Edge computing in 2022: Double-digit growth

Worldwide spending on edge computing is expected to reach $176 billion in 2022, an increase of 14.8% over last year, according to new figures from analyst IDC.Edge computing started out rather modest in its use cases but has quickly expanded across industries and scope. Five years ago an edge network was a few mid-range servers in a ruggedized container. Now Nvidia and Lenovo are deploying GPU-based AI systems.How to choose an edge gateway “If we have learned anything over the last two years, the ability to quickly adapt to rapidly changing conditions is critical to business success. Organizations investing in edge computing combined with AI and modern application design will have an advantage when it comes to tackling whatever challenge comes next,” according to Dave McCarthy, research vice president for Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services at IDC.To read this article in full, please click here

New Cisco switch brings more networking features to the edge

Cisco is expanding its Catalyst family of switches for enterprises that need to blend industrial and operational technology (OT) systemsThe the ruggedized Catalyst Industrial Ethernet 9300 1RU rack-mountable switch is based on the same programmable Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC found in other Catalyst 9000 and features 28 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Up to eight of the units can be stacked together and managed as one system.SD-WAN buyers guide: Key questions to ask vendors The 9300 runs the same IOS XE operating system as other Catalyst boxes and can be centrally  controlled via DNA Center, Cisco’s principal networking-control platform that features myriad services from analytics, network management, and automation capabilities to assurance setting, fabric provisioning, and policy-based segmentation.To read this article in full, please click here

Cisco blends enterprise and industrial edge with new Catalyst switch

Cisco is expanding its Catalyst family of switches for enterprises that need to blend industrial and operational technology (OT) systemsThe the ruggedized Catalyst Industrial Ethernet 9300 1RU rack-mountable switch is based on the same programmable Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC found in other Catalyst 9000 and features 28 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Up to eight of the units can be stacked together and managed as one system.SD-WAN buyers guide: Key questions to ask vendors The 9300 runs the same IOS XE operating system as other Catalyst boxes and can be centrally  controlled via DNA Center, Cisco’s principal networking-control platform that features myriad services from analytics, network management, and automation capabilities to assurance setting, fabric provisioning, and policy-based segmentation.To read this article in full, please click here

Cisco chases quantum tech

When it comes to hardcore quantum computing players Cisco might not be the first company you think of, but that could change a lot in 2022 and beyond.For starters, the company is investing in photonics development, which will enable quantum communications as well as other hardware and software technologies for quantum computing, networking, and cryptography. Researchers show quantum computers can reason Developing quantum technologies was also one of the top predictions on the 2022 predictions list of Cisco’s executive vice president, general manager and Chief Strategy Officer Liz Centoni. To read this article in full, please click here

Cisco chases quantum tech

When it comes to hardcore quantum computing players Cisco might not be the first company you think of, but that could change a lot in 2022 and beyond.For starters, the company is investing in photonics development, which will enable quantum communications as well as other hardware and software technologies for quantum computing, networking, and cryptography. Researchers show quantum computers can reason Developing quantum technologies was also one of the top predictions on the 2022 predictions list of Cisco’s executive vice president, general manager and Chief Strategy Officer Liz Centoni. To read this article in full, please click here

Backing up a database depends on how it’s delivered

How you back up your database depends three factors: how the database is delivered to you, the backup logistics of the database, and the recovery time objective (RTO) and the recovery point objective (RPO) you are attempting to meet. This article covers how the database is delivered.There are three ways databases can be delivered: as software on a server you own; as platform-as-a-service (PaaS); and as a serverless service. Let’s take a look at them.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.] Traditional database software Until a few years ago the way all databases were delivered was by buying a license for a product and installing it on a server or VM of your choice. You were responsible for everything, including the security and administration of the server, the storage, the application itself, and (of course) the backup of the database. To read this article in full, please click here

Day Two Cloud 130: Getting Started With OpenShift For Kubernetes Orchestration

On today's Day Two Cloud we have a career conversation with Angela Andrews, a Solution Architect at Red Hat. Angela provides an introduction to OpenShift, a cloud-based offering for running and orchestrating Kubernetes containers in public clouds and on premises from Red Hat. We also discuss how to integrate communication skills with technical knowledge, the role of a Solution Architect, how to stay on top of new and changing technologies, and more.

The post Day Two Cloud 130: Getting Started With OpenShift For Kubernetes Orchestration appeared first on Packet Pushers.

VMware Network Automation with NSX-T 3.2 and vRealize Automation

VMware Network Automation combines the modern microservices architecture of vRealize with VMware NSX network virtualization to enable rapid application rollout. The solution automates VMware NSX via VMware vRealize Automation to deliver complete workload lifecycle automation through networking, compute, and security services that make it simple to template, provision, and update complete environments. That, in turn, enables businesses to accelerate application delivery and drive overall agility.

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The latest iterations of vRealize Automation native integration with NSX-T features include multiple new capabilities, such as support for NSX-T Federation, distributed firewall configurations from NSX-T, a shared gateway across on-demand networks, and many others.

In this post, we will provide an overview of the feature-set available with this native integration. The post doesn’t aim to be exhaustive, so don’t hesitate to look at the vRealize Automation documentation for more details.

Setting up the Environment

The native integration allows for consumption of NSX-T constructs from vRealize Automation after a simple configuration.

The goal is for the cloud admin to be able to offer users a self-service catalog, through Service Broker that enables the deployment of complex topologies with consistent governance policies across the cloud — all while abstracting the underlying infrastructure and its complexity from Continue reading

Tonga’s likely lengthy Internet outage

Tonga’s likely lengthy Internet outage

2022 only has 19 days of existence but so far this January, there have already been four significant Internet disruptions:

1. An Internet outage in The Gambia because of a cable problem.
2. An Internet shutdown in Kazakhstan because of unrest.
3. A mobile Internet shutdown in Burkina Faso because of a coup plot.
4. An Internet outage in Tonga because of a volcanic eruption.

The latest Internet outage, in the South Pacific country of Tonga (with 169 islands), is still ongoing. It started with the large eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai, an uninhabited volcanic island of the Tongan archipelago on Friday, January 14, 2022. The next day, Cloudflare Radar shows that the Internet outage started at around 03:00 UTC (16:00 local time) — Saturday, January 15, 2022 — and is ongoing for more than four days. Tonga’s 105,000 residents are almost entirely unreachable, according to the BBC.

Tonga’s likely lengthy Internet outage

When we focus on the number of requests by ASN, the country’s main ISPs Digicel and Kalianet started to lose traffic after 03:00 UTC and by 05:30 UTC January 15, 2022, Cloudflare saw close to no traffic at all from them, as shown in the graph below.

Tonga’s likely lengthy Internet outage

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Intel sharpens focus on immersion cooling

Intel is collaborating with Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), a startup specializing in immersion cooling for server hardware, in an effort that seeks to take immersion cooling mainstream.The two companies announced a multi-year partnership that involves working with data center customers to develop and implement advanced immersion cooling techniques for future data centers. The two will look to test the safety and reliability of the technology for immersion-cooled racks running Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Read more: Intel under attack, fighting back on many frontsTo read this article in full, please click here

Intel sharpens focus on immersion cooling

Intel is collaborating with Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), a startup specializing in immersion cooling for server hardware, in an effort that seeks to take immersion cooling mainstream.The two companies announced a multi-year partnership that involves working with data center customers to develop and implement advanced immersion cooling techniques for future data centers. The two will look to test the safety and reliability of the technology for immersion-cooled racks running Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Read more: Intel under attack, fighting back on many frontsTo read this article in full, please click here

Introducing netsim-tools Plugins

Remember the BGP anycast lab I described in December 2021? In that blog post I briefly mentioned a problem of extraneous IBGP sessions and promised to address it at a later date. Let’s see how we can fix that with netsim-tools plugin.

We always knew that it’s impossible to implement every nerd knob someone would like to have when building their labs, and extending the tool with Python plugins seemed like the only sane way to go. We added custom plugins to netsim-tools release 1.0.6, but I didn’t want to write about them because we had to optimize the internal data structures first.

Tomonari Sato: Why I joined Cloudflare and why I’m helping Cloudflare grow in Japan

Tomonari Sato: Why I joined Cloudflare and why I’m helping Cloudflare grow in Japan

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Tomonari Sato: Why I joined Cloudflare and why I’m helping Cloudflare grow in Japan

I’m excited to announce that I recently joined Cloudflare in Japan as Vice-President and Managing Director, to help build and expand our customer, partner base, and presence in Japan. Cloudflare expanded its network in Japan in 2010, just months after launching. Now, 12 years later, Cloudflare is continuing its mission to help build a better Internet in Japan and across the globe, and I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to that mission!

Tomonari Sato: Why I joined Cloudflare and why I’m helping Cloudflare grow in Japan

A little about me

In my 35-year career in the IT industry, I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the biggest technology companies in the world, working in various roles in both sales and technical sides of the business. I consider this one of my biggest strengths. In addition, working in the IT industry has allowed me to acquire industry knowledge across a number of different solutions such as custom development, packaged systems (ERP, CRM), MS Office products, and cloud solutions.

Most recently, I was director of the Enterprise Business Group for Japan at AWS, where I was responsible for all commercial industries such as Manufacturing, Process, Distribution, Retail, Telecommunications, Utility, Media, Service, Pharmaceuticals, among others. Continue reading