Last week’s top stories in software-defined infrastructure, Feb. 15 – 19

The promise of the private cloud and new applications for NFV

Three trends will influence channel opportunities this year: business disruption, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) adoption and cloud deployment, according to Juniper Networks’ Martin Hester. In an op-ed published by Channel Pro, Hester explains: “I believe that things really get interesting when the network infrastructure is recognised as a critical, strategic asset and a growth engine. It’s about driving value into the business, rather than viewing IT as just overhead.”

Speaking of NFV, SDxCentral’s Scott Raynovich writes that Mobile World Congress 2016, which kicks off next week in Barcelona, will provide some insights into upcoming applications for NFV from the likes of Cisco, Ericsson, and mobile manufacturers and operators.

A new Wikibon analysis explains that the true promise of private cloud will emerge in converged infrastructure, SiliconANGLE reports. For IT organizations to compete against public cloud services, “Management automation must eliminate the need for manual optimization and configuration of components and obviate the need for the traditional IT vertical organization covering compute, storage and networking. It must be freed to focus on higher value activities,” contributor Bert Latamore writes.

Hybrid cloud adoption is on fire, according to In an analysis of recent cloud adoption research, reporter Gabriela Motroc details increased spending projections in private, hybrid and public cloud — surveys indicate that 90 percent of companies intend to increase or maintain spending on cloud computing in 2016, and that enterprise adoption of private and hybrid cloud have reached 77 percent and 70 percent, respectively.

Writing for Datamation, Andy Patrizio concurs. He writes that while there hasn’t been as much investment in private cloud to date, this year we will see private cloud gain steam thanks to more robust tools, infrastructures and architectures to support private and hybrid cloud.

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Lanier has been writing and editing for online publications for more than six years. Before joining StrataCloud, she led the content team at AirWatch, where she launched the AirWatch Blog and anchored AirWatch TV. Lanier has also served as the chief editor of TechNation and other magazines. She has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg and has won several writing awards of her own. She is passionate about storytelling, emerging technology and the way software increasingly shapes our world.