Cisco Live! 2016: Partners, Bots and Spark, Oh My! – Cisco’s Yellow Brick Road to Magical Experiences

T. Banting

T. Banting

Summary Bullets:

  • Cisco is partnering with IBM (enhancing e-mail social networking, collaborative team spaces, cognitive computing and analytics) to compete more effectively against competitors such as Microsoft.
  • Cisco’s partnership with Apple will bring native dialing through iOS release 10 and integrate the iPhone within the Cisco infrastructure, thus improving business communications.

In L. Frank Baum’s first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy follows the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City, where everyone wears green-tinted eyeglasses to protect their eyes from the “brightness and glory” of the city. What it actually does is make everything appear green when the Emerald City is, in fact, “no more green than any other city.” At Cisco Live! 2016 in Las Vegas, Cisco’s vision for the future appears crystal clear and in little need of eyewear. Read more of this post

IoT Security: Still a Work in Progress

K. Weldon

K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Security is still the top concern and often prevents companies from launching deployments that would otherwise provide benefits, according to a recent IoT survey conducted by Current Analysis among 1,000 businesses worldwide.
  • Operators are finally addressing some of these fears with assorted services and technologies – either their own or through an assortment of partner solutions.

A survey conducted recently by Current Analysis among 1,000 enterprises on their investments in IoT technology disclosed a fact that should not surprise anyone who follows the IoT market: security is still a key concern. One-third of the businesses surveyed listed it as their top worry, and 17% of the companies surveyed that had evaluated but chosen not to implement an IoT project cited security concerns as the primary reason. Read more of this post

Cisco Live! 2016: Ladies and Gentleman, I Give You Self-Learning Networks

B. Shimmin

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• Engineers have been seeking for decades to instrument and monitor the data center in real time with varying, but always limited, degrees of success.

• With Cisco Tetration Analytics platform, the company hopes to take a leap forward with a witch’s brew of big data, machine learning and IoT-scale instrumentation that together promises to bury traditional network monitoring under a mountain of analytical insight.

I remember the ‘80s fondly, mostly because I’m a product of ‘the 80s, an era I think we can all agree was a lot more fun than our current epoch, the, ah, naughties. The clothes, the music, the art, the attitude, but mostly the hair, they all spelled out in big bold, color the idea of optimism. Optimism that we could do some seriously cool stuff. Take Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 pseudo-dystopian dose of frenetic energy, Back to the Future. As a kid, I just “knew” that time traveling cars could happen and that there was no reason at all why we couldn’t do just that — given enough plutonium of course. Read more of this post

Microservices to Dominate PaaS Offerings; Efforts Receive Boost from MicroProfile Project

 

C. Dunlap

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • PaaS offerings are beginning to include container/microservices options.
  • The MicroProfile project seeks to ensure heterogeneous deployments of microservices apps.

Microservices efforts got a major boost during Red Hat’s recent annual conference, where the vendor presented its flagship PaaS OpenShift as a container platform while simultaneously launching a new community project, MicroProfile.io. The project acknowledges Java EE as the dominant standard for building next-generation, business-critical, distributed apps and aims to raise the bar among Java developers looking to move into microservices and container environments. Read more of this post

Vendors Are Doubling Down on Hyperconverged Offerings, but That’s No Promise of Long-Term Market Success

C. Drake

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • The market for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is one of the data center industry’s fastest changing sub-segments, recently attracting new offerings from Cisco, HPE and Dell.
  • The success of individual HCI solutions will be shaped by things such as cost, scalability, time to deploy, ease of use and flexibility.

The market for hyperconverged infrastructure is currently one of the data center industry’s most exciting and fastest changing sub-segments. Recent months have seen several developments that illustrate the opportunities solutions vendors believe HCI offers them. These include the launch of new HCI offerings by Cisco, HPE and Dell as well as the expansion and development of existing HCI solutions to support new features and capabilities. However, despite this recent rush of HCI activity, questions should be asked about the market’s future potential and the long-term success of individual solutions. Read more of this post

Brexit? Keep Calm and Carry On, But Guard Your Wallet

I. Grant

I. Grant

Summary Bullets:

• Brexit, if it happens, will take longer than anyone thinks, so don’t panic.

• UK users should prepare for price increases and slower network builds as hedged contracts mature and investment slows.

Two weeks on from the unprecedented decision to quit the EU, a couple of things are clear. As far as the regulatory regime that govern telco behaviour goes, it is business as usual – Brexit talks, if and when they start, will take two years, so regulations like Roam like at Home will come into force from June 2017. Enterprise users can simply carry on. Read more of this post

Dear Intel, Here’s Why Selling Intel Security Would be a Huge Mistake

Summary Bullets:
• A rumored sale of its security business would be a major mistake for Intel.

• Intel Security has strong legacy products, promising new ones, winning leadership and strategy, and presents synergistic opportunities key to Intel’s future.

I’m not sure what surprised me more: Sunday’s Financial Times report that Intel was exploring a sale of its security division, or that industry observers and partners alike seem to be either indifferent or actually in favor of such a dramatic move.

Current Analysis believes a sale of Intel Security or its assets would be a mistake, for a variety of reasons. Here’s a brief look at the value Intel Security provides its parent:

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Where and When Should IoT Data Deliver the Goods?

B. Shimmin

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• Where and how quickly do companies analyze IoT data? Do they iteratively push device data into a central warehouse en mass for analysis later, or do they process all of that data at or close to the source in real-time?

• It turns out that enterprises want answers not just here and now but also later and in greater detail, making the case for combined distributed and centralized data processing.

I maintain a friendly but superficial relationship with math, but I understand enough to admire ideas like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and Erwin Schrodinger’s related and now famous thought experiment about the wellbeing of secretly imprisoned felines. It’s intriguing to think that for certain pairs of physical properties, like both the location and velocity of a given particle, you can calculate a particle’s speed, but in so doing you forfeit the ability to also know its location.

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference: IBM Exec Shares Insights into the Future of Swift

C. Dunlap

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM furthers its end-to-end Swift development efforts through new cloud tools that simplify server-side development, building an IBM Swift Sandbox website for code experimentation.
  • IBM will continue to encourage enterprises to move workloads to the cloud by easing end-to-end app development through buildpacks customized for Xcode developers and advanced connectivity in API services.

During this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, IBM’s announcement of updates to Swift 3 illustrate its investment in technology that eases end-to-end development in the Apple ecosystem (please see Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference: IBM Addresses Cloud-based and Server-side Development with Swift Tools, June 15, 2016). Read more of this post

Live at LiveWorx: Industrial IoT in All Its Glory

K. Weldon

K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

• At LiveWorx, PTC showed off exciting new capabilities for Industrial IoT, including the use of Augmented Reality, a potential game-changer for both IoT providers and customers

• The IoT ecosystem, in demos and panels, also showed off new wares, but many acknowledged a long road to meaningful revenue and profits

PTC LiveWorx, held in Boston from June 7th through 9th, is an annual “love fest” for the industrial IoT industry – the majority of presentations and demos showed off new technologies, software, hardware, analytics, dashboards, application enablers, vertical solutions, and consulting services that point to an even more compelling future for industrial IoT. In particular, the use of augmented reality, which PTC now has in its arsenal through its acquisition of Vuforia in late 2015, has the potential to allow customers to sell, demo, manage, operate, and troubleshoot their products more effectively, and cost-effectively prototype new features.
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