Going back to the latter months of last year, it would have been incomprehensible to know what effect Covid-19 was going to have on the way we work. Some say it will continue, with staff working from home and the way we use and now rely heavily on wide area networks (WANs), internet and the cloud. This has created a major shift in the use and management of WANs.
By David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks.
The successor to IPv4 is nothing new in the world of IP addresses. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that IPv6 launched back in the 1990s. However, to say that ISPs have been slow to upgrade to IPv6 is something of an understatement. Even though our supply of IPv4 addresses is now depleted and there is huge potential for IPv6 to grow the Internet, ISPs have been reluctant. However, new data from the RIPE NCC, the Internet registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, reveals that 66% of its Local Internet Registries (LIRs) now hold IPv6 number resources. IPv6 is gaining traction. In this article Stephen Strowes, Senior Research Scientist at the RIPE NCC, poses the question, have ISPs finally seen the light on IPv6?
WAN optimisation or SD-WAN WAN optimisation and SD-WAN vendors tend to talk about cost-efficiencies, scalability, virtual flexibility, their ability to accelerate any application despite the limitations of TCP/IP, being cloud-ready, industry-leading. In addition, it’s about being able to accelerate any application despite the inhibitions created by latency and packet loss. They are indeed great technologies, and each one has their purpose, but they often fail to live up to expectations – particularly regarding their vendors’ often touted claims that they enable more efficient usage of bandwidth.
By Graham Jarvis, on behalf of Bridgeworks.
Digital transformation entails many technologies, but cloud adoption sits chiefly among them. As organisations have adjusted to a highly distributed workforce in the wake of COVID-19, the importance of cloud has increased significantly, becoming an integral component of company operations to ensure business continuity.
By Nav Chander, senior director, service and cloud provider marketing at Silver Peak.
Four-step Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) in pluggable fibre optics is expected to be the biggest shift in networking since its introduction to the network in the last decade.
By Ray Hagen, Global Product Line Manager at ProLabs.
As we move into a new way of working, there is an exciting opportunity for providers to explore new offerings for businesses to deliver connectivity outside of traditional city centre offices and into people’s homes.
By Jamie Jefferies, GM and VP of EMEA at Ciena.
Andrew Hollister, CISO at LogRhythm, discusses the findings of the company’s recent report, produced in association with Ponemon Institute – covering the current threat landscape, the need for clear communications between the CISO and the CEO/board level executives, and the importance of using a security framework to help build an optimised, end-to-end and resilient cybersecurity infrastructure.
Interview with Franki Hackett, Head of Audit & Ethics, Engine B.
Women working in the IT industry share their experiences – covering the opportunities they have had, the challenges they have had to overcome during their careers to date, and offering plenty of constructive thoughts and observations as to what improvements still need to be made when it comes to improving diversity within the workplace.
Ayelet Elstein, VP EMEA at Lakeside Software, positions the Digital Employee Experience (DEX) within the wider context of the customer experience (CX), emphasising the critical importance of data as a prerequisite for any company-wide approach to improving and optimising end-to-end hybrid IT infrastructure performance and the resulting business benefits.