AI and Automation: Revolutionizing Network Resilience

As we broaden the possibilities of our digital world, the blend of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation is carving out new paths in how we manage and fortify networks. This transformative duo holds immense potential to empower teams, revolutionize roles, and navigate challenges with unprecedented efficiency and agility. The recent surge in AI growth has heralded a monumental transformation in network management and monitoring. This surge is not merely a trend but a profound shift in how networks operate, with far-reaching implications for businesses across…

Reduce Complexity and Maximize Performance with App-Centric Networking

In this era of hyper-distributed infrastructure where our users, apps, and data are everywhere, network complexity is often a barrier to maintaining and improving application performance. Businesses want to leverage the capabilities of cloud architectures and environments to improve operational outcomes. In a world where slow is the new down, a network that just keeps up with the business is not enough. More than ever, networks impact application performance and influence business outcomes from app velocity to operational efficiency and new service deployment at scale….

Why the Modern WAN Needs to Look More Like a CDN

Leveraging CDN Principles Supercharges your WAN Performance In the world where the CIOs have a ‘Cloud First / SaaS First’ manifesto, new applications and services will be prioritized for cloud deployment; existing on-prem applications will be candidates for migration to SaaS or Cloud-hosted alternatives, and cost savings will be a key driver. Where scalability and speed to deliver is in constant demand, the job of an enterprise infrastructure team is to deliver the (increasingly Cloud hosted) applications to their intended end-users in the most performant,…

GenAI in IT Infrastructure: A Strategic Imperative

In recent years, GenAI has transitioned from a topic of academic research to a cornerstone of product innovation, sparking widespread discussion across the tech industry. As organizations consider integrating AI into their operations, there’s a pressing need for a deeper understanding of its potential applications, implementation strategies, and the specific use cases it can enhance. Why Now is the Optimal Time for AI Integration Automating Repetitive Tasks: IT professionals often find themselves bogged down by repetitive and mundane tasks that, while necessary, do not require…

Enhancing Security in Converging IT and OT Networks

As Enterprises accelerate their digital transformation, and information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) worlds continue to converge, security is paramount. Cyber threats are growing exponentially, while also becoming more sophisticated and harder to detect. Increasingly, mission-critical OT networks, which control and monitor complex physical processes, are being extended into the data center and combined with more typical IT traffic. This makes them attractive targets for cyber criminals looking to cause maximum disruption and extract as much money as possible from their victims.  In recent…

‘Terraform’ in the Realm of Cloud Architecture: The Need for a Well-Defined Workflow

Terraform, a powerful tool for building, changing, and managing cloud infrastructure safely and efficiently, has garnered the undivided attention of the tech fraternity. What started off as a tool to deal with server configuration has gradually transcended to manage the complex infrastructural demands of today’s cloud architectures, evolving as the de-facto standard for expressing such necessities in cloud environments. Kelsey Hightower, a celebrated software engineer known for his advocacy for open-source software, cloud computing, and Kubernetes, adeptly expressed this sentiment during an insightful conversation that…

Data Hoarders Must Embrace Analytics

The conservation of quantum information theory states information can neither be created nor destroyed. Stephen Hawking used this theory to explain how a black hole does not consume photons like a giant cosmic eraser.  Outside the realm of quantum mechanics, we have the physical world of corporate offices. In this world, information is collected, curated, and consumed at an accelerated pace with each passing year. There is, however, one similarity between these two distinct realms: Data is never destroyed. We are a nation and a…

Convergence: Is IT evolving to OT?

Operational technology (OT) networks have been around for decades, successfully managing industrial and manufacturing systems that monitor and control complex physical processes. These include everything from robots on a production line to the valves and pumps in oil and gas pipelines to the traffic management systems for trains.  During this time, the underlying technology in OT networks has evolved from TDM to ATM to IP/MPLS and Segment Routing. Ensuring operational continuity is critical in OT networks because when an outage occurs, the potential consequences can…

Weaving Zero Trust Into Your Connectivity Fabric

Enterprise networks have evolved beyond just enabling the client-server apps of yesteryear. Your apps are no longer in your data centers, and your users are no longer in the office. Many infrastructure managers are wondering what that expensive WAN is really doing for them. It’s a fair question to ask in the era of cloud-centric hybrid workplaces. At the same time, as users have left the building, IoT and OT devices have proliferated. An enterprise WAN today is carrying less business application traffic and more…

IDS/IPS in the Cloud: More Relevant than Ever?

Learn why IDS/IPS is not only relevant in the cloud but required for enterprises. As organizations moved to the cloud, many we’ve spoken with about securing workloads in public cloud asked an important question: since I don’t manage infrastructure anymore (well, mostly), do I still care about infrastructure-level security like IDS/IPS? The short answer is yes, you should. Here is why… As enterprises make the leap to the public cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle), some security problems fade (e.g., infrastructure patching, defending against…