James Wylie represented Corvil for an enlightening and inspiring week in Berlin at CiscoLive. Here, he reflects on the pace of technological innovation and relates some of the most common questions he fielded at CiscoLive.
Last week in Berlin, thousands of network engineers, technologists and uber-geeks from around Europe descended upon the city to participate at CiscoLive. It was impossible to see and do everything: inspiring keynotes, informative technical sessions and challenging activities like the “Arduino Challenge”. German beer on tap, great food, and the beautiful city of Berlin completed the recipe for a fantastic week.
For me, the week was also one of reflection. I was reminded I’ve been working in the industry for 20 years! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, and wandering around CiscoLive you really get to appreciate how rapidly technology evolves. Two decades ago, the networks I worked on were sold in increments of 64kbps, often running Frame Relay and with ISDN backup – remember that? A 2Mbps “MegaStream” service from British Telecom was considered exotic and a big deal for a Head Office. Today bandwidth and connectivity options have exploded with highly resilient 40 & 100Gbps backbones, and mobile and wifi networks that stream content to a multitude of devices wherever we are.
Many folks I spoke to were interested in understanding how to solve problems that arise as their networks continue to evolve. Our booth in “The World of Solutions” drew crowds each day. Some folks were there for fun, battling against each other in our “Batak Challenge” (a game of speed and fast reactions). But we also gave dozens of tailored demos and spoke to hundreds of people about solving a wide range of operational and business challenges. Some of the more popular questions were:
There was also lots of talk about the next age of hyper-connectivity, when there will be an app for everything and technologies such as the Internet of Things and Fog Computing (distributed computing - where clouds meet the ground!) will move from the drawing board into real life, bringing a whole new set of challenges around security, performance, data management and analytics.
The network really has become the critical eco-system that connects all these entities and allows them to interact in real-time. If you want to really know what’s going on at your digital business, the network is the place to look. After all, every client transaction, every database query, every electronic order, every VoIP call and every cyber threat passes through your network. Unfortunately, much of it is never seen or recorded, flying under the radar of your operations teams.
So, wouldn’t it be great if IT Operations could tap into the network, see, and make sense of all of these interactions as they happen? Wouldn’t it also be great to:
There is a way! CiscoLive may be over, but you still have an opportunity to see a Corvil in action. Click here to view demo.