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The question that many IT security pros are asking is: Why hasn’t network access control (NAC) lived up to its promise? I certainly did. And what I discovered helped me to make a career move. I’ll explain, starting with what NAC does. Then I’ll get to the personal part. NAC provides enterprises the ability to […] ... (more)

The Coming Network Evolution: Cisco Gets It, Do You?

Greg Ness's Blog I think it is only a matter of time before ALL of the leading networking players start talking about the (strategic importance of the) network as a way to succeed in an uncertain economic climate. Last week, in "Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Diseconomies" I talked about the increasingly intense pressures already building on static network infrastructure, and the underlying need for more intelligence and automation. I think the new survival mantra for the coming economic weakness will be "He (or she) who automates wins." As the industrial age emerged from... (more)

Virtualization Security: VMware Crosses the Rubicon

While the press and blogs are buzzing about cloud computing, VMware has made probably one of the most significant cloud-related announcements ever made; and with : vShield Zones has added even more distance between rivals when it comes to data center and cloud security. Last year at VMworld in Cannes, VMware announced the VMsafe VMware security partner ecosystem. The virtualization security "industry" had been notably silent (other than a colorful row between security blogger/expert Chris Hoff and Citrix CTO Simon Crosby) for the rest of 2008. Virtualization expert Rich Miller ... (more)

Recession of 2008 Makes Cloud Computing the Biggest New IT Topic

Greg Ness's Blog Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating pressures on an already tired network infrastructure. Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the cr... (more)

The Coming Cloud Computing Wars

The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears that “the network infrastructure issue” has finally reared its head and ushered in networking and management leaders into the cloud conversation. More cloud watchers are discovering that cloud apps -at a minimum- will put more burdens on the network. As IT services decouple from hardware the network ... (more)