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The application that pioneered messaging, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), will be shut down by end of year.

As we age, there are seminal moments that happen that close a chapter of our youth and remind us of how the world has changed. For example, Leonard Nimoy’s passing is a reminder that anything related to Star Trek, The Original Series is coming to an end. Recently, my youngest child got his driver’s license, meaning that I’m staring empty nest syndrome in the face, ending the child raising portion of my life.

Cisco announced two services that use AI to address critical issues, freeing up IT professionals to learn new skills, modernize the infrastructure and drive innovation.

The drive to digital transformation is causing the world to move faster than ever. And it seems businesses are experiencing a huge case of “fear of missing out” (FOMO) and adopting new technologies at a dizzying pace.

A few years ago, only a few companies had invested in the Internet of Things (IoT), software-defined networking (SDN), cloud services and DevOps. Today, they’re rapidly becoming the norm, and it’s difficult, if not impossible, for IT to maintain the current environment.

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.



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