Automating the Network With Software-Defined Everything

Website Hosting Review Interview with Milko Ilari, Head of International Business and Strategy, Enter

By Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu

Milko Ilari is the Head of International Business and Strategy at Enter, a leading ISP focused on providing network connectivity, cloud and data center solutions throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia-Pacific. With more than 16 years of industry experience, Milko joined Enter in 2002 as Network and Carrier Relations Manager. Today he is responsible for the company’s international growth and expansion, providing customers around the world with cost-effective, reliable interconnection opportunities.

Website Hosting Review recently sat down with Milko to discuss Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the shift toward automated networking solutions.

Website Hosting Review, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: What do you expect will have the most significant impact on networking infrastructure and technology in 2018?

Enter, Milko Ilari (ENTER-MI) Answer:  Automation will become a key component of networking strategy this year as network requirements continue to evolve. With the growing proliferation of public and private clouds, remote offices and mobile devices, networking isn’t just for data centers anymore. Enterprises require networking solutions that are not only highly effective but scalable, secure and easy to deploy.

Recent advancements in networking software are creating a new level of automation that can dynamically respond to a business’ changing needs, not only making application deployment faster, but automatically provisioning connectivity, security and scale as needed.

DCP-KX Q: How is the trend of “Software-Defined Everything” driving innovation?

ENTER-MI A: Software is creating the necessary automation to provide connectivity, security and scalability that can dynamically respond to a business’ changing needs. Today, we see techniques such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) become commonly used throughout the tech community, making up the trend of Software-Defined Everything.

Networking advancements have also significantly impacted software development and operations (DevOps) for many enterprise as network procurement shifts from traditional manual provisioning toward software-driven automation. This trend opens a new world of opportunities for companies, reducing the amount of time it takes to turn up production environments and ensuring that all applications can be built securely and deployed and scaled quickly.

DCP-KX Q: How has IT impacted the enterprise landscape?

ENTER-MI A:  Today, IT has become the primary driver of business innovation, requiring successful, progressive enterprises to rethink their business model and seek new ways to implement effective solutions into daily operations. To help enterprises achieve these goals, networking services and solutions providers now integrate advanced automation software with network infrastructure to provide additional personalization with enhanced security, efficiency, speed and scalability.

DCP-KX Q: How is Enter helping enterprises better manage their network infrastructure?

ENTER-MI A: At Enter, we are embracing software-defined transformation by providing solutions for infrastructure automation that are designed to meet enterprise needs. We have built our cutting-edge SDN solutions on our OpenStack-based platform, integrating network automation capabilities with our fully-managed and automated SD-WAN platform.

In addition, Enter recently released Automium, our unique solution for building infrastructure and deploying customers’ software at any scale. This DevOps-friendly Software-as-a-Service solution enables cloud automation, portability and security for customers while simplifying the complex scenario of application management, helping customers begin their journey toward cloud transformation with simple software architecture that helps to integrate state-of-the-art technology components.

DCP-KX: Milko, thank you for your time today and best wishes to you and Enter.

To learn more about Enter, visit www.enter.it/en or email enter@imillerpr.com.

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