There aren’t enough enterprise IT infographics. Okay, maybe there aren’t enough worthwhile enterprise IT infographics. Regardless, Tom Carpenter put together a fun little one that certainly helps fill the void. If you’ve ever been told your 802.11ac access points require more than 1 Gbps, save this infographic to shove back in their face (figuratively or course, it would be rude otherwise).
Welcome to new year of Networking news from Gestalt IT. In our first newsletter of the year:
– The flaws of Google Fiber
– 2017 Predictions
– The issue of network shaming
Plus looks at ThousandEyes, Netbeez, and more!
How does the SD-WAN market shape up right now? What is working and what still needs some work? Jordan Martin weighs in on the discussion and gives his views as an SD-WAN expert. Also, be sure to register for the Viptela FutureWAN summit! Details inside!
I think the biggest problem with IoT security is proper visualization. Many consumers setup devices within their homes, with no real idea of what happens to the data collected. Most people just want to do the initial configuration, and as long as they see it working, there’s no issue. The challenge here becomes how do you simply show consumers what devices are on their network, and how those devices are accessing the wider Internet.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a paradigm shift. But it has been looking for a real use-case for the technology that combines increased software function, analytics, and unprecedented control over hardware resources. Automation and orchestration certainly show off the potential of the technology, but something more concrete is necessary to make it hit home with engineers and architects. That’s where Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) comes into play.
Google Fiber has been a source of longing frustration since it was released in 2010. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I pay my ISP the same amount for 15Mb down and 1Mb up that I would for Fiber’s symmetrical 1Gb connection. Jeremy Stretch shows some of the cracks in the service’s pristine facade.
NetBeez let’s you setup wireless network agents on just about whatever hardware you want. But they’ve got a specifically tuned version for the Raspberry Pi. In fact, if you want to get fancy, they’ll sell you a Raspberry Pi in a NetBeez enclosure with everything preinstalled. Seeing this made me think the configuration might be a little intimidating. Regardless, I decided to try it for myself. It’s a compelling little package.
There are no shortage of tools for monitoring and analyzing network behavior from behind the access point. But as Drew Lentz points out, this ignores half of the network. While great pains are taken to build and maintain wireless infrastructure, network engineers need to be able to see how users are experiencing it. In order do understand how end-users are experiencing a wireless network, you must become one of them.
Here are some predictions we’ve put together and gathered from within the industry for 2017. We’ve included some general technology, and more specific enterprise focused looks into 2017.