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December 1, 2021
It’s True: Speed and Security Can Co-Exist in the Application Provisioning Process

There’s a lot of upside to becoming an application-centric business. You can increase collaboration, work more effectively with your data, deliver an optimal customer experience, and much more. One major downside, though, is that your network and security operations teams are under intense pressure to provision new applications both quickly and securely. Despite the business’s […]

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March 16, 2021
Using Insight to Tame ACL Management

Did you hear about the change window that went exactly as planned? No? That’s because the odds of winning the PowerBall without buying a ticket are better than the odds of executing a change window on a global network without a glitch.  What about the story of the tier one network engineer that diagnosed and […]

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March 10, 2021
Actions Not Words, Demos Not Slides

In network operations, it’s never the same day twice. Most network engineers love this aspect, but it has a dark side. The best plans often fall to the wayside—in an instant work stops and firefighting begins. In the last year, I’ve been part of a whole-day colo move, diagnosed an outage in the middle of […]

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September 9, 2020
Moving from Hybrid Cloud to Multi-Cloud with Improved Visualization and Compliance Verification

As more enterprise-class cloud platforms have emerged over the last few years, organizations are looking to leverage these alternatives to take best advantage of each in a multi-cloud IT strategy. The advantages of a multi-cloud strategy can easily include resiliency, price-competitiveness, feature-alignment, and cross-silo visibility.  But with all these advantages comes the complexity of dealing […]

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September 1, 2020
Simplify Network Maintenance and Documentation with Automated Network Mapping

Network complexity has reached nearly unmanageable proportions for most organizations. With thousands of devices, millions of lines of code to configure networks, and constant updates, it has become nearly impossible to track network topology details, let alone network policies, behavior, and capabilities end-to-end. The result is a network infrastructure that is resistant to change and […]

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