One of the biggest trends in the IT industry at the moment is enterprise adoption of the public cloud. It’s obvious that it’s been accelerating over the recent years, but perhaps more importantly, Federal agencies are beginning to take a serious look at the cloud in an effort to reform IT and to achieve greater agility and operational efficiencies. In fact, according to recent data by various integrators and tech companies, U.S. government agencies are moving to the cloud and away from their own in-house data centers faster than private corporations.
According to Gartner and IDC, if you look at the capital expenditures, approximately $392 billion in total IT spend on the cloud will take place in 2017. That’s a massive number, and Federal agencies are starting to represent a big proportion of that:
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On February 8th I gave a webinar on network modernization initiatives with Doug Nash, the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Operations & Infrastructure at the USDA.
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Doug and discuss some of the new directions that various Federal agencies are undertaking to create more modernized and agile networks.
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Data Centers and the Cloud are all the rage right now, and Juniper has been at the forefront of the Data Center revolution from the very beginning – early on with their introduction of the QFX and the much maligned QFabric, and more recently with the addition of Virtual Chassis Fabric (VCF), various open architectures for creating IP Clos Fabrics, and even advanced features such as Junos Fusion for the Data Center which collapse and simplify the deployment and management of a large number of Ethernet switches.
The JNCIP-DC is currently rated as the fifth hottest Data Center certification by Tom’s IT Pro, an online resource tracking the demand of various industry certifications.
The folks at the Juniper Networks Technical Certification Program (JNTCP) have not been far behind, creating a Data Center track and releasing a new certification, the Juniper Networks Certified Professional Data Center (JNCIP-DC
). I’ve been following the developments within the Data Center track for a while now, and you could imagine my delight when I saw the following a few months back on Juniper’s Certification portal:
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Now that the election is behind us, the discussion has turned to potential involvement by foreign governments and whether they had their hand in altering the course of US democracy by tampering with the integrity of our election systems. The CIA has all but admitted that there was definite Russian interference aimed at tilting our election. Continue reading “How to Hack an Election”
I am delighted to announce that earlier this week I was accepted into Juniper’s Ambassador program. To say that I am completely honored is an understatement. Working with Juniper’s products and technologies has been a labor of love for me dating back almost 18 years, since my first introduction to Junos back in early 1999 — as such, I am thrilled to join the ranks of my esteemed peers, whom I sincerely consider to be the best in the industry. A special thanks goes out to Andy Green, Director of Education Services Americas at Juniper Networks for nominating me and to the rest of the Juniper Ambassadors who apparently endorsed that nomination with a resounding yes. I look forward to seeing and collaborating with all of you on the J-Net Forums!
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Ever get a friend request from someone you don’t know and have never met before? More often than not, these accounts are created by criminals looking to harvest your personal information, or scam you in some other fashion.
It typically starts when you receive a friend request from someone you don’t know. And you have no mutual friends in common:
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There are massive waves of technology upheaval taking place in the marketplace, causing disruption and providing a challenge to technology salespeople who are used to selling in the traditional ways. Cloud, Automation, Mobility, Adaptive Security and the Internet of Things are just a few of the major changes affecting the landscape right now. And while these technologies are certainly challenging in their own right, there is one technology that stands on it’s own, not only in terms of how technology decisions are made, but also how technology is bought.
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