Menu
INSIGHT: One small step towards blurring the silos…

INSIGHT: One small step towards blurring the silos…

“In essence, it is one step back in order to take fifteen steps forward in the march to blur silos, and drive towards a more software-oriented networking future.”

As SDN and related technologies slowly trickle into the mainstream, a recurring theme is that cultural and staffing issues are the biggest challenge.

In other words, according to Andrew Lerner, research analyst, Gartner, the technology is surprisingly sound, given its infancy.

“Today’s siloed IT organisations are challenged to address software-oriented infrastructure, particularly in the networking space,” Lerner says.

“In addition, for all the talk of DevOps, we see limited penetration in mainstream IT to date.”

As an industry analyst, Lerner has written about these challenges before and they’re hard to overcome.

“Culture change takes time, and it’s a chicken/egg proposition,” Lerner observes, who asks whether new technology should be used to foster cultural/staffing changes or should culture/staffing be moulded first?

“I’ve spoken to clients who’ve done it both ways, neither is particularly easy. That said, simply taking that first step is usually the hardest part.

“To that end, one pragmatic, yet strategic first step is to re-think how to manage your virtual switches.”

In the vast majority of enterprises Lerner speaks with, virtual switches are managed by the server/virtual team, the same folks that manage the hypervisors, typically ESX from VMware or Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

There are also some folks who’ve installed third party vSwitches, such as Cisco’s Nexus 1000V, but according to Lerner, the vast majority of enterprise use a virtual switch from their commercial hypervisor vendor.

“So this is a perfect opportunity to take that first step in blurring the silos,” he adds.

“First, bring the network team into the virtual switching fold via giving them access to virtual switches. Let them dig around, get comfortable and understand the nuances of the virtual switch.

“After all, it’s just a switch, with interfaces, VLANs, QoS, ACLs, etc.

“Next, allow joint ownership of the virtual switching software across both the virtual and network teams (including management, configuration, operations etc.)

“This helps to bring the networking and server/virtualisation teams closer together.”

While acknowledging that it’s a relatively small thing, Lerner believes it goes a long way to getting these teams working closer together.

“Often, this is initially met with some resistance from both sides, but this concern typically settles after a couple of weeks, even in large organisations,” he adds.

“In essence, it is one step back in order to take fifteen steps forward in the march to blur silos, and drive towards a more software-oriented networking future.”


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GartnerSDN

Events

Why experience is the new battleground for partners

Join us for an exclusive webinar, in association with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) and learn about the latest industry insights and how technology services continue to evolve to deliver differentiated value, and how partners can be successful in 2021 and beyond.

Featured

Slideshows

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry joined together for the annual Reseller News Women in ICT Awards event at the Hilton in Auckland, during which hundreds of guests celebrated 13 outstanding individuals who won awards, chosen from more than 50 finalists representing over 30 organisations.

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments