Cloud and Networking

Many companies are moving towards a DevOps model for developing and deploying software and infrastructure. DevOps is also a bellwether technology for organizations: Companies that have the most mature cloud and data center strategies are three times as likely to use DevOps as are companies...

The past few weeks have seen a spate of infrastructure-related cybersecurity vulnerabilities. On March 8th,  Apache released a critical vulnerability alert (CVE) regarding a significant vulnerability in its Struts 2.0 opensource enterprise Java framework, which is widely used in enterprise deployments.  The vulnerability permits remote code execution (RCE) in the framework; recommended mitigation strategies include upgrading the framework or changing implementations.

Infosec professionals are well familiar with the phenomenon of Transport Layer Security (TLS) interception. For everyone else, some background: TLS is the successor to SSL, once the default encryption protocol. TSL provides the underpinnings for many common security protocols, including secure HTTP (HTTPS). Protocols like TLS...

Moving more work into the cloud makes IT revisit the question: Leverage vendor-specific platform services or give up leverage for control and portability. Haven't We Been Here Before We are just about to launch our latest round of benchmarking the enterprise's use of emerging technology in cloud and data...

Everybody Automates Whether it's Perl or Python or PowerShell,  bash or Ruby or Salt, scripts and recipes are everywhere. And, they are layered: scripts run other scripts, sometimes many layers deep (and sometimes recursively!), or runbook automation tools from the likes of IBM or BMC run...

People have been claiming to have a private cloud for six or seven years, even though (as we discussed recently here) they didn't and don't, really. Why don't they have a private cloud yet? Private Cloud is Hard To be their own Amazon Web Services (or Microsoft Azure, or...

We've been wrestling with this one at Nemertes for many years.  Early on in our research around enterprise cloud use (back around 2010) we asked whether folks had a private cloud and got sensible answers, overwhelmingly in the negative. Almost nobody said they had a...

One of the great challenges of the present moment in IT and specifically for the WAN is resolving the disconnect between application and service architecture on the one hand, and the architecture of the WAN on the other.  In a nutshell: the continuing shift of work...

The highly collaborative digital workplace is so much more than an extension of a corporate intranet. As companies forge ahead with their digital transformation initiatives, renewed focus on the employee workplace is taking center stage. After all, the more IT improves employee efficiency, the more competitive...

We are witnessing a transformation in information technology that will have a profound impact on how business and technology teams work together. The MIS teams of the 1960s and ‘70s focused narrowly on back-office systems and then transformed into IT, which expanded to include all...

In our 2016 Cloud and Networking Benchmark, Nemertes heard a lot of enthusiasm from early adopters of SD-WAN. And a healthy amount of caution. About 18% of organizations are deploying some flavor of SD-WAN. Mostly, they have been drawn in by twin promises: that SD-WAN will...