As the world gathered to watch two private citizens embark on their individual journeys to outer space, something specific kept bugging me. On one hand, we have made tremendous progress in so many areas of essential technology. On the other hand, enterprise networking is still so fractured and complicated. I started to think about general […]
The WiteSand story is really all about timing. There are shifts in every market and when those shifts happen, markets are disrupted. This has happened in the hospitality industry, the transportation industry, and is now happening in the networking industry. Innovation comes from the entrepreneur rebuking the status quo and designing efficiency through consolidation of disparate systems.
Converting Enterprise Networking into a Cloud-Delivered Utility. We launched WiteSand earlier this week in an event at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley…
In medium to large enterprises, employee mobility and looming hybrid work environments are causing tremendous stress and fatigue for IT and network managers. On top of that, each campus has a slightly different technology stack. A vendor for switches, another for network access control (NAC), another for Wireless LAN, and still others for network analytics.
The spark for networking started when I won a prestigious award for connecting all the computers in the lab at our university with my own software. That passion led to landing my dream job in Silicon Valley at Cisco HQ in 1996.
In enterprise networking, with so many interacting product silos, the goal is to create a self healing or self defending network. In other words, a network which automatically achieves equilibrium by taking feedback from what’s wrong, adapts to improve, and feeds it back to input. This is what is meant by the term Closed Loop.
Zero trust from a network security standpoint means there is no implicit trust given to any user or device. Each user or device – local or remote, wired or wireless – needs to be authenticated and authorized before granting access.
A well-used trope in sci-fi is the time machine which can take its user backward and forward in time. The work of an enterprise network and security operator can be very intense, with the constant pressure to root cause an issue while simultaneously taking text messages and emails from executives and other users complaining about system problems.
We think of the enterprise as campus, branch, office, factory, retail site, distribution center, etc. The reality is that wired and wireless connectivity and security from these enterprise locations are tedious to deploy and maintain.
While some offices are looking to return to an on-site workforce, others are abandoning their physical locations entirely. But after working from home for more than a year, it’s logical to assume employees will need to ease back into an office environment or be given the option to work remotely on a more regular basis. Staggering workspaces and days in the office to encourage continued social distancing are also being considered – all of which leave the door open for networking challenges and compromised security. Here are some of the issues IT teams are facing.