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Cloud-native networking gains fans in the enterprise

Cloudy with a chance of networking: Forecast calls for increasing cooperation between enterprise clouds and networks, as IT pros explore how to meet new infrastructure challenges.

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The cloud and the network need to do more than just get along -- ultimately, they have to work together. And as we explore in this month's issue of Network Evolution, the two are learning how as cloud-native networking gains fans in the enterprise ("Networked cloud emerges to meet evolving enterprise needs"). Network pros are exploring how emerging cloud-native networking technologies can help them manage applications as they migrate to the cloud, improve security or even outsource network administration altogether. Cloud nine? Well, we aren't there yet … but you can bet when we do arrive, we'll find it's networked.

Also in this edition, we ask: Whatever happened to legacy voice engineers? ("Where have all the legacy voice engineers gone?") We catch up with a few onetime circuit switching experts to see how they navigated the changes that voice over IP wrought on their careers. As Yogi Berra famously advised, when you come to a fork in the road, take it -- these IT pros did.

And finally, we take a look at Microsoft's software-defined networking capabilities, asking whether Azure Stack plus Windows Server 2016 could equal trouble for Cisco ACI and VMware NSX ("Microsoft SDN stack to challenge Cisco, VMware").

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This was last published in November 2016

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