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This week the Washington Post published a bombshell story on the recent attacks on the US election infrastructure ironically under their motto “Democracy dies in darkness.” On the Vidder blog Thursday I said that we were at cyberwar.  My case was simple. Cyber warfare is by nature stealth; There are no cyber-specific treaties; The migration […] ... (more)

The Coming Network Evolution: Cisco Gets It, Do You?

Greg Ness's Blog I think it is only a matter of time before ALL of the leading networking players start talking about the (strategic importance of the) network as a way to succeed in an uncertain economic climate. Last week, in "Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Diseconomies" I talked about the increasingly intense pressures already building on static network infrastructure, and the underlying need for more intelligence and automation. I think the new survival mantra for the coming economic weakness will be "He (or she) who automates wins." As the industrial age emerged from... (more)

Recession of 2008 Makes Cloud Computing the Biggest New IT Topic

Greg Ness's Blog Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating pressures on an already tired network infrastructure. Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the cr... (more)

Cloud Computing: An Escapist Fantasy?

Before we get to carried away with the cloud computing dream lets talk about the fundamental challenges in the network (manual labor and kludge) that may have a substantial impact on the shape of cloud computing, at least in the enterprise. Newspapers were originally fed on presses manually one sheet at a time.  Telephones were once connected via legions of operators connecting callers (one at a time) with cables and plugs; and today computer networks are still managed by legions of manual administrators who configure network appliances and manage IP addresses as endpoints are a... (more)

A Tale of Two Networks Winners and Losers

Cloud computing and virtualization are driving new forms of IT, new requirements for vendors and new career possibilities.  Today more than ever, legacy tools, investments and tactics are introducing ever-increasing risks.  The race between enterprises who automate their network and those who rely increasingly on operations spend may ultimately be settled by standards set by external IT service providers, some of whom today may be virtually unknown entities. We saw a similar effect a few years ago when browsers impacted the access and delivery of enterprise applications once arch... (more)