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On Premise Collaboration

When people think of WebEx the first thing that comes to mind is cloud collaboration and while that definitely is a viable and powerful collaboration tool, Cisco just recently has released an on premise version of WebEx that is currently at version 1.5.

The benefits of collaboration are numerous. Being able to share or schedule on the fly is nowadays critical in a work force that is distributed. Couple that with video and it’s even more powerful. Read More »

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Summary: Cisco is bringing together networking and programming

January 29, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

With the announcements on NX-OS APIs, Application Centric infrastructure APIs, python scripting support, SDN, open source projects OpenStack, OpenDaylight, and Puppet, I have opened an account at codecademy.com and will start with Python and Java. I see many late nights in my future. This stubborn old networker is finally onboard.

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Summary: My Thermostat and the Internet of Everything

To me, the Internet of Everything should provide real-time data converted and translated into actionable information, and this data should be available in the things I use every day. My car, my fridge, my…thermostat?

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Help Me Replace My Internet, So I Can Call You Over It

January 27, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

I was thinking about security over the last month or two; it comes to mind pretty often when working in technology and when listening to news coverage of technology. But that’s not my topic today. I got a bit distracted.

You see, when I was very young, my mother would lose her glasses regularly. While her vision wasn’t quite as bad as mine is now, she was still very challenged without the glasses. And she’d always say the same thing when she misplaced them: “Robert, help me find my glasses and I’ll help you look for them.” Read More »

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Enterprise Security: Include DDoS Mitigation in your 2014 Plans

2014 will be a pivotal year for Enterprise Security professionals. Large scale Denial of Service ( DoS ) and Distributed Denial of Service attacks ( DDoS ) have been increasing over the years, which is nothing new. As technology evolves, including faster machines and cheaper bandwidth, attacks will also evolve just as fast if not a little faster.  What is alarming is the dramatic increase in the size of these DoS and DDoS attacks over the last year. These attacks are nothing to sneeze at, and in fact, are down right scary. Most of these attacks can cripple even the biggest of Enterprises due to their sheer size. This will require Enterprise Security professionals to take a serious look at their security plans for 2014.

Entperise Security

2013 saw the largest DDoS attack on record, with the 300gbps attack on the Anti-Spam site Spamhaus. 2014 has also started off quickly with a large NTP reflection attack. Jaeson Schultz has a great article on this topic, available here. This isn’t the start of the year the Enterprise Security professional wants to see. But it’s a real threat, and any Enterprise needs to have plans in place to handle this type of situation so can keep service available for their clients.

How Enterprise Security professional handle this type of nightmare can lead to some sleepless nights. With the amount Read More »

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