Red Hat technology predictions for the year ahead

Redhat LogoAs some businesses think about planning for the new financial year, it is crucial that they keep up with the latest technology trends. Red Hat provides its outlook for the year ahead.

1. BYOD gives way to BYOC. As if IT didn’t have enough to think about when it comes to supporting associates and their phones and tablets of choice, the coming year will continue the internal adoption of both public cloud-based applications (including SaaS) and in-house deployments of private clouds targeted at specific use cases. This will give way to a whole new set of integration and support challenges for IT.
– Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat

2. The cloud will be hybrid. “Traditional” infrastructure deployments are losing ground to hybrid deployments that include virtual and cloud infrastructure. When it comes to new applications, this trend will only accelerate in 2014. During development, companies will increasingly seek to use Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to rapidly build, deploy, and scale applications.
– Mark Coggin, senior director, Product Marketing, Platform, Red Hat

3. Open source offerings will continue to cut into proprietary market share. In 2014 there will be more credible enterprise options for open and interoperable solutions. There will also be a continued growth of KVM (Kernel-based virtual machine) and other open source virtualisation technologies. Also, the use of technologies like OpenStack, which are more cloud-focused, continue to grow.
– Chuck Dubuque, director, Product Marketing, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat

4. Convergence will lead us to the Business-Driven Cloud. Red Hat sees the integration of business rules, cloud management and cloud infrastructure platforms enabling the Business-Driven Cloud (BDC). Decisions about cost, service levels and resource allocation will therefore move up to the business owners.
Bryan Che, general manager, Red Hat CloudForms

5. Compute and storage convergence will force the overhaul of IT operations. With private cloud and SaaS environments proliferating in enterprises worldwide, the integration of compute, networking and storage infrastructure is changing the way technology services are defined, enabled and delivered. This will necessitate re-thinking of core IT tools, principles and staffing to support the converged infrastructure.
– Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat

6. Government agencies will increase their focus on infrastructure management. This year, Australian government agencies will increase the rate of virtualisation and movement to private and public clouds. As a result, they will allocate more resources towards new solutions for managing and orchestrating their infrastructures. While several government agencies have already started the virtualisation process, over the next year, many more will move to public clouds and adopt virtualised networking and storage solutions.
– Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Technology Strategist, U.S. Public Sector, Red Hat

7. Big data moves from batch to real-time response. Consumers and businesses alike are creating data at an amazing rate. By some estimates, the world’s generated data is doubling every two years*. Turning a problem upside down, the industry is learning how to extract knowledge from these massive data stores, and using it to shape many aspects of their business.
– Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat

8. Services and tools for cloud visibility and controlled access on the rise. In 2014, visibility into cloud is going to be the key to security. Businesses will want more visibility into how cloud works – whether it is infrastructure or PaaS. Right now the cloud is still in a “black box” sort of state where users don’t know or understand what’s happening. 2014 will focus on services or tools that enable visibility as well as setting up controlled access.
– Krishnan Subramanian, director, OpenShift strategy, Red Hat

9. A year of challenge and change. 2014 is going to be a year of challenge and change. Many businesses have already embraced change, adopted new business models and are thriving despite the global economic conditions in which we operate. They have already created their competitive differentiation and have already moved to where their customers want to be in the future.
– Max McClaren, general manager, Red Hat Australia

Reference
* http://www.emc.com/leadership/programs/digital-universe.htm

 

Four network BYOD impacts every organisation should be aware of

Fluke NetworksJuly 30, 2013 – Businesses have much to gain by embracing the bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend. While most organisations are already moving in this direction, many have yet to fully understand and address the multitude of effects that BYOD has on enterprise WLAN performance, security and compliance. Fluke Networks shares four network BYOD impacts every organisation should be aware of when monitoring the corporate network.

IT initiatives to tackle BYOD challenges often focus on mobile device and data management. Those measures can be critical for successful BYOD adoption. For example, using a mobile device manager to provision secure WLAN settings and remove them after device loss, theft, or retirement. However, these do not fully address the many ways in which BYOD affects corporate networks.

Chris Taylor, Regional Sales Director – Asia Pacific – HATA Region, said, “Today’s BYOD challenge is to find effective methods and tools to discover smart devices used in the workplace, assess their impact on the corporate network, reduce unwanted side-effects and facilitate trouble-free business-appropriate use.”

Four network BYOD impacts every organisation should be aware of

1. Unplanned devices compete for scarce airtime and drain WLAN capacity. Network planners have traditionally designed for the capacity required by corporate assets such as the number of IT-procured laptops. However, the number of smart devices carried by each individual continues to grow, surging in unpredictable ways. When employees return to work after a holiday with new BYO smartphones and tablets, capacity planning assumptions can be quickly blown out. Not only does competition for shared channels grow, but Wi-Fi chipsets in consumer electronics differ.

2. BYODs behave in unexpected ways, degrading overall performance. When IT departments select a smart device, network planners can first verify interoperability and isolate constraints like unsupported Wi-Fi data rates or modes that cause some clients to use more airtime. However, IT has little control over BYOD selection. Most BYODs are less robust consumer-grade devices. For example, although iPads support 5 GHz, they aggressively prefer 2.4 GHz, which can lead to unexpected starvation of Wi-Fi phones and other single-band devices sharing limited 2.4 GHz channels. Android tablet and smartphone Wi-Fi behaviours are even more varied.

3. BYODs may operate insecurely, jeopardising corporate assets. Today, virtually all Wi-Fi-certified smart devices, including BYODs, are capable of supporting WPA2-Enterprise security. However, corporate WLANs secured with WPA2-Enterprise are sometimes off-limits to unapproved BYODs that aren’t enrolled in directories or issued certificates for 802.1X authentication. These unapproved BYODs may then resort to using open guest WLANs where they expose traffic to eavesdropping and various man-in-the-middle attacks. When IT does not monitor BYOD activity, such exposures go undetected.

4. Even approved BYODs can be difficult or costly to troubleshoot. Consumer-grade smart devices often lack remote diagnostic interfaces and tools for help desks to investigate and resolve problems. For example, remote control agents supported on laptops and Windows phones are unavailable for iPhones and iPads due to Apple iOS restrictions. While some Android original equipment manufacturers (OEM) offer proprietary extensions for logging and diagnostics, the vast majority of Android BYODs support very limited administrative application programming interfaces (API) that don’t help IT troubleshoot remotely. As a result, malfunctioning BYODs often remain a mystery, sapping WLAN performance indefinitely. Further, BYODs have grown so numerous that IT departments may not have sufficient staff to troubleshoot them.

Taylor said, “Ignoring the BYOD impact on corporate networks can degrade business efficiency and increase operating costs. Until organisations acknowledge and address these challenges, they can’t harness the business benefits such as using BYOD to reduce monthly telecom spend and liability for personal use of corporate phones.”

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com.

Fluke Networks’ OneTouch AT v2 speeds troubleshooting of BYOD and VoIP network issues

Fn-OneTouchAT_01b_cJuly 2, 2013Fluke Networks has announced Version 2 software for the OneTouch AT Network Assistant, which adds new features making it easier for network technicians to isolate the root cause of end-user wired and wireless problems, fix or escalate those issues and validate performance and SLA (service level agreement) compliance after changes are made.

Network technicians are spending 48 to 58 per cent more time dealing with emerging wireless LAN and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues, according to a recent Fluke Networks customer survey*. More than 37 per cent report spending more time supporting VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) when compared to two years ago.

OneTouch AT has been updated with key features to help meet these new challenges including:
* BYOD Management – New automated Wi-Fi discovery capabilities (including 802.11ac devices) and Wi-Fi packet capture simplify smart device management and speed problem resolution
* Network Performance Acceptance Testing – New wired and wireless performance tests automate the measurement and assessment of end-to-end path performance to prove that network projects were successfully completed and that the performance meets design objectives
* Inline VoIP Analysis – New inline test provides visibility into IP phone initialisation and call control processes, and VoIP conversation quality to simplify troubleshooting of IP phone problems.

Eric Anderson, product manager at Fluke Networks, said, “Today’s network support organisations are being pressured to speed troubleshooting and project acceptance processes, but to do this successfully they need to standardise these processes and their tools.

“Fluke Networks’ OneTouch AT is uniquely positioned to provide teams with a portable tool that can not only speed the identification and remediation of network problems so they can meet new emerging challenges, but also provide a means to verify performance and system acceptance.”

The OneTouch AT software update also includes a new Path Analysis test, a Multi-Port Statistics test, inline VoIP packet capture, and additional features for enhanced troubleshooting and management.

For more information about the new capabilities of OneTouch AT, please visit Fluke Networks.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetENT, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

*Fluke Networks Market Research, April 2013

Meru Networks confronts the crush of BYOD and sets new standard for WLAN capacity and performance with two new products

Wavelink LogoOctober 11, 2012Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in 802.11n wireless networking, has announced the availability of the industry’s highest capacity wireless controller, the MC6000; a BYOD-ready high performance access point the AP332; and an innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan that protects wireless infrastructure investments as the current standard moves to 802.11ac.

The new, ultra-capacity wireless products are the latest advancements in Meru wireless innovation and engineered to address the crushing network requirements of BYOD while maintaining choice and control of both wireless and wired network infrastructure for resource stretched IT departments. The innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan allows users purchasing AP332 and other qualifying three stream 802.11n access points to trade them in for 802.11ac access points in the future for only an additional US$499 investment*.

“The rapidly-increasing numbers of mobile users, devices, and applications on campuses and in enterprises are correspondingly driving demand for bandwidth expansion on wireless LAN networks,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Meru’s announcement is a powerful indication that capacity must be increased across the board – user productivity and organisational mission now depend upon reliable, secure, and high-performance wireless connectivity.”

Meru vice president of product and solutions marketing, Manish Rai added: “Users are now dictating what technology they will bring and use at work or on campus. To manage the crush of BYOD, IT departments need a flexible solution that can help them quickly respond to changing wireless network demands. Meru with its RF virtualisation technology, virtualised controllers and market leading BYOD on-boarding solution – Identity Manager – delivers flexibility at access, control and policy layers needed to put the control and choice back in the hands of the IT department.”

BYOD-optimised MC6000
The Meru MC6000 ultra-high capacity 802.11ac ready controller is designed to effectively serve 5,000+ access points and 50,000+ users with 200 Gbps wireless capacity. Powered by System Director – the industry’s only virtualised wireless LAN operating system – the new controller delivers capacity and performance for very high-density network environments. The new controller is designed to give IT executives the ability to choose network components and control network operations without compromising capacity, performance, scalabilty or security.

Next generation AP332 delivers fifty per cent more capacity
The Meru AP332 access point, an innovative, three-stream 802.11n access point, delivers up to fifty per cent higher capacity than two stream dual-radio access points. It is designed to meet the capacity needs of dense Wi-Fi and high multimedia usage environments.

Rai added, “Meru’s AP332 with its unique RF virtualisation technology can deliver nearly twice the capacity of traditional multi-channel installations with same number of access points in dense environments such as lecture halls, conference rooms, stadiums and enterprise campuses. When coupled with Identity Manager, Meru’s market leading solution for automating BYOD on-boarding, we believe Meru offers the best end-to-end solution to manage the BYOD capacity crunch today.”

“Many IT managers are assuming that the upcoming 802.11ac standard will be the solution to their capacity challenges,” continued Mathias. “But 802.11ac doesn’t address the huge installed base of devices using only the 2.4 GHz. band as it only performs in the 5 GHz. band, so we expect that 802.11n will continue to be the Wi-Fi technology of choice for a number of years yet.”

Innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan
The AP332 access point, available now, comes with Meru’s innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan. Through the plan, customers that purchase Meru’s AP332s, AP320s or AP433s between November 1, 2012 and June 28, 2013, will have an option to pay an additional US$499 per access point and trade them in for qualifying Meru 802.11ac access points when they become available*.

The 802.11ac trade-in plan allows enterprises to migrate their WLANs to the new 802.11 Wi-Fi standard with limited investment. Investments made in qualifying Meru AP products today can be upgraded to 802.11ac in the future for a nominal price. Through the program, Meru customers have access to robust wireless solutions today without compromising their ability to take advantage of 802.11ac.

*Restrictions apply – please see: http://www.merunetworks.com/investment-protection

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops, and distributes virtualised wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualised network architecture that easily handles device density and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

This news release contains forward-looking statements about Meru Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions, or strategies, including, but not limited to statements regarding Meru’s ability provide new products, the ability to deliver nearly twice the capacity of traditional multi-channel installations with the same number of access points in dense environments, the timing of the adoption of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and the ability for customers to have access to robust wireless solutions today without compromising their ability to take advantage of future technology advancements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialise or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Meru Networks’ documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information available to Meru Networks as of the date hereof. Meru Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Meru Networks is a registered trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

New Wi-Fi sensor from Fluke Networks eases BYOD challenge and reduces installation costs by up to two thirds

Fn-am-sensorSeptember 19, 2012Fluke Networks has announced a new dedicated sensor for Wi-Fi network monitoring that eliminates the need for Ethernet cabling, and reduces the cost by up to two thirds in situations where cable installation is restricted from a time, cost or logistics perspective.* With its quick and easy installation, three internal radios and Wireless Connect feature, the SmartEdge Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet Enterprise instantly extends Wi-Fi security and performance monitoring, providing immediate coverage in the face of explosive wireless LAN (WLAN) and the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) growth.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “With WLAN growth approaching $1-billion-per-quarter,# and the dramatic increase in BYOD, the areas in which organisations need Wi-Fi performance and monitoring coverage is increasing exponentially.

“The SmartEdge sensor provides a solution to help secure and monitor the network by eliminating roadblocks caused by Ethernet cabling.”

For customers where Ethernet cable is already available or not cost restricted to install, the new SmartEdge Sensor can leverage its internal radios (two 802.11n 3×3 MIMO 450 Mbps plus one for dedicated spectrum analysis) for 24×7 security monitoring, scanning and rogue detection, combined with client performance verification via AirMagnet Enterprise’s Automated Health Check (AHC) feature. AHC proactively tests and verifies WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud and identifies issues before they impact the organisation.

In addition, the SmartEdge sensor has been completely redesigned with a “fade-into-the background” enclosure, an integrated drop ceiling mount and recessed cable entry. The sensor also features increased memory capacity and support for 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet.

Availability
The new SmartEdge Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet Enterprise is available immediately. For more information, please contact Fluke Australia at sales@fluke.com.au.

*According to Fluke Networks customer research of customers with high-cost installations.
# Infonetics Research, Wireless LAN Equipment and Wi-Fi Phones, 2012.

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About AirMagnet Enterprise
AirMagnet Enterprise is a centralised wireless intrusion prevention system that proactively protects Wi-Fi networks and users from all types of threats, ensuring maximum network performance and uptime, and arms staff with the tools to solve problems quickly and remotely. The solution provides full-time automated analysis of all Wi-Fi traffic, channels, devices, their connection state, as well as optional spectrum analysis of non-Wi-Fi devices and sources of interference. It includes Dynamic Threat Update (DTU) technology for immediate protection against emerging threats, and an Automated Health Check feature for proactively monitoring WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com