Fields of Fiber

What’s Holding Digital Transformation Back? News of the Week, 3/24/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 24, 2017 8:15:00 AM

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m fascinated by digital transformation (DX) and how Fiber Mountain can contribute to successful DX implementation. We focus on bringing the agility of software to the physical layer of networks and data centers, adding intelligence to the physical connections that are so easy to take for granted.

 I’ve argued before that legacy infrastructure, including standard “dumb” physical connectivity, is part of what holds enterprise back from implementing DX. It didn’t surprise me when this week’s news featured two separate studies supporting that conclusion!

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Topics: Industry News, data center, digital transformation

The Social Data Center – News of the Week, 3/17/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 17, 2017 1:03:30 PM

The stereotypical data center is a nondescript gray building with obscure signage and tighter-than normal security. That the community is rarely aware of the high-tech contents is just another security measure, right?

On the other hand, data centers and the companies that own them are part of their communities, like it or not, and some of them are starting to embrace that fact rather than playing it down. One aspect of that trend is the growing commitment to renewable energy sources for data centers, but this week I noticed a few more visible examples you might enjoy:

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Topics: Industry News, data center

Cloud Power – News of the Week, 3/10/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 10, 2017 7:07:00 AM

Power – what does it mean to you?

It could be simple electrical power from an outlet, or the power of market dominance, or the power of leading by example and influencing how others decide to do things.

Read on for a look at the power of the cloud, in three different flavors.

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Topics: Industry News, Cloud

Soup, Insurance & Digital Transformation – News of the Week 3/3/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 3, 2017 6:52:00 AM

Is digital transformation just a fad? A year or two ago, it might have seemed like it, but now established companies from non-tech industries are touting their success in using DX principles to drive business growth for the 21st century. This week’s examples: Campbell Soup and Swiss Re!

That’s all well and good, but how do you make digital transformation work for you? Follow the link below to Shelly Palmer’s thoughtful article on steps both individuals and organizations can take. And if you missed it, check out our own Digital Transformation Road Trip series.

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Topics: Industry News, digital transformation

Is the Future of Data Centers Software Defined, Underwater & Voice Controlled? - News of the Week, 2/24/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Feb 24, 2017 6:57:00 AM

Happy Friday! I'll start with our own news: this week, Fiber Mountain published a Cisco-approved press release on the LS-2520 QSFP breakout solution for their NCS 1002 unit. Sushin Suresan (Cisco Product Manager) says "The Fiber Mountain team has created the a great companion to the NCS 1002 that simplifies operations for break-out applications and Cisco is enthusiastic about early customer feedback."

Moving on to industry news, is it just me, or is everyone looking at the future of data center design lately? Read on for more on SDDC, the latest from Microsoft's Project Natick team, and the potential for voice-controlled data center provisioning. (Alexa, I'd like a new VM!)

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Topics: Industry News, data center, SDDC

Social Beauty & Digital Transformation - News of the Week, 2/17/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Feb 17, 2017 7:07:00 AM

If you read the last three posts, you know the Fiber Mountain team had a great time at ITEXPO last week. While I hope you enjoyed the change of pace, it’s time now for another news round-up!

There were a lot of great articles in our social media feed over the past week, but it was the headline about L’Oréal that caught my imagination and wouldn’t let go. Read on for another addition to the “digital transformation I never would have expected” list.

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Topics: SDN, digital transformation

Day 3: ITEXPO 2017 – What’s hot and what is keeping people up at night? Final thoughts and $100 Amazon Gift Card Winner

Posted by Bill Miller on Feb 13, 2017 3:43:18 PM

Friday was the third and final day of ITEXPO 2017 and our third survey question, “What is the top priority for your network for 2017?” Our booth saw good traffic for the final day as we discussed this question with a few enthusiastic customers! As we all know, there are always many initiatives and there can only be one "priority one"!

As with the first two days, the mixed audience shared a variety of top priorities. All of the answers were different except for one exception; several of our visitors listed Disaster Recovery, or DR.

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Topics: ITEXPO

Day 2: ITEXPO 2017 – What’s hot and what is keeping people up at night?

Posted by Bill Miller on Feb 10, 2017 6:45:51 PM

Thursday was the second day of ITEXPO and our second survey question, “What causes the most chaos in your network?” The second part of the question was: "Is the problem addressed inside or outsourced to a trusted advisor?" Sometimes the discussion never got to the second part of the question, but we had some energetic discussions since everyone has a story! At an independent business IT conference such as ITEXPO, the audience mix is always very interesting as the views of each individual are so unique.

The most surprising response came from a consultant who is looking for new gigs (i.e. customers) who felt that the answer to the question is “customers, because they don’t know what they are talking about and are clueless with regards to new technology!” How ironic! In his case, customers who contract with him do so to outsource the problem resolution because they don’t have the skills or experience to fix the chaos! Sounds like the right thing to do and a good business decision.

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Topics: ITEXPO

ITEXPO 2017 – What’s hot and what is keeping people up at night?

Posted by Bill Miller on Feb 9, 2017 10:14:32 AM

Last night we opened up ITEXPO 2017 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with a diversity of visitors who had a lot to talk about. We here at Fiber Mountain like to have survey questions and ask booth visitors one question per day of the conference. Yesterday’s question: “What trends do you predict will drive the most networking change in 2017?” Experts love to discuss their perspectives and challenges they are experiencing and we like to share with our readers. All those who take the time to participate are entered in a drawing for an Amazon gift certificate, and the first fifteen to answer each day also get a Starbucks gift card!

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Topics: ITEXPO

The Road Ahead – It’s Digital Transformation All The Way

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Feb 6, 2017 7:17:00 AM

Week 1 introduced the idea of the Digital Transformation Road Trip and the question of what’s holding it up.
Week 2 took a look at who has a role to play in digital transformation, and how to get them on board.
Week 3 examined the problem of approaching digital transformation as a one-time project, and what to do instead.
Week 4 addressed the internal resistance to digital transformation that is inherent in your organizational silos, and some thoughts on how to overcome this challenge.
Week 5 broke down another impediment to effective digital transformation – the infrastructure bottleneck.

To close out the Digital Transformation Road Trip series, it’s time to take a look at the road ahead, and the technologies available today to make your data center infrastructure more dynamic.

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Topics: digital transformation