Welcome to the Week in Review, where we take a look at all the top stories making headlines in Web-scale networking this week.
The week started off with some insights from TMC’s Tracey E. Schelmetic on the current state of education in terms of network and security. Schools actually aren’t that different from businesses when it comes to the need for security, and they need to start making that a priority.
To highlight this point, Schelmetic references an article written by Daniele Laffroda, advisor for channel marketing at Ciena, which states, “Augmented reality, digital gaming, simulation, interactive digital textbooks and high definition video technologies are converging in an effort to improve student performance…The growing number of adaptive digital learning apps, student focused and experiential learning models, curated digital content, remote collaboration tools, as well as the on-demand, mobile expectations of Generation Z, present significant challenges to K-12 network infrastructure.”
While these innovations are great for learning, they also open schools up to several challenges. Find out everything you need to know HERE.
On another note, the data center market is looking up. According to TMC’s Laura Stotler, “…the advances of Web-scale networking, the cloud, mobility and the rise of the software-defined network (SDN) architecture, data center operators are looking for the best and most economical ways to expand their holdings.” The article takes a look at some insights from the recent Finance and Investment Forum in London, and also includes some of Stotler’s own thoughts on the topic of data center investments. You can continue reading HERE.
Meanwhile, a guest piece from Wayne Hickey, Ciena Product Marketing, this week discussed why CIOs should consider SD-WAN. As he points out, SD-WAN addresses a common industry problem: enterprises need to be able to reliably connect their numerous physical locations or branch sites. They usually use a service provider network using MPLS, private lines, or old TDM technologies, but there are better ways to do so. According to Hickey, SD-WAN is the solution CIOs need. Find out why HERE.
Finally, the week rounded out with the news that Ford has been making moves in the self-driving/autonomous vehicle arena. It has just invested $1 billion in Argo AI, a company that specializes in AI and robotics. This new relationship gives Ford a majority holding in the business and will allow the companies to work together to create a virtual driver system. Find out more about the possibilities this investment creates HERE.
While a variety of topics have been highlighted here, that’s certainly not all that went on this week. Be sure to head to the Web-scale networking homepage for all the updates, and come back next week for the latest insights. Have a great weekend!