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Review: SaltStack brings SecOps to network orchestration and automation

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It’s clear from the first few moments working with the SaltStack platform that it began life as a network orchestration and automation platform. It elegantly brings hundreds of disparate systems together in one place, allowing administrators to parse and configure them however they want. More recently, SaltStack added what it calls SecOps modules over top […]

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How to deal with the impact of digital transformation on networks

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Digital transformation has increased the importance of the network, particularly the edge, where customers, employees, cloud applications and IoT devices connect to the enterprise. The legacy static and non-differentiated network edge of years past is no longer sufficient for many reasons, so as companies embark on digital-transformation plans, their networks must evolve. Networking pros should […]

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Most popular tech stories of 2019

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Thanks for being part of our inaugural season. Since launching Insider Pro in late July, our goal has been to provide readers with premium content across a wide spectrum of topics. Our coverage ranges from career advice and certification guides to how-to articles and reviews to in-depth reporting from leading tech journalists. You’ve rewarded us […]

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What’s hot for Cisco in 2020

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As the industry gets ready to gear up for 2020 things have been a  little disquieting in networking land. That’s because some key players – Arista and Juniper in particular – have been reporting business slowdowns as new deals have been smaller than expected and cloud providers haven’t been as free-spending as in the past. […]

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SASE is more than a buzzword for BioIVT

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It seems the latest buzzword coming from those analysts at Gartner is SASE (pronounced “sassy”), which stands for “Secure Access Service Edge.” Network World has published several articles recently to explain what SASE is (and perhaps isn’t). See Matt Conran’s The evolution to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is being driven by necessity as well […]

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Cisco Meraki ups security with new switch, software

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Cisco Meraki has introduced new hardware and software the company says will help customers more effectively support and secure a wide variety of distributed network resources. The new products, which include a raft of new security features as well a new class of switches and a cellular gateway will help Meraki address customers who perhaps […]

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VMware amps security with in-house, Carbon Black technology

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VMware is moving quickly to meld its recently purchased Carbon Black technology across its product lines with an eye toward helping users protect their distributed enterprises. VMware just closed the $2.1 billion buy of cloud-native endpoint-security vendor Carbon Black in October and in the process created a new security business unit that will target cybersecurity […]

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How SD-WAN is evolving into Secure Access Service Edge

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SASE, pronounced “sassy,” stands for secure access service edge, and it’s being positioned by Gartner as the next big thing in enterprise networking. The technology category, which Gartner and other network experts first introduced earlier this year, converges the WAN edge and network security into a cloud-based, as-a-service delivery model. According to Gartner, the convergence […]