Nyansa’s early success shows there’s a need for user performance management rather than traditional application performance management.

Understanding how applications perform has been somewhat of a mystery for IT departments since the advent of networked applications.

The reason why it’s been so hard is that traditional management tools operate in a bottoms-up manner. That is, each infrastructure component is monitored, usually with its own management tool, and then the data is rolled up to some kind of manager of managers. Application performance management is inferred by trying to correlate the information manually. The problem is today there is far too much data to be analyzed using manual processes.

Now listed on a major exchange, Avaya will need to make significant noise in the cloud if it’s to keep investors happy.

Wed., Jan. 17, will go down as a landmark day in the timeline of Avaya’s emergence out of bankruptcy. This morning the company rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), signaling its return to being a publicly traded company — ticker symbol, “AVYA.”

In actuality, Avaya started trading on Dec. 15, 2017, but as an over-the-counter (OTC) stock. OTC stocks aren’t available through the NYSE or other exchanges, so investors interested in Avaya would have had to purchase the stock from a market maker with inventory. This limited the stock’s reach and lowered its liquidity, making a purchase less appealing for large institutional firms.

Leveraging networking technology from HPE and Aruba, MSC Cruises has modernized the cruise ship experience.

Every industry vertical is being impacted by digital transformation. Most of the case studies I have seen revolve around retail, healthcare and financial services where the impact is relatively easy to measure. One of the industries that is in dire need of digital technology is cruise lines.

Cisco Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA), now generally available, addresses one of the biggest pain points in the cybersecurity industry — finding malware in encrypted traffic.

Last summer, Cisco announced a product called Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA), which solves one of the biggest cybersecurity problems — finding malware in encrypted traffic.

The use of encrypted traffic continues to grow. In fact, it’s over half of all traffic today and will be well over 80 percent by 2020. The benefit of encrypting traffic is that the bad guys can’t access the data, so it’s protected. The downside of it is that security tools can’t inspect it for malware, making it the perfect place for a threat actor to hide any kind of malicious traffic.

Cohesity saw strong momentum in 2017, indicating businesses are ready for hyperconverged secondary storage.

There’s no question that the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has had a huge impact on simplifying technology deployments. Nutantix solutions, Cisco HyperFlex and HPE Simplivity have been widely adopted and have changed the face of the data center.

After treading water for the better part of a decade, Cisco’s fortunes have turned around because of the decisions CEO Chuck Robbins made over two years ago.

Cisco’s CEO, Chuck Robbins, is a busy guy. I never see him not talking to a customer, partner, employee, analyst or some other person in the company’s ecosystem. Over the holiday break, I hope he took the time to put his feet up, light a cigar and reflect on what’s happened to the company he is leading over the past two years.

I’d like to wish everyone a hearty Happy New Year! This is the time of year that we make promises to ourselves like saying we will get to the gym more often, lose weight, not text and drive and other things that should improve our lives or the world we live in. Many of us make these resolutions annually, but fail to keep them as they are often unrealistic or simply too hard to live up to. I’d like to offer up five New Year’s resolutions for those of you who manage your company’s wide area network. They are as follows:

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