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As the network shifts radically, so must how network engineers manage it
Jul. 15, 2017 03:45 AM
Digital transformation requires rapid network changes. Navigating these changes well is difficult but critical, as the function of business applications are at stake. Customers aren't interested in what's going on behind the scenes; they simply want the platform to work. Hosting Facts researchers found that a single-second delay in website loading time can result in a seven percent loss in conversion, and 40 percent of web users will abandon a website if it takes longer than three seconds to load.
As customer expectations have increased, the network's ability to handle applications and Quality of Service (QoS) policies becomes crucial. This means that how well the Development and Operations teams communicate and collaborate is critical. In what seems like the Wild West of networking, is it possible for network engineers to take back control?
DevOps Management Changes the Game
After Waterfall came Agile, in which software developers understand that requirements are going to frequently change. The idea is to get something out the door that meets the requirements and then push new iterations to the end user via the internet. This began the trend of DevOps, in which you have to be continually developing, testing, integrating and deploying changes. It's a constant cycle of innovation rather than a monolithic process.
Networking is now experiencing a similar scenario. It's no longer possible to take six months to get a feature out the door. If your terms of service or a business line requests changes, you need to get it to the network as soon as possible. That's where networking engineers are at right now.
The Difficulty of Transitions
Operating a network with multiple vendors creates a lot of redundant work. If you have to configure something for Vendor 1, and you transition over to Vendor 2, you have to do essentially the same configuration, but it's slightly different. That makes it a little tougher for engineering; it's essentially the equivalent of learning how to drive a car with an automatic transmission and then suddenly having to learn to drive a stick shift. It can be done, but it's clunky and requires more time and effort.
It has been the case in most networks that engineers haven't had the tools to get into a continuous integration cycle in which Development and Operations work seamlessly together, while Development continues to give Operations what it needs, as it needs it - a real-time lifecycle.
To make things more difficult, some of the newer protocols and products are often not well defined. The interface tools were created for the new generation and don't work with old-generation networks. Because most organizations can't afford to start from scratch, they are going to have to undergo a migrational phase as they transition their brownfield systems. The large service providers have the budget and big development teams to painfully move through this transition, while smaller organizations are stuck throwing employees and expensive contractors at the problem, or worse, not meeting strategic business line needs.
Modeling Saves the Day
DevOps for the Network
This move will alleviate the need for network engineers to feel like they need to become software developers. Thanks to the arrival of orchestration platforms, they can manage a next-generation network while reducing friction between Development and Operations. These departments can now work closely together in a DevOps model that moves changes out to production faster and more efficiently, saving overhead in the process.
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