I watched a lot of Star Trek when I was a kid. It was good preparation for a career in technology -- but not for the obvious reason.
The show's technology focus was an obvious plus, as was its celebration of logic and diversity. And Captain Kirk's fighting moves have helped me battle my way to the front of many a conference buffet. But the quality of Star Trek that has helped most with a career in the technology industry is that the Enterprise, whole planets and sometimes the entire galaxy are on the verge of destruction every single week, from overwhelming adversaries including space children, geriatric Greek gods and the brother of that guy from Happy Days. And the crew of the Enterprise just takes it in stride.
Enterprise networking, like the starship with the same name, regularly faces catastrophic change. Someone nearing retirement today will have seen a transition from mainframe to minicomputer, client/server, PCs and LANs, Windows, the Internet and mobile. Each generation of technology destroyed what came before, and replaced it with something better.
Now we're going through another universe-ending and -rebirthing technology transition, to cloud computing. Enterprises are augmenting -- and in some cases replacing -- their on-premises computing with the cloud, making new and newly reborn industry titans out of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and other companies eager to get advantage from the new wave of enterprise IT.
For enterprises, everything changes and everything stays the same. Cloud computing requires changes in security, networking, compute, storage, applications, regulatory compliance and -- most importantly -- it enables new business models while requiring changes to corporate culture.
That's what changes. What stays the same? Businesses still need to turn a profit while satisfying customers, investors and other stakeholders.
To help guide enterprises through the transition, Light Reading is launching a new site, Light Reading Enterprise Cloud, where we'll bring you the latest news and insights from vendors, cloud providers and enterprise leaders.
As with the industry, this is a big transition for Light Reading, one in which everything changes and everything stays the same. Since our founding back in 2000, Light Reading has focused on service providers. Now we're augmenting with a new focus on enterprise. Enterprises are becoming more like service providers, with the need to deliver high reliability, connect to remote locations, partners and customers and -- with the transition to cloud -- a need to connect to remote data centers just to run their business applications. Meanwhile, the transition to New IP networks has seen service providers become more enterprise-like, deploying white box and commodity hardware in place of specialized appliances, moving more network intelligence into software and adopting DevOps development.
With service providers and enterprise IT converging, it makes sense for Light Reading to serve both groups.
That's what changes for Light Reading. What stays the same is that we'll continue to provide you with first-rate timely coverage of the issues that matter most, cutting through the hype to deliver the news, information and insights you need to get business done.
— Mitch Wagner, , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading