Archive for October 2017

The latest release of Cisco’s intent-based networking solution, ACI 3.0, increases network automation, simplifies operational tasks and makes it easier to secure agile workloads.

A decade ago, one of the big knocks on Cisco was that its products were difficult to deploy and often even harder to manage. Over the past few years, though, particularly since Chuck Robbins took the helm as CEO, the company has been laser focused on making its products simpler to operate.

It’s important to understand that making products easy to use is actually much more difficult than those that are hard to use. As an example, Cisco’s network-intuitive, intent-based networking solution enables the operations for the campus network to be fully automate, dramatically cutting the operational overhead required by network engineers.

Aryaka study finds that SD-WAN performs well over short hops, but private WAN performs far better over the longest distances.

The rise of SD-WANs has raised an interesting debate. Is the internet good enough to replace a private network for an enterprise WAN?

A decade ago, no one would have even considered this, but broadband speeds have increased and more things have moved to the cloud. Also, SD-WAN technology allows for dynamic path selection, which protects the WAN from outages so companies can use multiple broadband connections instead of something like MPLS.

Avi’s Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF) is a software-only solution that solves the performance problems associated with traditional, hardware-based WAFs.

I’ve long had the opinion that web application firewalls (WAF) are one of those security technologies that every business should deploy.  For a hacker, breaching an organization through a state of the art, next generation firewall is quite a difficult task.  It’s much easier to go after naïve users by directing attacks through a web application.  The best way to combat these threats is with a WAF. Given the rise of web related attacks like SQL injection and session hijacking, it would stand to reason every business would deploy one. 

New AI-based security takes the malware fight to the attackers.

The traditional approach of fighting malware has always been reactive.  A new attack is released, it infects a few companies, and antivirus vendors race to issue an update. Some organizations may get the update before the malware makes its way in, but many will not. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal situation as the good guys are always chasing the bad guys.

Opens early access program for virtual reality platform for collaborative work

Nvidia, the leader in graphical processing units (GPUs), has opened an early access program for its Holodeck collaboration platform introduced earlier this year.

Developers, engineers, or anyone else who would like to use the advanced platform merely need to apply for early access and then, when approved, download it and provide feedback, announced Nvidia at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) for European developers taking place this week in Munich.

Nvidia’s two announcements — a test fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles and the DRIVE PX AI platform — bring us closer to having self-driving cars.

Over the past few weeks, Nvidia has been holding a series of regional GPU Technology Conferences (GTC) in different parts of the globe. In September, Nvidia showed off its new Tensor3 GPU made for artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing in China. This week, the company took its show to Munich to host GTC Europe where it made a couple of announcements in the advancements of self-driving vehicles.

Microsoft needs to stop chasing the point product vendors and work to a goal that only it can — using data to inform and influence the collaboration experience.

The communications industry is unique in that it’s a mature market but constantly being disrupted.

Over the years, we’ve seen a number of startups, such as cloud video provider Zoom and team collaboration app maker Slack, jump in and challenge the larger incumbents. And, in so doing, they turn companies like Microsoft into the hunted where they were once the hunter.



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