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The cloud and mobility have certainly changed IT over the past five years. However, there may be no area of IT that has been impacted more than security. Historically, securing a business was fairly straightforward. For most businesses there was a single ingress/egress point to secure. I’m not saying securing this point in the network was easy, but the architecture was fairly simple.

Cloud and mobility have created numerous points in the network that need to be secured, giving rise to a growing number of threat vectors. This, in turn, has caused organizations to deploy more security tools, creating a more complicated environment. In addition to firewalls, security professionals need a number of inline and out-of-band security tools, including malware, mobile security, IPS, IDS, next-generation firewalls, and the list goes on and on. The challenge with this multi-tier security model is that the effectiveness of these security tools depends on the quality of the data sent to them. Ideally, one would want a consistent set of relevant and accurate data sent to each of the security tools. Achieving this can be challenging, though.

With the FCC pushing to increase Wi-Fi investments in schools, these vendors could step up to fill the need.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to spend $2 billion over the next two years to bring Wi-Fi to underserved schools. The plan should impact at least 10 million kids is US schools. As part of the plan the FCC will be revamping E-Rate, which was originally introduced in 1996. Without going into a tremendous amount of detail, the revamped plan will remove funding to outdated technologies, such as pagers and dial-up modems, and devote more money to Wi-Fi.

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While I applaud the FCC’s willingness to reform E-Rate, it’s long overdue. I recently did some research in the K-12 vertical and while 95% of schools have computers today, 75% of U.S. Schools have inadequate network bandwidth to support 1:1 computing initiatives. Making 1:1 computing a reality should be a top priority for government leaders. U.S. schools are woefully lacking in technology today and given all the benefits of tablets, smart boards, and computers in general, it’s almost embarrassing how poorly outfitted our schools are with computers. Chromebooks, iPads and other tablets (including the purpose-built Amplify tablet) create an excellent, low-cost way of moving closer to the 1:1 student-to-device goal. But devices without a rock-solid wireless network will not solve the problem – hence the revamping of E-Rate to beef up the Wi-Fi networks.

The more domain strings are released on the Internet, the more confusing the new generic Top-Level Domain (new gTLD) program becomes for businesses that want to build their online presence. Not only do companies struggle to determine which gTLD to choose from the many options that might seem relevant to their business, they now have to choose between singular and plural versions of the same string.

For those who may not be aware, last year ICANN approved the coexistence of both single and plural versions of a variety of new gTLDs, despite industry concerns that this might create potential consumer confusion and cybersquatting. As a result, we now have more than 36 new gTLDs that fall into this category. Some examples include: .career(s), .car(s), .coupon(s), .deal(s), .fan(s), .game(s),.gift(s), .loan(s), .new(s), .pet(s), .photo(s)/.photography/.camera, .property(ies), .review(s), .sport(s), .supply(ies), .tour(s), .work(s) , as well as 44 close alternatives and variations such as .build(ers), .engineer(ing), .finance/.financial, .fish(ing), .flower/.florist, .fit(ness), .fly/.flights, .film/.movie,.host/.hosting, .insure/.insurance, .law/.lawyer, .live/.living, .luxe/.luxury, .pics/.pictures, .realestate/.realty, .rent/.rentals, .site/.website,.shop(ping), .tech/.technology, .trade/.trading, .vote/.voting, and .wed/.wedding, to name a few. That’s a significant number!

Sonus has shifted to more of an “on-demand” buying model, in which the customer can start with a small deployment and then increase session and port capacity with just a license key.

This morning Sonus unveiled a number of enhancements to its line of session border controllers (SBCs). Unlike most product announcements we see in tech, there were no shiny new products or even new features spearheading the announcement. Instead Sonus focused on making it easier for customers to purchase, deploy and maintain its current products.

The company released version 3.2 of the 1000 and 2000 series SBCs. This version of code helps customers bring in an SBC at a lower cost and then offers a level of investment protection, particularly in Lync environments, a fast growing part of the company’s business.

Aerohive’s Personalized Engagement Platform packages up its own products alongside some from some strategic partners to remove much of the complexity around creating personalized services.

Remember in the movie “Minority Report” when Tom Cruise’s character, John Anderton, was running away from the pre-crime police unit for a crime he was going to commit? He was running through a mall and was greeted by a number of personalized ads inviting him to drive a Lexus, have a Guinness and use his American Express card. Later in the movie, after swapping out his eyeballs, he was in the Gap and was asked if Mr. Yakamoto was enjoying his new clothes.

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