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The Path To Continuous Security Through Network Automation

Network management was once the process of engineers deciphering how to establish and maintain a connection between two devices. Yet as enterprise networks grew more complex and sophisticated, so did the threats against them. An ongoing concern of network engineers is that network complexity is evolving at a faster rate than most security processes. Given what is at stake from a business perspective, this is a priority area in need of a course correction. As networks continue to grow more complex, the expectations for network security have not been lowered, but are rising. Maintaining network vigilance continues to be a core challenge of network security. Even when users are constantly on the go, networks are constantly changing and new threats are emerging daily. Given that today’s cybera......

Optimising Performance In Hybrid Cloud Environments

The move to the cloud has been fast-paced for a number of years now. But recently, the adoption of hybrid cloud has burgeoned. In its 2016 UK Cloud Adoption and Trends survey report, the Cloud Industry Forum found that over four in five UK organisations had formally adopted at least one cloud service, and that the percentage of organisations maintaining hybrid cloud environments was high; 36% of public sector and 48% of private sector organisations were utilising hybrid infrastructures. The appeal of the hybrid cloud model includes the ability to initiate new business models and revenue streams, fast and with minimal capital investment, while maintaining control of key elements of the infrastructure. For example, hybrid cloud confers impressive automation, orchestration and self-service ca......

Top 6 Technologies From CES 2015 Most Likely To Disrupt Businesses

Every year in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the ultimate place to see what is new in technology. CES showcases new innovative and next generation technologies – It’s a global platform for innovation where cutting edge technologies are revealed to the world. And this year’s show didn’t disappoint. Smart homes, ever advanced wearable devices, wireless home entertainment systems and even personally owned drones all had top billing at the show. However, whilst the gadget geeks there were clearly bursting with excitement, the IT Professionals I’ve spoken to seem to be scared witless as reality dawns on the practicalities of all of this. Issues such as bandwidth hogging, security vulnerabilities and the headache of ensuring compliance were the main areas of concern voic......

It’s Time For CIOs And IT Directors To Wake Up To Scripting

A recent research report by independent analysts Quocirca, points out that “30% of an IT teams’ time is spent on low-level tasks such as responding to minor user incidents, carrying out routine procedures or checking for errors.” The report concludes that “One way to reduce the cost of performing such tasks is more automation.” This is not news. I recall writing articles on this wastage of time, resources, skills and money back in 2009. Yet here we are in 2013 and the wastage continues despite an environment of ongoing budget cuts, lay-offs and the need to do more with less. Amazingly CIOs and IT directors continue to overlook one of the most obvious ways to increase accuracy and efficiency while freeing up IT time to focus on more important tasks. The answer is staring us in t......

How to solve a problem like Blackberry’s

Blackberry’s recent network outage, owing to a switch failure at its main data centre, had a huge impact on confidence in Research in Motion’s ability to provide a resilient, reliable network to its customers. With tens of millions of users impacted by the outage (BlackBerry service crash affects BBM messaging for millions) and a cost impact in the region of $100 million the company has suffered severe losses both in revenue and reputation. As any organisation will know, outages on such scale can bring a company to its knees – so what measures can be put in place to ensure this doesn’t happen? Evolution of the network – managing expansion Over the past 20 years, companies of all sizes have implemented an IT network to help run and manage their business. During that time business applicatio......

A Network Isn’t Just For Christmas

”When I came to the job, it was clear the network management had been sidelined for a few months and changes were urgently needed. But they wouldn’t let me touch them until after the Christmas rush.” The speaker was a young technician recently appointed to head a major retailer’s network team, but his story did not surprise me. In my work I come across a growing number of retailers worried about the risk of system outages during the hectic Christmas to January sales period and some, as in this case, have simply banned system changes for several weeks in advance, and found that it makes a big difference. More generally, we find that three quarters of all system outages stem directly from human error. Organisations queried, typically state that anything from 60 to 80% of their problems event......

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