The Network’s Role in Weathering COVID-19, Bridging the Skills Gap & Successful SD-WAN
Week of March 29th, 2020
Automation Helps Network Providers Weather Coronavirus Disruptions
Automation can play an important role in maintaining IT operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, say network pros from Netflix, Zoom, Dropbox and Equinix.
How Enterprise Networking Is Changing With A Work-At-Home Workforce
As the coronavirus spreads, public and private companies as well as government entities are requiring employees to work from home, putting unforeseen strain on all manner of networking technologies and causing bandwidth and security concerns. What follows is a round-up of news and traffic updates that Network World will update as needed to help keep up with the ever-changing situation.
Bridging the Network Automation Skills Gap
With the introduction of network programmability and APIs for everything from management systems to devices themselves, the modern network landscape has evolved to being managed like software. This shift from hardware-focused networks to software-centric functions has had a profound effect on network management techniques and skillsets required to keep pace with the changing ecosystem.
Five Tips For Success With The Next Generation Of SD-WAN
The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) industry has seen its share of players and products rise and fade, as is typical of a maturing technology. But the market has also been reshaped by the simultaneous rise of cloud computing and a broad push for digital transformation. Those factors have changed how success is defined for the second generation of SD-WAN tools.
DevOps At Scale: Winning Strategy For Modern Enterprises
DevOps is a word that has generated massive interest over the last few years among the software-powered organizations and developers, yet many people don’t fully understand what it actually means. One thing is for sure, as cool as it sounds, DevOps is not some kind of top-secret developer army group, job profile or even a tool. It is a wonderful ideology that any firm can help itself to unite their tech crew and take the company to newer heights.
Know The Benefits Of Cloud-Native Networking For SASE
Gartner has positioned secure access service edge (SASE) as the next wave of SD-WANs. While most industry people agree on the concept of security and networking being brought together, there is some debate surrounding cloud-native versus cloud-managed. To get a better understanding of why cloud native matters, I sat down with Shlomo Kramer, CEO of Cato Networks, which designed its SASE service from the ground up for cloud delivery.
Embracing SD-WAN For Multi-Cloud Environments
Many companies are embracing the software-defined networking infrastructure market. Rentia Booysen at Westcon-Comstor Sub-Saharan Africa, explains why it is fast becoming one of the most critical segments of enterprise networking.
SASE Might Be Better Than VPNs For Quickly Ramping Up Remote Access
A secure access service edge model can quickly grow remote-worker capacity without requiring enterprises to deploy their own new VPN gear.
Nokia Offers AI As A Service To Help Telcos With 5G Network Automation
With the proliferation of 5G, IoT, and connected devices, CSP operational teams need to efficiently manage an ever-growing complexity through virtualization, network slicing, new use-cases and service requirements. The need for AI and automation is greater than ever as traditional network and service management approaches are no longer sustainable. Finnish tech giant Nokia has recently launched the Nokia AVA 5G Cognitive Operations, an AI-as-a-service (AIaaS) offering, combining machine learning, data science, and cloud and telecom expertise.
Microsoft, AT&T Create Edge Compute Zones
Microsoft is working with AT&T to bring ultra-low-latency edge compute to joint customers. Its Azure Edge Zones are local extensions of the Microsoft Azure cloud. They’ll bring compute, storage and networking closer to end users. And Microsoft is planning to work with other operators soon, including Rogers, Telefonica, Vodafone Business, SK Telecom, Telstra, Etisalat and NTT Communications.
Without Automation, Security Gets Harder During A Business Disruption
FireMon’s 2020 State of Hybrid Cloud Security Survey found that 69.5 percent of respondents have a security team of just 10 people or fewer. And most manage both on-premise network security and cloud security. These teams are already bogged down with manual tasks at the best of times, so when a crisis hits, it magnifies the risks of manual processes. Not only is it difficult to maintain essential network operations, but the number of misconfigurations that threaten compliance go up dramatically.
How To Rapidly Support A Distributed Workforce
As businesses in Asia adapt to the changing dynamics of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the unprecedented shift toward remote working is creating a mass exodus of employees out of branch offices into their homes. Employees are quickly having to adapt to communicating and collaborating in new ways to maintain business productivity. This shift is creating an entirely new set of challenges for many IT departments. In particular, connecting a distributed, remote workforce to business-enabling applications and services residing in the data center and the cloud.