SD-WAN

A new view of the network

13 July 2017

Among some of the features to look for in an SD-WAN solution is embedded analysis and reporting that delivers single-pane-of-glass visibility into the network’s entire health.

Among some of the features to look for in an SD-WAN solution is embedded analysis and reporting that delivers single-pane-of-glass visibility into the network’s entire health.

There is now much talk about SD-WAN, but does it really represent the future of enterprise networking as some industry experts are suggesting? RAHIEL NASIR finds out.

The software defined wide area network has emerged as one of the “hottest” topics in the WAN industry, according to analysts at International Data Corporation (IDC). They believe the technology will play a key role in network evolution as organisations try to cope with the accelerating requirements resulting from digital transformation.

In a report published in June, IDC says the SD-WAN market represents a high growth opportunity for the many startups, established vendors and service providers that are now “jumping on the bandwagon”. It forecasts revenues for such firms to grow at an average rate of 92 per cent per year to reach $2.1bn (around £1.6bn) across the EMEA region by 2021.

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SECURITY

Network lockdown

14 June 2017

Almost every successful hack begins with a vulnerability and then moves onto exploiting excessive privileges. So is it enough just to plug the gap? If only network security was that simple… 

Almost every successful hack begins with a vulnerability and then moves onto exploiting excessive privileges. So is it enough just to plug the gap? If only network security was that simple… 

In the face of rising and seemingly advanced cyber attacks, how can you keep your precious data safe? RAHIEL NASIR finds out how to put the hackers on the back foot.

On Friday 12 May 2017, a massive ransomware attack started to hit hundreds of organisations around the world.

At the time of writing this article just days later, the infosec community was still sifting through the evidence following the onslaught, and it was still not known whether the Wannacry virus (also known as WCryWanaCryptorWannaCrypt or Wana Decryptor) was state-sponsored, orchestrated by a hacker group, or the work of a lone teenager sitting in a suburban bedroom somewhere. 

So should network and data security breaches now be accepted as an everyday part of digital life where enterprises can do little to protect themselves? 

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BROADBAND

Buried treasure

14 May 2017

Life in the trenches: while ‘fibre everywhere’ is the endgame, industry debate centres around the best way to get there and whether the government needs to do more.

Life in the trenches: while ‘fibre everywhere’ is the endgame, industry debate centres around the best way to get there and whether the government needs to do more.

Will the government’s spending programmes unearth the promise of ‘superfast’ broadband across the UK? JAMES HAYES finds out.

The government’s interventionist stance toward superfast broadband provision has met mostly with approval by fibre network operators and service providers.

And with its Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) change programme set to end in eight months’ time, plus newer initiatives getting ready to be introduced, speculation over whether governmental appetite for state-sponsored investment in fibre to support its Digital Strategy and forthcoming Digital Economy Bill, seems answered.

With BT, government finance is designed to stimulate commensurate commercial stakes: the telco has had to match the government’s £530m funding for regional ‘superfast’* broadband projects with its own money to similar orders of magnitude. 

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