09.23.2016Enterprise Tech

Enterprise Technology Spotlight: SDN, cloud bursting and Women of the Channel

By: Kevin King

Enterprise technology advancements move quickly. Twelve months ago network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined network (SDN) were mostly concepts that few companies were putting into practice. Now they are full blown IT movements with more enterprise embracing them every day, creating a growing list of case studies and best practices. Our first article addresses this.

Next, we look at cloud bursting. Enterprises increase computing demand for a short period of time to handle heavy workloads – like when the new season of House of Cards is released. While the concept of cloud bursting is easy to understand, practical application is more complicated, resulting in few companies actually doing it – at least right now.

Finally, gender diversity remains a hot topic within the channel. As a result, the Channel Company expanded its popular Women of the Channel Leadership Summit into Europe. The purpose is to provide education and mentoring opportunities for female IT executives to increase opportunities for growth and leadership within the industry.

It’s time to implement NFV, SDN

NFV and SDN are now main stream. In fact, 72% of global service providers plan to or already are implementing SDN, NFV or both technologies, according to Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. (The New IP Agency)

Why more people aren’t cloud bursting

It’s easy to see the appeal of cloud bursting, but implementing it is harder than it looks. In fact, most enterprises have determined that for now, the operational challenges outweigh the potential cost benefits. (Computerweekly)

The Channel Company launches Women of the Channel Europe event

The first-ever Women of the Channel Europe event, scheduled for November 9-10 in Barcelona, Spain,  will bring together women executives from IT vendors, distributors and solution provider organizations across Europe for learning, inspiration and networking. (CRN)

Kevin King is external communications director for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. He writes about cloud computing, public sector, media/entertainment and high tech marketing and PR.