What Is Network as a Service or NaaS?

The term “Network as a Service” (NaaS) has been gaining traction in the IT services industry as a way to deliver enterprise WAN services virtually on a subscription basis. However, it’s important to understand its specific context to fully grasp its functionality. One prevalent interpretation sees NaaS in the context of the “network cloud,” where communication service providers deliver connectivity services and additional value-added services using an API-based, flexible, elastic, and on-demand paradigm. The Concept of “Network Cloud” Under the network cloud paradigm, NaaS is…

How Did We Go From SD-WAN to SASE to SSE?

A decade ago, enterprise branch offices had a primary connection (usually MPLS) to the data center and other internal sites. Some large or high-value locations utilized multiple connections or backup links during outages. Then Viptela introduced the software-defined wan or SD-WAN. One of the benefits of SD-WAN was that it enabled the use of active paths across multiple disparate types of transport. Whereas hardware-based networks are slower and harder to connect to additional remote locations. It accomplished this by creating an overlay network on top…

Showcase Your Innovative Cloud Infrastructure Solutions at ONUG Fall 2023!

Greetings to all our esteemed suppliers of enterprise IT equipment and services! The ONUG Board invites you to join us this year at the much-anticipated ONUG Fall 2023 in NYC at Hudson Yards on October 24th and 25th! Come and showcase your cutting-edge tools and technologies to an eager audience of network and cybersecurity professionals who are at the forefront of building, managing and integrating cloud infrastructure with on-prem systems and controls. ONUG Fall, as the leading industry forum for enterprise IT, promises an unparalleled…

ONUG Launches Private 5G Working Group

Working groups serve as ONUG’s vehicle for generating industry change, with members of the ONUG Community – IT professionals, vendors, service providers and solutions integrators – joining together to address the business and technical challenges that enterprises must overcome on their digital transformation journey. Working groups engage in a collaborative process to develop recommended solutions for the top-priority use cases for typical deployment scenarios in complex enterprise networking environments. Based on the strong interest in private 5G networks at the recent ONUG Spring 2023 event…

The ONUG Fall 2023 Hackathon – “Capture-the-Flag” Event

ONUG’s Cloud Security Notification Framework (CSNF) solution plays a pivotal role in enhancing cloud security across CSPs. CSNF and its related Canonical Data Model (CDM) enables the enterprise to address evolving threats while reducing toil for the SOC by facilitating integration with SIEM/SOAR platforms and bolstering incident detection and response capabilities.  Learn more about CSNF here, then get ready for the ONUG Fall 2023 Hackathon! Description In support of the CSNF initiative and on behalf of its membership, ONUG is excited to announce the first-ever…

Help Build a Full-Stack Observability Platform in the ONUG Hyperautomation Working Group

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Full-Stack Observability effort in the Hyperautomation Working Group, an initiative devoted to pioneering advancements in multi-layered, multi-domain analytics capabilities. This initiative is driven by the urgency to bridge the gap in cybersecurity, particularly focusing on integrated full-stack solutions that consolidate endpoint and network security telemetry. Despite the indispensability of visibility and observability in protecting digital assets, the current lack of a unified platform solution hampers comprehensive threat detection and response, posing a significant risk across organizations….

The Pivotal Role of Hyperautomation in Enterprise Observability

In today’s interconnected digital landscape, network and security operations have become increasingly complex and critical for organizations across industries. The proliferation of cloud technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) and remote work environments has necessitated robust network infrastructure and heightened security measures. To effectively manage and safeguard these intricate systems, observability has emerged as a vital practice. And now, with the advent of hyperautomation, observability is undergoing a revolutionary transformation, enabling enhanced efficiency, agility and proactive decision-making. Observability refers to the ability to gain insights…

People Get Ready!: Mapping Zero Trust Principles to Zero Day Realities

Two of the most relevant, if trendy, topics in cybersecurity today relate to the starting point — the “ground zero” of attacks — from both the attacker’s and the defender’s perspective. The most useful weapons in the attacker’s arsenal are Zero Day attacks; that is, previously unknown or unseen attacks. Such attacks are especially pernicious because there is no bespoke, pre-existing defender countermeasure. There is no snort signature, no specifically predefined pattern of behavior to look for, no TCP port to lock down. In that…

Spotlight on Key Trends and Insights from ONUG Spring 2023

The recently concluded ONUG Spring 2023 in Dallas was a resounding success, marked by insightful discussions, vibrant networking, and a deep dive into emerging trends and practices. The keynotes by Merck and Cigna were standout moments of the conference. Merck’s talk provided unique insights into leveraging technology to optimize operations within the pharmaceutical sector, while Cigna gave a compelling presentation on the power of data analytics and personalized customer experiences in the health services industry. Nick Lippis and Dr. Alex Shulman kicked off the conference…

Private 5G Network Ecosystem Partners

Deploying a private 5G network is a complex undertaking that presents a steep learning curve for even the most capable IT teams. Enterprise decision-makers need to work with partners who can help them climb this learning curve and realize private 5G’s full potential. Here I present an overview of the private 5G network ecosystem and outline the roles of the types of companies that enterprises can partner with to achieve successful outcomes. I’ll start by grouping players in the private 5G network ecosystem into three…