An Evaluation Guide for Technology Decision Makers
Networks over time have become more complex, even as the need for seamless connectivity with numerous data centers, clouds, edge networks, and IoT devices has grown. With digital transformation requiring that IT be more flexible than ever before, the ability to provision, allocate, and acquire network resources on an on-demand basis has become an urgent need. All this and modern networks must be secure, adaptable, and responsive to shifting and intermittent demand.
Network as a Service (NaaS) can offer all of these benefits in a private, segmented network that is isolated from many hacker attack vectors and enables quick turnup of network connectivity among business partners, customers, various clouds, and more. NaaS is a natural extension of the everything-as-a-service economy across software, platform, and infrastructure as a service (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, respectively), making it an excellent, future-facing solution for IT organizations.
NaaS can provide API and SDK control so networks can be provisioned and scaled programmatically, while possessing an intuitive web portal that provides a holistic view and control of the entire network. It further leverages virtualization, automation, economies of scale, and domain expertise to offer an alternative for enterprises that don’t want to build or manage their own network, making modern multi-cloud connectivity possible. Ultimately, NaaS allows an organization to focus on its core competency while leaving the networking, security, and related functions to a provider whose mission is delivering secure network services for others.
NaaS can be procured from a variety of vendors such as those sometimes defined as “middle mile.” These vendors operate the network infrastructure that exists between the broader Internet—including those run by network service providers and telecom carriers—and the “last mile” links to individual businesses and residences. Middle-mile vendors provide overlapping and evolving services that include software-defined interconnection (SDI), software-defined cloud interconnection (SDCI), and software-defined interconnect (SD-IX).
In addition, NaaS can be provided by data center operators, software-defined-perimeter (SDP) vendors, managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) providers, and finally traditional communications carriers (often using SD-WAN technology themselves). For a look at unmanaged DIY SD-WAN options, check out the GigaOm Radar for SD-WAN report, also available from GigaOm.
The term network-on-demand (NoD) can be used synonymously with NaaS. Both terms refer to networks that are software defined and can be programmatically altered. They also possess centralized administration tools and have the ability to quickly turn services up and tear them down.
Chris is a great asset to any company. His dedication and drivefor results makes him a consistent high achiever.
Henry Yu, tw telecom
Together we conquered many challenges, won impossible battles in the vendor industry and created a unique security practice. He has an interesting set of talents of being an engineer, innovator, and a thought leader, but never mixes any of these roles. That is what makes him successful as a leader. “Never be comfortable” is what Chris would tell me, which is what pushed me to do my first tech talk. I now have dozens behind me within some of the largest conferences known in the security vendor industry. Chris is nothing short of supernatural.
Leo Cruz, Myriad360
Chris is a strong team player with tremendous attention to detail. His approach was always well thought out with solid backing tohis ideas. His role and growth in the company were key to itssurvival. He was also very willing and able to wear multiple hats and was a flexible asset to have on hand.
Mikael Rasmussen, WavMax Broadband
Chris is one of the sharpest minds you will be lucky to come across, whether in a personal or professional setting. His ability to cut through the noise and see the relevant elements and data in any situation is remarkable.
Chris is intensely focused, dedicated, and capable. He absorbs and synthesizes data quickly, finds the leverage points, focuses on what matters, and delivers results. Any high-performing team will get a boost from engaging with Chris.
Andy Fisher, Myriad360
Chris is an excellent worker with a driving pulse for new technology and leading the industry. His work ethic is second-to-none and his teaming with others always ensures fantastic collaboration with positive outcomes. I am confident that Chris will continue to drive new technology evolution in our industry.
Mike McNamara, tw telecom
I’ve never met anyone who worked as hard as he did at learning and absorbing new skills and technologies and then applying them to his work. He’s a very fast learner and an asset to anyone who has the fortune to work with him.
Kaelyn Bowman, Virtella Communications
Chris is an engineer and leader of the highest caliber as demonstrated by his ongoing volunteer responsibilities within the Internet technical community and his unwavering drive.
Connie Kendig, Internet Society
Through the several tasks that we spent together in a professional environment, I have seen Chris accomplish things that many would consider impossible – both as a professional and technically – and neither has been a disappointment. Chris is a calculated risk-taker. He has an uncanny way of determining what the target market needs and has the capability of tweaking his designs and implementations accordingly. As a pragmatic leader and a realist, he can grasp ideas in a holistic manner and still pay attention to minor details. Chris has a well-deserved reputation as someone who is diligent and personable – two qualities that define him completely. As someone who is a creative thinker and possesses a can-do attitude, Chris is a pleasure to work with.
Kyle Smith, Markley
Chris is highly technical and has excellent organizational andfollow up skills. I assigned Chris several initiatives whileassigned to my team and his performance was exceptional. He isself motivated and has extensive technical knowledge.
Ray Whinery, Time Warner Telecom
Chris is a consummate professional. Motivated, expressive,talented in everything he attempts. His skills in making thingshappen for the better are top notch.
Mark Woodworth, CableLabs
Chris is always happy to contribute to a discussion or to an issue and is more than happy to lend a hand to both assist team members with their tasks or to lend his expertise in order to benefit the requestor. He is constantly providing knowledge transfer in a peer to peer manner, engaging others to work together to move a project forward or to resolve an issue. Most importantly, Chris is an open and honest communicator about whatever the topic of the moment is, something that is refreshing in today’s world. I could always count of Chris to lend his opinion or his ideas to any subject matter, and this becomes an important contribution for any team. Chris has tremendous talent and is a very hard working, team player. I would welcome Chris to my team at any point in the future.
Paul Diamond, Markley
His intelligenceand wit are only outshone by his friendly and helpful nature. Working with Chris is always a pleasure and a smashing success.
Susan Forsman, tw telecom
Chris is objective, strategically insightful, sharp and on top of his game. He’s a great collaborator who is willing to change his approach mid stream or whenever, to accommodate others. He’s a very dedicated professional with strong personal leadership qualities as well as being open and willing to inspire and empower others.
Duangthip Chomprang, Internet Society
Chris isvery knowledgeable, is always willing to explain and discuss, andis great at pulling together everyone’s input and moving things forward. Working with him has been a great experience.
Lisa Ruby, Motorola
Chris is a really hard working person. Very smart technically &could handle issues very promptly. Was very nice working with him.
Chris is one of the most professional individuals I have ever worked with. His dedication to the success of our organization was paramount. I always relied on him to engage in intricate troubles knowing they would receive appropriate attention and follow through. Chris is an immediate asset to any organization and is most certainly.
Jim Meslovich, CenturyLink Business for Enterprise
Chris Grundemann was among the most energetic and competent members of our Council throughout his time as an elected member. I found(find) Chris a most thoughtful man who brought insight and experience to the role, but was also always a genuine and professional member exerting leadership with tact and good humor. I think highly of Chris both as a technical professional and community leader, but also as a trusted friend.
Bill Darte, ARIN Advisory Council
Chris is a superior problem-solver withgreat people skills and ability to ask the really hard questions. Ateam player who is engaged and approachable, I expect Chris will have significant impact in the tech industry.
Deb Gerring, CableLabs
I count my time working with Chris among my most rewarding professional experiences. Chris is someone with a voracious appetite for knowledge and a desire to understand the world around him. While these traits make him an incredible thought partner that excels at introducing new concepts and riffing off the ideas of others…it also makes him a multiplier, someone that helps others sharpen their own thinking by forcing them to be more introspective, to be more curious about what’s possible, and to think critically and objectively about the reality of a situation.
Chris is a tide that raises many boats, not just through his ability to cultivate innovation and promote positive disruption, but by the example he sets. Chris is one of the most accountable people I’ve ever known and consistently demonstrated a knack for bringing order to chaos, prioritizing diffuse – and often conflicting – objectives, and producing positive outcomes in situations where the deck seemed stacked in such a way that that doing so appeared impossible.
Rick Kenney, Myriad360
Working with Chris has been a real pleasure. He is open, friendly, intelligent, discreet, skilled, productive, driven, resourceful and trustworthy! Our organisation has really benefitted from Chris’s skills and knowledge.
Howard Baggott, Internet Society
Chris is technically creative, hard working, and extraordinarilyeffective at working with both internal and external technicalexpert communities. A pleasure to have had on the team atCableLabs. I fully expect him to significantly move his organization and the industry.
Tom Lookabaugh, CableLabs
Chris was an excellent coach, mentor and problem solver. Chris consistently possesses a “can do” attitude while taking on more and more responsibility and taking the time to fully understand, upskill and learn as required for success. Chris is very organized and patient. He is proactive in identifying and addressing risks and issues that could erstwhile derail hard-earned successes. Chris’ list of talents and intangibles is long, but never a surprise once you get the opportunity to work with him.
Scott Perricone, Myriad360
Chris is a compelling leader that raises up those working for him, a knowledgeable technologist that can offer insight and guidance, and a eloquent speaker than can both lead discussions and present. If looking for someone to lead an organization to the next level, Chris’ input and direction would be invaluable. His knowledge of networking and the ability to identify what needs to be done next, then acting on it are also strong suits for Chris.
Don MacVittie, Ingrained Technology, LLC
Chris is just phenomenal. I met him a few years ago when he was starting with GigaOm and I saw him becoming one of the pillars of this organization in months. He is committed, talented, organised and full of enthusiasm. I don’t know how he manages it, but looks like his days are 36 hour long! In fact, he is not only a good manager but he has a boatload of other activities in parallel: blogs, podcasts, events, videos, and more. All developed with quality and users in mind. I enjoyed working with him and this collaboration also taught me a lot.
Enrico Signoretti, Juku consulting
Chris is one of the most brilliant technologists and charismaticspeakers I’ve met in a long time. He’s an absolute creative, has amind focused on solutions, and is driven by a deep belief in whathe does. He’s both an inspirational leader and great colleague. I’d work with Chris again any day of the week.
Lia Kiessling, Internet Society
Chris excels at finding best practices for a company which in turn make processes more efficient and reliable. He uplifts those that report to him with encouragement for their work. His confidence in his role reflects in his work!