Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

January 17, 2019  4:54 PM

Amazon Aurora

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Amazon Aurora is a relational database engine from Amazon Web Services.

Quote of the Day

“Aurora handles many of the granular, low-level tasks needed to deploy a database, such as provisioning, setup, patching and backup.” – Stephen J. Bigelow

Learning Center
Follow these steps for an Oracle-to-AWS migration
Many organizations have considered an Oracle-to-AWS migration to reduce overhead. Review the steps needed for a successful move to Amazon’s cloud, and discover which option is the best fit for your organization, from EC2 to Aurora.

AWS, MongoDB database collision stirs open source tensions
Amazon DocumentDB serves as a competitive broadside against the MongoDB database and fuels the debate around open source software licensing.

RDS on VMware extends AWS’ hybrid strategy
RDS on VMware is only available in a public preview, but users can still examine its features before it goes GA and identify if the service will be the proper match for their hybrid workloads.

Amazon Aurora Parallel Query blurs database lines
The Amazon Aurora Parallel Query feature adds analytical capabilities to a transactional database. It could make the managed service more attractive, as long as AWS doesn’t overlook the need to also improve the core database functionality enterprises require.

Perform an Amazon RDS failover with minimal downtime
Multi-availability-zone deployments are the bread and butter for most AWS users, but what happens in the Amazon RDS failover process? Walk through this example using the Amazon Aurora engine to learn more.

Trending Terms
relational database
Amazon RDS
Amazon EC2 instance
availability zones

Quiz Yourself
The AWS portfolio ______ more than 100 services, including those for compute, databases, infrastructure management, application development and security.
a. comprises
b. composes

January 16, 2019  4:41 PM

software-defined perimeter (SDP)

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Software-defined perimeter (SDP) is a security framework developed by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) that controls access to resources based on identity. Continue reading…

Quote of the Day

“The goal of software-defined perimeter is to remove internet-connected devices and applications from public visibility and reduce the surface area for attack.” – Lee Doyle

Learning Center
What is a software-defined perimeter, and do I need it?
A software-defined perimeter improves enterprise security by making users and devices invisible to outside attacks. Discover the basics of SDP and learn how it can alleviate common security challenges.

Next-gen automotive cybersecurity with software-defined perimeter and blockchain
Combining a software-defined perimeter with blockchain is an ideal way to secure autonomous vehicles. Movimento Group’s Mahbubul Alam explains.

How has software-defined networking security evolved?
Microsegmentation is a vital component of software-defined networking security, and network analytics are tagging along for the ride as well. But SDN can be applied to other security missions like security DMZs and network monitoring.

Software-defined networking security involves 3 factors
When it comes to software-defined networking security, IT teams can cover their backs by addressing three main points: confidentiality, integrity and availability. They should also take the time to consider compliance requirements.

How to improve IoT security and resilience with SD-WAN and SDP
For IoT to move from consumer curiosity to industry workhorse, organizations need confidence in the availability and performance of IoT architectures. Cato Networks’ Gur Shatz explains how SD-WAN and SDP can help achieve this.

Trending Terms
Cloud Security Alliance
network attack surface
air gapping
software defined networking
network perimeter

Quiz Yourself
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has worked with European officials to support implementation of the _____ privacy and related data use laws and regulations.
A. Unions’
B. Union’s

January 15, 2019  4:36 PM

red teaming

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Red teaming is the practice of rigorously challenging plans, policies, systems and assumptions by adopting an adversarial approach.

Quote of the Day

“Red teams must use a no holds barred approach to validate the posture and security of your organization and the assets that are important to your business.” – Matthew Pascucci

Learning Center
How to mitigate risks caused by supply chain software
As cybersecurity attacks on supply chain software become more widespread, organizations must determine whether their software is secure and evaluate the risks by performing penetration testing, red teaming and risk assessments.

BT Security CEO: Red teaming is valuable, but challenging
At MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory conference, Securing the Enterprise, BT Security CEO Mark Hughes talked about the importance of red teaming and why it’s hard to make the most out of your cybersecurity investments.

Red team assessments and post-assessment posture improvement
With the use of red team assessments on the rise, knowing the difference between red teaming and penetration testing is crucial, especially when assessing an organization’s security maturity. Discover the difference with expert Matt Pascucci.

White hat Dave Kennedy on purple teaming, penetration testing
In this Q&A, Marcus Ranum discusses breaking and entering with renowned white hat hacker Dave Kennedy. What is purple teaming, and where does it fall on the security test spectrum? Kennedy talks about how collaboration works to shorten the time between detection and protection.

Penetration testing, ethical hacking and vulnerability assessments news, help and research
Learn how to conduct a vulnerability assessment with security testing and ethical hacking and get information on penetration testing tools and techniques.

Trending Terms
cognitive bias
critical thinking
ethical hacker
penetration testing
white hat
risk assessment

Quiz Yourself
Ethical hacking is similar to penetration testing, intrusion _________________.
a. testing, and red teaming
b. testing and red teaming

January 14, 2019  4:34 PM

hybrid cloud

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Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. Continue reading…

Quote of the Day

“Implement a hybrid cloud piece by piece: Start with a limited deployment, address specific workload goals by adding capabilities and then build it out as each success demonstrates value.” – Nick Moore

Learning Center
Hybrid cloud trends offer lessons for potential adopters
Hybrid cloud trends are garnering more attention, and IT administrators who want to adopt the technology should use these tips to prepare for hybrid cloud deployment and migration. A need for workload flexibility drives most hybrid cloud use cases, but admins must carefully plan their approach.

Hybrid cloud vs. multi-cloud storage: Choose wisely
In the hybrid cloud vs. multi-cloud storage debate, both methods come with their own benefits. In this tip, we offered some assistance in making the right choice for your organization.

Hybrid cloud technologies become table stakes in IaaS market
AWS, Azure and Google had their sights set on hybrid cloud technologies in 2018. And with a shift in focus to on-premises appliances, such as AWS Outpost, as well as software, like Google Cloud Services Platform, experts expect more hybrid moves in 2019.

What’s the difference between multi-cloud vs. hybrid cloud strategies?
What’s the difference between multi-cloud vs. hybrid cloud deployments? The distinction between the two strategies largely hinges on cloud management tools and concepts.

Cloud predictions for 2019 hone in on containers, IT skills
In 2018, technologies such as AI and machine learning dominated the cloud market. But what should we expect in 2019? Our contributors share their cloud predictions around serverless, IT skills and more.

Trending Terms
private cloud
public cloud
infrastructure as a service
cloud bursting
hybrid cloud storage
hyper-hybrid cloud

Quiz Yourself
In a hybrid cloud, sensitive data and computing resources may be maintained in two _________ environments.
A. separate
B. seperate

January 11, 2019  4:29 PM

communications platform as a service

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Communications platform as a service (CPaaS) is a cloud-based delivery model that allows organizations to add real-time communication capabilities such as voice, video and messaging to business applications by deploying application program interfaces (APIs).

What do you think?

If you are looking for communication tools to boost collaboration, should you be researching Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS) or Communication Platform as a Service (CPaaS) vendors? Let us know.

Quote of the Day

“A CPaaS platform on top of a UCaaS platform can extend an organization’s ability to interact with a wide range of customers without complete ripping and replacing its communications infrastructure.” – Michael Brandenburg

Trending Terms
communication service provider

January 10, 2019  4:26 PM

infrastructure as code

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Infrastructure as code (IaC) is an approach to software development that treats physical compute, storage and network fabric resources as web services and allows apps to run where they are best suited, based on cost and performance data, instead of geographical location. Continue reading…

Quote of the Day

“Infrastructure as code doesn’t mean you create full software applications from scratch — tools are there to do the heavy lifting — but admins must understand code structure, syntax and design.” – Adam Bertram

Learning Center
Insight launches IaC offering to boost cloud operating model
Insight Enterprises is providing an infrastructure as code offering that aims to help customers establish a cloud operating model. Learn about the potential benefits of this approach.

IT organizations anticipate DevOps evolution in 2019
Interest in DevOps has waxed and waned in the years since it popped up, but DevOps evolution has picked up steam and won’t slow any time soon. Expect developments in areas such as CI/CD and containerization.

How infrastructure as code benefits and eases provisioning
With infrastructure as code, organizations can automate provisioning. Among the infrastructure as code benefits is the power for an IT team to use scripts to deploy infrastructure more efficiently and the ability for an organization to avoid vendor lock-in.

Benefits of infrastructure as code range from speed to scaling
IT organizations must learn new skills, and possibly new tools, to reap the benefits of infrastructure as code. The effort pays off with enhanced automation and consistency, among other rewards.

Infrastructure as code benefits range from audits to ops
Infrastructure as code benefits an IT organization in daily management, as well as audit tasks, but it’s only achieved with hard work and new skills.

Trending Terms
continuous integration
continuous delivery
configuration management
configuration drift
declarative programming

Quiz Yourself
Successfully _______ a DevOps culture in a data center isn’t easy, but it brings great rewards.
A. adapting
B. adopting

January 9, 2019  7:16 PM

Amazon Connect

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Amazon Connect is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud customer contact center service. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Together, Amazon Connect and Lex can benefit call center agents, as chatbots reduce the workload and provide valuable insights into the customer experience.” – George Lawton

Learning Center
Amazon contact center now supports real-time voice streaming
Businesses using the Amazon contact center platform can now run the audio of customer phone calls through AI engines in real time.

Amazon Connect integrations aim to improve call center apps
Amazon Connect integrations with Lex chatbots generate data that can lead to more efficient communications in your call center.

With Amazon Connect, AWS puts experience to work in contact center space
Amazon Connect hopes its cloud-based, pay per minute strategy earns a chunk of the nearly $10 billion contact center market.

5 UC trends that drove headlines in 2018
Discover the news stories that affected the UC industry in 2018 and learn the UC trends — from AI assistants to team collaboration — that are driving the market in the new year.

Future of AWS hinges on AI, Lambda and on premises
What’s in store for the near-term future of AWS? SearchAWS contributors make their predictions, with a focus on AI, machine learning and further integration with native services.

Trending Terms
contact center
availability zones
Interactive Voice Response
Amazon Polly
Amazon Lex

Quiz Yourself
Telecom carriers are increasingly making a ______ into cloud services.
a. segway
b. segue

January 8, 2019  7:13 PM


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Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Analysts expect 5G’s faster communication time to support fleets of autonomous vehicles, better security cameras and augmented reality (AR).” – Antone Gonsalves

Learning Center
Mobile 5G hype vs. reality in 2019
Hype will likely dominate the mobile 5G industry in 2019. But analysts expect carriers to make progress in developing the next-generation wireless technology and predict unique 5G services will hit the market in 2020.

First 5G smartphones may have massive price premium
Android smartphone brands are already preparing to launch their first 5G handsets, but new technical requirements means they won’t be cheap to build, according to analysts at TrendForce.

Understand the basics of 5G wireless networks
5G wireless networks promise to change the enterprise’s use of advanced technologies through high-speed wireless data delivery. Here, learn the basics of 5G.

What will drive the 5G revolution?
We are at the beginning of a new era of global connectivity. Tata Communications’ Tim Sherwood explains why telcos are investing in 5G to transport larger amounts of data at higher speeds with lower latency.

5G service lifecycle automation may be key to business cases
5G service lifecycle automation is key to making mobile core operations and services efficient, and it offers a path to revenue-producing business cases.

Trending Terms
millimeter wave
real-time communications
fiber optics

Quiz Yourself
The seminar covered an introduction to the _________ wireless protocols.
a. principal
b. principle

January 7, 2019  7:10 PM


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SD-branch is a single, automated, centrally managed software-centric platform that replaces or supplements an existing branch network architecture. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Applying software-defined technologies to branch networks simplifies network operations by consolidating WAN connectivity, network security, Wi-Fi and the local area network in a single platform that’s easy to deploy and manage.” – Lee Doyle

Learning Center
SD-branch network concept as next stage of WAN connectivity
The concept of a software-defined branch network, or SD-branch, is becoming more possible, as SD-WAN technology improves and network architecture evolves.

Software-defined branch networks: Why and how to do them
Software-defined networking works well for branch networks. But do you know how to reap all the potential benefits of the software-defined branch?

How your SD-WAN appliance can consolidate the branch stack
The current generation of SD-WAN appliance promises accelerated consolidation of the branch stack. Learn how to do it right and reap the benefits.

How to get your branch network up and running
New technologies can make setting up the branch network more effective and post-launch operations smoother. Learn how SD-WAN and other new technologies can make the networking pro’s job a little easier when it opens to branch office operations.

Aruba taps ClearPass, Central for SD-Branch management
Aruba has introduced a software-defined branch offering that works with Aruba ClearPass and Central for management. The SD-Branch technology includes SD-WAN within a gateway appliance.

Trending Terms
software-defined networking
virtual network functions
WAN optimization

Quiz Yourself
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
a. was
b. were

January 4, 2019  7:07 PM

SD-WAN (software-defined WAN)

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Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is a technology that distributes network traffic across wide area networks (WAN) that uses software-defined networking (SDN) concepts to automatically determine the most effective way to route traffic to and from branch offices and data center sites. Continue reading…

Quote of the Day

“Whether in the throes of SD-WAN issues or preparing for the future, it’s important for organizations to have practical steps to follow when taking on SD-WAN troubleshooting.” – Terry Slattery

Learning Center
Network security, SD-WAN suppliers revamp branch security
Traditional network security providers are venturing into the SD-WAN space by integrating SD-WAN capabilities into their existing firewalls. Learn more about how security, SD-WAN and branch networks are evolving.

What to consider when integrating SD-WAN and ITSM tools
Although SD-WAN technology can provide valuable network visibility, it doesn’t always offer the level of insight IT teams want. Learn how enterprises are looking to ITSM tools to help and where the integration with SD-WAN falls short.

A deep dive into SD-WAN troubleshooting and monitoring
Effective SD-WAN troubleshooting means IT teams need to understand the devices, connectivity, topology and more. It also helps to have a process in place before problems arise. Consider these practical troubleshooting and monitoring steps when dealing with SD-WAN issues.

The future of SD-WAN moves away from stand-alone product
It’s the time of year when our expert dives into predictions about the future of SD-WAN technology. While market consolidation and shifting MPLS roles aren’t radical expectations, 2019 will likely see SD-WAN move away from a stand-alone product into a feature set.

‘Best-of-breed’ SD-WAN option supersedes big boxes, expert says
SD-WAN options are varied and diverse, from managed SD-WAN and do-it-yourself to ‘best-of-breed’ strategies and one big box that combines functionality. Learn why one expert thinks integrating features from multiple vendors makes sense.

Trending Terms
software-defined networking
overlay network
WAN optimization

Quiz Yourself
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
a. was
b. were

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