I’m getting prepared for Network Field Day 17 starting January 23, 2018 and this one promises to be a little different.
- Its always a privilege to be selected and invited. Thanks to Gestalt IT for inviting me.
- This time the schedule is a a bit different, with just five vendors on the roster and taking multiple 2 hour slots.
- I’m extending this trip with time on both sides to meet people and work while I’ve made the flight. I am restricting travel in 2018 to focus on content.
Link: Networking Field Day 17 – Tech Field Day – http://techfieldday.com/event/nfd17/
Some review thoughts on the best way to start a new year with a massive networking nerdfest and what I’m hoping the vendors will bring to us.
Juniper has been growing its Enterprise IT market by substantial amounts in 2017. In particular, Ethernet switches have been a growth segment which is somewhat surprising. After pulling back from security in 2016, could we see more focus on the SRX platform with application features and cloud security capability ? Or an Enterprise grade SD-WAN solution that doesn’t involve MPLS or routing but does focus on applications and Day 2 operations ?
I’ve come to understand their focus on automation APIs and telemetry but I’m still struggling to understand how they adapt to a post-hardware world.
From my point of view, the surprise acquisitions of parts of Avaya and Brocade have grown them into a major force in Enterprise IT. Existing customers of all three brands are being supported fully but there must be tough decisions to extract value, reduce costs and focus on the business.
I’m hoping to hear more about this and get better insights into the wired and wireless campus plans since they are the only major brand competing with Cisco today for the SD-Campus market. Of course, the DC and WAN are interesting too but the path forward seems less interesting to me.
I’ve spent a lot of time tracking VMware as a networking company in 2017. Its becoming clear that NSX is wide ranging product and ready to break out of the data centre. The announcements around NSX Cloud, NSX Everywhere extend and embrace the public cloud and containers plus the on-premises infrastructure.
They capped off the year with the acquisition of Velocloud effectively announcing their entry in Branch Networking. I see VVMwareVelocloud as a competitor to Cisco Viptela although using a different SD-WAN technology that fits well to the NSX operational model. I feel that Velocloud is more of a software-centric product than Viptela and it will be fascinating to watch the evolution here.
Hopefully we can hear some more about these options and get some insight into the future of those.
In my mind, the networking company most likely to deploy to ML/AI as usable product for ordinary people. They are right in the middle of the SD-WAN revolution because they can ‘monitor the Internet’ and provide some certainty through visibility. Their SaaS application continues to focus on the Enterprise market and have been adding useful device and application monitoring functions such as VoIP, CDN, and website capability. I’m wondering what features they will be bringing to our attention and whether we might see something new.
Cisco is the leading networking vendor for Enterprise IT. Its remains entrenched with customers and the loyal following from resellers means that whatever direct Cisco takes will impact the most people. What could we see here ? ACI has gone quiet on the marketing front as customers & resellers are well into their decision cycles for on premises but hybrid cloud has clearly gained momentum. Enterprise IT says they want networking to embrace multiple clouds including public clouds PLUS private clouds. ACI has a roadmap but there is more to learn.
Cisco SD-WAN is in transition as IWAN fades back to its individual IOS features and Viptela moves to the front. Scaling up Viptela for the size of market that Cisco can reach is a major task and integration into the product portfolio remains unknown. We could also see some Cisco Security but they haven’t been to a Tech Field Day that I know of, so that seem unlikely.
Meetings in San Francisco & Silicon Valley
For those who want to meet in person, I’m extending my trip with a week in advance and after the event where I’ll be available for coffee, lunch or dinner so we can catch up. Please get in touch by email. If I don’t know you yet, tell me a little about why we should meet (it helps).
email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be writing more about this in my next post.