Wednesday 31 January 2018

Cisco and IBM: Partnering for Better Security

Considering the spate of cyber threats faced by customers, the need to more easily prioritize these threats, understand the scope and veracity of the attacks, and subsequently automate the responses, has never been more critical. While many security vendors exist to address some challenges, no single technology or vendor provides the complete security customers require. Therefore, providing this extended protection often requires a collaborative ecosystem of security vendors.

Monday 29 January 2018

Cisco Operational Insights: A New Way of Seeing Operations

Businesses thrive when they create value for their shareholder and stakeholders by maximizing revenues and minimizing costs. Technology, especially wireless and IoT, can be invaluable tools to achieve these goals. But, when it comes to operating costs, these IT pillars, while incredibly valuable, only address part of the challenge.

Friday 26 January 2018

Flexible Algorithm makes Segment Routing Traffic Engineering even more agile

As more and more Service Providers and Enterprises operate a single network infrastructure to support an ever-increasing number of services, the ability to custom fit transport to application needs is critically important.

In that respect, network operators have been exploring Traffic Engineering techniques for some years now but have obviously run into many scaling issues preventing them from having an end-to-end, fine-grained control over the myriad services they offer.

Thursday 25 January 2018

IoT Edge Compute Part 1 – Apps and Deployment on Cisco IoT Gateways

Why We Need Edge Compute

We have been hearing about the increasing need for compute at the edge of our network for IoT devices.  In case you are not familiar with this concept, edge compute is ncecessary due to the amount of information that is and will be generated from IoT devices.  The problem to be addressed is typically one of three things:

Monday 22 January 2018

Why Our Partnership With Cisco is Crucial on the Road to Cloud

In Logicalis we see the cloud as the future. With our “Application Anywhere” vision we are following exactly what our customers require – putting more focus on the application, and providing the flexible infrastructure in accordance with cutting-edge hybrid cloud methodologies.

We are able to build a flexible underlay for our customers, so that they can build their applications however they like and wherever they like, using Virtual Machines or Microservices, in secure, single or multicloud environments, and give them the choice of the economic and end-to-end technical model of their preference.

Sunday 21 January 2018

25G- The building block of Ethernet future

Every so often, we witness a major shift in the networking industry that fundamentally changes the industry landscape including product portfolios and investment strategies. The recent advancements in the 25G Ethernet speed technology, specifically at the Top of Rack server interfaces can be considered as one such occurrence. As we will see, there is a good reason why 25GbE ports are poised to become the most prevalent data center server access ports in next 5 years.

Friday 19 January 2018

Capitalizing on 5G with the Right Network Function

Service providers have a lot to be thrilled about 5G. Its speed (think 10 Gbps), coverage, reliability, and lower latency will be a game changer in an increasingly mobile world.

5G networks are well-suited to deploy massive machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This opens up the potential to plenty of lucrative 5G use cases aimed at public and private enterprises, all of whom are looking to digitally transform.

Wednesday 17 January 2018

On-Premises or Cloud Video Conferencing? How About Both?

Traditionally, the video conferencing market has been very firmly divided into premises-based products and cloud-based products. Premises-based products still dominate, though there is significant growth in cloud-based solutions. With premises products, IT departments deploy servers that they own and operate. Those servers provide the bridging, mixing, and switching functions for voice, video, and content share that make the meeting happen. With cloud-based solutions, a similar server exists – but – it’s in the cloud, of course, and it’s owned and operated by the SaaS vendor.

Monday 15 January 2018

Hyperconvergence doesn’t get any easier

When it comes to managing hyperconverged infrastructure, simplicity is the key. Unfortunately, for many solutions the underlying infrastructure is inflexible and complex and so is cluster management. We designed Cisco HyperFlex Connect with three goals: to make it super easy to use; unify the management so you don’t have to switch between platforms to mange multiple clusters; and to make the interface smart and intuitive.

Friday 12 January 2018

Why Digital Success Depends on the Right Network

Many of us often gravitate to the “bargain”.  We’re intrigued by one-day only deals.  However, when it comes to long-term purchases, we’re typically guided by quality, brand, and safety.  We don’t want to “go cheap” when building a house or buying a car.  We recognize the importance of a strong foundation and company name.  It’s the same with our networks. Making networking choices based on what initially appears cheapest inevitably leads to undesirable outcomes. And this is particularly important in today’s digital era.

Thursday 11 January 2018

Bridging the gap between IT and Business through Big Data Analytics

The role of IT and networking specifically as we know it, is changing in the eyes of many Cisco stakeholders, primarily: (1) IT Experts and (2) Business Leaders. This combined with the changing expectations of the millennial generation will have a huge impact on the next market transition. Simplistically, network’s power to influence business outcomes cannot be underestimated. By combining network data with secondary sources of business critical information: cost, service management, user and compliance data and device diagnostics, companies like Cisco can empower businesses to optimize operations, profitability and decision-making. Concisely, using telemetry we can improve the productivity at any level of the organization.

Tuesday 9 January 2018

Meltdown proves that the industry needs a better answer for protecting cloud content

Security researchers announced this week that they had discovered a significant vulnerability in almost every computer on the planet. This vulnerability – actually two related ones called Meltdown and Spectre – allow a malicious application running on a computer to peek into the memory of another application on the same computer and suck out its contents. This is most devastating in public cloud environments where applications from different customers often end up running on the same physical computer.

Friday 5 January 2018

It’s time to move away from SNMP and CLI and use Model-Driven Telemetry

Traditional features such as SNMP, CLI, and Syslog, used for collecting operational statistics from a network, have several restrictions due to the growth of the objects like IoT devices and cloud based applications.

Thursday 4 January 2018

Defending Against The $5B Cybersecurity Threat – Business Email Compromise

If an average employee at your company got an email from an executive with an urgent request, would they question whether the email was coming from the actual sender? They probably wouldn’t. The reality is that most people would act on the request because of its time-sensitive nature. They assume that the IT team has the right technology in place to validate email senders so they can focus on doing their work. But this is why attackers succeed. Their target thinks the email is coming from someone they trust and consequently, their organization gets breached. This type of attack is called Business Email Compromise (BEC), email spoofing or spoof abuse. The FBI estimates it has cost companies $5.3B globally – far more than the $1B in 2016 for ransomware.

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Cisco UCS Automation – Part 2: A Step-by-Step Guide to Connecting and Disconnecting using UCS PowerTool

Let’s Connect

What’s the hardest part about meeting someone new or going to another country or just interacting with something you are unfamiliar with? Typically, it’s how to start the interaction, how do you connect, stay connected, and reconnect. Sometimes the relationship or the place just doesn’t work out and then you have to leave or disconnect.