Lippis Report 140: Securing Networks Without Borders

January 25th, 2010

nicklippis.jpgNo matter where you look today the structure of IT is fundamentally changing. Applications are being increasingly accessed from mobile devices along with traditional laptop, desktop and even kiosk machines. Applications are downloaded for free or a few dollars on mobile devices, while cloud computing and anything as a service offers a new approach to application delivery. As a result corporate application portfolios are shifting in their mix under IT leaders from one of total control to partial to none. In short, IT leaders are finding that the largest application growth in their corporation is coming from outside of their traditional perimeter and with no control knobs. In essence applications and networks are becoming borderless.

While borderless networks offer productivity improvements allowing work to follow individuals, IT leaders are concerned about its security implications, that being how do I secure corporate assets when applications are being accessed and used within and outside of corporate perimeters? Can IT leaders deliver the ease of use afforded by borderless networks securely? In this Lippis Report Research Note we offer an approach to securing networks without borders.

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Gartner Recognizes Cisco as a Leader for Secure Web Gateway in 2009

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January 25th, 2010

Garter has moved Cisco up to the Leaders Quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for 2009 Secure Web Gateways. Gartner reflected in their analysis that Cisco’s long-term focus on innovation and quality has resulted in market leadership. Garter identifies the following Cisco strengths.

On-Premise
* On-box malware prevention
* Performance & scalability
* DLP
* Real-time categorization

Cloud
* Simple management interface
* Reporting
* Ease-of-deployment
* Real-time categorization

Gartner Recognizes Cisco as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs

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January 25th, 2010

Gartner has recognized Cisco as a Leader in the 2009 Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs. Cisco has made the move from Visionary Quadrant last year to the Leaders Quadrant on the strength of its innovative AnyConnect VPN technology and direction. Here are a few items Gartner highlights in the report:

* Cisco is the only vendor to move from a non-leader position into
the Leaders’ Quadrant

* Cisco is forging the path as 10 of the surveyed vendors consider
Cisco a major competitive threat

* Cisco exceeded all other vendors in the number of new concurrent
SSL VPN seats in the period

* Gartner clients report that feedback and satisfaction with the
Cisco SSL VPN product have improved significantly

Cisco 2009 Annual Security Report

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January 25th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco Annual Security Report provides an overview of the combined security intelligence of the entire Cisco organization. The report encompasses threat information and trends collected between January and December 2009. It also provides a snapshot of the state of security for that period, with special attention paid to key security trends expected for 2010.

Securing Networks Without Borders

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January 25th, 2010

fred kost exec photo.jpgHow we do IT is fundamentally changing. Applications are increasingly being accessed from mobile devices while cloud computing offers a new approach to application delivery. Case in point, the iPhone adoption rate is 8 times faster than AOL was! As a result corporate application portfolios are shifting in their mix of total IT manager control to partial control to none. IT leaders are finding that the largest application growth in their corporation is coming from outside of their traditional perimeter/firewall with no control knobs. In essence applications and networks are becoming borderless and as a result a new flexible security model is needed to reestablish boundaries. To address this industry concern, I talk with Fred Kost, Director Security Solutions for Cisco Systems about a new approach to securing networks without borders.

Webinar Invitation

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January 11th, 2010

Nick Lippis will be keynoting the AT&T and Avaya “No Pain, All Gain: Migrate to IP Telephony on Your Terms and Save Money” small business webinar on January 27th at 1:00 pm ET. You can find out more about this webinar and register for it here.

Hope to see you there and bring your questions about unified communication in the Small to Medium sized Enterprise!

Lippis Report 139: Why Data Center Design Is Fundamentally Changing

January 11th, 2010

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Information demand is growing faster than Moore’s Law. IDC recently predicted that between 2008 and 2012 IT staff will grow at approximately 1.1 times the rate of business growth while servers will grow at 1.9 times, mobile internet users will grow at 3 times, non-traditional user devices will grow at 3.6 times, information will grow at 4.5 times and interactions per day will grow at 8.4 times. Clearly, the gap between IT staff resources and business expectations for IT services is huge and growing fast. To close the “business expectation” gap many IT leaders are evaluating public cloud-based services to augment their private data center/cloud services as IT leaders observe an increasing amount of applications being deployed from outside the enterprise perimeter. Salesforce.com, EC2, Google Apps and other cloud services will have a huge impact on their data center capacity. The enterprise network is an integration point in an IT architecture allowing homegrown, private and public cloud services to be deployed securely and reliably.

IT business leaders have long been seeking more dynamic data center infrastructure that allows applications and services to scale with demand, both up and down. This flexibility of service delivery has become acute during the recent economic downturn as business leaders cut under performing business models, streamlined business processes and sought to quickly enter markets as they developed. This business agility requirement to usher in new business priorities and processes need prompt data center provisioning and service delivery automation. The time to provision a server, storage, network and application is too long, often measured in months. Provisioning automation is paramount in the data center as it quickens the pace of business while also contributing to business continuity initiatives.

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Upgrading the Data Center to 10 Gigabit Ethernet!

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January 11th, 2010

By Arista

The standard for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE802.3ae) was ratified in 2002. While 10GbE deployments have grown every year since then, the technology has primarily been used to interconnect switches and routers. Almost all of the server connections in data centers have remained at 1 Gbps, limiting the amount of network throughput available to each server. With recent enhancements in CPU performance, system I/O, and storage I/O the gigabit network has increasingly become the application and workload performance bottleneck.
The primary reason for staying with Gigabit Ethernet has been cost-performance. Until recently it has been more cost-effective to have multiple GbE connections rather than a single 10 GbE port. In addition, most installed servers typically cannot utilize the full bandwidth of a 10 GbE connection. However both of these factors are changing, which are leading to widespread adoption of 10 GbE for server connectivity over the next few years.

Download this white paper for an overview of the factors that are driving the growth for 10 GbE in the data center.

How Cisco IT Consolidates I/O in the Data Center

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January 11th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Cisco IT is transforming its data centers with solutions that help to realize the company’s Data Center 3.0 vision, which employs a unified network fabric to connect servers and storage devices in a way that is resilient, scalable, and easy to manage. The transformation occurs in three stages: 1) Consolidating I/O and increasing throughput by implementing unified I/O running on 10 Gigabit Ethernet (current stage); 2) Increasing the power available to compute resources by reducing the power consumed by the network infrastructure and; 3) Making applications location-independent, which will simplify changes and possibly eliminate the need for change requests

Learn how Cisco is deploying consolidated I/O in their data center by downloading this paper.