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The Friday Five: Monitoring, Digital Transformation and Network Certifications

November 16, 2018

Twice a month, we highlight five popular news stories from the world of networking, security and automation. Here are the top five stories from the last two weeks:

What You Should Be Monitoring to Ensure Digital Performance – Part 4 – APMdigest

APMdigest recently asked experts from across the IT industry for their opinions on what IT departments should be monitoring to ensure optimal digital performance. Jason Baudreau, director of product at NetBrain, discussed how traditional symptom-based SNMP monitoring simply doesn’t cut it and how IT teams need to be proactive about network monitoring and contextualized visibility.

 How Does Software-Defined Access Work? – SearchSDN

We talk a lot about software-defined networking, but what is software-defined access? Both service providers and enterprises use software-defined access to extend SDN beyond the data center and WAN to the edge of the network. For enterprises, this can mean extending SDN all the way to the user access edge of campus switching and wireless LANs. Software-defined access also offers enterprises the ability to apply security and access policies across all parts of a network.

Digital Transformation Sparks Innovation in Networking – MIT Technology Review

Organizations are embracing digital transformation to gain agility, flexibility and speed, forcing applications to take center stage. But the underlying network that supports, secures and delivers these applications needs to keep up with this transformation. According to this MIT Technology Review article, the network must become application aware, on-demand and fully automated in order to do so.

What’s Hot in Network Certifications – Network World

Networking is undergoing a transformation, and professionals in the field are looking for ways to get a leg up on certifications that will set them apart from their peers. According to analysts, network engineers need to become software fluent, which includes learning to make API calls, write basic scripts and have basic programming skills. In response, over 13,000 network professionals have already pursued certification in these areas.

Getting DevOps Wrong: Top 5 Mistakes Organizations Make – Information Week

When it comes to implementing a successful DevOps initiative, there are several common mistakes that organizations make. In this Information Week article, Bill Kleyman discusses the mistakes he often sees when working on DevOps projects, including using manual processes to manage code, focusing on tools over culture and the misconception that the developers’ roles end at deployment.


Want more of the Friday Five? Check out our last blog: The Friday Five: Network Zombies, Automated ITMS and Intent-Based Networking.