Today on the Packet Pushers Weekly, we’re going to have a chat about how IT work culture is changing. Some companies are moving from technology silos (I do networking, you do storage, this other person does virtualization, etc.) into being cloud builders.
This shift in mindset also changes how IT organizations think about networking. When you’re building an infrastructure cloud for your customers to consume, what does the network need to look like? How is the network to be constructed and consumed in this new model?
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- In your “Four Years Later” post, you criticized self-described networking experts as being trapped in a time warp between 1998 and 2007. What did you mean by this?
- In your mind, a modern network:
- Treats bandwidth as a pool
- Focuses on application needs
- Is managed holistically
- Eschews traditional protocols to compute optimal forwarding state
- Features centrally managed state
Rethinking Best Of Breed
- When you present a modern networking approach to engineers, what reactions do you get?
- You mentioned in your blog that there is a shift in the consumption model away from siloed, best-of-breed technologies and towards cloud networking. What does this mean?
- Is siloed consumption (best of breed) going away industry-wide? If so, what do you think is driving the shift?
- If siloed consumption does indeed die, what does that mean for enterprises? Do they move to cloud for their infrastructure, or do they become cloud builders themselves?
- How should a network engineer think about infrastructure to stay relevant for the long haul?