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Cisco’s ThousandEyes acquisition ‘will differentiate its SD-WAN offer’

Cisco’s acquisition of Internet and cloud intelligence specialist ThousandEyes will help differentiate its SD-WAN offer in a crowded market, a leading analyst has claimed.

COVID homeworkers behind spike in data breaches

The latest report on data security incident trends by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) shows a pronounced uptick in human-activated incidents as more people operate outside of the protection of office security. Misdirected emails, for example, have become a bigger security threat than phishing, revealed the ICO.

NVIDIA announcement brings radical change to the data centre

Artificial intelligence in the data centre took a leap forward last week with the announcement by GPU vendor NVIDIA of a powerful machine learning server platform, the NVIDIA DGX A100. The company’s founder and CEO Jensen Huang used his keynote slot at GTC 2020 to talk about the new product.

SONiC gets a boost at virtual OCP event

A number of vendors used last week’s Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit to announce support for the open source Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) standard. The event, conducted this year on a virtual basis because of COVID-19 restrictions, was a major boost…

Demand for SD-WAN holds up as enterprises look to protect home workers

Demand for SD-WAN solutions will remain strong in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as enterprises seek to accelerate their migration away from expensive legacy alternatives, a major analyst firm has predicted. Steve Schuchart, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Networking, at GlobalData said that enterprises are valuing SD-WAN for its cost-saving potential.

Vendors ‘must rethink market approaches’ post pandemic

Vendors of ICT solutions will need to rethink their approaches to market to reflect the harsh economic realities that will inevitably follow in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading analyst has warned.

Why 5G matters on the new cloud frontier

Scott Raynovich, Founder and Chief Analyst with independent consultancy Futuriom, has identified a number of use cases that will depend on the deployment of high-quality connectivity at the edge.

Cybersecurity challenges on the rise in the wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing organizations to rethink their approach to network security as new working patterns drive up security risks, a major analyst has advised. Rajesh Muru, Principal Analyst with GlobalData, also said that cybersecurity vendors are having to rethink their service and support functions to encompass new working methods, sometimes facing internal operational challenges in scaling up quickly with the right level of security posture.

FCC’s WiFi 6 decision draws battle lines at WAN edge

The choice of technology options for enterprises seeking to connect their WAN edge locations has broadened with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to open spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use in the US. Last week’s move ushers in at a stroke long anticipated commercial applications for WiFi 6, the latest generation of WiFi technology, providing rivalry for 5G as an engine of growth for IoT and IIoT applications.

Private 5G networks are a lucrative opportunity – but for who?

5G is regularly touted as an enabler for many enterprise applications, ranging from autonomous vehicles to IoT networks in factories, warehouses and oil platforms. When considering 5G for such uses, enterprises have a choice between connecting end points to a public 5G network, or choosing to pay for private 5G connectivity.

Pandemic ‘to affect enterprise ICT spend until at least Q4’

Independent analyst firm IDC said it expects enterprise spending on network infrastructure to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly returning to growth by the fourth quarter of the year. Brad Casemore, IDC’s Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks, said his expectation is that the economic impact of the outbreak on ICT spend generally, and network spend in particular, will be strongest in the first half of the year and will linger into the second half.

Tier 1 cloud players sustain capex in defiance of pandemic

Baron Fung, Director with Dell’Oro Group, said he expects Tier 1 cloud service providers to increase data centre capex outlay in 2020, according to research he has conducted into their consumption and expansion plans. “In 2019, we saw Tier 1 cloud service providers, in aggregate slowing their capex spending as they consumed excess server capacity,” commented Fung. “In 2020, we project this segment to increase capex by up to 15 to 20%, as some of the Tier 1 cloud service providers resume server capacity expansion.”
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