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Palo Alto Networks bulks-up its SASE portfolio

Palo Alto Networks is reinforcing the security and operational features of its Prisma secure-access service edge (SASE) package.New features include the ability to adjust security settings for multiple software-as-a-service-based apps, new security capabilities, and AIOPs support. In addition the company is expanding its family of Ion SD-WAN security devices to provide additional configuration options. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

Palo Alto Networks bulks-up its SASE portfolio

Palo Alto Networks is reinforcing the security and operational features of its Prisma secure-access service edge (SASE) package.New features include the ability to adjust security settings for multiple software-as-a-service-based apps, new security capabilities, and AIOPs support. In addition the company is expanding its family of Ion SD-WAN security devices to provide additional configuration options. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

VMware touts multicloud networking, security, management upgrades

VMware is looking to ease the networking, security and management hassles of running enterprise multicloud environments with a raft of new products introduced at its VMware Explore 2022 conclave in Las Vegas this week.The new products include a SaaS-based upgrade for the company’s core networking software, NSX, as well a new cloud-native management service, VMware Aria, and integrated security features. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ] The driving idea behind all of the new products is to simplify the growing complexity of the network architecture connecting multicloud applications and their services, said Tom Ellis, senior vice president and general manager at VMware. That’s because VMware research shows 580 million workloads are expected to run on diverse, distributed environments spanning public cloud, on-premises, edge, telco clouds, and hosted clouds by 2024.To read this article in full, please click here

Cisco backlog still looms

Like many of its competitors, Cisco’s quarterly and year-end financial results show the good and bad of the current economy—a record of new product orders alongside record backlogged orders.Cisco reported that for the period ending July 30, its quarterly revenue was basically flat year-over-year at $13.1 billion, but revenue for the 2022 fiscal year was up three percent to $51.6 billion.   [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ] “Full year product orders and backlog are both at record highs,” Cisco’s CEO Chuck Robbins said in a written statement before the company’s quarterly and year-end Wall Street phone briefing.To read this article in full, please click here

AWS (sort of) brings private 5G to market

AWS says its private 5G managed service is now available – however, it currently only supports 4G LTE and doesn’t yet support 5G.With AWS Private 5G, which was previewed last November, customers will be able to specify where they want to build a mobile network and its capacity, and AWS will deliver and maintain the small-cell radio units, servers, 5G-core and RAN software, and SIM cards. The idea is to let enterprises quickly procure, deploy, and scale their own private 5G mobile networks without having to acquire, integrate, and maintain hardware and software from multiple third-party vendors.To read this article in full, please click here

Cisco embraces multi-cloud networking software

As large enterprises spread by deploying distributed data centers and on-prem or public-cloud services, their ability to control and manage applications and workloads utilizing that infrastructure is becoming more difficult.An emerging technology called multi-cloud networking software (MCNS) is coming together from a variety of vendors—Cisco, Arista, VMware, and F5 among them—to address many of these challenges. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ] In a recent report Gartner said MCNS technology enables consistent networking policy, network security, governance, and network visibility across multiple cloud environments via a single point of management.To read this article in full, please click here

Cisco shakeup: Networking chief Todd Nightingale to helm Fastly

Cisco’s networking organization is getting a shake-up as its Enterprise Networking and Cloud business chief Todd Nightingale is leaving to become CEO of cloud content-delivery company Fastly.Nightingale has been with Cisco since 2012, coming over in the company’s acquisition of Meraki and has been a key driver to “Merakify” Cisco’s multi-billion dollar enterprise portfolios. That is to say Meraki’s technology has a reputation for being easy to use and manage and Cisco is now moving toward making that strategy a core part of its high-end enterprise hardware and software strategy. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

Top IT vendors report good financials, onging supply woes

While key network vendors continue to report good financial results, all of the players report continued supply-chain issues and increased order backlogs—challenges that show little sign of abating before the end 2023.Arista supply issues A good example is Arista Networks, which reported its first billion dollar quarter in its history despite the “challenges of an uncertain supply-chain environment,” Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO said during the firm’s Q2 financial call this week. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

Arista snaps-up software defined networking pioneer Pluribus

Arista Networks has acquired Pluribus Networks with an eye toward bolstering its own Unified Cloud Networking service.There were no details such as cost of the acquisition nor what the deal means for the 140 Pluribus employees most based in Los Altos, Calif.  What is SDN and where it's going Pluribus is a software-defined networking pioneer, founded in 2010 and has morphed its original Netvisor One, a virtualized Linux-based NOS that provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking and distributed fabric intelligence into its Adaptive Cloud Fabric software-defined networking package.To read this article in full, please click here

Arista buys software-defined networking pioneer Pluribus

Arista Networks has acquired Pluribus Networks with an eye toward bolstering its own Unified Cloud Networking service.There were no details such as cost of the acquisition nor what the deal means for the 140 Pluribus employees most based in Los Altos, Calif.  What is SDN and where it's going Pluribus is a software-defined networking pioneer, founded in 2010 and has morphed its original Netvisor One, a virtualized Linux-based NOS that provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking and distributed fabric intelligence into its Adaptive Cloud Fabric software-defined networking package.To read this article in full, please click here

IBM bolsters quantum cryptography for z16 mainframe

While the need for it may be years away, IBM has added additional mainframe protection against future quantum-based security attacks.When Big Blue rolled out the newest iteration of its mainframe – the z16—in April, one of its core design pillars was a promise to protect organizations from anticipated quantum-based security threats. Specifically, the z16 supports the Crypto Express8S adapter to deliver quantum-safe APIs that will let enterprises start developing quantum-safe cryptography along with classical cryptography and to modernize existing applications and build new applications, IBM stated.To read this article in full, please click here

IBM bolsters quantum cryptography for z16 mainframe

While the need for it may be years away, IBM has added additional mainframe protection against future quantum-based security attacks.When Big Blue rolled out the newest iteration of its mainframe – the z16—in April, one of its core design pillars was a promise to protect organizations from anticipated quantum-based security threats. Specifically, the z16 supports the Crypto Express8S adapter to deliver quantum-safe APIs that will let enterprises start developing quantum-safe cryptography along with classical cryptography and to modernize existing applications and build new applications, IBM stated.To read this article in full, please click here

IBM bolsters quantum cryptography for z16 mainframe

While the need for it may be years away, IBM has added additional mainframe protection against future quantum-based security attacks.When Big Blue rolled out the newest iteration of its mainframe – the z16—in April, one of its core design pillars was a promise to protect organizations from anticipated quantum-based security threats. Specifically, the z16 supports the Crypto Express8S adapter to deliver quantum-safe APIs that will let enterprises start developing quantum-safe cryptography along with classical cryptography and to modernize existing applications and build new applications, IBM stated.To read this article in full, please click here

Aruba boosts AI capabilities to help enterprises manage, troubleshoot the edge

Aruba is adding AIOps features to its Edge Services Platform (ESP) to help customers automate everyday tasks, shrink the time needed to find and fix problems, and increase edge security controls.Rolled out in 2020, Aruba ESP analyzes telemetry data generated from Aruba Wi-Fi or network switching gear and uses it to automatically optimize connectivity, discover network problems, and secure the overall edge environment. ESP builds a data lake of a customer’s data center, campus, and SD-WAN switch information, and it combines that data with statistics from billions of data points generated daily by Aruba devices worldwide.To read this article in full, please click here

Aruba boosts AI capabilities to help enterprises manage, troubleshoot the edge

Aruba is adding AIOps features to its Edge Services Platform (ESP) to help customers automate everyday tasks, shrink the time needed to find and fix problems, and increase edge security controls.Rolled out in 2020, Aruba ESP analyzes telemetry data generated from Aruba Wi-Fi or network switching gear and uses it to automatically optimize connectivity, discover network problems, and secure the overall edge environment. ESP builds a data lake of a customer’s data center, campus, and SD-WAN switch information, and it combines that data with statistics from billions of data points generated daily by Aruba devices worldwide.To read this article in full, please click here

Network automation, SASE, 5G rank among enterprise priorities

From incorporating cloud services to keeping the hybrid workforce humming, network execs and architects face myriad challenges every day.The main goals of large organizations are to prioritize those challenges, adjust the network architecture to handle widely distributed applications, services and users, and keep corporate resources secure, according to Neil Anderson, area vice president with World Wide Technology, a $14.5 billion global technology services provider. Read more: SSE is SASE minus the SD-WANTo read this article in full, please click here

Juniper upgrades management platform, adds a switch

Juniper Networks has upgraded its cloud-based management platform and introduced a new switch family for campus and branch networks.On the management side, Juniper says the goal is to simplify network operations for organizations with a mix of campus, branch, micro-site, and remote-worker settings, and it is doing that by adding features to its Mist AI/ML cloud-based management platform and its Marvis virtual network assistant. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

Juniper upgrades management platform, adds a switch

Juniper Networks has upgraded its cloud-based management platform and introduced a new switch family for campus and branch networks.On the management side, Juniper says the goal is to simplify network operations for organizations with a mix of campus, branch, micro-site, and remote-worker settings, and it is doing that by adding features to its Mist AI/ML cloud-based management platform and its Marvis virtual network assistant. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

AWS WAN service aims to simplify global network deployments

A new managed WAN service from AWS promises to make it faster and easier for enterprises to build, manage, and monitor a global network that seamlessly connects cloud and on-premises environments.AWS Cloud WAN, which the company previewed in December, lets customers link cloud resources in on-premises data centers, branch offices or colocation sites and manage that environment through a single dashboard. Using the dashboard, networking teams can apply policies, automate configuration and security tasks across their entire network.To read this article in full, please click here

IBM brings hybrid-cloud app services to z/OS mainframes

IBM has introduced a service for its mainframe customers to create a cloud environment for developing and testing applications.Wazi as a Service can be used to create z/OS infrastructure instances for development and testing z/OS application components in a virtualized, containerized sandbox. The instances would run on Red Hat OpenShift on x86 hardware. The service also includes access to z/OS systems and integrates with modern source-code management platforms such as GitHub and GitLab. [ Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters. ]To read this article in full, please click here

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