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The Friday Five: OK Network Practices, Cybersecurity and DevOps

Apr 19, 2019

Why Settle for Just “OK” Network Operations? – Network Computing

As organizations continue to invest in the latest technology and as a result, networks continue to grow in size and complexity, it’s become clear that automation is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Traditional methods of network management simply don’t cut it with the hybrid environments of today. Jason Baudreau, director of product at NetBrain, discusses why network teams should stop settling for OK outcomes from their network operations when automation can ensure the network is performing at its best.

IBM: 77% of Enterprises Don’t Have a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan – SDX Central

A new survey found that the majority of companies (77 percent of respondents) don’t have a cybersecurity incident response plan applied across the enterprise. Why? One of the main reasons for this is the security skills shortage. In fact, survey respondents said they lack the headcount to maintain and test their incident response plans and are facing between 10 and 20 open seats on cybersecurity teams. Only 30 percent of respondents reported that staffing for security is sufficient to achieve a high level of cyber resilience. This article discusses the importance of automation to help organizations up their cyber resilience.

Enterprises Opting for Cloud-Based Solutions Instead of ‘Traditional’ IT Offerings – ITProPortal

According to a new Gartner report, the data center systems segment is about to experience a 2.8 percent decrease, meaning businesses will spend less on data center systems this year, than they have spent in previous years. However, organizations are still spending much more on the cloud than the traditional IT spending. In fact, cloud-based “alternatives” to traditional offering are expected to reach $427 billion as a market, up 7.1 percent compared to the same period last year, when it hit $399 billion.

5 DevOps Trends Worth Knowing in 2019 – DevOps.com

The benefits of DevOps is clear – streamline production, keep customers happy and provide agile services to attract new audiences – but there are some new DevOps trends happening now that IT teams need to stay on top of in order to continue getting the most out of the IT investment. For example, automation will be a bigger focus in 2019, DevOps assembly lines will become increasingly more popular, microservices architecture adoption will continue to take off, security will need to be a priority and artificial intelligence will begin to play a bigger role.

3 Considerations That Can Spark Modern Networking Innovations – Search Networking

Given their increasing complexity, IT teams know networks don’t typically adapt well. But still, the latest network innovations and technologies continue to take center stage, further complicating traditional network operations. Here, SearchNetworking’s Michaela Goss sheds light on several networking experts’ opinions around some trending networking innovations and how traditional thinking can delay networks from moving forward and change.

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