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.
Dissention in any form or organization is never a good thing, and Juniper Networks seems to be finding that out the hard way. It’s no secret that Juniper’s switching and SDN engineers have been leaving steadily for the past year. Their latest casualty – Thomas Nadeau. Nadeau jumped ship this month and joined Brocade as a distinguished engineer. It seems the acquisition of Contrail Networks along with Juniper’s CTO and founder, Pradeep Sindhu, seem to be the cause of the rift.
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.
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.
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.
Today’s business environment is becoming more dynamic and competitive with the increases in information technology. The pace of change has accelerated and is fundamentally altering today’s business models. With corporate expansions, IT departments are being asked to support a more distributed enterprise, enable new business processes to improve employee efficiency, and lower infrastructure costs.