30 May 2018
Milko Ilari, head of International Business & Strategy at Enter, explores the convergence of cloud and networking in the digital era
What network challenges does the
industry face as we head to the middle of 2018 and
The next big challenge in networking is automation.
Previously all about connectivity, network requirements have
since evolved. Today, everything runs faster, because people
want it sooner. Applications must be securely deployed where,
how and when we need them in a secure way, while also being
able to dynamically scale up and down as demand changes.
Networking is no longer limited to the data centre and
considered an individual component of the overall technology
solution. With public and private clouds, remote offices,
mobile devices, and Network Function Virtualisation, networking
is the new layer that everything runs upon.
Cloud and networking have always been treated as two
separate worlds. Today, software is blending them
together. IT infrastructure is being automated and
configured to respond to business needs at any given time.
It’s not just about making application deployment
faster, but rather dynamically providing what applications
require — connectivity, security and scale —
in a fully automated way.
Advances in networking have also had a profound impact on
development and operations (DevOps) — the nexus of
innovation in many enterprises. The shift of network
procurement from manual provisioning toward software-driven
automation has enabled new opportunities and possibilities for
businesses. Modern networking automates both production
environment as well as application development and
What technologies do you see changing / shaping the
industry and how?
In 2011, entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer Marc
Andreessen wrote an essay for The Wall Street Journal called
"Why Software Is Eating The World." The piece explained how a
growing number of businesses are being run on software, and
delivered as online services.
Andreessen was on to something. Today, thanks to that
software, we can enable automation, personalisation, security,
efficiency, speed and agility. This is called Software-Defined
Everything, and it requires infrastructure providers to become
software companies rather than hardware providers. This means
developing new skills and finding different business models to
sell their products.
What impact will industry changes have on digital
transformation plans within organisations?
While digital transformation requires a change in
leadership, out-of-the-box thinking, and encouraging innovation
and the implementation of new business models within the
organisation, it all starts with infrastructure. Static and
monolithic architecture is out, while agile, microservice
architecture is in. Companies are no longer building software
or running IT for cost savings and operations; IT has now
become the primary driver of business innovation. Embracing
this shift requires all company employees to rethink the role
and impact of IT in their day-to-day experience.
How is Enter leveraging software-defined innovation
for its solutions?
At Enter, we are embracing this software-defined
transformation with solutions for infrastructure automation
that meet business needs. Through infrastructure built on our
OpenStack-based cloud platform, we have created network
automation capabilities, which now integrate with our fully
managed and automated SD-WAN platform.
Enterprises benefit from Enter’s agile,
flexible network for virtualisation and dynamic bandwidth
services, while carriers gain end-to-end control over services
to the customer premises. This means they can reduce the time
it takes to complete service requests from weeks to one day,
and help their customers turn-up sites in days instead of
What have been Enter’s key developments
and stand outs over the past year?
In addition to our SD-WAN, Enter just released Automium
— our provider-neutral solution for building
declarative infrastructure and deploying
customers’ software at any scale, all with zero
lock-in deployment. Automium is a DevOps-friendly environment
that enables automation, portability and security, and
simplifies the most crucial scenarios of cloud application
management. Users can take their recipes, scripts, runbooks and
blueprints, and transform them into deployment actions and
Automium is an orchestrator of proven open source
technologies for automated deployment and management;
Kubernetes for containerised applications; Git for source code
management; and Jenkins for automated testing. The platform
helps customers begin the journey to cloud transformation. In
addition, Enter has developed a simple software architecture
that serves as the glue to integrate state-of-the-art
Enter’s DevOps-ready infrastructure is the
technology foundation that supports companies’
business strategy, ability to innovate, and digital
By providing meaningful infrastructure and technology, we
are on a mission to accelerate cultural change and ultimately
make it easier for people to get things done,