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What is Advanced Network Analytics? Cutting Through the Hype

Everyone wants to talk about how analytics is the future of network engineering and operations. The phrase “network analytics” is used by vendors of various stripes to imply that a particular technology is smarter and better than the average solution. But what is it? What does the term network analytics mean to the enterprise network infrastructure professionals? Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) recently published survey-based research on this topic. We sought out individuals who were actively involved in so-called network analytics initiatives. To find these people, we presented random IT professionals with a broad definition of a network analytics initiative. The implementation of technologies ...

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Solve the Cloud Networking Conundrum With SD-WAN

Enterprise networking professionals have a cloud problem, even if they don’t know it. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions can help them solve this problem. Many network managers are unaware that their enterprises are consuming IaaS infrastructure and SaaS applications until someone comes to them with a cloud-related problem. In some cases, users can’t connect to the cloud and they want network operations to figure out why, a tall order for a networking team that didn’t even know the company was using such a cloud service. Or a line of business manager will come to the networking team with the unhappy news that ...

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CA Technologies Pushes for Diversity in Tech Industry

Despite what you hear from trolls, bigots, and misogynists, diversity in the technology industry is a good thing. But the philosophy of diversity needs more champions. Tech companies and IT organizations need to expand their workforce beyond the herds of white men that have dominated the industry for decades. I was delighted to hear so many executives at CA Technologies champion diversity at CA World. CEO Michael Gregoire and CTO Otto Berkes both embraced the concept during their marquee keynotes. I attend a lot of trade shows and vendor conferences every year, and I rarely observe diversity discussed and championed by ...

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Cloud Security Alliance Hack-A-Thon and the Software Defined Perimeter

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit think tank of volunteers that spend their time trying to better the internet. These people are the antithesis of cybercriminals; they spend their energy trying to figure out ways to make our data safer. They create best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, or in [...]

By | November 7th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Damballa and Bit9 + Carbon Black Collaborate to Deliver Better Security with More Context

  In looking at the solutions available for threat protection (and detection), there are quite a few options out there. Some, like Damballa Failsafe, are network-based, vigilantly watching packets across the network and looking for indications of undesirable activities/behaviors and content.  Others are host-based, like Bit9 + Carbon Black, using an agent on the endpoint, [...]

By | October 28th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success

Last week, I attended a Citrix analyst relations summit program to learn about the company’s direction and strategy.  While the main-tent program was longer on vision than it was on execution details, there were some aspects of the proceedings that I found compelling. First off, there weren’t a lot of net new things being introduced, [...]

By | September 26th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Simplify with Software Defined Storage

There was a time at the height of my home video and audio craze that the number of devices I needed to watch a movie could no longer be counted on one hand. Amplifier, preamplifier, tuner, CD player, DVD player, TV, cable box . . .you get the idea. As I organized my vast array [...]

By | August 28th, 2014|Jim Miller|0 Comments

Return on Investment (ROI) of Data Science as a Service

In skiing, the “black diamond” run or ski slope is often referred to as “high risk/high reward.” You receive lots of “reward” skiing the black diamond slopes, but you have a significant amount of “risk” associated with variable terrain, such as the presence of trees and the possibility of injury. However, the black diamond slopes [...]

By | August 18th, 2014|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments

The StorHouse is Open

Welcome to “The StorHouse”! This house will accommodate all areas of storage, and there is plenty to cover. As a product manager in storage for 20 years, I had the opportunity to see some pretty interesting changes in the market. Events such as the move to distributed computing, the advent of technologies like virtual disk and snapshot copies and moving from large single [...]

By | August 14th, 2014|Jim Miller|0 Comments

Optimizing Change by Understanding Value

A little over a year ago, I got into a rather animated argument about whether IT could measure its performance by the “value” it delivered rather than by purely measuring “costs.” My dinner companion insisted that IT could now, always, and forever only be measured on costs. I disagreed. In fact I had just planned [...]

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