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| ||Cisco to SDN: Bring It On
Never one to back down from a challenge, Cisco CEO John Chambers expressed unbridled confidence in the company's position as it faces down its next test: the advent of SDNs.
Thu, 16 May 2013 19:02:55 +0000
| ||What Can Be Done About the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage?
I’ve written countless times about the cybersecurity skills shortage but here’s a quick summary of a few ESG research data points that illustrate the scope of this problem: 1. 25% of mid-market (i.e. 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) report a “problematic shortage” of IT security skills. 2. 36% of organizations increasing IT headcount this year plan to...
Thu, 16 May 2013 18:23:29 +0000
| ||Brocade CEO Carney challenges status quo in networking
The interesting thing about chili con carne is that you can have variations in the flavor and quality of the food depending on how the different ingredients are tweaked and mixed together. The same thing can be said for tech companies. Bring in a new CEO, tweak a few things, and get different results. The Mike Klayko era of Brocade is now in the books, and its time for the newly appointed CEO, Lloyd...
Wed, 15 May 2013 14:50:53 +0000
| ||A conversation with Suresh Vasudevan, CEO of Nimble Storage
1. So why don't you tell us where you think the markets are at with storage to start?
The storage market, estimated at ~$33B (systems spend without including storage software and services), is witnessing dramatic changes driven by the arrival of flash as a new persistent storage medium, complementing the exclusive role that HDDs have traditionally played within Enterprise storage systems.
Tue, 14 May 2013 16:44:28 +0000
| ||100G, SDN leaving older switches behind
Unlike Juniper core switching customers, HP users can still expect some significant upgrades to their older switches even though HP unveiled two new platforms for the data center last week. HP plans to equip the four-year-old 12500 data center core switch with 40G Ethernet before the end of the year.
Mon, 13 May 2013 14:48:29 +0000
| ||Top vendors at Interop 2013
There’s a Katy Perry Song called "Waking Up in Vegas" in which the young Miss Perry sings "Shut up and put your money where your mouth is / that’s what you get for waking up in Vegas." That first line, "Shut up and put your money where your mouth is," should be the theme for Interop. Vendors all across the network market come to Mandalay Bay to show off their latest products and impress buyers,...
Mon, 13 May 2013 14:29:48 +0000
| ||Thoughts from Interop 2013: The network has never been more important
Well, the 2013 version of Interop is now in the books and while conventional wisdom dictates that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” I thought there were a number of themes at the show that rose above the general noise of the event and are worth sharing. In no particular order, these themes were:
Fri, 10 May 2013 14:51:46 +0000
| ||Cisco Maintains Edge as Director Switches Deliver Highest Performance to Date
Fri, 10 May 2013 14:10:27 +0000
| ||'Bigfoot' SDN sightings and Internet of Whats? highlight Cisco survey
SDN and "The Internet of Things" are two of the hotter topics in the industry today, thanks to industry coalescence and Cisco marketing, respectively. But Cisco admits that less than half of those who work in IT are even vaguely familiar with "The Internet of Things."
Wed, 08 May 2013 20:16:10 +0000
| ||Mobile Computing Security Mayhem Continues
I spent the week in Washington DC last week discussing cybersecurity legislation and Federal IT security issues. As part of the tour, I gave a presentation on mobile computing security at the historical Willard hotel.
Before discussing MDM, MAM, mobile data security, or anti-malware, I started my session with a few data points from various ESG research projects:
Wed, 08 May 2013 16:45:31 +0000
| ||Riverbed unveils the Mini-Me of ADCs
If you remember the old Austin Powers movies, Mini-Me was a full replica of Dr. Evil in every way. Just as evil, just as cunning, and just as powerful. Today, Riverbed announced a “mini-me” version of its Stingray application delivery controller (ADC). Stingray came into Riverbed through the acquisition of Zeus so, in a way, Riverbed’s latest product is Mini-Zeus.
Tue, 07 May 2013 15:20:11 +0000
| ||MTBF, MTTR and SLAs, oh my
Continuing our look into myths of why enterprises "need" MPLS. Today we'll consider two more:
Mon, 06 May 2013 17:25:44 +0000
| ||Who will be the big winner in Las Vegas and who is just rolling the dice?
It has not been that long since Huawei said they were exiting American market then tried to retract the statement to some extent. But here we are in Las Vegas and they have a large booth on the floor with a full presence. So what gives with Huawei? I have sent a few emails and have received no reply. So if this the last big hurrah in Las Vegas for Huawei or are they rolling the dice to see if people...
Mon, 06 May 2013 15:57:11 +0000
| ||McAfee’s Stonesoft Acquisition: A Strategic Enterprise Move With Short- and Long-term Benefits
I received an email early this morning announcing that McAfee acquired European Next-generation firewall (NGFW) vendor Stonesoft for $389 million.
I’m sure the trade press and young/rich Wall Street analysts are running around asking the obvious question: Who the heck is Stonesoft and why did McAfee cough up so much dough for a virtually unknown company?
Allow me to respond to these inquiries...
Mon, 06 May 2013 15:14:25 +0000
| ||Cisco's OpenFlow basher jumps to Big Switch
Here's a jawdropper, and a PR coup for Big Switch: Prashant Gandhi, senior director of the Server Access Virtualization Technology Group at Cisco - he of the "OpenFlow is a fantasy" rant at a March tech blogger meeting - has jumped to OpenFlow crusader Big Switch Networks. Gandhi will run product strategy and development there.
Fri, 03 May 2013 18:56:20 +0000
| ||Cisco extends Developer Network to include application experience
It feels like Cisco has been retooling the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) for the better part of a decade now. The program got life when the company acquired Metreos and Cisco put together a program called Cisco Technology Developer Program (CTDP) to build applications for the IP phone. There may be some of you chuckling at that notion, but many have thought (myself included) that there was indeed a...
Thu, 02 May 2013 14:06:01 +0000
| ||Cisco enterprise boss reports on programmability
The Catalyst 3850 switch with Cisco's programmable Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC and Cisco ONE APIs is in early adopter OpenFlow deployments with academia, reports Rob Soderbery, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group.
Wed, 01 May 2013 18:59:29 +0000
| ||Centralizing network security in the data center fabric
Welcome. You have taken the red pill, gone down the rabbit hole, and found my first post on secure data center.
Data center security is the topic of choice for many of the conversations I have today with customers, partners, and colleagues. There is growing concern, and for good reason, to protect the crown jewels from today’s advanced and growing threats. My goal in authoring this blog is to discuss...
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:20:25 +0000
| ||Network Security Trumps Server Security in the Enterprise (Part 2)
I posted a blog at the end of March describing that network security processes, skills, and technical controls are often more thorough than server security processes, skills, and technical controls at enterprise organizations. As a review, recent ESG research revealed that:
• 19% of enterprises say that network security processes, skills, and technical controls are “much more thorough” than...
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:16:26 +0000
| ||HP Networking finally rolls out a data center switch
The data center is where all the action has been in networking over the past few years. We saw the introduction of the network fabric, the rise of software defined networks (SDN), a number of startups emerge, and we’ve seen a fair bit of M&A activity as well. Because of the rapid evolution, we’ve seen almost every major network vendor – Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Extreme, Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent...
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:35:26 +0000