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SmartNICs set to infiltrate enterprise networks

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Enterprise infrastructure that supports data center, cloud and edge networks could someday be dominated by one of its tiniest components–the smartNIC or data processing unit (DPU). Use of smartNICs in the enterprise is still evolvinging, but the idea behind them–offloading server CPU duties onto a separate device to free up server cycles–is not new. Specialized […]

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How to buy Wi-Fi 6 access points

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Wi-Fi 6 has some impressive improvements over its predecessor Wi-Fi 5 including lower latency, faster speeds, higher throughput, and increased range that can make it a better fit to serve both dense clusters of clients and clients running high-bandwidth applications. As Wi-Fi in general replaces wired networks in some enterprises and with the increased use […]

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Software-defined perimeter is a good place to start a rollout of Zero Trust network access

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Zero Trust relies on continuously re-authorizing users, applications, and devices to establish myriad “perimeters of one” in the environment, but the name isn’t quite accurate. Zero Trust doesn’t literally mean zero trust; it means zero implicit trust. You—whether that means a person, or a software or hardware system—are not to be trusted simply by virtue […]

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Gartner: Top strategic predictions for 2022 and beyond

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Expect the unexpected – that’s just one of the core premises IT leaders need to embrace in the next few years, according to Gartner’s top strategic predictions for 2022 and beyond. IT leaders need to be able to move in multiple strategic directions at once, said Daryl Plummer, distinguished research vice president and Gartner Fellow, to […]

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Gartner says IT spending to top $4 trillion in 2022

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With IT budgets growing at the fastest rate in 10 years, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4.5 trillion in 2022, an increase of 5.5% from 2021, according to the latest Gartner forecasts. All IT spending segments—from data-center systems to communications services—are forecast to grow next year, according to Gartner.  [Get regularly scheduled insights […]

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Gartner: Top strategic technology trends for 2022

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Digital investments, be they in AI, cloud, security, or engineering, will be among the top technology drivers for 2022, according to Gartner’s annual forecast of what it expects will be leading strategic IT trends. Gartner: IT skills shortage hobbles cloud, edge, automation growth “It is an overarching drive for organizations to do more with and […]

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Edge computing: 5 potential pitfalls

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Edge computing is gaining steam as an enterprise IT strategy with organizations looking to push storage and analytics closer to where data is gathered, as in IoT networks. But it’s got its challenges. Tech Spotlight: Edge Computing Its potential upsides are undeniable, including improved latency as well as reduced WAN bandwidth and transmission costs. As […]

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4 questions that get the answers you need from IT vendors

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It’s the time of year when most enterprises are involved in a more-or-less-formal technology review cycle, as a preparatory step for next year’s budgeting. They’ve done this for decades, and it’s interesting to me that in any given year, enterprises share roughly three of their top five priorities. It’s more interesting that over three-quarters of […]