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Inside network automation trends

With the novel coronavirus dragging the global economy into recession and forcing entire workforces to telecommute, many businesses have been forced into an early stress test of their digital transformation (DX) investments. The results of those pop quizzes have been mixed. On one hand Zoom Bombs are now a thing, but on the positive side, most IT organizations have found that supporting a surge...

BrandPost: Huawei ES3000 V6 SSD: An Innovative Technology for Smarter, Faster Services

Huawei has launched the ES3000 V6 SSD, a next-generation enterprise-grade SSD, to help enterprises tap into data value in the digital economy. This product series supports the high-performance PCIe 4.0 interface and adopts the latest machine learning algorithms to provide a foundation of multiple intelligent features, enabling the automatic identification of service types. The ES3000 V6 series,...

Cisco bumps up ISR/ASR router performance and capacity

With an eye towards easing potential performance and capacity constraints at the edge of the network, Cisco has bumped up the performance and configuration options for its workhorse router families. The networking vendor rolled out a new pluggable switching module ( SM-X ) for the Integrated Services Router (ISR) 4000 branch and a pluggable Embedded Services Process module ( ESP-X ) for its Agg...

Smart network upgrades to consider before the next pandemic

With little warning, COVID-19 forced large numbers of employees to leave their offices and begin working at home, where they expected fast, reliable access to enterprise services. IT managers had to scramble as the pandemic revealed weaknesses in network infrastructure, planning and management. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story)

Test and review of 4 Wi-Fi 6 routers: Who's the fastest?

One of the most anticipated features of Wi-Fi 6 wireless routers is improved throughput over their Wi-Fi 5 predecessors, and we wanted to check whether they deliver. Four vendors – Extreme, Cisco, EnGenius and Meraki (owned by Cisco) – provided access points (AP) for our test. Since the routers support both Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), we tested them against two Wi-Fi 5 and two Wi...

BrandPost: Securing Digital Innovation at Network Edges with Secure SD-WAN

Large, distributed organizations continue to shift data, applications, and workflows to the cloud to support digital innovation initiatives. As a result, network edges that still rely heavily on traditional MPLS connections to backhaul traffic through the corporate network need to evolve. To achieve this, many organizations are transforming their WAN architectures with SD-WAN, which leverages d...

BrandPost: Five Networking Keys to Successful Working from Home

The current crisis has put a spotlight on a tried-and-true networking paradigm: working from home. But despite the typical bandwagon claims, it turns out that effective remote or teleworker connectivity solutions have their own unique set of requirements that can only be satisfied with a broad range of products and services drawn from remote, branch, and campus networking solutions delivering s...

BrandPost: From Olympic Ice to Field Hospital in a Couple of Weeks

As a joint strategy for gaining hospital bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, our institutions came together to harness the power of collaboration. By combining the efforts of Grand River Hospital, St. Mary’s General Hospital, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Guelph General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, and the Wellington Health Care Alliance we’re creatively establishing overflow fac...

BrandPost: Business Recovery: The Location-Aware Office and the Reimagined Workplace

In the past decade, technology has shifted how we live, work, and interact with others—from everyday things like banking and shopping to how we configure our office spaces. So it’s no surprise, really, when we consider that technology will be a key factor in how we get back to the office post-sheltering in place. And while human behaviors (wearing masks, taking care to socially distance, etc.) ...

BrandPost: Pandemic Spurs Drive-Up Access for Online Learning

At the beginning of March, when California was in the early stages of realizing the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had already begun plans to transition to virtual learning at Sacramento State. However, given the diversity of our students, and their varied living situations, we knew that delivering classes online would work only if all of our students could access them. In addition to...

BrandPost: Secure Work from Home by Applying Zero-Trust Best Practices to VPN Infrastructure

As the security world rotated to a Zero-Trust model for securing the enterprise, tried-and-true technologies such as VPN seemed to fall by the wayside. Yes, many organizations simply assumed VPN credentials were enough to have access to corporate resources, and in fact, this perimeter view gave rise to a Zero-Trust philosophy where no user or device is allowed access without authentication and ...

Western Digital rolls out NVMe-over-Fabric SSDs for legacy storage migration

Western Digital is firmly associated with traditional mechanical hard drives, but now it has launched one of the first all-flash solutions for enterprises looking to migrate off traditional storage and enable high-performance apps. The company announced a new enterprise SSD designed for high-bandwidth, low-latency apps, a high-speed NVMe controller, and one of the first, if not the first NVMe-o...

Nimble tech startups find ways to navigate the pandemic

The economic devastation of the global COVID-19 pandemic has many businesses fighting for survival, but dealing with chaos and uncertainty comes with the territory for a certain category of business: Startups. They thrive on disruption (or at least that’s the message they pitch to investors), but is the lean, move-fast-and-break-things model one that can survive global disruptions? Unlike retai...

Painless file extraction on Linux

Extracting files from archives in Linux systems is considerably less painful than tooth extraction, but sometimes seems more complicated. In this post, we will take a look at how you can easily extract files from just about any kind of archive you’re likely to run into on a Linux system. There’s a pile of them – everything from .gz to .tbz2 files with some variations for how those files are nam...

NIST aims to make frequency sharing more efficient for wireless networks

A machine-learning formula developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ) has the potential to significantly improve how 5G and other wireless networks select and share communications frequencies. Compared to trial-and-error methods, NIST's formula could make the process of sharing communications frequencies as much as 5,000 times more efficient, researchers claim. The...
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