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Network recovery after the hack

By | November 17th, 2016|Blog|

Today we live in a world of "when." And when you're affected by a security breach, you need to think beyond just data protection and backup. You need a clear plan for network recovery after the hack that doesn't rely on the network itself or slow trips to remote sites for "sneaker net" repairs. This [...]

Reducing network complexity

By | November 16th, 2016|Blog|

The chief architect of a global top-20 telecom says bringing agility to managing legacy network assets is a key pillar to their strategy to reduce network complexity along with increasing automation to eliminate the human touch. Speaking at an event this week, Neil McRae, chief architect for British Telecom, said that BT's goal is to make [...]

IT modernization a shrinking slice of agency budgets

By | November 11th, 2016|Blog|

Federal IT is like running on a treadmill without an on/off switch. Stopping to get a drink will result in a wipe out. Or in this analogy, divert significant spending from operations and maintenance to IT modernization and programs and people are adversely impacted. The result is systems get older and more expensive to maintain and eat [...]

IT horror stories and infographics

By | October 20th, 2016|Blog|

This is the time of year when everyone shares their horror stories. That's right, Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  IT is no different and never at a loss for some one-upmanship when the topic comes up. From holey firewalls to leaky plumbing in the ceiling above a data center, not to mention the terrors of the IoT, there are enough [...]

Gartner strategic predictions for 2017+

By | October 19th, 2016|Blog|

If you believe the self fact-check, the annual Gartner strategic predictions are right 78% of the time. This might make the three-to-five year tech outlook worth paying attention. Here is a look at a few of the 10 predictions. Through 2019, every $1 that enterprises invest in innovation will require an additional $7 in core execution. [...]

Oil & Gas satcom mood tied to price of oil

By | October 18th, 2016|Blog|

Last week's Oilcomm show in Houston had a strange feel to it. In addition to no lines at the afternoon beer stands, the sound of silence echoing through the oil & gas satcom tradeshow seemed to be driven by the price of oil. At least three different visitors to the Uplogix booth referenced the current [...]

Network modernization requires flexibility

By | October 18th, 2016|Blog|

For governmental (and some commercial too!) IT groups, network modernization takes more than incremental improvements, according to the Social Security Administration's IT chief. SSA CIO Rob Klopp told an AFCEA audience that technology is advancing too rapidly to catch up a little at a time. "You will not be able to take a 20-year-old technology and [...]

Oracle’s 80/20 rule for the data center

By | September 21st, 2016|Blog|

At this week's Oracle OpenWorld conference, CEO Mark Hurd said that the move out of the corporate data center and full-on into the cloud will provide the innovation dollars CIOs are desperately looking for. Hurd said IT groups are forced to spend about 80% of their budgets on old, inefficient IT infrastructure and applications, including [...]

User access a challenge to lock down

By | September 20th, 2016|Blog|

User access remains a pain for most companies according to a recent survey, with few IT managers reporting that they are satisfied with managing privileged-user access. The study by the Ponemon Institute with Forcepoint, showed that privileged users (defined as database admins, network engineers, IT security pros and cloud custodians) unsurprisingly have the most useful [...]

Critical infrastructure cybersecurity gains new awareness

By | September 16th, 2016|Blog|

It's a common refrain that when it comes to critical infrastructure cybersecurity, it's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when. Cyberattacks around the world have shown the potential dangers of such an attack. Industrial control systems (ICS) are increasingly under attack, with the number of reported incidents in the US alone up 17 percent [...]