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  • Network Intelligence

    Aerohive's new access points remove deployment barriers by Zeus Kerravala

    To say Wi-Fi is hot is as big an understatement as saying that A-Rod is a cheater. Everyone knows it’s true, but it’s bigger than most people think. In a joint ZK Research/Tech Target Network Purchase Intention Survey that was run near the end of 2013, Wi-Fi ranked as the No. 2 in priority for network managers, behind only the red-hot security market.The primary driver of Wi-Fi is, of course, the influx of millions of consumer devices into the workplace, which means the wireless network needs...

  • Networking Nuggets and Security Snippets

    CISOs Must “Think Different” by Jon Oltsik

     Remember the "Think Different" advertising campaign from Apple?  It ran from 1997 to 2000 and featured bigger-than-life personalities like Buckminster Fuller, Martin Luther King, and Pablo Picasso.  The "Think Different" ads coincided with Steve Jobs's return to Apple and exemplify his somewhat contrarian and analytical mindset.  In a PBS interview, Jobs offered this philosophical insight about life: "The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually...

  • Cisco Lab Rat

    Cisco Live 2014: Dipping my Toes into the Social Side of Cisco Live by Denise Fishburne

    New to CiscoLive? At some point we all were there.  The mixture of emotions, of course, is different for everyone.  For me?  Crazy excitement coupled with a huge dose of adrenalin and fear.Why? Not only was Networkers 2006 going to be my first time ever going, I was going to be presenting.  So in 2006 I pretty much just stuck to doing the two things I love and adore the most: teach sessions and met with customers individually.  Other than that?  (smile)  I...

  • The Cisco Connection

    Ex-Cisco Linksys says it doesn't Heartbleed by Jim Duffy

    In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability, reports have surfaced that home routers are especially susceptible to the bug. Cisco and Juniper have already confirmed that some of their products are affected, but Linksys - the home router company recently sold to Belkin by Cisco - says it products are fine. The following from Belkin International:We are aware of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability, however after thorough testing of our product lines, we can confirm that our routers and...

  • Networking Nuggets and Security Snippets

    My Two Cents: Security, Market Implications of the End of Windows XP by Jon Oltsik

    I know there have been a substantial number of articles on the end of Windows XP and its implications, but I couldn't resist chiming in.  Hey, maybe I was destined to do so since I was one of a few thousand people at the Windows 95 introduction in Redmond (back in the summer of 1995 of course).  Here are my thoughts on this transition, I'll try to take a bit of a different angle on the topic.  1.  Microsoft will likely come out of this with a black eye.  Windows XP was...

  • Networking Nuggets and Security Snippets

    Managing IT Risk Associated with Mobile Computing Security by Jon Oltsik

    When BYOD was coming to fruition a few years ago, it had a sudden and deep impact on IT risk.  Why?  Many CISOs I spoke with at the time said it was purely a matter of scale.  All of a sudden, large enterprises had thousands of additional devices on their networks and they struggled to figure out what these devices were doing and how these activities impacted organizational risk. ESG recently published a new research report titled, The State of Mobile Computing Security, that...

  • The Cisco Connection

    Cisco's mixed messages by Jim Duffy

    In positioning its OpFlex policy protocol and the declarative policy programming model in which it operates, Cisco marketing officials noted repeatedly how it was an optimal southbound protocol alternative to OpenFlow, OVSDB and the imperative network programmability model preferred by many others in the industry, including VMware - sans OpenFlow. But Cisco engineers took umbrage with our characterization of OpFlex as an OpenFlow killer, and are even uptight about its interpretation as an...

  • Network Intelligence

    QFabric vs MetaFabric: What's the difference? by Zeus Kerravala

    I believe Juniper was the first mainstream network vendor to use the term "fabric" aggressively to describe its next-generation network architecture when the company announced QFabric back in early 2011. There may have been another vendor that used it first, but Juniper made it mainstream. Since then, almost every network vendor uses the term “fabric” broadly, and Juniper itself announced its next phase in fabric-based network when it unveiled MetaFabric in late 2013.Subsequently, I’ve heard...

  • Networking Nuggets and Security Snippets

    The new cybersecurity reality: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts by Jon Oltsik

    I wrote a blog last week about new integrated anti-malware technology last week in response to Palo Alto Network's acquisition of Cyvera.  In fact, this integrated technology model isn't limited to anti-malware but is becoming the new reality across the cybersecurity life cycle of risk management, incident prevention, incident detection, and incident response.  I'm convinced that this is where the market is headed, driven by burgeoning cybersecurity requirements across organizations...

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