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The people premium

Kirill Kasavchenko at Arbor Networks explains why technology alone won't secure your network

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Network fluidity

The future of digital transformation depends on the agile network, according to Jonathan Bridges at Exponential-e

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Transforming with SDN

Hubert Da Costa at Cradlepoint discusses the necessary evolution of SD-WAN in the face of digital transformation

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8 in 10 decision makers heading for the cloud, despite potential security risk

New Paessler AG research analyses how global IT decision makers are using cloud computing to meet the demands of a changing business climate

Goodman Masson overhauls IT estate management with baramundi and 3Gi

Leading financial recruiters implements baramundi Management Suite to improve processing speed, security and endpoint updates

Node4 launches performance assured storage as a service solution

Designed to enable critical customer applications and workloads, the new tier offers guaranteed performance in terms of latency and IOPS.

EMEA’s Top 50 Cloud Innovators Revealed

The top fifty EMEA businesses innovating in the cloud have been recognised in a new industry report from F5 Networks


The N3132PX-ON switch from Dell EMC Networking

The N3132PX-ON illustrates Dell EMC's commitment to delivering software-defined networks to businesses of all sizes

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Skills creation

Hiring an apprentice can prove highly beneficial for your organisation and help bridge the skills gap, explains Helen Wheatley at Becrypt

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Adapt or die

Opengear’s Marcio Saito on why network engineers need to evolve their skills to meet the demands of DevOps

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DNS: safety in numbers

Carl J. Levine at NS1 sets out the case for taking a proactive stance against DNS outages

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Case Study

New field of operations

A bonded solution from Evolving Networks has helped T H White Group improve their business operations


Network Computing Awards 2017: The Winners!

The results of the 2017 Network Computing Awards were revealed at an evening ceremony at the Grand Connaught rooms earlier this year. Here we profile some of this year’s winners:

Software Product of the Year

Winner: Extreme Networks - ExtremeCloud
Runner-up: Paessler - PRTG

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Service Provider of the Year

Winner: Accenture
Runner-up: Blue Logic

Distributor of the Year

Winner: Wick Hill – part of the Nuvias Group
Runner-up: CMS Distribution

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Welcome to the October 2017 Newsletter.

At a time when AI and machine learning are very much on the rise (though hopefully not in a “Terminator” sense) we’ve decided to put people back in the picture this month, with several articles that consider the human element in IT. Kirill Kasavchenko, Principal Security Technologist for EMEA at arbor networks, explains why simply deploying more technology alone won’t provide a solution to our ongoing security challenges, stating that “Without placing people above technology, it is entirely possible for a threat to be detected and for no action to be taken. People are therefore central to the solution.”

And it’s not just our security skills that need to adapt either. Opengear CTO Marcio Saito believes that it’s time for the role of the network engineer to evolve to meet the demands of DevOps. Marcio writes that “As the DevOps movement completes a decade, time is running out for networking to bring down the silos separating engineering from operations, leveraging open technologies and becoming less dependent on system vendors.”

One way to begin to bridge the IT skills gap is to hire an apprentice. Helen Wheatley, Head of HR at Becrypt, outlines the benefits of apprenticeships for sectors such as the cybersecurity industry that are struggling with a skills shortage. As anyone who has worked closely with an apprentice will (hopefully) tell you, it can be a highly rewarding experience for both the apprentice and business alike. Perhaps there’s hope for us humans in the age of AI after all!

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