Today’s episode is a grab bag of big ideas. Greg and Ethan start with the notion that data centers should be treated like a factory, but in fact they tend to be treated like a museum, with old equipment running special applications that have to be carefully preserved and curated.
What we need to do is stop treating equipment like heirlooms and start thinking of it as enablers of services. And old assets should be tossed in the bin.
Public Clouds Are Public, Private Clouds Are Private
Greg and Ethan also debate about why you hear about public cloud implementations from public cloud users, but you rarely hear about private cloud implementations. Greg has some theories here, and Ethan tests the soundness of these theories.
The Enterprise Has Stopped Buying Stuff
The discussion turns to the economic climate of the tech industry. Financial reports are anticipating indicates softness in revenues and growth in the coming quarters. Greg and Ethan read the tea leaves about enterprise IT budgets, the impact of the cloud, and what it means for major tech vendors.
Rise Of The Linux Foundation
The Packet Pushers have been tracking the growing influence of the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization that promotes Linux and other open source projects, in the realm of networking.
The foundation is home to several networking-related initiatives, including OpenDaylight, the SDN controller; ONOS, the open network operating system; and OPNFV, an open source platform for virtualized network functions.
Greg and Ethan argue the idea that organizations like the Linux Foundation are overtaking traditional standards bodies, and look at the pros and cons of this development.
SD-WAN: Where Are We Now?
SD-WAN is one of the SDN technologies that’s come to market with very clear use cases and significant adoption. Greg and Ethan talk about why SD-WAN has made such an impact, and how it’s going to affect the carrier/telco/service provider market.
Supply Chain Integrity
The news that Tianjin Tianhai is acquiring Ingram Micro spurs a discussion about the potential for state actors that control major portions of the technology supply chain to tamper with equipment to facilitate espionage.
Sponsor: Aruba Atmosphere Conference
Atmosphere, the largest mobility conference on earth, takes place March 6th through the 11th at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It features keynote speakers–including HPE CEO Meg Whitman–breakout sessions, and technology demos. The Packet Pushers will be on site to record several podcasts with Aruba subject matter experts and chat with fellow conference attendees. Register now and keep an ear out for the podcasts from Aruba Atmosphere that we’ll publish in the Weekly Show and Priority Queue feeds.
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