I have seen the future of communications, and it's pretty cool.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a day at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), where the team has built out a super-dooper advanced network using Cisco's Tetration application, which provides data center analytics, simplifies SDN, helps with cloud migration and oversees white-list security policy (all in one sesame seed bun).
UNCC's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure, Jesse Beauman, gave me the tour. (FYI, Jesse's business card says he has an M.S.; not having had a formal education myself, I assume this means he's a Master of Suspense... pretty cool, right?)
Anyhoo, Jesse points out that Cisco's software has turned up some surprising insights about network usage, and has produced at least one counterintuitive outcome. Specifically, most of the conventional wisdom around packages such as Tetration has it that enterprises and service providers will use the information they deliver, automagically, to cut costs by reducing the number of staff running the network. Master of Suspense Beauman says it's the opposite -- by providing a wealth of information about what's happening (and where) on the network, Tetration has actually created an opportunity to create more interesting applications, which require staff to develop and run them.
More staff, not less staff. Isn't that interesting? And potentially good news for the employees of communications service providers and large enterprises around the world!
Another thing that was interesting -- to see firsthand that Cisco is still delivering cool next-gen technology to customers.
Check out the video to learn more about what UNCC and Cisco are up to these days.
— Steve Saunders, Founder, Light Reading