Networking in IT is the process of using hardware and software to drive network and security deployment and management to maximize a network.
The networking market is a rapidly growing category in the technology industry. For example, the global network automation sector reached an estimated value of over $13.8 billion in 2021 and is estimated to reach $48.2 billion by 2021 research and markets.
While traditional networks were not built for new technologies like edge computing, Aruba, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)He believes it is “time for a new approach”.
Datamation interviewed Scott Calzia – VP of Aruba Portfolio Marketing – who shares his perspective on the evolution and growth of network technologies in the market:
Scott Calzia is responsible for products, solutions and vertical marketing at Aruba. Calzia has 25 years of experience in the networking industry in pProduct management, marketing, sales and engineering at multiple network vendors including Juniper, Nortel, Bay Networks and Cabletron.
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Datamation: How did you first get into networking?
Calzia: My first job in networking was installing 10BASE5 transceivers with “vampire taps” and 10Base2 BNC-T connectors.
Datamation: What do you enjoy most about working at Aruba?
Calzia: I think it’s great that we always focus on the customer. Aruba’s “customer first, customer last” culture means we constantly ask ourselves: How can we make things better? The focus has always been on anticipating customer challenges and finding innovative ways to solve them. This even extends to internal business methods: How can we make Aruba a better collaboration provider?
Datamation: What sets Aruba’s networking approach or solutions apart from the competition?
Calzia: What I like about working at Aruba is the customer-centric innovation. Talking to customers, understanding their challenges, collecting ideas and bringing them to market are reasons customers turn to Aruba. Developments and products such as Airmatch, Live Upgrades and Central NetConductor have helped customers deploy and operate their networks more efficiently.
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Datamation: What is an important network technology that you are particularly interested in?
Calzia: Artificial intelligence (AI) gets a lot of attention in today’s networks. Customers need a way to onboard, deploy, and secure new devices and leverage techniques to help run and troubleshoot environments with a minimum of direct IT involvement. This frees IT operators to focus on other business-critical priorities.
Datamation: Which network technology should teams implement?
Calzia: Teams should prioritize the value of “experience” over the value of “thing.” Organizations should focus less on devices and operating systems and more on business outcomes. This means shifting focus from focusing on the details of operating the infrastructure to what the infrastructure can offer in return.
Datamation: Which networking strategy should companies implement?
Calzia: Enterprises should consider Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) models for deploying and operating their network infrastructures. NaaS offers agility and flexibility with the option to outsource the entire lifecycle of a network deployment.
Datamation: What do you think is the biggest networking mistake companies make?
Calzia: Recently, the misconception that networks will return to a “normal” state. One thing we’ve heard a lot about over the past 2.5 years is that the transformation of networks continues to accelerate. New ways of working are here to stay and there is a growing emergence of micro branches or branches of one.
Datamation: Which current trends in the networking market are promising?
Calzia: Network automation powered by AI and machine learning (ML) techniques, freeing IT operators to focus on other business priorities. A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) with Zero Trust and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) principles is becoming increasingly important as we see a proliferation of micro-industries. Of course, given Aruba’s rich wireless history, I have to mention Wi-Fi 6E, which now spans the 6 GHz band of the Wi-Fi spectrum and has the potential to greatly increase Wi-Fi deployments.
Datamation: What are the biggest factors driving change in connectivity?
Calzia: Automation and AI, new models of hybrid work, focus on services and experience vs. things.
Datamation: How has networking changed during your time in the market?
Calzia: My career began when garden hose cables were run around buildings to connect devices, and now we carry handheld computers pretty much everywhere to access massive amounts of data and each other. It’s a whole different world.
Datamation: Where do you see the networking market in 5 or 10 years?
Calzia: I think we’re going to see a much larger portion of network infrastructures managed by organizations that are separate from the business, such as: B. NaaS and IaaS providers.
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Datamation: What networking technology does your team want to share with storage professionals?
Calzia: Continuous innovation in the compute, storage and network domains is essential to power the next wave of digital transformation, not only at central locations but also at the edge where the work gets done. The infrastructure must keep up with the industry evolution from data centers to “data centers”. To address this rapidly evolving trend, we recently introduced the Aruba CX 9300, a 32-port, 400 Gbps switch designed for dense server and storage deployments, and the CX 8325, which is an Ethernet “3x the performance at 1/3 the cost” storage fabric.
Datamation: If you could give one piece of advice to a networking pro just starting out, what would it be?
Calzia: I could offer advice on learning critical technologies like cybersecurity and data science. However, I think an important piece of advice is to improve your communication skills. Being able to clearly articulate a goal or expected outcome and become comfortable communicating these ideas to others.
Datamation: Given the lack of technical talent, how does your team find and retain professionals to work on the network??
Calzia: With the new hybrid working models, employee engagement is crucial. Managers need to make sure they clearly articulate goals, align their teams to achieve those goals, and make sure their teams feel that their contribution is valued by recognizing and sharing successes. Equally important is creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and providing flexibility in schedules and work locations.
Datamation: What should networking professionals focus on most in their roles to make the greatest business impact?
Calzia: The company goals. The network is an instrument to achieve these goals. At Aruba, our goal remains to think differently to solve customer challenges. Everyone at Aruba follows this customer-first-customer-last mantra.
Datamation: What is one of your greatest professional achievements?
Calzia: I have been fortunate to be part of a team that has grown from a small product, the Aruba Mobility Access Switch, into a product that serves multiple functions in customer remote locations in terms of connectivity, deployment and security. Many people bring their experience and innovative spirit together to think outside the box and provide a platform that fulfills a key customer need. The Mobility Access Switch was the parent product for several other development derivatives in use today.
Datamation: What is your favorite part about working in the network market?
Calzia: A personal favorite is seeing the products in action. It’s still fun for me to look up and see how Aruba Access Points are deployed in customer environments.
Datamation: What’s one of your favorite parts of the work week? How does it encourage or inspire you?
Calzia: The first in the morning. I use the time before the start of the meeting to organize my thoughts and my daily routine. It’s weird to say, but I miss my commute to the office every day (I work 50% from home) as I could use the commute to get organized.
Datamation: Do you have a favorite way to charge during the workday?
Calzia: At some point during the day I try to go outside. A walk or a short jog helps to break up the day between many meetings and allows me to focus my thoughts.
Datamation: What are your favorite hobbies or ways to spend time outside of work?
Calzia: Like many others, I enjoy nature. Camping and especially backpacking and canoeing. I try to give myself a week a year to go backpacking in the backcountry. A key benefit for me is that, oddly enough, it’s one of the few areas where you can’t connect!
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