Field Notes on Cloud Adoption and Evolving as a Cloud Technologist

cool moonWe're three quarters through 2015 and I already know I will remember this year as one that had a big impact on my career. This is the year when cloud computing finally clicked for me. My understanding of cloud infrastructures went to new heights because I was given the opportunity to productize Riverbed SteelCentral AppInternals in the Azure marketplace. Through this experience I gained practical skills for managing cloud assets with Azure SDKs and command-line tools but I also learned what factors make a cloud platform easy to use for both software development and software distribution. 

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Can IT and Network Administrators Catch a Break Please?

Yeah, I know those administrators must be thinking I have gone crazy to even think of such a thing. But seriously, I think the answer is YES! No, not by taking an extended vacation where they don’t have to carry their pagers (oops I meant smartphones, pagers are so 90s).

Let me explain. Over the last few years enterprise networks have seen some very interesting trends and requirements, like Internet breakouts moving closer to branch offices and in-house hosted apps moving to cloud or SaaS. So the transitions are happening on both ends of the network. In addition, more and more employees are now working from remote offices and that means IT has to allocate a big portion of their budget for branch IT infrastructure (by the way I also heard a rumor that overall IT budgets are not growing at the same pace as the demand of more budget). With increased focus on branch office users and collaboration, it's not surprising that almost 2/3 of network traffic nowadays is video, and video traffic is really bandwidth intensive. Employers expect their employees to collaborate using video, update skills via video learning modules and attend company meetings like "all-hands" virtually over video.

Raw and Unfiltered: Network Field Day

Where can you get twelve of the most brilliant independent thought leaders along with industry leading vendors in the same room to discuss the latest and greatest technologies?

Well, last week the guys over at Tech Field Day put it all together to bring you raw, in-depth technical sessions on some of the hottest topics in networking at Network Field Day 10.

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Moving Apps to the Cloud

It’s well established by now that businesses are looking to the cloud to help secure sustainable advantages over competitors. But in today’s hybrid enterprise, CIOs and other technical leaders encounter several challenges when moving critical workloads to a cloud environment.

An IT team's ability to quickly deliver value to the business through the cloud is contingent on successfully navigating the architectural complexities imposed by this hybrid era. Read on to explore some of most common pitfalls organizations encounter when migrating apps to the cloud, and review our recommendations to avoid falling into the same traps.

The Year of Living Operationally with VMware NSX

After connecting with our customers about their network architectures and infrastructures, we are being asked more and more about VMware NSX. If you are not familiar with NSX, it decouples the physical network from the virtual, reproduces all networking and security services completely in software and provides the equivalent of a hypervisor for the network. NSX networks can be programmatically managed and spun up on demand. This allows network and security services to be provisioned at the same time that compute services are provisioned, enabling fast application deployment. In fact, we will be showcasing this and much more around our joint capabilities at VMworld 2015, so be sure to stop by the Riverbed booth #2411 to learn more!

In its Q2 2015 quarterly earnings announcement, VMware said that it has 700 paying NSX customers (up from about 150 a year ago). That probably explains why we have been hearing constant NSX chatter these days – and the questions I am getting are less often “What is NSX?” and have become, “We are moving forward with NSX in production environments, can Riverbed help us operationalize that?”

Accelerating Branch IT from 50 to… Zero?

It is not often that you hear about a company like Riverbed taking things down to zero—we’re known as the people who speed up your network and applications (The Application Performance Company), not those who slow them down. But the numbers above aren’t related to speeds and feeds, these numbers are around a new way to run your distributed IT infrastructure—and particularly as it relates to branch offices and remote sites away from your central data center.

Take a minute—think about how many people in your company are not based at headquarters, and how much of your company data and IT is not centralized in a data center. Many organizations inherently know they have people and equipment out there, but often neglect to contemplate how much

Ready for Any with Riverbed at VMworld 2015

At VMworld 2015, join Riverbed to find out how businesses can navigate today’s complex hybrid IT environments and overcome availability, latency, and security issues to deliver maximum performance for any application to users in any location! Riverbed will be showcasing Application Performance solutions that ensure customers are ready for any hybrid app, network and cloud.

Riverbed’s customers are telling us that the the ever-increasing mobility of end users, adoption of cloud services, and use of the Internet to complement MPLS links are reshaping business and enterprise IT.

We will be exploring the difficulties associated with this hybrid environment as it spans on-premises and cloud apps and public and private networks.

For high performance in the cloud, you need visibility, optimization, and control

When moving IT infrastructure to the cloud, many enterprises expect increased productivity, better business agility, and even a competitive advantage. But those expected benefits often prove elusive. 

A recent article on APMdigest explores some reasons why. It highlights a study showing that a majority of cloud deployments—public, private, and hybrid—suffered from performance issues even though most of the businesses studied conducted pre-deployment testing.

The study shows that 89% of medium-sized enterprises and 70% of large enterprises experienced performance issues after migrating to the cloud. If it’s such a common problem, why aren’t more enterprises prepared for it? The answer lies in the fact that it's hard to predict reliability and performance in a cloud environment—even with pre-deployment testing—because there are many variables to account for.

Develop & Deliver High-Performing Apps—On and Off the Cloud

TL;DR (Too Long, Didn't Read)

In order to successfully develop and deliver high-performing applications, we need to identify and resolve bugs and performance problems early in the application lifecycle – irrespective of where they are deployed.

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) products like AppInternals gives IT and business stakeholders performance visibility and enables them to share insights and collaborate to ensure fast release cycles while ensuring quality. They will know:

  • How cloud and datacenter servers are performing at current capacity
  • Whether users in one location are experiencing poor response times
  • Which parts of the code, SQL or infrastructure – internal or third party – are running slow
  • And, how to resolve all these issues!

Come see Riverbed SteelCentral AppInternals in action at Visual Studio Live 2015 in Redmond, or try AppInternals now at!

Are you ready for Windows 10? Let Riverbed help.

As Windows 10 Enterprise begins to roll out this week, IT departments the world over are gearing up for the new operating system and any impact it will have on their networks and applications. At Riverbed, we’ve got a long history of supporting Windows protocols and we’re ready to support our customers who are migrating to the new platform in the coming months. There are also a couple of new features that may affect your network performance that we’ll go over below.

One of the key differences your network team will notice with Windows 10 is the new peer-to-peer connection that shares updates with other users–this could affect your network’s traffic patterns. This feature of the software allows the network to update one computer and that computer shares updates with others. IT administrators can control whether peer-to-peer downloads are enabled, so it’s not mandatory, but it is the new default.

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Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in application performance infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 26,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100.

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