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ITOSS Conference

by Andrew Lerner  |  April 26, 2016  |  Submit a Comment

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our IT Operations Strategies and Solutions Summit (aka ITOSS Conference) on May 10th in National Harbor, MD. This conference is aimed at IT Operations Management, Cloud Operations, and IT Service Support personnel. From a network perspective this is a very toolsy conference and if you’re going to be in attendance, here are some can’t-miss sessions…

To Packet or Not to Packet: An Evolution of Network Monitoring Strategies – (Sanjit Ganguli) This session will discuss the need for packet analysis in network monitoring scenarios, and compare this to other monitoring technologies

My Take: You can’t call yourself a network person if you go to the conference and don’t attend this...

Managing and Monitoring Your Network in a Software-Defined World – (Andrew Lerner , Vivek Bhalla) SDN and SD-WAN represent new ways to design build and operate networks, but change the paradigm of traditional network management approaches. This session covers the best practices and approaches for networking monitoring and management as NextGen software-defined technologies infiltrate the networking space.

My Take: Vivek and I will be debating if emerging technologies like SDN, SDWAN, Ethernet Fabrics, etc. are either a) eating traditional tooling markets and consuming functionality as a mere networking feature, or b) if it will amplify the need for dedicated tooling. You can even vote on who “wins” the debate.

How Containers and Cloud Management Can be Synergistically Deployed – (Dennis Smith) This explores how cloud management platforms (CMPs) could be used with container deployments. Key Issues: (1) What is the big deal about containers? (2) How might I use a CMP with container deployment?

My TakeContainers will eventually impact your network, it’s time to get smart on them.  Despite that Dennis uses the term “synergistally” in the title, I would recommend attending if you want to get familiar with containers.

Should You Use OpenStack as Your Private Cloud IaaS Platform? – (Arun Chandrasekaran) OpenStack is gaining traction as a private cloud IaaS, offering API access to infrastructure and security services, similar to public cloud IaaS offerings. Early implementations were by Web-scale and technology companies, but it is now gaining in Type A enterprises. Maturity and new offerings will result in more mainstream use over the next 3 years. This session highlights OpenStack use cases and success factors.

My Take: OpenStack is becoming much more relevant to networking teams.

Case Study: Starting and Scaling DevOps at Enterprise: Lessons Learned – (Tapabrata Pal) DevOps is no longer the mythical unicorn. In this session, Capital One, an early adopter of Dev ops practices and principles will share some of the key learnings around starting and scaling DevOps at Capital One over the past five years. At a high level, the core focus will be on: Tools Selection, Team Structure, and Behavioral Changes and Open Source/Open Technology adoption. Come join us for this practical lessons learned session!

My Take:  Any session that includes “mythical unicorn” in the description is a winner in my book.

Hope to see you there…


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Category: devops  networking  sd-wan  sdn  

Tags: conference  containers  devops  openstack  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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