SD-WAN Value Blog Part 2: Managed Service Provider Opportunities to Drive Value

Joel Stradling – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services

Setting the Scene with Research

The first of this two-part blog series can be read here: SD-WAN Value Blog, Part 1: Evolving the WAN to Drive Customer Experience TransformationJanuary 5, 2018.

In the below pie-chart (source: GlobalData Multi-Client Survey, October 2017), we asked a large pool of multinationals the following question:

Do you have a managed services provider (MSP) who helps operate your network?

74% said ‘yes’, while the remaining 26% said ‘no’.

Our conclusions for the majority 74% positive response is that this is driven by the need for an integrated portfolio of services and fast responses for adjustments, maintenance, and repairs. We understand from respondents that network complexity is a hassle that they struggle to cope with, and that with digital transformation paths this complexity is only compounded.

We also think that this 74% penetration gives MSPs an ideal platform from which to expand into existing accounts with more services. SD-WAN implementations are a great vehicle for this, with central orchestration and more deeper management functions more effective for flexible real-time changes – including technical ones to network nuts and bolts and commercially with more pay-as-you-go and ‘as-a-service’ options. This opens up opportunities for service providers to move up the value chain in various areas, including for example professional services. In the same Multi-client Survey, the following graph demonstrates the types of partners that businesses use for. Continue reading “SD-WAN Value Blog Part 2: Managed Service Provider Opportunities to Drive Value”

Application Platform Lifecycle Management is a Key Component to DevOps Management Tools

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• Application and platform lifecycle management (APLM) presents significant new opportunities for leading IT vendors to provide solutions that help enterprises manage the application and platform portfolio ecosystem across the entire lifecycle.

• APLM represents the most important issue facing enterprise customers, who want to leverage, manage and orchestrate cloud-native app development technologies, yet remain challenged to find an entry point through best practices and integrated solutions.

This year a team of GlobalData analysts will explore the emerging competitive landscape based on a new concept we call APLM, which reflects the convergence of modern application development platforms and architectures, cloud hybridization, and the orchestration, automation, security and integration of business and IT systems. New and evolving solutions are being built using virtualization and containerization, DevOps best practices, and orchestration capabilities. Continue reading “Application Platform Lifecycle Management is a Key Component to DevOps Management Tools”

Let’s Drain the Database Swamp! (Okay, Just Kidding)

B. Shimmin
B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Enterprise buyers looking to simplify their data integration woes through centralization are missing the value inherent in diversity.
  • Database diversity (actually diversity across all workloads) should not only be welcomed but actually sought after as a means of blending opportunity with capability.

Back in the ‘90s, the average enterprise maintained not one, not two, but seven databases on average: one for transactional information, one for data mining cubes, one for server logs, etc. Today, that has grown dramatically thanks to the proliferation of NoSQL-style databases built to handle unstructured, semi-structured and polymorphic data. Add to this the ever-expanding list of data storage options across public cloud data platforms, and you’ve an honest to goodness embarrassment of riches. Continue reading “Let’s Drain the Database Swamp! (Okay, Just Kidding)”

2018 Predictions: What to Expect in Application Platforms

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Technology vendors will productize and operationalize key application platform components through pre-assembled toolchains and pipelines to ease configuration complexities.
  • Traditional MEAP solutions are being enhanced and repositioned to address advanced app development requirements, including mobile, web, IoT, and chatbots.

In 2017, IT operations played a greater role than ever in the application development and deployment process, albeit amid extreme configuration complexity. The prospect of advancing modern app development through new architectures that better support the DevOps model and need for continuous integration, continuous delivery (CI/CD) was certainly part of vendors’ messaging throughout the year. However, deployment complexities were prevalent, stunting the potential of emerging platform services. Continue reading “2018 Predictions: What to Expect in Application Platforms”

SD-WAN Value Blog, Part 1: Evolving the WAN to Drive Customer Experience Transformation

J. Stradling
J. Stradling

Summary Bullets:

  • SD-WAN gives managed service providers opportunities to drive customer loyalty and move up the value chain.
  • Staying in one place is no longer an option in the managed WAN services segment.
  • An agile network is essential for enterprises wanting to be the champions of great customer experience within their specific segment.

Moving Up the Value Chain

SD-WAN offers managed service providers considerable opportunities to drive loyalty from clients as well as offer multiple layers of value-added products around data center and cloud, WAN acceleration, applications performance management, and firewall security. In fact, these are already table stakes in the market today. Many physical appliance-based network features and functions are increasingly becoming available as software-defined network services, in the form of more unique and BYOD-style VNFs being part of expanding menus. Continue reading “SD-WAN Value Blog, Part 1: Evolving the WAN to Drive Customer Experience Transformation”

Note to Computer Science Students: Quantum Computing is the Future; IBM Announces Landmark 50 Quantum Bit Computer

C. Dunlap

What’s the future in computer science and technology? Quantum computing of course.

Industry giants including Google and IBM are getting revved up over quantum science for its ability to massively speed cloud computing systems and bring staggering intelligence to new cognitive applications.

Technological advancements in the decades-old science are proving a crucial turning point for evolving quantum science into quantum reality. IBM’s recent announcement of a quantum milestone–a quantum computer that handles 50 bits (qubits)–shores up its quest to achieve quantum supremacy. A newly commercialized 20 qubit cloud system with unheard of levels of superconducting capabilities will entice the best of the best industry and academic minds to design advanced apps and literally go where no man has gone before. Continue reading “Note to Computer Science Students: Quantum Computing is the Future; IBM Announces Landmark 50 Quantum Bit Computer”