Shamus McGillicuddy

Shamus is the research director for EMA's network management practice. He has more than twelve years of experience in the IT industry as an analyst and journalist. 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 network technology, and 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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Graphiant: A Vendor to Watch

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Sep 8, 2022 12:16:28 PM

The WAN edge is becoming more distributed and dynamic, which is overburdening IT organizations that are already at a breaking point. Software-defined WAN technology has solved some of the issue, but they haven’t gone far enough. The cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the work-from-home (WFH) revolution demand something more.

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How to Identify the Ideal Network Automation Solution

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Apr 27, 2022 9:00:18 AM

Data center network automation delivers four primary benefits to a business, according to Enterprise Management Associates research: operational efficiency, reduced security risk, improved compliance, and network agility.

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Accelerate Network Automation by Pivoting From Homegrown to Commercial Software

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Feb 24, 2022 8:11:24 AM

Sponsored post for Gluware

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NetOps and SecOps Partnerships Flourish With Modern DDI Technology

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Nov 17, 2021 8:50:01 AM

More than 75% of enterprises are reporting increased collaboration between their NetOps teams and SecOps teams , according to EMA's new research on NetSecOps partnerships. Digital transformation is a significant driver of this collaboration. About four out of five enterprises reported that NetSecOps collaboration is in response to public cloud adoption, work-from-anywhere initiatives, data center modernization, the internet of things, and edge computing.

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Cisco becomes a Merchant Silicon Vendor, Launches a Disaggregated Super-Router

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Dec 12, 2019 10:44:41 AM

Five years and $1 billion in R&D investment has led to this. Cisco has positioned itself to be a jack-of-all trades routing supplier to network service providers and web-scale data center operators.

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Enterprises Must Adapt Network Performance Management to Next-Generation Technology

By Shamus McGillicuddy on Oct 9, 2019 10:00:23 AM

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The Transformational Promise of Per-Application ADCs

By Shamus McGillicuddy on May 23, 2019 11:09:45 AM

Today’s cloud-centric enterprises require agile infrastructure that can scale up and down as capacity requirements evolve. Nowhere is this shift in infrastructure requirements more apparent than in the world of application delivery controllers (ADCs) and load balancers. Today’s enterprises are shifting away from monolithic ADC appliances in favor of lightweight, per-application software ADCs and load balancers.

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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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