Taking the first step towards IT security: Where to begin

In my previous post, I wrote about some of the many reasons why IT security is vitally important for businesses today. Now I want to look at some of the challenges that companies will face, and some of the technological solutions they will need to consider when deciding to improve IT security. Two considerations before you begin: Let’s say that the executive leadership of a company decides that IT security needs to be more of  …>> more

Reducing Cost, Increasing Flexibility, and Facing Future Threats: VMWare NSX and the Virtualized Network

It is often difficult for companies to understand and appropriately react to paradigm shifts that require radically different thinking. For technology companies, having the flexibility to react appropriately when a paradigm shift presents itself is absolutely critical. Apple’s move into mobile, and Microsoft’s move into cloud services are both examples of this. Whether your company is web facing with a large online presence, or a regular bricks-and-mortar business, technology is involved. From employee workstations, to  …>> more

IT Security: The door you didn’t know was open

As an IT security professional with many years in the business, I can’t remember a time when IT security has been as crucial to the success and survival of businesses. No matter how good a business thinks its IT security is, the bad guys have figured out how to pick the locks. According to Bob Martin from CISCO Systems, “With breaches at more than 13 retailers and a number of unknown breaches that were never  …>> more

Why It Might Be Time to Let Go of Your Wireless Network

Wireless Network
BYOD means mobile devices are flourishing and adding to headache of keeping networks secure and optimized. Cloud-managed wireless ultimately benefits both IT departments and business operations. Outsourcing IT functions and adopting managed services are standard operating procedure for many enterprises to streamline costs and increase business agility. Now the impetus and technology is available to farm out your wireless networking infrastructure. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon is reason enough to offload elements of your wireless network.  …>> more

Leading edge network virtualization options are worth watching

Network virtualization
Quickly scaling enterprises are already benefiting from virtualizing applications and storage resources, but with software-defined datacentres now a reality, so is virtualizing network elements to support a growing business. Virtualizing applications and data storage in the enterprises has become a common practice as it allows organizations to quickly scale up as business demands require. But with the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) and networks function virtualization (NFV), it’s now possible to virtualize elements of the  …>> more

Disruptive Players Expand Converged Infrastructure Options

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Major enterprise IT vendors have introduced us to powerful technology to form a converged infrastructure. How will the next generation of companies offering purpose-built approaches in a single appliance change the model – and which approach is right for you? Converged infrastructures are changing how enterprises, large and small, deploy IT infrastructure. By combining compute, network and storage resources together in a single deployment, a converged infrastructure promises increased operational efficiency and business agility. Simply  …>> more