Shamus McGillicuddy

Shamus has more than nine years of experience in the IT industry, primarily as a journalist covering the network infrastructure market. At Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), he is the senior analyst for the network management practice. Prior to joining EMA, Shamus was the news director for TechTarget's networking publications. He led the news team's coverage of all networking topics, from the infrastructure layer to the management layer. He has published hundreds of articles about the technology and competitive positioning of networking products and vendors. He was a founding editor of TechTarget's website SearchSDN.com, a leading resource for technical information and news on the software-defined networking industry.

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Public Clouds Are Disrupting Enterprise Network Management

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Sep 14, 2018 3:31:41 PM

Network managers who are supporting the migration of critical applications to the public cloud will need a new set of tools for engineering and operations.

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Cisco Live 2018: Forget Hardware, Cisco Is All About Software

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Jun 14, 2018 4:17:51 PM

For years network engineers have built lucrative careers upon their wizardly knowledge of things like network protocols, hardware specifications, and the Cisco command line interface (CLI). These skills are still essential to network engineering, but they are emblematic of a highly manual, box-by-box era of network engineering and operations. Today’s enterprises need agile, programmatic networks that leverage software, automation, and more

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Understanding Network-as-a-Service from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Mar 19, 2018 10:44:00 AM

Editor’s note: This blog post was sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, but the sentiments are entirely my own.

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What is Advanced Network Analytics? Cutting Through the Hype

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Feb 19, 2018 10:26:00 AM

Everyone wants to talk about how analytics is the future of network engineering and operations. The phrase “network analytics” is used by vendors of various stripes to imply that a particular technology is smarter and better than the average solution.

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Solve the Cloud Networking Conundrum With SD-WAN

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Jan 9, 2018 2:41:04 PM

Enterprise networking professionals have a cloud problem, even if they don’t know it. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions can help them solve this problem.

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CA Technologies Pushes for Diversity in Tech Industry

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Nov 16, 2017 2:41:03 PM

Despite what you hear from trolls, bigots, and misogynists, diversity in the technology industry is a good thing. But the philosophy of diversity needs more champions. Tech companies and IT organizations need to expand their workforce beyond the herds of white men that have dominated the industry for decades.

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SDN and the Data Center of the Future

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Oct 16, 2017 12:42:17 PM

Despite some recent obituaries published by my peers, software-defined networking is not dead. But perhaps certain aspects of it are dead or dying. If that’s the case, I say: “SDN is dead. Long live SDN.”

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Network Operations and Analytics from CA Technologies has Won the EMA Innovator Award

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Sep 5, 2017 12:42:17 PM

Network Operations and Analytics from CA Technologies has been named a winner of Enterprise Management Associates’ Innovator Award, which recognizes products and services that demonstrate true innovation in the IT industry and address the most critical challenges IT organizations face today.

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The Internet of Things will Drive Network Management Evolution

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Jul 26, 2017 3:34:24 PM

EMA research has determined that network managers will need to upgrade, expand, and adapt their network monitoring and management tools and practices if they are going to support the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Optimizing the Business With Network Analytics

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Jun 7, 2017 3:36:32 PM

Some network operations teams are discovering that they possess a critical asset that can transform enterprises: network data.

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