Stranger things: Securing your network in the upside down world of SDx

 
The smash hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ centers around the mysterious disappearance of residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Those who vanish find themselves in a frightening, parallel nether-world called the ‘Upside Down’, where things are not exactly as they seem. For some organizations, moving from physical hardware-based networks to SDx public or private clouds can feel similarly alien. While the familiar, conventional network construct still exists, the security infrastructure has disappeared since there’s no physical infrastructure to get to grips with. So what do they do next? What makes SDx strange? As we know, SDx stands for software-defined infrastructure. That ...

Best-of-breed security for hybrid clouds

 
Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a fresh start with your organization’s IT infrastructure? Unfortunately, unless you’re a start-up, most enterprises don’t have the luxury of starting with a clean slate. Instead, the majority of us have to make the most of a hybrid of legacy apps and existing investments with new cloud deployments to keep pace with business demands. A recent survey by Verizon and Harvard Business Review highlighted this issue. It found that 63% of organizations are pursuing a hybrid cloud approach to improve their competitiveness, yet a third (32%) were struggling to integrate cloud with other systems. For many organizations, their IT infrastructure will ...

The Cloud: Rethinking IT Security Roles

 
Whether you lead a team of IT professionals—or are the team—tasks like swapping power supplies and tinkering with the datacenter’s air conditioning are quickly transitioning to people in cloud-computing centers. Cisco estimates 83 percent of data center traffic will become cloud traffic by 2019. Moving to the cloud is a significant change from static hardware-based infrastructures to application-centric infrastructures running on dynamic pools of compute and storage resources. The changeover to cloud computing makes this a good time to rethink the security strategy needed to protect your organization’s cloud assets and services as well as what this means for your role as an IT ...