Another absolutely huge week in network management means that we've got a lot of ground to cover and a lot of news to go over. Thankfully, we've got a weekend at our doorstep, and that's a great time to take a step back and consider the bigger picture when it comes to network management. So settle back, take a deep breath, and let's run down the high points of the week that was in network management with our week in review coverage.
First, we had a look at one of the great mainstays in network management: the firewall. Firewalls, much like any other security and network management tool, have come a long way over the years, and keeping up with the press of network upgrades has prompted many businesses to buy faster firewalls to keep up with the upgraded network. A recent Infonetics (News - Alert) Research study showed that a majority of businesses—57 percent at last report—were willing to spend big on firewall protection, at least $500,000 and beyond, to make the firewall better and better able to keep up with the network.
Next we had a look at Actifio's new eponymous release of Actifio 6.0, complete with a set of new features to give it still more power as a copy data management system. Among the new features in Actifio 6.0 are immediate access through mobile apps, improved support in enterprise applications, support for several enterprise platforms like SAP, Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange, IBM and more, as well as some new features to bring in services like DevOps or dev / test, or even archive-as-a-service functions.
Nutanix brought in the next bit of news, as it launched a new infrastructure platform that brought support for Microsoft Hyper-V. Nutanix's new platform, Nutanix OS 3.5, offers not only support for Hyper-V, but also VM ware's vSphere, as well as KVM, giving it support for, at last report, the widest range of hypervisors of any converged infrastructure product. This in turn allows for a wide variety of private cloud workloads to be brought in under one data fabric, giving users a great opportunity to consolidate operations for easier use.
It was big news for Cisco (News - Alert) next, as the company celebrated 20 years of the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification. But the anniversary alone wasn't the only milestone Cisco had to cross, as the company also recently could celebrate issuing two million career certifications as well. Cisco originally brought out the CCIE in 1993, as a way to give internetworking experts a dose of extra credibility, but the field expanded, and now, CCIE holders are commonly recognized as valued assets in the field of network technology as a whole.
Finally, we had a look at the field of cyber security as a whole, and how it goes well beyond just issues like fraud and theft. Issues of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and the gathering of information about a system's users—also called Personal Identifiable Information, or PII—are rapidly gaining prevalence in things a system must be on guard against. Many attacks don't even have a financial component involved, and are engaged in by “hacktivists” out to prove a point.
That was the week that was in network management, and with a whole lot going on it's not surprising that our global online community
had its hands full in bringing all the latest news in for us to consider. Be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest in network management, and of course, every weekend for our week in review!