- The desire to practice “continuous innovation”, where the applications, features and content is being shaped and formed by the customer needs and wants, facilitated by a short development cycle measured in days and a direct feedback loop tracked by the analytics tools.
- The ability to establish “continuous integration” practices which are by now relatively well understood at a single team level, leaving continuous cross-team integration out of scope.
https://nrf.com/news/online/cio-priorities As I spend my days talking to people who are chartered with making their organizations more innovative and agile, it continues to dawn on me just how complex is their mission and how confusing is the modern landscape of concepts, technologies and jargons. Those who speak of continuous delivery usually just got a basic CI infrastructure barely working. Those who own a “private cloud” still require an IT ticket and weeks of delays, approvals, negotiations, and new hardware acquisition to give the developer his requested test sandbox. Those who proudly claim to run agile development often continue to ship new features in the giant releases coming months apart. I believe we stand on a relatively firm ground with respect to two points:Victoria Livschitz, Founder and CEO of Qubell, a BGV portfolio company shares her perspective on Continuous Innovation and DevOps The remarkable thing about 2014 is how every CTO and CIO seem to have finally gotten the memo that agility in software development and operations is not a buzz or a fad, but a direct and immediate threat to the survival – their own and their company’s. A report after report from various consulting and analyst firms places agility and reduced cycle times on new software releases somewhere between #1 and top-10 of CIO priorities for 2014. In 2013, it didn’t make a top-100 list. My favorite report comes from the National Retail Foundation dated February 2014 and opens with “CIOs can summarize both their priorities and their challenges in one word: agility.”:
- The first big business problem for any carrier is that traffic is growing more rapidly than the revenues. Operators have to keep adding capacity to cope with demand, but with existing network design paradigms and products the utilization of the resources is poor. Service providers have realized that the legacy methods of network design, deployment and the legacy products have reached their limits. The Internet players and advent of cloud technologies have shown that virtualization can help achieve better utilization of resources which is a major need of the day. This is driving the current interest in Network Function Virtualization. Service providers who adopt our solution will find that they can deploy capacity in both small and large chunks, they can be extremely granular, rapidly move around resources, achieve higher utilization etc.
- The carriers also need to compete with Over The Top players. They need to defend/increase their revenue stream with innovative services, and they need to do so with greater agility. Network virtualization with SDN creates a programmable network that significantly reduces the time needed to both experiment and/or roll-out new services.
Storage performance validation leader takes top honor for helping IT organizations determine which workloads require flash storageSanta Clara, CA, May 20, 2014– Load DynamiX, the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, announced it has been selected as a Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner, a prestigious award honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the Americas business region. “We are honored to receive such a prestigious award as recognition of our unique value to the IT industry.” stated Philippe Vincent, CEO or Load DynamiX. “With the storage industry going through one of the biggest disruptions in its history, we are seeing accelerating adoption of our storage performance validation solutions. These products help IT architects ensure a successful transition to flash and hybrid storage systems by aligning purchase decisions to workload performance requirements.” Red Herring Top 100 America enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects 100 award winners from among the approximately 3,000 tech startups financed each year in the US and Canada. Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation and intellectual property, management quality, business model, customer footprint and market penetration. “In 2014, selecting the top 100 achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across North America to the top 100 winners. We believe Load DynamiX embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Load DynamiX should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.” About Load DynamiX As the leader in infrastructure performance validation, Load DynamiX empowers IT professionals with the insight needed to make intelligent decisions regarding networked storage. By accurately characterizing and emulating real-world application behavior, Load DynamiX optimizes the overall performance, availability, and cost of storage infrastructure. The combination of advanced workload analytics and modeling software with extreme load-generating appliances give IT professionals the ability to cost-effectively validate and stress today’s most complex physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure to its limits. – See more at: http://www.loaddynamix.com/news/load-dynamix-wins-2014-red-herring-top-100-north-america-award/#sthash.tYGpJosH.dpuf
ConteXtream Inc., a leading provider of carrier-grade network virtualization solutions, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the company’s Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution for service providers,ContexNet, as a 2014 Excellence in SDN Award winner presented by TMC’s INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine and SDN Zone. “Recognizing leaders advancing SDN technologies, TMC is proud to announce ConteXtream as a recipient of the annual Excellence in SDN Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “ContexNet has demonstrated innovation and will help shape the face of the quickly evolving industry. It is our pleasure to honor ConteXtream for their inspiring work.” ContexNet is a carrier-grade, distributed SDN fabric that leverages proven virtualization and grid technologies, enabling service providers to take the first step to achieving Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) as outlined by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). ContexNet enables operators to optimize their network through virtualization and effective utilization of resources while accelerating revenue growth through rapid introduction of new services or features. ContexNet runs on standard, off-the-shelf computing platforms, creating a distributed and scalable SDN domain, dynamically linking network functions and by steering the right traffic flows to the various network virtual functions. ContexNet is compliant with industry standard-based mechanisms such as OpenFlow, LISP and OpenStack which enable it to fully separate control from forwarding, location from identity, and orchestration from networking. “We are honored to be named a recipient of the inaugural Excellence in SDN Awards,” said Anshu Agarwal, VP Marketing, ConteXtream. “This award compliments the tremendous success we have experienced in customer deployments over the last 18 months, which includes global deployment at several Tier-1 operators, and further validates our position as a leader in SDN for the service provider market.” SDN architecture has already had a profound impact on the IT and Telecom industries and, as this technology continues to grow in popularity, the Excellence in SDN Awards recognizes the companies that are leading the way in SDN architecture and applications. Winners of the Excellence in SDN Award are published in the May 2014 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine. About ConteXtream ConteXtream is a privately held software-defined-networking (SDN) company that enables carriers to deliver network capacity and functions in the same way cloud providers deliver applications effectively utilizing standard compute and storage. ConteXtream’s SDN offering is carrier-grade and enables Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for various solutions deployed on carrier networks. Deployed by Tier-1 operators, ConteXtream’s Carrier-SDN dynamically and elastically connects subscribers to services and enables carriers to leverage standard, low-cost server hardware and hypervisors to virtualize functions and services, while replacing costly purpose-built proprietary systems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ConteXtream is backed by Benhamou Global Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, Norwest Venture Partners and Sofinnova Ventures as well as Comcast Ventures and Verizon Investments. For additional information, visit www.contextream.com. About TMC TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients’ goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including Cloud Computing, M2M Evolution, Customer, and Internet Telephony. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. TMC produces a variety of trade events, including ITEXPO, the world’s leading business technology event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; Customer Experience (CX) Hot Trends Symposium; DevCon5 – HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference; LatinComm Conference and Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobile Payment Conference; Software Telco Congress, StartupCamp; Super Wi-Fi & Shared Spectrum Summit; SIP Trunking-Unified Communications Seminars; Wearable Tech Conference & Expo; WebRTC Conference & Expo III; and more. For more information about TMC, visit www.tmcnet.com.ContexNet SDN Solution for Service Providers Honored for Innovation Mountain View, Calif. – May 13, 2014 —
deploys new code every 11 seconds. Today the infrastructure can change as quickly as the code. For digital natives, change is constant and expected, not occasional and resisted. However most Enterprises are not digital natives and do not have the luxury of rebuilding from a blank slate. What do you do if you have a large established business and want to compete effectively? Simply working harder with existing technologies and methodologies will not provide the required 100x speed improvement. The challenge is not simply about development. The entire process from idea to implementation must be addressed. Every stage from concept to development to test to pre-production to production must be compressed. As Michael Cote of the 451 Group put it – “cloud is speed. How fast does it take to deploy a new release, IT service, and patch, provision a new box, and so on with your “traditional” setup? How fast does cloud allow you to do it?” To meet this challenge, Qubell (http://www.qubell.com) worked with key customers, such as Kohl’s, who are leading the charge to accelerate online businesses. “Rapid delivery of new, omnichannel features to online customers is critical in retail ecommerce, and we want to deliver our innovative ideas to customers more quickly,” said Ratnakar Lavu, Kohl’s senior vice president of digital innovation. “Qubell provides exactly what we were looking for: an automation platform to accelerate our application development processes and update and deploy our applications in near-real time.” Qubell utilizes an application-centric approach by treating an application as a collection of services; provides a unified view across multiple data centers and clouds; and supports a wide variety of configurations. Qubell terms this approach as the “Agile Software Factory”. The Agile Software factory approach cleanly separates the application from the environment, captures the application dependencies, packages applications as auto configurable, and delivers accelerated release cycles The result is daily pushes of new changes to production, continuous automated testing and automated live upgrades The business gains dramatically accelerated release cycles and higher reliability while leveraging investments in existing software platforms and existing investments.Avery Lyford, Chairman of Qubell shares his perspective on accelerating the Enterprise IT software release cycle. The latest National Retail Federation report opens with “CIOs can summarize their priorities and challenges in one word – Agility”. Agility is about capturing opportunities. As IT is used to drive the topline, agility becomes the critical battleground. New technologies are dramatically redefining customer interactions and expectations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the retail industry where mobile, social, and big data are transforming the retail business. Over half of all Americans now have a smartphone and 70% of them used it in the store last year. This environment of rapid change rewards agility. Digital natives such as Amazon, Google and eBay have invested heavily to build the competencies required to excel in this environment. Continuous delivery and continuous integration are two of those essential competencies. And they use that agility as a competitive weapon. For instance, Amazon uses substantial A/B testing to optimize their web site and
Start-Up Nation, I met a young company named NiceCom, an early technology leader in the emerging field of ATM switching. The company was then a subsidiary of Nice and was lead by Nachman Shelef. Sharon Barkai was one of his most creative engineers. At the time, I was running 3Com. We decided to acquire NiceCom that year. This was the transaction that ignited interest in Israeli high tech and unleashed a floodgate of successful start-up exits in the field. Twelve years later, I hooked up with Nachman and Sharon in the lobby of the Tel Aviv Hilton. That time, we discussed their latest ideas about re-injecting innovation in the dormant, Cisco dominated, networking industry. The concepts they were describing to me had true break-through potential. I decided to invest in their budding company ConteXtream on the spot. This is how BGV became ConteXtream’s first seed investor. I talked to Sharon again this past week to reflect upon the path traveled since our initial meeting.In 1994, a long time before Israel became known as