Before we delve into the exact content of today’s featured video, it might be good to catch up with the IT slang terms and buzzwords used here. SDx is not a product. SDx stands simply for Software Defined Everything (or Anything) and houses terms such as software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage (SDS), or software-defined data center (SDDC).
Acronyms and buzzwords but that’s okay
And what is a brownfield? In the tongue of a software developer or IT workers, in general, a brownfield is a space that runs various legacy solutions already that could potentially conflict with whatever new solution you are currently trying to deploy in an environment. Deploying in a brownfield, therefore, requires a lot of care, extensive interoperability testing, communication with stakeholders and sign-off effort that often max-out project timelines.
By now, many of you might find themselves in this scenario. Whether you’re in DevOps or a Network Operations Center (NOC) – whether you’re about software or hardware infrastructure – it’s more than common that large enterprises deal mostly with brownfield environments. So let’s try to improve this and avoid any pitfalls along the way.
How can we do better?
In the video below, you can watch network consultant Pieter-Jan Nefkens talking about how to deploy modern SDx solutions in brownfield environments and how to prevent issues from happening during such projects. The video was recorded at the most recent Cisco Live Europe event which was held from Jan 29 to Feb 2 in Barcelona, Spain. If you enjoyed the session, make sure also to follow him on Twitter.
I hope you can learn something here. I certainly liked this session. Are you facing similar or anyhow related issues on your current project or have past experiences to share? I’d love to hear more of it. Make sure to add your comments below. Enjoy the video!
YouTube: Implementing SDx in a Brownfield