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The SDxCentral Weekly Wrap podcast provides you with a way to easily and quickly catch-up on the top next-generation IT infrastructure developments from the week. In this three to five minute podcast, we cover the week's major news stories around topics such as SD-WAN, 5G, the Internet of Things, AI, Network Security, Containers, Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Data Centers, Storage, and Network and Application Performance Management.



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The SDxCentral Weekly Wrap podcast provides you with a way to easily and quickly catch-up on the top next-generation IT infrastructure developments from the week. In this three to five minute podcast, we cover the week's major news stories around topics such as SD-WAN, 5G, the Internet of Things, AI, Network Security, Containers, Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Data Centers, Storage, and Network and Application Performance Management.



Subscribe today to never miss an episode and visit an episode's webpage for more details on the week’s stories.

    Weekly Wrap: NSA Ranks Cloud Security Risks

    Weekly Wrap: NSA Ranks Cloud Security Risks

    Weekly Wrap for Feb. 7, 2020

    Plus Cisco scores a 400GbE router deal with Telia Carrier and an SD-WAN deal with TPx Communications

    Supply chain security flaws are expected to increase; Telia Carrier is the first with a Cisco 400GbE upgrade; and TPx adds Cisco Meraki's SD-WAN.



    NSA Ranks Cloud Security Risks



    Cisco Routers Power Telia Carrier 400GbE Network



    Cisco Meraki SD-WAN Sashays Into TPx Communications

    SDxCentral Weekly Wrap Full Transcript

    Today is February 7, 2020, and this is the SDxCentral Weekly Wrap where we cover the week’s top stories on next-generation IT infrastructure.



    This week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap is sponsored by Silver Peak. Learn more about the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution.



    The National Security Agency released a report that found four specific cloud security risks account for a vast majority of known security flaws.



    Those risks include misconfiguration, poor access control, shared tenancy vulnerabilities, and supply chain vulnerabilities.



    The misconfiguration issue is the most common and is linked to cloud service policy mistakes or misunderstanding of shared responsibility.



    This most often arises from the rapid pace of innovation from cloud service providers that can add complexity to securely configuring an organization’s cloud resources.



    Poor access control happens when companies have weak authentication methods in place to allow access to cloud resources, or when these cloud resources have flaws that enable attackers to bypass these methods.



    The NSA deems this vulnerability widespread and says it requires a moderate level of sophistication to pull off.



    Shared tenancy vulnerabilities are admittedly rare and require a high level of sophistication.



    But the NSA noted that these types of vulnerabilities in cloud hypervisors or container platforms can be especially severe.



    Supply chain security flaws also remain rare and require highly sophisticated attackers.



    However, the report states that they are becoming more common and they expect to see an increase in these types of attacks this year.



    Cisco scored a significant win this week as Sweden-based Telia Carrier became its first customer to launch a 400-gigabit Ethernet-ready network based on Cisco’s cloud-scale routing platform.



    The network uses Cisco’s NCS5500 series routers, which it first unveiled in mid-2015.



    That platform was initially developed to support 100-gigabit speeds per port for wide area network aggregation, with Cisco last year adding 400-gigabit capabilities.



    Telia Carrier last year installed more than 10,000 new 100-gigabit ports using the Cisco platfo...

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    Weekly Wrap: VMware Loses $237M Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    Weekly Wrap: VMware Loses $237M Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    Weekly Wrap for Jan. 31, 2020

    Plus, VMware and AT&T are slashing jobs

    The virtualization giant will fight the ruling, and is also set to cut some jobs; and AT&T plans $1.5 billion in labor-cost savings tied to its SDN work.



    VMware Loses $237M Patent Infringement Lawsuit



    VMware ‘Rebalances’ Jobs Following 12-Month Buying Spree



    AT&T Employees Pay Price for SDN

    SDxCentral Weekly Wrap Full Transcript

    Today is January 31, 2020, and this is the SDxCentral Weekly Wrap where we cover the week’s top stories on next-generation IT infrastructure.



    This week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap is sponsored by Silver Peak. Learn more about the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution.



    VMware plans to fight a $237 million jury decision that found the company guilty of infringing on patents held by a Canadian startup.



    A federal jury in Delaware awarded the damages after it agreed with Densify that VMware had infringed on patents tied to virtualization services.



    Those patents cover technology that enables multiple computer systems to run on a single server.



    Densify is a Toronto-based startup that makes cloud and container resource management software.



    It was formerly known as Cibra before changing its name in 2017.



    The lawsuit claimed that VMware was using that technology as part of its vRealize Operations software product that provides operations management across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.



    VMware said it would appeal the decision, noting that it does not think it infringed on the patents.



    VMware this week also announced that it would be cutting a number of jobs tied to its recent buying spree.



    The company did not specify the exact number of layoffs or where in the company they would come from.



    Published reports indicated the cuts would impact several hundred jobs across its global organization.



    VMware explained that the move was tied to a rebalancing of its job force following a number of acquisitions it closed over the past year.



    Those deals have resulted in some redundancy and the company said it was looking to redistribute those impacted employees to other parts of its operations.



    VMware also noted that it has more job openings than the number of planned cuts.



    The company’s career page does currently list approximately 1,250 job openings.



    AT&T plans to cut $1.5 billion in labor-related costs this year tied to its ongoing network virtualization efforts.



    Those cuts are enabled by the carrier’s increased use of SDN technology that in turn supports a greater use of automation across its operations.

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    Weekly Wrap: Arista Networks Buys Big Switch

    Weekly Wrap: Arista Networks Buys Big Switch

    Weekly Wrap for Jan. 24, 2020

    Plus, IBM scores a $1B bank deal, and a former Verizon exec launches a new security startup

    Big Switch will bolster Arista's enterprise play; IBM taps Red Hat as part of a bank IT overhaul; and Privafy goes after Palo Alto, VeloCloud.



    Arista Networks Buys Big Switch



    IBM Secures $1.1B Contract With Banco Sabadell



    Verizon Exec Launches Privafy, Challenges Firewall, SD-WAN, VPN Vendors

    SDxCentral Weekly Wrap Podcast Full Transcript

    Today is January 24, 2020, and this is the SDxCentral Weekly Wrap where we cover the week’s top stories on next-generation IT infrastructure.



    This week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap is sponsored by Silver Peak. Learn more about the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution.



    Arista Networks is buying SDN vendor Big Switch Networks in a move that will fill a big hole in Arista’s current cloud portfolio.



    Sources told SDxCentral that the deal is the biggest in Arista’s history, though exact financial terms were not known.



    The deal will integrate Big Switch’s Big Monitoring Fabric hybrid cloud visibility and security product into Arista’s enterprise platform.



    This is important as enterprise customers increasingly adopt multi-cloud environments and need tools to monitor and orchestrate workloads across their data centers and in public clouds.



    It also puts Arista in a better position to more directly compete against Cisco and its multi-cloud play.



    Sources noted that Big Switch had a long list of suitors it was speaking with over the past several months that wanted to bring its technology in house.



    The interested parties included several incumbent networking players like Cisco, Dell Technologies, VMware, Juniper Networks, and Extreme Networks.



    Big Switch previously partnered with Dell on its open networking product line, which takes aim at proprietary vendors including Arista and Cisco.



    The deal is Arista’s third acquisition following its purchase of cloud-managed WiFi firm Mojo Networks and low-latency field programmable gate away provider Metamako in mid-2018.



    IBM this week scored a 10-year, $1.1 billion contract to help Spain’s Banco Sabadell modernize its IT infrastructure and migrate its applications to the cloud.



    The agreement calls for IBM to migrate the financial institution’s existing applications to a hybrid cloud environment while helping the company keep up with security and regulatory requirements.



    IBM will leverage several assets from its recently acquired Red Hat business, including the Kubernetes-focused OpenShift platform.



    This will allow the bank to deploy an on-container architecture, cloud-native applications,

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    Weekly Wrap: Nokia Cuts 180 Jobs With More to Come

    Weekly Wrap: Nokia Cuts 180 Jobs With More to Come

    Weekly Wrap for Jan. 17, 2020

    Plus, a Citrix ADC, Gateway bug is on the loose, and AT&T will deploy 5G at Nellis Air Force Base

    5G competition has been rough on Nokia; Citrix promises a bug fix by month-end; and AT&T's 5G is set to fly.



    Nokia Cuts 180 Jobs With More to Come



    Citrix ACD, Gateway Bug Gets Even Uglier



    AT&T Wins 5G Contract for Nellis Air Force Base

    SDxCentral Weekly Wrap Full Transcript

    Today is January 17, 2020, and this is the SDxCentral Weekly Wrap where we cover the week’s top stories on next-generation IT infrastructure.



    This week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap is sponsored by Silver Peak. Learn more about the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution.



    Nokia this week announced plans to cut 180 jobs in its home country of Finland as it continues to streamline its operating expenses and hinted that more cuts could be on the way.



    The vendor said the job cuts could begin as early as next week and are part of its ongoing attempt to slash $556 million in operational costs by the end of this year.



    Nokia counts 6,000 employees in its home country and said that it hired around 370 employees in Finland last year.



    Those hires came as part of a broader commitment to increase its investment in 5G technology and automation.



    But first the vendor must get through its current slump that it forecast will last through the end of this year.



    Company executives have blamed its reduced near-term outlook on high costs associated with its first generation 5G products, challenges in China, and pricing pressure in early 5G deals.



    The company expects its recovery efforts to result in improved financial performance in 2021, but the reduced guidance contrasts with Nordic rival Ericsson, which is forecasting growth through 2020.



    Nokia said it ended 2019 with 63 commercial 5G contracts.



    Citrix this week admitted that a fix for a security flaw in its Application Delivery Controller and Gateway products might not be available until later this month.



    The vulnerability is present in more than 25,000 servers and was initially discovered last month.



    If exploited, the bug could allow an attacker to access private enterprise networks without authentication.



    Threat researchers at Bad Packets that discovered the flaw said that most of the impacted servers are located in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.



    They are being used by military and government systems, schools, hospitals and health care providers, utilities, financial institutions, and numerous Fortune 500 companies.



    A pair of security research groups have already released proof-of-concept exploit code for the vulnerability.



    Citrix’s chief information security officer explained in a blog post that patches for the bug...

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    Weekly Wrap: Fortinet Leapfrogs Cisco With 21,000 SD-WAN Customers

    Weekly Wrap: Fortinet Leapfrogs Cisco With 21,000 SD-WAN Customers

    Weekly Wrap for Dec. 20, 2019

    Plus, Google expands its cloud security posture; and Cockroach Labs tests the cloud

    The SD-WAN space has become a numbers game; Google Cloud gets more secure; and the cloud giants are all the same.



    Fortinet Leapfrogs Cisco With 21,000 SD-WAN Customers



    Google Cloud Beefs Up Security With Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet



    Gap Narrows Between Azure, AWS, GCP in Cockroach Labs 2020 Report

    SDxCentral Weekly Wrap Full Transcript

    Today is December 20, 2019, and this is the SDxCentral Weekly Wrap where we cover the week’s top stories on next-generation IT infrastructure.



    This week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap is sponsored by Silver Peak. Learn more about the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution.



    Fortinet this week said its FortiGate Secure SD-WAN technology has been adopted by 21,000 customers, which happens to just outpace the adoption recently reported by rival Cisco.



    The company’s customer count does line up with Gartner’s latest magic quadrant WAN (ran) edge report, which estimated Fortinet had approximately that many WAN edge customers.



    However, that report suggested that Fortinet's customers were primarily leveraging the company’s next-generation firewall or unified threat management capabilities.



    The vendor countered that concern by stating that its customer count reflects organizations that have specifically deployed the company’s SD-WAN technology.



    The platform has enjoyed steady growth over the past year as the company has earned service provider contracts at a regular clip, including lucrative contracts with Telenor Sweden, SoftBank, and Orange Business Services.



    Fortinet has also delivered a slew of integrations with leading public cloud providers Microsoft, Amazon, and most recently Google to bolster its cloud capabilities.



    Google Cloud announced partnerships with a handful of vendors as part of its ongoing effort to beef up its security and attract more enterprise customers to its cloud platform and services.



    Those vendors include Palo Alto Networks, McAfee, Qualys, and ForgeRock.



    With Palo Alto Networks, Google is developing a multi-cloud security framework for its Anthos hybrid-cloud platform and multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments.



    The McAfee deal is focused on endpoint security technology for Linux and Windows workloads, and for container security on Google Cloud infrastructure.



    Qualys is adding its cloud-based security and compliance p...

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    Weekly Wrap: Aviatrix CEO: SD-WAN Is Dead. AWS Killed It

    Weekly Wrap: Aviatrix CEO: SD-WAN Is Dead. AWS Killed It

    Weekly Wrap for Dec. 13, 2019

    Plus, VMware and Silver Peak top Gartner's WAN Edge ranking; and VMware is banking on vSphere to topple Red Hat

    AWS' Outposts, Wavelengths are the nail in SD-WAN's coffin; Gartner favors VMware, Silver Peak WAN Edge; and VMware is targeting Red Hat's Kubernetes lead.



    Aviatrix CEO: SD-WAN Is Dead. AWS Killed It



    VMware, Silver Peak Lead SD-WAN Pack; Cisco, Riverbed Lose Ground



    VMware vSphere Key to Slicing Red Hat’s Kubernetes Head Start

    SDxCentral Weekly Wrap Full Transcript

    Today is December 13, 2019, and this is the SDxCentral Weekly Wrap where we cover the week’s top stories on next-generation IT infrastructure.



    This week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap is sponsored by Silver Peak. Learn more about the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution.



    Aviatrix’s bombastic CEO Steve Mullaney said that Amazon’s recent announcements tied to its on-premises infrastructure and edge initiatives could spell the end of SD-WAN as we know it today.



    The executive cited Amazon’s Outposts on-premises platform that the cloud giant recently launched on a commercial basis and its newly announced Wavelengths edge platform as two that could increase the cloud focus for SD-WAN.



    Mullaney explained that those platforms will allow enterprises to shrink their own data centers that have typically been the home to their SD-WAN services.



    Instead, enterprises will increase their reliance on public cloud providers to host the data center and networking components that make up those services.



    Mullaney said that he expects Amazon’s cloud rivals Microsoft and Google will launch similar initiatives that will increase the opportunity for enterprises to migrate their SD-WAN services into the cloud.



    He did note that such a drastic move might not happen for another five years, but that at this point it’s inevitable and that today’s SD-WAN iteration is dead.



    Mullaney joined Aviatrix earlier this year claiming that the public cloud networking startup was going to aggressively take market share away from market stalwarts Cisco and VMware.



    VMware and Silver Peak continued to lead Gartner’s ranking of the market’s top WAN Edge infrastructure providers, while Cisco and Riverbed lost ground.



    Gartner’s Magic Quadrant rankings for 2019 had VMware and Silver Peak as the only inhabitants in the highly coveted “leaders” box in the market that is also closely tied to SD-WAN services.



    Those two vendors were cited for having the most complete platform available to ...

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