There is no Private or Public Cloud, only a Hybrid Cloud

by Nick Lippis

ONUG offers, bar none, the best indicator of what’s real in the industry. At UBS headquarters in September of 2013, the ONUG Board met to define the major themes and narrative for ONUG Fall 2013 hosted by JPMorgan Chase. This was during the hype of OpenFlow, OpenDayLight and OpenStack. During that meeting, the ONUG Board realized that none of these projects would be game changers and that ONUG would chart a practical course that enabled the ONUG Community to embrace freedom, choice, and options in the various ways each community member company needed to build infrastructure to deliver business value. As we journeyed forward, ONUG Working Groups were established, based on use cases prioritized by the ONUG Community, and populated with hundreds of volunteers. In 2016, it became clear that all working groups were developing different aspects of hybrid cloud infrastructure. It was the ONUG Hybrid Cloud Working Group that provided the framework, which enjoyed contributions by IT executives from Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity, GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, and UBS. Continue reading

The Rise of the User Voice

by Nick Lippis

The public voice of IT business leaders has been muted over the past two decades. Part of this was due to corporate PR, legal, and mitigation teams forbidding IT executives from speaking in public. Part of the cause was the lack of forums available for IT leaders to collaborate and exchange successes and challenges. Part of the cause was old fashion thinking about what was strategic. But ONUG changed all that and its implications will be wide spread! Consider this a start. During the last ONUG Board meeting at Yahoo Headquarters, members of the board agreed that the direct exchange of information between IT business leaders at ONUG is of much greater value than industry analysts’ advice on trends. It doesn’t even come close! Continue reading

The ONUG Community Rethinks Security For a Software-Defined Cloud-Based World

by Nick Lippis 

Gone are the days when enterprise security was defined by physical firewalls and IPS devices placed in a DMZ and programmed with rules that either allowed or denied access. It’s not that these security appliances are not needed or important anymore, it’s just that they are legacy, hardware-based, inflexible gatekeeper devices that were build for an older world and application portfolio. Network security, like all hardware-based appliances, is rapidly being disaggregated from hardware and software so that security services can be applied to workload independent upon its locale. The new security market is based on Software-Defined Security Services and there are a wide range of new companies making up this ecosystem. Companies such as vArmour, Juniper Networks, Illumio, Aporeto, Avocado Networks, Drawbridge, Cloud Passage, Darktrace, FireEye, ShieldX, ForeScout, CIX, and Catbird are all either currently or soon-to-be offering products and services for the Software-Defined Security Services market. Even the cloud providers such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are starting to get involved by offering APIs to Software-Defined Security Services. You can also expect VMware, Cisco, HPE, Palo Alto Networks, Checkpoint et al. to build modules and extensions to their products this year. Continue reading

Re-Tooling the Enterprise For The Software-Defined Market

by Nick Lippis

The two largest barriers of entry of the software-defined revolution are skills and tools. The Software-Defined Enterprise will not become a reality unless there are new monitoring and analytic tools as well as new infrastructure DevOps engineers with the skills to put the tools to work. At ONUG, we’ve seen the lack of uptick in data center overlay deployments for this very reason; there is currently no visibility of underlay/overlay and especially trouble event causality. And don’t expect VMware, Docker, Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, et al. to provide comprehensive software-defined management tools either, as they focus on delivering specifically tools for their offerings. So as you can see, IT is forced to integrate a wide set of tools to deliver lifecycle management for the Software-Defined Enterprise. Still, there is some really good news here too. There are a large number of vendors offering tools with machine learning and AI integrated or road mapped. Companies like Solarwinds, NetScout, InfluxDB, Moogsoft, ServiceNow, SignalFX, Sensu, Splunk, Elastic, Wavefront, Nagios, New Relic, Gigamon, xMatters, PagerDuty, and others are not tied to cloud or enterprise providers. Continue reading