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Arm introduces Neoverse high-performance CPUs for servers, 5G

Published on: 2019-02-22

There have been some interesting developments in the Arm-as-a-server processor field, from Cavium's success to Amazon offering much cheaper instances on its home-brew Arm processors. But now Arm Holdings itself is getting into the fray, and it's offering is a whopper. Last October, Arm announced ...

Arm introduces Neoverse high-performance CPUs for servers, 5G

Published on: 2019-02-22

There have been some interesting developments in the Arm-as-a-server processor field, from Cavium's success to Amazon offering much cheaper instances on its home-brew Arm processors. But now Arm Holdings itself is getting into the fray, and it's offering is a whopper. Last October, Arm announced ...

Accelerating Past the 6 Key Challenges of Deploying 5G

Published on: 2019-02-21

Network operators and vertical industries are under attack from both traditional and non-traditional competitors. To get - and stay - ahead, they must continuously reinvent their differentiating strengths and capabilities - in other words their DNA. This is particularly critical as 5G comes into ...

SDxCentral’s Weekly Roundup — February 22, 2019

Published on: 2019-02-21

Here are the week's strays and stragglers we roped for you: Ethernity Networks launched a field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based virtual private network (VPN) gateway. Splunk withdrew from Russia. The application management company will no longer sell its software and services to companies ...

Cisco Says Mobile Internet Traffic Will Reach Nearly a Zettabyte by 2022

Published on: 2019-02-21

As usual, the Cisco Mobile Visual Networking Index points to huge increases in the amount of data being trafficked through networks. And, as usual, it's a master class in exotic numbers. The report, which covers the 2017-2022 time frame, says that the annual run rate of mobile internet traffic ...

Oracle, KPMG Cloud Threat Report Finds Confidence and Fear

Published on: 2019-02-21

Thirty-eight percent of security and IT professionals surveyed by Oracle and KPMG identified the ability to detect and react to security incidents in the cloud as their top security challenge. Unauthorized use of cloud services was the second most pressing concern, with 26 percent identifying it ...

Human Negligence to Blame for the Majority of Insider Threats

Published on: 2019-02-21

In 98% of the assessments conducted for its research, Dtex found employees exposed proprietary company information on the Web - a 20% jump from 2018. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of insider threats are caused by users who introduce risk due to careless behavior or human error, according to new ...

Rakuten Lines Up an Ambitious Virtualized Mobile Network Plan

Published on: 2019-02-21

Japan's Rakuten has partnered with tech heavyweights to power its fully virtualized, software-defined mobile service. The company plans to launch service later this year, with CTO Tareq Amin stating that the new network will "innovate at the speed of software and scale at the speed of cloud."

ZTE unveils 5G fronthaul outdoor optical transportation product

Published on: 2019-02-21

ZTE has unveiled what it claims is the industry's first 5G fronthaul 200G outdoor optical transport network product. The Chinese vendor said that the ZXMP M721 OD62 is easy to install and maintain and can be applied to the metro edge layer.

Why Cybersecurity Burnout Is Real (and What to Do About It)

Published on: 2019-02-21

The constant stresses from advanced malware to zero-day vulnerabilities can easily turn into employee overload with potentially dangerous consequences. Here's how to turn down the pressure. Cybersecurity is one of the only IT roles where there are people actively trying to ruin your day, 24/7. ...

Cisco warns on HyperFlex security vulnerabilities

Published on: 2019-02-21

Cisco this week identified two "High" security vulnerabilities in its HyperFlex data-center package that could let attackers gain control of the system. HyperFlex is Cisco's hyperconverged infrastructure that offers computing, networking and storage resources in a single system.

Cisco warns on HyperFlex security vulnerabilities

Published on: 2019-02-21

Cisco this week identified two "High" security vulnerabilities in its HyperFlex data-center package that could let attackers gain control of the system. HyperFlex is Cisco's hyperconverged infrastructure that offers computing, networking and storage resources in a single system.

Google Ramps Up Speech Capabilities for Enterprises

Published on: 2019-02-21

Aims to make speech products more accessible to companies across the globe. Google has been steadily improving its speech technology offerings over the last several years. After opening up its Cloud Speech API to the masses in April 2017, the company upgraded the API with new features and ...

The Business Value of Voice Quality Using WebRTC

Published on: 2019-02-21

Too many enterprises are penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to voice quality. For instance, they pay a contact center agent $25/hour (all-in costs including salary, benefits, office space, IT) and then try and save 10 cents/hour on voice spending.

Is Hosted UC Really the Way to Go?

Published on: 2019-02-20

Is the hosted UC cloud really the way to go? In a two-word answer, "It depends." I'm writing this post based on my personal experience with hosted UC solutions and presenting a slightly different perspective beyond the hype of the UC cloud.

How managed network services are evolving to simplify the global WAN

Published on: 2019-02-20

Fundamentally, the way that carriers (i.e. telcos) deliver managed network services hasn't changed in decades. The core architecture of this network, known as hub and spoke, consists of branches talking to the data center over a managed network with a separate firewall in the middle.

From tree frogs to traffic management: tackling the new WAN requirements of the IoT

Published on: 2019-02-20

Posted by Arthur Cole on February 20, 2019 Wide area network architectures are rapidly evolving to accommodate the internet of things (IoT), with everything from advanced fiber-based data center interconnects (DCIs) to software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) on the table. But in addition to the ...

Cisco Reports Second Quarter Earnings FY19

Published on: 2019-02-13

Q2 Results: Revenue: $12.4 billionGrowth of 7% year over year (normalized to exclude the divested SPVSS business for Q2 FY 2018) Earnings per Share: GAAP: $0.63; Non-GAAP: $0.73Non-GAAP EPS increased 16% year over year Q3 Guidance (normalized to exclude the divested SPVSS business for Q3 FY ...

Software-defined connectivity planned for colocation data centers

Published on: 2019-02-08

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 80 percent of enterprises will migrate entirely away from their on-premises data centers. Instead they'll follow the current trend of moving workloads to colocation, hosting and the cloud, leading them to shut down their traditional data centers.

What is hyperconvergence?

Published on: 2019-02-07

Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized ...

Introducing high-efficiency wireless with Wi-Fi 6

Published on: 2019-02-05

It's become second nature - an instinctive behavioral modern-day trait, if you like. Yes, we seek 'Wi-Fi'. Admit it, we're all guilty of seeking that all-important connection, irrespective of our location and context; I mean context, in terms of whether we are at a social or business event ...

What does 2019 hold for the DCI?

Published on: 2019-01-25

Posted by Arthur Cole on January 25, 2019 The data center interconnect (DCI) is emerging as the next big architectural challenge for network service providers, a result of the enterprise's growing reliance on distributed cloud architectures for increasingly heavy production workloads.

CoreDNS joins Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy

Published on: 2019-01-24

CoreDNS, the DNS server created to serve as support infrastructure for Kubernetes, has been "graduated" by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, sustainers of Kubernetes and other open source technology for building modern clouds.

Durham County goes Cisco for enterprise network ops and security proficiency

Published on: 2019-01-23

The government in Durham County, N.C., was spending hours and hours manually provisioning its network and keeping security policies current, so it decided two and a half years ago to upgrade for the sake of efficiency and security.

2019: Look for improvements to software-defined data-center networks

Published on: 2018-12-10

To help IT pros attain top performance for their software-defined data-center networks (SDDCN), we have identified 10 crucial technology areas to watch and evaluate during 2019. SDDCN performance requires advanced network software to provision, manage and secure high-speed traffic flows, and ...

How to buy SD-WAN technology: Key questions to consider when selecting a supplier

Published on: 2018-12-03

Software-defined WAN traffic is exploding, and so is the number of technology providers competing for enterprise SD-WAN customers. Here are some key issues to consider as IT pros investigate SD-WAN deployment options and weigh the importance of features such as application prioritization, ...

How to secure your Azure network

Published on: 2018-10-16

Cloud services like Azure offer a lot of security features straight out of the box, especially if you're using their platform services. But virtual infrastructures are much like physical infrastructures, connecting virtual machines with software-defined virtual networks. Thus, they need the same ...

5G will bring cloud computing to everyone

Published on: 2018-09-25

I gave a cloud computing talk in a rural Midwest town a few years ago. I went on and on about the benefits of using the cloud. During my talk, I noticed a lot of folded arms and concerned faces. The reason?

PQ 162: Edge Compute Use Cases And Juniper’s Contrail Edge Cloud (Sponsored)

Published on: 2019-02-21

Podcast: Download | Embed What problems are we trying to solve with edge computing, and how might we get those done? Our sponsor today is Juniper Networks, and we're going see if we can answer those edge computing questions in a discussion about Contrail Edge Cloud.

Achieve Business Harmony and Compliance Through Automated Policy Enforcement

Published on: 2019-02-21

I was doing some compliance research recently and came across the following statistic from the Veritas Truth in Cloud Study: "76% of organizations believe that their cloud service providers take care of all data privacy and compliance regulations." Once I had a chance to collect my jaw from the ...

CYBERFORCE Profile Series: Scoring Big as a Trusted Advisor to Customers

Published on: 2019-02-20

This is the second in a series of blogs featuring a Palo Alto Networks CYBERFORCE Engineer and the business challenges they tackle. CYBERFORCE recognizes the best-of-the-best from the NextWave Partner Community; proven partner engineers who put the customer first, are trusted for their security ...

Security Teams Deserve a Better Approach

Published on: 2019-02-20

For many organizations, security teams are the first line of defense against all known and unknown threats. The core function of these teams is to identify, investigate and mitigate threats across their entire digital domain. As adversaries become more automated and complex, security teams are ...

“5G Ready” Is Real With the New K2-Series

Published on: 2019-02-19

In my last blog, I talked about the importance of "5G-ready" security. Along with the release of PAN-OS Version 9.0, Palo Alto Networks has announced the general availability of the K2-Series 5G-ready next-generation firewall (NGFW) products. K2-Series puts service providers on the path to 5G ...

Destination Cloud: Start Secure, Stay Secure With the Latest VM-Series Enhancements

Published on: 2019-02-19

The cloud is here to stay. According to Deloitte's 2018 global CIO survey , 90 percent of CIOs and C-suite executives say their organizations are using cloud-based services. The cost and efficiency gains are undeniable. But it's not enough to cross your fingers and hope a security breach doesn't ...

Network Break 222: SnapRoute Launches Network OS; Carbonite Buys Webroot

Published on: 2019-02-18

Podcast: Download | Embed Take a Network Break! The startup SnapRoute has launched CN-NOS, a new network OS that runs Kubernetes under the covers. VMware introduces new features in its SD-WAN appliances, and Carbonite will acquire Webroot for $618.5 million. Russia contemplates mechanisms to ...

Heavy Networking 430: The Future Of Networking With Guido Appenzeller

Published on: 2019-02-15

Today in our Future of Networking series I speak with Guido Appenzeller. He's been deeply involved in SDN and held key roles at Big Switch Networks and VMware, and now a new job at Yubico. We talk about the role of public cloud in IT, where the industry is with the adoption of ...

5G-Ready Network Today Requires a Secure, Automated Cloud Architecture

Published on: 2019-02-12

Imagine playing an immersive VR video game on your cell phone with friends around the world, in real time, with zero delays, while traveling in a self-driving car. It's not that far-fetched: this is just one of the many possible scenarios that the future holds with the emergence of 5G.

Dealing with Performance Brownouts

Published on: 2019-02-07

I've done a couple of application slowness (brownout) troubleshooting sessions recently. This blog is my attempt to condense some observations from both engagements, to share lessons learned. "Condense" might not be the right word, seeing how long this blog got! Troubleshooting with some process ...

SDN Ate My Hamster

Published on: 2019-02-04

I posted a Tweet the other day which gained a lot of attention in the networking community: As SDN gains more traction, people start fearing for their jobs. Some jobs will decrease in demand and some will disappear entirely. However,

Time for a change!

Published on: 2019-01-25

I'm close to working at VMware as an NSBU Pre-Sales Systems Engineer for 3 years now. Focusing fully on NSX (and all its family members) has always been a dream come true. I believe the way VMware executes on software-defined networking (SD-everything, really) is the future and good things are ...

Ways to Automate VXLAN

Published on: 2019-01-10

More and more sites are deploying Cisco Nexus 9K-based fabrics. Basically, if the time has come for datacenter switch refresh, you have two choices: Nexus 7700 etc. with a "classic Nexus" design (core, distribution, Top of Rack, FEX), or Nexus 9K-based fabrics. Fabrics are cool and look like a ...

Hype in the Pipe- Wear Your Butthole Smoke Guards Going Into 2019

Published on: 2018-12-31

Lest ye allow smoke to be blown up yer kilt, don ye reality filter agin' the vapors o' San Jose. - Old Scottish Proverb These are exciting times to be in the business of networking. Whether the topic is wired, enterprise wireless, cellular or WAN, it's all getting faster, bigger, and more complex.

Vendor Lock-in – Is It Really That Bad?!

Published on: 2018-12-30

In today's IT infrastructure, open source software is a common component. Many organizations and network engineers stay away from certain architectures and products citing vendor lock-in as their only argument but often lack the understanding to why they think vendor

SD-WAN – Glorified DMVPN?

Published on: 2018-12-28

I had an interesting discussion with Jon Cooper in the Network Collective Slack. The discussion was around SD-WAN. We were discussing if SD-WAN is just a "glorified DMVPN" or if it's something more than that. Note that this was a

Will Cisco Viptela continue to be one of the Leaders in SD-WAN ?

Published on: 2018-12-28

In 2017, Cisco completed Viptela acquisition. It is not a surprise for me that Gartner published Cisco as the Leader in WAN Edge Infrastructure in 2018. This is Gartner's famous Magic Quadrant report. I wrote a post for Silverpeak before. Silverpeak is listed in the Leaders category.

GORUCK Land Navigation Heavy - East AAR

Published on: 2018-12-20

In June my son and I completed our first GORUCK Heavy event, the Land Nav on the west coast in Southern California. You can read the AAR here. It wasn't but a few weeks later that the coordinator of the event started to plan a similar event for the east coast and the location was identified as ...

Plexxi Recognized on CRN’s Data Center 100 List (again)

Published on: 2018-02-26

It's no secret that the demands on modern data centers are changing and that companies want networks that are agile, flexible, and simple. Plexxi embraces this approach to networking when developing the solutions we provide to our customers and partners. As a result, once again CRN, a brand of ...

Plexxi Recognized on CRN’s Data Center 100 List

Published on: 2018-02-26

NASHUA, N.H., February 26, 2018 - Plexxi, the leader in Hyperconverged Networking (HCN), announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Plexxi to its 2018 Data Center 100 list. This annual list recognizes technology suppliers that excel at powering, supporting and protecting ...

PlexxiPulse – Plexxi HCN™, The Most Powerful Software-Defined Network, Now Available On Dell

Published on: 2018-02-23

This week, we announced support for Dell Networking Z9100-ON and Dell Networking S4048-ON data center fabric switches. Plexxi HCN™ will give Dell customers the power to scale data center networks flat and cost-effectively while still delivering unrestricted performance for all application ...

Innovation or Iteration

Published on: 2018-02-16

The word "innovation" gets thrown around a lot these days. I wouldn't blame anyone if the word now evokes a gag reflex similar to how we all eventually reacted to "cloud" a few years back. Every product and presentation seemed to be reworked to make it appear it was a "cloud" product.

Do I Need a WAN?

Published on: 2018-12-08

In the latest Network Break, Network Break 213 from Packet Pushers, they discussed some of the latest news in networking, such as Amazon Outpost. With the rise of SaaS applications, the questions was also raised, do I even need a

“Thirteen hundred APs, no open support tickets” – achieving quality in wireless networks

Published on: 2018-10-08

"Thirteen hundred APs, no open support tickets," Sudheer Matta, VP of Products for Mist Systems, boldly stated during his MFD3 presentation. At the time, he was referencing one of their largest customers specifically, but the company's desire to prevent bugs, create high quality customer ...

Docker on Google Compute Engine Using Docker Machine

Published on: 2015-06-13

Next up in Using Docker Machine across private and public clouds, is Google Compute Engine (GCE). As with the other posts, a diagram of how I view the importance of a Docker Machine abstraction. First, if you don’t already have an account you can get $300 credit expiring after 60-days towards ...

Office 365: Exchange Hybrid issue with Windows Security of Outlook 2016

Published on: 2018-03-28

Outlook prompts for password when accessing migrated Exchange Online resource. The on-premise mailbox has been migrated to Exchange Online and the user opening the calendar to see free/busy and planned meetings is sitting on-premise Exchange server. Windows Security – Microsoft Outlook ...

Office 365: OneDrive for Business – Automatic sign in

Published on: 2018-03-28

Working on Windows 10 migration project and there is a need to enable automatic sign in of OneDrive for Business client when new user profile has been created. Windows 1709 image is golden installation image that will be used for global deployment. In the past months I have been working on ...

Wireless 2017: What We Wanted Then, and What We Want Today

Published on: 2017-12-15

As a wireless engineer, we study the 802.11 protocol. We read how the standard is written, study how it is supposed to work and yet seem to spend our time fighting why it doesn't work. Tweaking power, channels, datarates, toggling features and code versions in hope that things functions the way ...

Wearing Superhero Capes Around the Office

Published on: 2017-11-13

As an IT person, I love being a hero.  Solving a customer's issue, especially when others before me have tried and failed is fun.  But as a consultant, I can't be at all my customer's at once.  So when one of them has an issue, either it's remotely troubleshooting, or I'm rolling on-site to ...

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