Tom Nolle: The Shifting Network/IT Balance of Power
Networking has always been a tool of overall IT policy, but until recently it's been fairly autonomous. Now the cloud is making the network an explicit underling. Network types think that's bad, but it may actually be better for them overall.
It may even be critical now, because the notion of the network as one of the resources virtualized by the cloud tends to shift control to the cloud. So do the evolving DevOps tools for network provisioning. So does SDN, and Network Functions Virtualization...the list goes on! Networking pros need to start thinking about these new integrated boundaries and understanding what they demand. The dog can wag the tail or the tail can wag the dog--it's a matter of who has the most leverage!
Right on, Tom. As you say, the point of a network is to enable user productivity, and even if networking pros are suspicious of cloud computing, a better partnership between networking and software could be a good thing for everyone.
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