporting the business’ needs to adapt and accelerate, then it’s contributing to the overall risk of the company.
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.
In a previous blog, I introduced some research that PwC conducted on the changing buying patterns around data center networking. The research was conducted over several months, featuring 35 live interviews and 235 unique survey responses coming primarily from CIOs and VPs of IT from a mix of global companies.
Facebook made waves earlier this week when they announced that they were open-sourcing their Open/R platform. In the latest push towards disaggregated networking components and open source software, Facebook outlined how they are working with Juniper Networks and others as they transform their backbone and data center networks.