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The Friday Five: Network Security, IT Nightmares and DevOps

May 17, 2019

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.

How DevOps Enables Organizations to Deliver Value to Customers – ITProPortal 

It used to be typical for teams to work on a project for months before releasing it to production. Now, however, even two-week cycles are too long due to increased customer demand and rising expectations. As businesses strive to be better, faster and more reliable, they should consider implementing DevOps. DevOps enables organizations to develop and deploy software faster and more efficiently, using automated processes like continuous delivery.

 The Benefits of Open Source Networking for Enterprise IT – SearchNetworking

The benefits of open source networking are real, including innovative design, time to market and agility. However, the current state of deployment is limited, with only large hyperscale cloud suppliers reporting significant benefits to their networks. If open source networking is going to catch on, IT organizations will have to take more risk with networking deployments and help their network engineers learn new skills to work with open source networking tools.

Top 5 Challenges Keeping IT Pros Up at Night – TechRepublic

A new survey, conducted by Insight Enterprises of 400 IT decision makers, found that 44% of respondents said they believe AI and machine learning will have the biggest impact on IT, but concerns around security are still on the horizon. The report highlighted the top five factors keeping IT professionals up at night, including security/safety, upgrading infrastructure, optimizing IT operations, staffing/IT talent and controlling costs. In order to mitigate these concerns, organizations must invest in the latest tools and technology designed to keep data secure.

Why Network Complexity Kills Security – Security Boulevard

As networks continue to become more complex with a variety of diverse switches, routers, servers, and firewalls, software-defined networking and public clouds, network management becomes much more difficult, leading to misconfigurations and security risks. This means enterprises must consolidate security and platform management. Organizations looking to improve efficiency and reduce risk need an end-to-end security and network management strategy.

Why You Need to Centralize Your Network Performance Monitoring – Solutions Review

At this point, most enterprises understand the importance of monitoring their network performance, and have implemented monitoring tools and practices to address this need. But when it comes to network monitoring, settling for the basics won’t cut it. Instead, organizations must implement a complete monitoring strategy, including centralized network monitoring. This will provide a variety of benefits, like easier network performance management, the ability to visualize networks at any scale and a lack of silos among teams.


Want more of the Friday Five? Check out our last blog: The Friday Five: NetOps, DevOps and Network Automation.