Is software-defined networking keeping you up at night? If so, it's understandable. Not only does it demand news skills and a new way of viewing the network as a whole, but new technology has a way of changing jobs or making them obsolete.
It's only going to affect a certain segment of Cisco's customer base, but the networking vendor is adding support for the BGP EVPN VXLAN protocol to its Nexus 9000 Series of switches.
When the networking space was ruled by names like Bay Networks and 3Com, the idea that hardware pushers would one day find their world increasingly ruled by software would have seemed absurd.
Changes to how Cisco is dealing with and licensing software, which we wrote about last week here on FierceEnterpriseCommunications, is having an impact on how the company is targeting the cloud market.
If the promises being made about the speeds of the 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless protocol come true, then network administrators may want to consider it for organizations that are running hefty unified communications applications.
As you can imagine, software-defined networking was a hot topic at last week's Cisco Live! event in Milan, Italy, but its competitors aimed to downplay Cisco's big announcements around software.
Mandating BYOD even for employees that need powerful computers makes no sense from any perspective. But allowing BYOD benefits the employees and company.
Simplification is the general trend at Cisco Live! in Milan, Italy. In addition to simplifying network operations, Cisco also introduced a new software licensing model that is intended to make selecting and buying the vendor's networking and infrastructure software easier.
A brilliant idea or simply wishful thinking? Cisco is finally being a little more proactive with its Meraki acquisition, and what it's aiming to do is make operating the network as easy as operating an iPhone.
With any luck, you're sipping espresso in Milan, Italy today with Cisco executives and partners, gearing up for Cisco Live!