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Accessing files using traditional VPN software comes at a great cost. In this article we quantify true costs of supporting VPNs for remote access. Businesses of all types utilize VPN software solutions to provide remote access to their employees.  How do we quantify the true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of supporting VPN software?  Why is TCO Important? Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) defines TCO as the total cost of using and maintaining an IT investment over time.  TCO calculations include a combination of direct costs (hardware, software acquisition, management and support) and indirect costs (end-user training and downtime). TCO is often overlooked and unbudgeted, presenting an incomplete projection of overall IT costs. Most organizations look at their direct costs and setup labor only at the time of purchase.  However, research shows that a system's software & ... (more)

[video] Actionable Network Intelligence with @Infoblox | @CloudExpo #DX #Cloud #DevOps

"Infoblox does DNS, DHCP and IP address management for not only enterprise networks but cloud networks as well. Customers are looking for a single platform that can extend not only in their private enterprise environment but private cloud, public cloud, tracking all the IP space and everything that is going on in that environment," explained Steve Salo, Principal Systems Engineer at Infoblox, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudExpo | DXWorldEXPO have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018, introducing DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO, colocated with Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the ... (more)

[video] Facilitating Private Ethernet with @Massive1Network | @CloudExpo #DX #Cloud #Analytics

"We are an integrator of carrier ethernet and bandwidth to get people to connect to the cloud, to the SaaS providers, and the IaaS providers all on ethernet," explained Paul Mako, CEO & CTO of Massive Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudExpo | DXWorldEXPO have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018, introducing DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO, colocated with Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorld Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if... (more)

Top Places to Check for Signs of a Targeted Attack in Your Network | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

Targeted attacks on the network of a business can be big trouble. A business should know where to look and what to look for to stop the attacks. Businesses are aware of the dangers of hackers. They know that a hacker can steal private information that hey store on their computer networks. They recognize that hackers can create problems for the business and the business's computer systems through a variety of different ways. Being aware of the dangers and knowing what to do about them is not the same thing. Unless a business has a big IT department, their ideas about network security are not always correct. They may not realize that they are the target of hackers. They may assume that hackers either try to cast a wide net with the hope of catching someone or they target bigger companies. A smart business recognizes the threats of targeted attacks and knows where and ho... (more)

Welcome to the Show of Content Delivery Networks

"Step right in. You will witness a show of magic and wonders, passion and trust, speed and misunderstandings." a (slightly altered) catch phrase that keeps popping in my head when talking to companies in regards to managing Content Delivery Networks (CDN). Apart from the misconception that a CDN will solve all performance problems one of the great unknowns seems to be how to actually monitor CDNs the right way. And as we all know: you can't manage what you don't understand! So in three "Acts" I will walk you through the main purpose of CDNs, how such systems have to be monitored and what dirty unknowns the right strategy can bring to the surface. Years ago I was a member in an Off-Theatre group in Berlin. Why that would have any relevance to the CDN topic, you may ask. Part of our maturity journey resembles what almost all companies go through when they end up payi... (more)

Join Agema Systems at @CloudExpo | #API #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Agema Systems will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Agema Systems is the leading provider of critical white-box rack solutions to data centers through the major integrators and value added distribution channels. For more information, visit http://www.agemasystems.com. Register FREE Before Friday! ▸ Here Your registration includes: ▸ Cloud Expo sessions ▸ Big Data Expo sessions ▸ @ThingsExpo sessions ▸ DevOps sessions ▸ Containers sessions ▸ Microservices sessions The World's Largest Cloud Computing Event, November 3-5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Cloud computing budgets worldwide are reaching into the hundreds of billions of dollars, and no organization can survive long without some sort of cloud migration st... (more)

ROI with #Monitoring | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Docker #Monitoring

By Steve Kliff, Editor There are several ways monitoring can save your business money, depending on the kind of business you run. While it's almost impossible to give solid numbers, think of monitoring as an insurance policy for your company, or a health plan for your system. In the best case, it can diagnose issues before they turn into problems, or in the worst case, it can get your system back on its feet in case of a service outage. How a monitoring system can save my business money First of all you might want to consider your operating costs. Take a look at your IT department; how did they deal with the last outage you experienced? Was your business offline? Could your suppliers get you on the phone? Did your order go through? A monitoring system can warn you if your server memory is reaching overload, or if your bandwidth is about to become saturated, and ale... (more)

A New DNS for #IoT and #DevOps | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #RTC #DNS #M2M

Goodbye, Open Source: A New DNS for a New Internet BYOD. IoT. Cloud computing. DevOps. IT professionals today have more demands (and more acronyms) on their time than ever. Application development and delivery are changing rapidly and increasing in complexity, revealing the limitations of traditional DNS approaches in achieving modern network goals. The IT department has made use of open source platforms for decades to provide DNS and traffic management in their internal networks and for their public, internet-facing services. The majority of DNS servers, both on the internet and in enterprise intranets, are open source-based solutions such as BIND, djbdns, PowerDNS, gdnsd and NSD. It can feel like shoving a square peg into a round hole to try to adapt these solutions to perform the functions needed in today's environments. In addition, even with complex customizatio... (more)

An Intelligent Network Is Critical to Achieve Optimal Cloud Performance

The success or failure of public cloud services can be measured by whether they deliver high levels of performance, security and reliability that are on par with, or better than, those available within enterprise-owned data centers. Gartner predicts that the global public cloud computing market is set to reach US$131 billion in 2013, up from $111 billion last year. To serve this market with the performance, security and reliability needed, cloud providers are moving quickly to build a virtualized multi-data center service architecture, or a "data center without walls." This approach is made possible by cloud orchestration software that federates the data centers of both the enterprise customer and cloud service provider so that all compute, storage, and networking assets are treated as a single, virtual pool with optimal placement, migration, and interconnection of ... (more)

Is the Cloud a CDN Killer?

In our Internet-driven world, both organizations and consumers have come to expect fast, always-on data access from any device. As a result, content providers are tasked with delivering massive files and streaming media to tablets and smartphones while simultaneously ensuring superior website performance. To meet the challenges of this digital data deluge, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are often used to efficiently distribute large amounts of content to online users. The emergence of cloud computing has allowed companies to embrace new, cost-effective approaches to building out their IT infrastructure. The challenge of scaling is no longer prohibitively expensive, and the ability to do so in near-real time allows small and medium-sized businesses to more effectively compete with larger enterprises for market share. While the cloud can deliver important agility b... (more)

Monitoring Infrastructure Is Essential for Optimizing Performance

The most essential element in optimizing performance is detecting issues before they impact your systems. However, you need to implement constant monitoring on your operating environment to gain this early insight. There are tools to help, but finding one that provides all the right information is often a challenge. Complex interactions between applications, networks, servers and other infrastructure components bury the issues, which make it difficult to find a universally compatible monitoring tool that doesn't add more complexity to the environment. The issue with the tools available today is that they don't dig deep into the data, and/or they tend to focus too narrowly on the type of infrastructure they can monitor. The best monitoring tool provides broad insight into multiple systems and correlates data in a single interface - viewing only part of the system do... (more)