CLOUD Stories

Most enterprise networks can't handle big data loads

Published on: 2019-09-25

Another week, another survey that finds IT cannot keep up with the ever-expanding data overload. This time the problem surrounds network bandwidth and overall performance. A survey of 300 IT professionals conducted by management consultant firm Accenture found the majority feel their enterprise ...

SD-WAN Shines in a Dark Enterprise Market

Published on: 2019-09-25

SD-WAN promises to deliver revenue growth to telcos and other service providers to offset flat revenues from other enterprise services, according to Heavy Reading analyst Sterling Perrin. "Network operators need a way to grow their revenue, and here comes SD-WAN growing revenues the way they ...

Mellanox Challenges Imposter Open Source Vendors With SONiC

Published on: 2019-09-25

Mellanox Technologies today announced support for the SONiC networking operating system on its Ethernet switches. The chipmaker jointly developed the open source network OS based on Linux with Microsoft, Arista, Broadcom, and Dell, and the companies contributed it to the Open Compute Project in ...

5G Transforms Vertical Industries

Published on: 2019-09-25

With more and more 5G networks up and running every month, and commercial 5G services now available in multiple markets, mobile operators are turning their attention to seeking out new business opportunities that can help deliver the best return on their investments and make the most of their ...

Startup Cowbell Cyber Launches 'Continuous Underwriting' Platform

Published on: 2019-09-24

New inside-out approach will give SMBs a way to buy insurance coverage based on a realistic and ongoing assessment of their risk, company says. Startup Cowbell Cyber wants to give small and midsize businesses (SMBs) a better way to get insurance coverage against cybersecurity threats. The ...

Citrix Meshes Istio Service Mesh Into Its ADC Platform

Published on: 2019-09-24

Citrix has linked the Istio control plane service mesh to its ADC platform to more tightly secure and optimize traffic with a microservices-based application environment. The move is also the latest victory for the rapidly evolving service mesh platform. Citrix’s ADC platform is a product suite ...

Kubernetes Kills Containership’s Cruise

Published on: 2019-09-24

The rise of Kubernetes as the de facto container orchestration platform has been a boon to organizations looking to take advantage of a microservices-based ecosystem but has proven to be a challenge for many vendors. The extreme of that challenge played out late last week as Containership ...

Cloudflare Introduces 'Bot Fight Mode' Option for Site Operators

Published on: 2019-09-24

Goal is to help websites detect and block bad bot traffic, vendor says. Content delivery network Cloudflare has launched a new feature that it says will help users of its services prevent malicious bots from scraping their websites, stealing credentials, misusing APIs, or launching other ...

Rubrik, NetApp Catapult Data Management to the Cloud

Published on: 2019-09-24

Rubrik and NetApp have teamed up to integrate Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management platform with NetApp’s enterprise-grade storage platform, StorageGRID, bundling backup software and storage that is purpose-built for cloud. The partnership will offer NetApp customers protection of their ...

Aryaka’s HybridWAN Boasts Multi-Tenancy, Enhanced Firewalls

Published on: 2019-09-24

Aryaka today announced HybridWAN, which is the latest evolution of its SD-WAN offering. The HybridWAN update provides customers with greater flexibility by allowing them to route low-priority traffic over traditional broadband or 4G LTE and business-sensitive traffic over Aryaka’s Layer-2 core. ...

How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration

Published on: 2019-09-23

By Elizabeth MagillA strategic migration plan must answer three important questions.

Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration

Published on: 2019-09-20

By Beth SchultzCompany talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own.

Cisco spreads ACI to Microsoft Azure, multicloud and SD-WAN environments

Published on: 2019-09-18

Cisco is significantly spreading its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology to help customers grow and control hybrid, multicloud and SD-WAN environments. ACI is Cisco’s flagship software-defined networking (SDN) data-center package, but it also delivers the company’s Intent-Based ...

HPE's vision for the intelligent edge

Published on: 2019-09-06

It’s not just speeds and feeds anymore, it's intelligent software, integrated security and automation that will drive the networks of the future. That about sums up the networking areas that Keerti Melkote, HPE's president, Intelligent Edge, thinks are ripe for innovation in the next few years. ...

Q&A: HPE's networking chief opens up about intelligent edge, Cisco and micro data centers

Published on: 2019-09-05

Since founding Aruba Networks in 2002 and then staying on when Hewlett Packard bought the firm in 2015, Keerti Melkote has seen firsthand the evolution of the wireless industry. From the initial rush to bring laptops using Wi-Fi to the enterprise and the advent of Apple iPad – which Melkote says ...

VMware touts hyperscale SD-WAN

Published on: 2019-08-28

SAN FRANCISCO – VMware teamed with Dell/EMC this week to deliver an SD-WAN service that promises to greatly simplify setting up and supporting wide-area-network connectivity. The Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution is a package of VMware software with Dell hardware and software that will be managed by Dell ...

VMware touts hyperscale SD-WAN

Published on: 2019-08-28

SAN FRANCISCO – VMware teamed with Dell/EMC this week to deliver an SD-WAN service that promises to greatly simplify setting up and supporting wide-area-network connectivity. The Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution is a package of VMware software with Dell hardware and software that will be managed by Dell ...

IDG Contributor Network: Software-defined perimeter – the essence of trust

Published on: 2019-08-26

Actions speak louder than words. Reliable actions build lasting trust in contrast to unreliable words. Imagine that you had a house with a guarded wall. You would feel safe in the house, correct? Now, what if that wall is dismantled? You might start to feel your security is under threat. Anyone ...

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire CloudCherry

Published on: 2019-08-26

San Jose Calif. – August 26, 2019 – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced its intent to acquire privately-held CloudCherry based in Salt Lake City, UT. CloudCherry is a Customer Experience Management (CEM) company that provides customer journey mapping, out-of-the-box integrations, and predictive ...

Cisco assesses the top enterprise SD-WAN technology drivers

Published on: 2019-08-01

Cisco this week celebrated the second anniversary of its purchase of SD-WAN vendor Viptela and reiterated its expectation that 2019 will see the technology change enterprise networks in major ways. In a blog outlining trends in the SD-WAN world, Anand Oswal, Cisco senior vice president, ...

Who will benefit the most from 5G

Published on: 2019-04-12

The growth of 5G cellular technology has gotten a lot of people excited, including those who are looking for 5G to provide a larger market for cloud computing, and most important, to simplify both connectivity and security. The question is: Who will have the most to gain? Enterprises that ...

What is infrastructure as code? A big step up from server scripting

Published on: 2019-03-07

If you have ever had to provision and configure a server, you know the pain it can bring. Take the process of configuring hardware connections, the software stack, and their interdependencies, and then multiply that across however many servers you are deploying—you are talking days and days of ...

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. The graduated status is a green light to anyone deciding whether ...

5 Considerations Before Building Your Own Cloud Security Tool

Published on: 2019-09-24

Engineers love to build, and when it comes to cloud security, some DevOps teams try to cobble together their own solution from a combination of cloud-provided and disparate open source products. Before you invest too much time and too many resources into a DIY security project, here are some ...

What is Huawei Atlas AI Computing Platforms?

Published on: 2019-09-24

At the Huawei Connect Live 2019, Huawei announced the launch of its overall computing strategy for the first time. This means that computing strategy will become one of Huawei‘s core strategies in the future when the computing industry is turning to the turning point and computing architecture ...

Network Break 253: Arista CloudVision Ingests Configs From Third-Party Gear; Cisco Adds Azure To Cloud ACI

Published on: 2019-09-23

Take a Network Break! Arista Networks upgrades its CloudVision management software to accept configuration information from third-party devices, Cisco adds Azure support for its Cloud ACI and APIC controller, and Marvell completes its acquisition of transceiver manufacturer Aquantia. Datadog ...

It’s A Wireless Problem, Right?

Published on: 2019-09-20

How many times have your users come to your office and told you the wireless was down? Or maybe you get a phone call or a text message sent from their phone. If there’s a way for people to figure out that the wireless isn’t working they will not hesitate to tell you about it. But is it always ...

Top 3 AWS Critical Cloud Misconfigurations and How to Remediate

Published on: 2019-09-20

It’s no secret that cloud adoption yields tremendous business benefit — increased agility, reduced cost, flexibility, ease-of-use, the list goes on. The problem is, companies have adopted cloud faster than they’ve been able to adopt security processes and practices to support it. Developer teams ...

Palo Alto Networks an Eight-Time Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader

Published on: 2019-09-19

In any high tech industry, it’s not often that a company gets to define a new market, and then continue to expand and reshape it for more than a decade. It’s even less common in our highly competitive cybersecurity space. Maybe that’s why this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls ...

Day Two Cloud 018: “I’m Not As Terrified As I Was” – Making The Transition To Cloud And DevOps

Published on: 2019-09-18

You’ve heard whispers of a new project code-named Daedalus; something to do with multi-cloud, GCP, Terraform, CI/CD, and Git. You have a vague sense of what all of those things are, and a clear sense of dread that you’ll end up assigned to this labyrinthine mess. Lo and behold, you’ve got an ...

One Article to Understand the Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and Containers

Published on: 2019-09-17

The word “cloud computing” is believed to be very familiar to everyone. As a mainstream trend in the development of information technology, it frequently appears in front of us. Along with it, there are also these conceptual terms – OpenStack, Hypervisor, KVM, Docker, K8S, etc. These concepts ...

Cyber Canon Book Review: Engineering Trustworthy Systems: Get Cybersecurity Design Right the First Time

Published on: 2019-09-16

Cyber Canon Book Review: “Engineering Trustworthy Systems: Get Cybersecurity Design Right the First Time,” 2018, by O. Sami Saydjari Bottom Line: I recommend this book for the Cybersecurity Canon Hall of Fame. Imagine a 100-story building designed with a few clicks and plug-ins, with no ...

Positioning Policy Properly

Published on: 2019-08-30

Who owns the network policy for your organization? How about the security policy?Identity policy? Sound like easy questions, don’t they? The first two are pretty standard. The last generally comes down to one or two different teams depending upon how much Active Directory you have deployed. But ...

The Network is Code: Cisco at MFD4

Published on: 2019-08-21

It’s always a bit of a thrill to visit Cisco HQ, and to step within the walls of this global network powerhouse. I got to do that again at Mobility Field Day 4, and as usual the presentations and the visit just went too fast. Such is the way these events go… On this go round, Cisco offered us: ...

Connection Restored

Published on: 2019-08-02

I was embarrassed to realize recently that it’s been well over two years since my last blog post. Life has a way of getting away from you, I suppose. But I’ve decided to try and reboot the blog, and hopefully get back to writing regularly. Let me kick things off my sharing what I’ve been up to ...

Connecting ASA to Umbrella SIG with PBR

Published on: 2019-07-31

This article explores the specific configuration of Cisco ASA when using it to establish a tunnel for Umbrella SIG. The first question many may have is, “What exactly is SIG?” The answer to that is quite simple–SIG is an acronym for Secure Internet Gateway and in the Umbrella implementation it ...

3 Tools for Getting VMs From Your Datacenter to the AWS Cloud

Published on: 2019-07-23

Here’s a simple scenario: you have some Virtual Machines (VMs) in your on-premises environment, likely in VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V. You want to either fully migrate some or all of those VMs to the AWS Cloud or you want to copy a gold image to the AWS Cloud so you can launch compute ...

TOGAF 9 Certified

Published on: 2019-07-19

After passing more technical certification tests than I care to count, the concept of studying for a non-technical exam seemed surreal. Studying for exam that was not going to teach or test me about protocols, signals, or configurations just sounded so foreign. I do have to admit that there were ...

PowerShell: New-MigrationBatch for Exchange Online migration

Published on: 2019-07-11

The following PowerShell script helped myself and the IT team to initiate migration from Exchange to Office 365 Exchange Online cloud environment. I had couple of challenges to solve before this script was fully operation and working in the environment I am in. Proxy server is being used and to ...

Patch! Patch! Patch!

Published on: 2019-07-04

Bob Plankers, Technical Marketing Architect for vSphere at VMware, has a very simple but important message for all of us, and it isn’t really limited to VMware itself: “Patch! Patch! Patch! Did I say… patch?”. That was his starting message when I visited VMware during Security Field Day 2, and ...

Meraki In The Middle – Smart Security Cameras

Published on: 2019-06-12

I’ve been looking at security cameras recently, in part because my home owners association needs to upgrade the system which monitors some of the amenities. We want motion detection features and, obviously, remote access to view live cameras and recorded footage without having to go to the ...

Amazon CloudFront with WordPress as Infrastructure as Code

Published on: 2019-04-23

There are roughly a GAJILLION articles, blogs, and documents out there that explain how to setup Amazon CloudFront to work with WordPress. Most of them are wrong in one or more ways. Rather than fall into the trap of writing yet another article for whatever the “now current” version of WordPress ...

SnapRoute - Is there something new happening in networking?

Published on: 2019-03-04

The launch (or relaunch depending on your opinion of when they started and on what they were building verse what they are doing now) of SnapRoute was an interesting event to be able to participate in. SnapRoute presented at Network Field Day 20 as part of the launch of their Cloud Native Network ...

“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 ...

Multi-Cloud Network Environments

Published on: 2018-10-03

In a previous article, we went through an introduction to Cloud Computing and defined what a “cloud” is, its characteristics, and also deployment models. In that article, we mentioned that the initial reaction of enterprises to the concept of the cloud was that of fear; however, what we see now ...

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. When analyzing the https network flow with ...

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 ...

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 ...

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