60% of corporate networks are ticking time bombs. Is yours one of them?

60 percent of networks are ticking time bombs, is yours?

As more office workers unchain from their desks with laptops, tablets and mobile phones, businesses have gone from providing Wi-Fi access in certain hotspots like boardrooms to pretty much everywhere in the office. At the same time, the more organizations move IT operations to the cloud (like email, file storage, or VoIP) the more they’ve built out their network infrastructure over time to accommodate.

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BYOD Security: 5 Ways Meraki Manages Networking in The Cloud [Cisco]

BYOD Security: 5 Ways Meraki Manages Networking in The Cloud [Cisco]Besides being cost-efficient and quick to deploy, cloud-based services are flexible and scalable to fit your needs and your budget as they evolve over time. And cloud-based service providers usually take care of major issues (and costs) related to security, backup, storage and computing capacity – so you don’t have to.

What cloud-based networking brings to BYOD

Today’s cloud-based networking solutions also have an incredible array of BYOD management  and security  features baked right into them. It makes sense when you look at the risks involved with something as common as a guest WiFi network, for example. Many companies provide guest WiFi networks so customers or partners can use the Internet while visiting their offices. But what if a guest’s smartphone is infected with mobile malware that’s programmed to automatically infect any network (like yours) that it comes into contact with? It could make for an unpleasant visit – especially if your firewalls aren’t up to date and your guest WiFi network isn’t completely isolated from your internal corporate network!

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IBM PureFlex is fast: Get revved up over speedy new way to upgrade [IBM]

Picture all of the parts that make up your IT foundation. Much like an automobile, each year manufacturers produce new models and update parts to make the latest data center faster and more efficient than the last. Preparing your car for the open highway is much like updating your IT foundation: there are many interacting parts to consider, and while you pore over the best map, the odometer ticks.

An IT assessment of your infrastructure can help you decide which parts to replace and which parts can stay.

IBM PureFlex is a factory-integrated and optimized set of hardware. It allows you to build your system infrastructure with integrated management, automation and optimization expertise built in. PureFlex is part of PureSystems, a new family of converged infrastructure products from IBM.

PureFlex comes in three pre-configured set ups or a built-to-order set up. A pre-configured infrastructure is like driving a brand new car off the lot. A built-to-order infrastructure is like dropping new parts and a bossy new powertrain into the car you already have. Regardless, if you want a rip-and-replace infrastructure or simply hardware upgrades, PureFlex manages all of the new hardware and integrates nicely with old hardware.PureFlex can come with hardware that is preconfigured for auto provisioning and scalability, so you know you’re setting up a solid private Cloud foundation for when you’re ready to make the move.

Under the hood of PureFlex

On a technical level, it’s codified best practices for presetting configuration options by type of selected web application (e.g. high availability, high security, etc.). On a simple level, it’s a pre-configured IT infrastructure. [Read more…]