IT Brief New Zealand logo
Technology news for New Zealand's largest enterprises
Story image

How will the next major meta trend in networking cause global change?

Mon 15 Feb 2016
FYI, this story is more than a year old

The technology industry operates on micro and meta innovation cycles. The micro cycles happen every hour, day, week and year. But the meta cycle is about twenty years. Every twenty years there is a massive and fundamental disruption that changes not just our industry, but also ripples through every other business and industry to change the way we work, live and play - and we are entering the next meta cycle. 

From the mid 70s to the mid 90s, the mainframe terminal and host model was the platform for business innovation. IDC calls this the first platform for innovation. And the network for the first platform was Private Line and SNA.

Twenty years later, in the mid 90s, we began the next meta cycle. The second platform for innovation was Client-Server and LAN/WAN. As a result, we shifted to IP networks. And of course, the most famous of all IP networks is the Internet.  At the start of 1995 there were 16 million users on the Internet, 2700 web sites (but you couldn’t buy or sell anything online), and less than 100 million mobile subscribers…but you couldn’t connect your mobile device to the Internet even though most connections were dial-up.

But over the next 20 years the Internet would change every industry it touched.

Today we see the rise of the 3rd platform for innovation: cloud, mobile, social and big data. And the pressures and opportunities created by the 3rd platform are once again changing everything.  Gartner says that every business will become a digital business.

But none of this will happen without a new network to support it. The old IP was never designed for the 3rd platform and it's crumbling and cracking under its weight. We need a New IP.

Today there are 2 billion people on the Internet, 1 billion websites (and we buy and sell everything on line) and more mobile subscribers than people on the planet. We’ve gone from connecting places, to connecting people, to connecting things. Billions, eventually trillions, of things. And the one thing about those things is that they love to make data and consume it. You have to store it, manage it, move it and analyse it. 

The speed of innovation of cloud service providers like Amazon and Google and the low cost of delivery is creating a relevancy gap for both service providers and IT departments. Every day, users go around them to buy IT services and applications directly from the cloud. User expectations for self service, delivery, and the pace of innovation is rising faster and higher by the day. But the network and IT architecture is outdated and was never designed to meet these needs.

This relevance gap results in a lot of pressure and added stress. But if your budget goes mostly to maintenance on the existing network, there’s no money left over - let alone the time - to re-engineer it. Careers can stagnate as innovation moves into the cloud or small DevOps teams that can iterate rapidly on virtualised infrastructure. You want to be drivers of business innovation and value. You want to meet the changing and growing needs of users, and provide self service tools and do all the things that the cloud service vendors to today. But the old architectures make this difficult... some may say impossible.

Twenty years ago we didn’t imagine a world where everything is in the cloud, application virtualisation, everything going mobile, the Internet of Things, or the big data it all creates….and we never imagined the hackers and security problems either.

The old IP has served us incredibly well - a testimony to its elegance and resilience - and we don’t need to toss it out, far from it. We need to build the New IP off the lessons and momentum of the past 20 years. And we need to design the New IP for the needs of the 3rd platform, for our modern era, the digital business, and for the unique pressures these create.

The New IP

What is the New IP?  It’s the old IP reimagined for our modern world, and designed to meet the needs of cloud, mobile, social and big data. 

The new IP is both hardware and software… and it has both business and technology benefits. 

Let’s compare where we are today, to the promise of the New IP, and then talk about the advantages and implications of this transformation.

The old IP is based on closed, proprietary systems, innovation cycles are constrained by custom hardware and provisioning network resource is difficult and manual. Security is bolted on, inter-operation is achieved through standards, vendors are at the centre of the ecosystem, costs are high and innovation is slow. 

The New IP is based on open source, riding on commodity hardware and merchant silicon and provisioning network resource is automated and self service. Security is built in from the start, inter-operation is achieved through open APIs, the customer is at the centre of the ecosystem, capex and opex costs are lower and innovation happens at the speed of business. 

And some surprising things become possible with the New IP. 

  • The data center goes from the back office to the front door, from a cost centre to a revenue engine.
  • The data center is without walls, it can scale out as easily as scaling up or down.
  • The network IS the data center, and the data center is the network. The applications, where appropriate, are network aware and the network is aware of the application and its needs. Network services, security and QoS can be attached to, and move with, each application.
  • There is no edge to the New IP network, not as we know it today.
  • And instead of having to buy everything up front from vendors and bear all the risk of gaining the value of your investment, in the New IP you pay for what you use, as you use it. No contract term, cancel when you want, upgrade at any time without penalty, in fact, never buy another piece of physical equipment if that’s your preference.

The New IP is a modern network, built on your time and your terms. To find out more about the New IP, click here.

Article by Gary Denman, Brocade Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Nozomi Networks
Nozomi Networks, Siemens reveal software integration
Nozomi Networks and Siemens have extended their partnership by embedding Nozomi Networks’ software into the Siemens Scalance LPE local processing engine.
Story image
Wireless
Cradlepoint expands its Cellular Intelligence capabilities
Cradlepoint has announced additional Cellular Intelligence capabilities with its NetCloud service.
Story image
Customer experience
Research unveils precarious customer loyalty for retailers
New research has found customers are reassessing established brand loyalties as their priorities and behaviours shift.
Story image
Cybersecurity
NCSC advisory highlights poor security configurations
The GCSB's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released a cyber security advisory identifying commonly exploited controls and practices.
Story image
Commerce Commission
ComCom welcomes new marketing codes for the telecom industry
The Commerce Commission is welcoming the creation of new marketing codes for the telecommunications industry.
Story image
Remote Working
How zero trust and SD-WANs can support productive remote working
The way people connect with applications and data has changed, users are remotely accessing resources that could be stored anywhere from a corporate data center to the cloud.
Story image
Digital Transformation
How to modernise legacy apps without compromising security
At a time when digital transformation has become central to business, even the most important applications come with a ‘use-by’ date.
Story image
Apple
Apple previews new features for users with disabilities
Apple says new software features that offer users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health and communication, are set to come out later this year.
Story image
Microsoft
Microsoft backing Māori and Pacific wāhine in tech industry
A new initiative focused on getting Māori and Pacific wāhine into the tech industry and backed by Microsoft, NZTech and the government is calling for tech companies to get involved.
Booster
Booster Innovation Fund. A fund of Kiwi ingenuity – for Kiwi investors.
Link image
Story image
Ransomware
A third of companies paying ransom don’t recover data - report
Veeam's report finds 76% of businesses who are victims of cyberattacks paid the ransom to recover data, but a third were still unable to get their information back.
Story image
Data Center
Preventing downtime costs and damage with Distributed Infrastructure Management
Distributed Infrastructure Management (DIM) can often be a lifeline for many enterprises that work with highly critical ICT infrastructure and power sources.
Story image
PaaS
New digital traffic light system to tackle construction defects
Smarter Defects Management launches its PaaS digital system and says it will revolutionise managing defects in the construction industry.
Story image
SaaS
Cloudflare launches instant serverless database for dev teams
"Today we’re announcing our first serverless database which we expect will quickly become one of the largest databases in the world."
Exabeam
Find out how a behavioural analytics-driven approach can transform security operations with the new Exabeam commissioned Forrester study.
Link image
Story image
Public Cloud
Cloud adoption still a work in progress, NetApp finds
NetApp has announced the results of the annual Cloud Infrastructure Report based on a survey of public cloud business and IT decision makers.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
CFOs using digital workers and AI to prevent unnecessary loss
New technology is now allowing CFOs to use digital workers to automate their accounting processes, making it easier for them to avoid unnecessary losses.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
SAS launches human-focused responsible innovation initiative
SAS has launched a responsible innovation initiative, furthering its commitment to equity and putting people first.
Story image
Digital Transformation
The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare environments and care delivery
The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionised the healthcare industry while overcoming staff shortages, social distancing requirements, and lockdowns.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
AI-based email security platform Abnormal Security valued at $4B
"A new breed of cybersecurity solutions that leverage AI is required to change the game and stop the rising threat of sophisticated and targeted email attacks."
Story image
Ransomware
Cybersecurity starts with education
In 2021, 80% of Australian organisations responding to the Sophos State of Ransomware study reported being hit by ransomware. 
Story image
Microsoft
PwC NZ unveils new Cloud Security Operations Center
PwC New Zealand has unveiled its new Cloud Security Operations Center for the entire Microsoft technology stack.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Managed service providers: effective scoping to avoid costly vendor pitfalls
Managed security services are outsourced services focusing on the security and resilience of business networks.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Hard numbers: Why ambiguity in cybersecurity no longer adds up
As cybersecurity costs and risks continue to escalate, CEOs continue to struggle with what their investment in cyber protection buys. Getting rid of ambiguity becomes necessary.
Story image
Workato
Workato unveils enhancements to enterprise automation platform
"The extra layer of protection with EKM, zero-logging, and hourly key rotation gives customers a lot more visibility and control over more sensitive data."
Story image
Sustainability
Power at the edge: the role of data centers in sustainability
The Singaporean moratorium on new data center projects was recently lifted, with one of the conditions being an increased focus on power efficiency and sustainability.
Story image
Cybersecurity
A10 Networks finds over 15 million DDoS weapons in 2021
A10 Networks notes that in the 2H 2021 reporting period, its security research team tracked more than 15.4 million Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) weapons.
Story image
Excel
Could your Excel practices be harming your business?
While Excel has been the de-facto standard for budgeting, planning, and forecasting, is it alone, enough to support organisations in the global marketplace that’s facing rapid changes due to digital transformation?
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
How to ensure ethical deployment of AI implementations
The increase in automation and machine technology such as AI and machine learning has unlocked a whole new level of scale and service to organisations. 
Story image
Commerce Commission
ComCom appeals $2.25 million fine in Vodafone FibreX case
The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ for its offending under the Fair Trading Act.
Story image
SAS
New SAS service overcomes subscription fatigue for media companies
SAS has launched SAS 360 Match which helps media companies move towards a AVOD model to generate revenue as subscribers cancel.
Story image
Sustainability
Grasping the opportunity to rethink the metrics of a sustainable data centre
A data centre traditionally has two distinct operations teams: the Facility Operations team, and the IT Operations team. Collaboration between them is the key to defining, measuring, and delivering long-term efficiency and sustainability improvements.
Story image
Application Security
What are the DDoS attack trend predictions for 2022?
Mitigation and recovery are vital to ensuring brand reputation remains solid in the face of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack and that business growth and innovation can continue.
Story image
Sisense
Data and analytics could be key to higher selling prices in APAC
Sisense's latest report has found that almost half of data professionals in APAC think customised data and analytics can create better selling prices for their products.
Story image
BeyondTrust
BeyondTrust integrates Password Safe solution with SailPoint
BeyondTrust has announced the integration of BeyondTrust Password Safe with SailPoint identity security offerings.
Story image
Fonterra
Fonterra to use automated guided vehicles by Dematic
New Zealand's dairy giant Fonterra is upgrading its manufacturing facility in Edendale with new automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from Dematic.
Story image
Collaboration
Meadows exits Ingram Micro New Zealand on a good note
We look at the resignation of Danny Meadows from Ingram Micro's New Zealand Unified Communications & Collaboration business unit.
Softiron
For every 10PB of storage run on HyperDrive vs. comparable alternatives, an estimated 6,656 tonnes of CO₂ are saved by reduced energy consumption alone over its lifespan. That’s the equivalent of taking nearly 1,500 cars off the road for a year.
Link image
Darktrace
Threat actors are exploiting weaknesses in interconnected IT/OT ecosystems. Darktrace illuminates your entire business and takes targeted action to stop emerging attacks.
Link image
Story image
Talend
Talend introduces new data health solutions for businesses
Talend has announced its latest version of Talend Data Fabric, with the release of Talend Trust Score enabling data teams to establish a foundation for data health.
Story image
Sift
Sift shares crucial advice for preventing serious ATO breaches
Are you or your business struggling with Account Takeover Fraud (ATO)? One of the latest ebooks from Sift can provide readers with the tools and expertise to help launch them into the new era of account security.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Trading up: It's time to swap core systems for flexible digital applications
This year will see more oranisations planning and commencing high tech renovations that will shake up the way they operate.
Story image
CRM
Zendesk announces new conversational CRM solutions
“The last few years have made it obvious that digital is the front door, convenience is paramount and relationships are anchored in conversations."
Story image
Lightspeed
Lightspeed launches all-in-one marketing platform in A/NZ
ECommerce provider, Lightspeed has launched a new all-in-one marketing solution, Lightspeed Marketing & Loyalty in Australia and New Zealand.