CenturyLink recently closed the books on our participation at CA World 2015 in Las Vegas. The show did not disappoint, with an action packed agenda including keynotes, demos, breakout sessions and more – exploring hot topics ranging from DevOps to Security and Cloud. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s what you missed.
Cyber Monday, that splendid day of amazing online deals that promises to be a boon to Christmas shoppers. Without leaving their homes, they can find one-of-a-kind bargains on just about anything that could brighten their holidays. For people who manage IT for retailers and related logistics firms, Cyber Monday can be a pretty frightening proposition. Know those huge crowds that line up at midnight to shop on Black Friday? On Cyber Monday, they’re queued up at your ecommerce servers, but no security guard can ask them to wait a moment before rushing the door.
Did you ever wonder why it’s called “Black Friday”? The official answer is that it’s the day when many retailers traditionally go “into the black” in financial terms, but the day’s name has an unmistakably sinister connotation. It conjures up images of dark clouds gathering, doors slamming shut and people wearing grim expressions. Yes, Black Friday can be a tense experience for both shoppers and retailers despite the happy activity of shopping for holiday gifts.
Part of my role as an Architect Evangelist is to tell people things they may not want to hear, though eventually most are glad they listened. For example, I have recently been involved in a number of conversations about whether big data should go into the cloud or stay on-premises. My response is, “Who said it was an either/or choice?” This is the risk with new paradigms such as Hybrid IT and cloud. You can get true believers who will hear nothing except that their new way is the only, best way to do things. Once in a while, this is true, like when we finally killed off the BetaMax, but generally, there is a lot of room for compromise.
It is of little surprise to say that Asia Pacific (APAC) is viewed as the primary growth market for the majority of Multi-National Corporations. The region leads the world in a number of significant areas – total population size, population growth, total number of Internet users, to name just a few. When coupled with the rise in average wage earnings and average internet usage, there exists a huge market opportunity for both B2B and B2C businesses in this part of the world.
Not long ago, hardware was king of the network. All data traffic was collected, managed and stored by various network components – which in turn fed information across an organization’s IT infrastructure. But times are changing in the networking industry – and today is all about software. Taking the lead in network performance, software now enables enterprises to control all traffic and routing. Essentially, the roles have been reversed.
The new software control model allows network engineers to quickly respond to changing business needs by shaping traffic through a centralized console. This software-based approach ensures network resources are defined and administered without ever touching individual components. Services are produced anywhere across the network – regardless of hardware device.
The IT strategies of businesses vary widely, though there is one common thread associated with the market’s leading brands: Technology matters! Global businesses are embarking on digital transformations, embracing new technologies to work smarter, drive innovation, and serve customers more efficiently. At the center of this journey is an ever-expanding universe of knowledge available from your organization’s data. Now is the time for CIOs to make big data a top priority.
As we all are aware by now, Cloud is ushering in a revolution in digital services on the supply side — streamlining delivery, enhancing agility and driving significant improvements in efficiency. CIOs, CFOs, CMOs and every other strata of corporate leadership have embraced this transformation, although in many cases with trepidation. As evidence of this groundswell, analysts project investments in these infrastructures and platforms will continue a five-year, 30 percent CAGR through 2018 – compared with only 5 percent growth in overall IT spend. Other research indicates the market will break $205 billion by 2018.