Why the cloud will never eat the data center

Sometimes it’s hard to see gradual changes in technology paradigms because they’re gradual.  Sometimes it helps to play “Just suppose…” and see where it leads. So, just suppose that the cloud did what some radical thinkers say, and “absorbed the network”. That’s sure an exciting tag line, but is this even possible, and how might it come about?Companies are already committed to a virtual form of networking for their WAN services, based on VPNs or SD-WAN, rather than building their own WANs from pipes and routers.  That was a big step, so what could be happening to make WANs even more virtual, to the point where the cloud could subsume them?  It would have to be a data-center change.To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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Top enterprise data center trends you need to know

Data-center networking was already changing prior to the technology challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and few areas of the enterprise will continue to be affected more than data centers by those modifications in the future.That’s because myriad technologies are driving changes in the data center—everything from heavy demand for higher-speed networking, support for a remote workforce, increased security, tighter management and perhaps the biggest alteration—the prolific growth of cloud services.To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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How COVID-19 is shaping enterprise networking

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the networking arena in a number of ways, including the rise of fully automated remote offices, the need to support a “branch of one,” and the growth of new communications software tools.”One of the biggest trends we are seeing is business agility. That is, IT looking at the tech they have deployed and evaluating it not just in terms of speeds and feeds, but how agile it is to handle whatever’s coming next,” said Todd Nightingale, Cisco’s Enterprise Networking & Cloud business chief. “Software APIs are a huge part of that trend, because it is amazingly easier to handle changes through APIs and software that make it possible to change things in a day rather than months.”To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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Arista embraces segmentation as part of its zero-trust security

Arista has expanded its security software to let customers control authorized network access and communication between groups from the data center to the cloud.The new software, Macro-Segmentation Service (MSS)-Group, expands the company’s MSS security-software family, which currently includes MSS Firewall for setting security policies across customer edge, data-center and campus networks. Additionally, the company’s MSS Host focuses on data-center security policies.See how AI can boost data-center availability and efficiency
MSS software works with Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS) and its overarching CloudVision management software to provide network-wide visibility, orchestration, provisioning and telemetry across the data center and campus. CloudVision’s network information can be utilized by Arista networking partners including VMware, Microsoft and IBM’s Red Hat.To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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How to enforce password complexity on Linux

Deploying password-quality checking on your Debian-based Linux servers can help ensure that your users assign reasonably secure passwords to their accounts, but the settings themselves can be a bit misleading.For example, setting a minimum password length of 12 characters does not necessarily mean that all your users’ passwords will actually have 12 or more characters.Let’s stroll down Complexity Boulevard and see how the settings work and examine some that are worth considering.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.]
The files that contain the settings we’re going to look at will be:To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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Gartner: Top strategic technology trends for 2021

Companies need to focus on architecting resilience and accept that disruptive change is the norm, says research firm Gartner, which unveiled its annual look at the top strategic technology trends that organizations need to prepare for in the coming year.Gartner unveiled this year’s list at its flagship IT Symposium/Xpo Americas conference, which is being held virtually this year.
READ MORE: VMware highlights security in COVID-era networking | Essential edge-computing use cases | How AI can boost data-center availability, efficiencyTo read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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VMware plan disaggregates servers; offloads network virtualization and security

VMware is continuing its effort to remake the data center, cloud and edge to handle the distributed workloads and applications of the future.At its virtual VMworld 2020 event the company previewed a new architecture called Project Monterey that goes a long way toward melding bare-metal servers, graphics processing units (GPUs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), network interface cards (NICs) and security into a large-scale virtualized environment.Monterey would extend VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), which today integrates the company’s vShphere virtualization, vSAN storage, NSX networking and vRealize cloud management systems to support GPUs, FPGAs and NICs into a single platform that can be deployed on-premises or in a public cloud.To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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What is SASE? A cloud service that marries SD-WAN with security

Secure access service edge (SASE) is a network architecture that rolls software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and security into a cloud service that promises simplified WAN deployment, improved efficiency and security, and to provide appropriate bandwidth per application.Because it’s a cloud service, SASE (pronounced “sassy”) can be readily scaled up and scaled down and billed based on usage. As a result, it can be an attractive option in a time of rapid change.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.]
While some vendors in this space offer hardware devices to connect at-home employees and corporate data centers to their SASE networks, most vendors handle the connections through software clients or virtual appliances.To read this article in full, please click here READ MORE HERE…

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