Digital Transformation and Multicloud Networking

Digital Transformation and Multicloud Networking

Most companies today use at least one cloud provider in some capacity.  Within two years, 92% of companies will be using two or more.

This hybrid cloud world is forcing traditional data center design to evolve. The rise of hyper-converged systems and software-defined everything requires businesses to reevaluate traditional network and security designs to take advantage of the as-a-service world of today.

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SD-Winter is Coming

With the final season of Game of Thrones underway, for years the folks of Westeros have been warned that “winter is coming.” To protect against the threats from the north, they built a huge ice wall to keep out the bad guys. [Read more…]

Why micro-segmentation security makes SDN safer

Why micro-segmentation security makes SDN safer

I can explain why modern data centers need micro-segmentation in two words: Trojan Horse.

Not the malware, but that timeless story of wooden-horsey riding saboteurs. In it, we see that even the most powerful perimeters fall short. The bad guys always find a way in.

With virtualized data centers and desktops, this notion is particularly troubling. What if someone breaches the firewall protecting your virtual environments? Once inside, malware and attackers freely move laterally (east-west) causing mayhem and tons of financial damage.

Micro-segmentation is the solution – but it’s not without its share of confusion and challenges. So before you jump in, consider why it’s the right choice, and some of the common sticking points slowing down its adoption.

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