Last week on April 7th the web was rocked by a security bug called Heartbleed. It’s a flaw in a commonly used security system, OpenSSL, which nearly two-thirds of all websites globally out there use to keep information secure. The media has had a field day with this news and unless you live under a rock you’ve probably already heard about the Heartbleed Bug or seen its logo. The flaw in the system lets attackers eavesdrop on Web, e-mail, and some VPN communications. Not only are servers using OpenSSL affected by this vulnerability, network gear from Cisco and Juniper Networks using OpenSSL are affected as well.
It’s been said that two heads are better than one, and that just may be the case with Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP). Facebook started the OCP to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost. That means hardware vendors like HP, Dell and Cisco don't control the product designs. Instead, customers like Facebook and Goldman Sachs do.
In an ever-changing world of technology you either jump on the bandwagon, or you get left, scratching your head, in the dust. Major networking vendors like Cisco and Juniper are scrambling to jump into the SDN (Software Defined Networking) race, but smaller startups like Embrane are currently beating them out without much of a struggle. Canadian Internet hosting and cloud service provider, Peer1, recently picked Embrane to meet their SDN needs over Cisco and Juniper.
While 2012 was nothing short of a technology miracle, 2013 promises to be even better. A few months back we posted an article on the extraordinary job Cisco did at the Olympics this summer as the official network provider. In fact, more than 4.8 billion people watched the event, with digital viewers outnumbering traditional television viewers for the first time in history, clearly showing how technology dependent we have all become. Undoubtedly, the impressive technology trend will continue in 2013.
It seems to be a major industry trend over the last year as one company after the next announces more and more lay offs. Just more proof that our economy is still down in the dumps. Juniper Networks announced Tuesday, October 2nd, that they will be cutting 500 workers from their workforce. Sure it seems like a mere grain of salt in a big shaker when you compare it to HP’s 29,000 or Cisco’s 1,300 this year plus the 10,000 they announced last year. But, when you consider that Juniper only employs 9,373 workers this layoff will make up 5.3 percent of Juniper’s workforce.
While the iPhone 5 might be all the rage because it sold out in just a few hours, you might be tempted to over look what the real story is all about. Money, yes of course it’s always about money. But, perhaps investors have overlooked where the real money is. Yes, it seems that everyone is racing to be a part of the iphone billion-dollar industry, but where the real money may be hiding is in the networks built by companies like Cisco and F5 Networks that carry all that iphone data!
Recently Alcatel introduced a new line of routers that threatens to give Cisco and Juniper a run for their money. On May 22, 2012 Alcatel unveiled a new family of Internet core routers that they have been diligently working on for the past three years. This revolutionary technology promises to be the most innovative and powerful product currently in the industry. The new 7950 line will enhance network operations and prepare their core networks to embrace the rapid expansion of smartphone and tablets, the conversion to cloud applications, and the fast growing video market.
If you haven’t heard of it yet and you’re in computer networking, it’s likely that you will soon. Software-defined networking (SDN) is taking the industry by storm and promising to change the way computer networks are managed in the future. It’s refashioning the data center and creating an onset of start-ups that are forcing old-guard vendors like Cisco and Juniper to scurry to keep up.
Thanks to Cisco, you may now be able to watch your favorite YouTube or Netflix movie without the annoying “buffering” delays. On Tuesday, June 5th, Cisco announced a new tool, the ASR 5500, which will let carriers sift through and prioritize the traffic flooding their networks.
With Wall Street having a strong rally in stocks that began in October, there is now renewed optimism that technology spending has also returned. According to IDC (International Data Corporation), the giant technology intelligence firm, tech spending rose 5% in 2011, and is expected to rise another 5% in 2012. When IT budgets start to increase, very few companies beyond those directly involved in networking are more deserving of those dollars. Undoubtedly, the increased spending will produce resurgence in some of the technology sector's biggest names.