Benefit of Being a CCNA Certified

In case of I.T certification Cisco Certification Network Analysis or CCNA is considered one of the most valued one these days. If you want to boast your career and want to take it to another level then CCNA is your best move especially in case of beginner in I.T.

Since now most of the tech companies are requiring specific qualification in I.T certification so doing a specific Cisco certification course such as CCNA you can have the benefit and advantage over other individual in your career.

Here are some benefits of being CCNA certified:

1.    Knowledge: By doing a CCNA course not only you will have a CCNA certification but also will increase your knowledge in Cisco networking and its concept of working. After you become a CCNA certified personal you will be considered as an individual who has the concept and knowledge of basic and fundamental networking. Even if you are a fresh graduate but with a CCNA certificate the possibility of getting hired more than an average I.T professional.

2.    Increase your salary: One of the main benefits of being a CCNA certified professional is it help you to increase salary. Once you got your CCNA certificate you can negotiate to increase your salary either on the company you are currently working or in the next one for the same post an average I.T guy without any certification. Tech companies are normally looking for individuals with the basic and fundamental knowledge of networking and being a CCNA certified means that you are qualified for it.

3.    Promotion: CCNA certificate not just help to increase your salary but also in your promotion too. Even you work in a certain position on a company in order to get promoted it required various certification and this is the reason most of the I.T guy without any specific certification can’t get promoted. So buy having a CCNA certification you can easily get promoted in your career.

4.    It gives benefit to employer: A CCNA certification not only helps the employee but also employer too. Because if a company have CCNA certified individual working under them then they get huge discount in various Cisco products. So in other words by having a CCNA certificate not only you will have higher chance of getting hired but also job offers from companies beforehand.

And furthermore those companies who use Cisco products are very considerably large. It means will have the chance to work for the most advanced and biggest companies around the world. So CCNA certification will provide you the benefits of any working people desire.

TIBCO to acquire Cisco’s Data Virtualization business

Software company TIBCO announced today that it is in the process of acquiring Cisco’s Data Virtualization business.

This acquisition will enable TIBCO users to improve data agility, reduce data complexity, and drive better business insights. Cisco’s technology allows for the creation of a “virtual” data layer without disturbing the source data, which will allow for faster analysis of data.

“Data Virtualization helps knowledge workers to quickly discover and access their own views of corporate data in an automated, intelligent way,” said Mark Palmer, senior VP of analytics at TIBCO.

When it comes to net neutrality, AT&T can’t be trusted

Just before the deadline to submit comments to the FCC regarding net neutrality, AT&T managed to slip a statement in. It was a statement that, after reading, it was probably hoping you didn’t notice.

In it, Joan Marsh, Executive VP of Regulatory & State External Affairs, attempted to woo a populace largely in favor of net neutrality. And as you’d might expect, AT&T used a mixture of half-truths and outright falsehoods to do the convincing.

In short, Marsh’s statement was mostly bullshit.

Nothing in the history of broadband remotely suggests that Title II regulation is necessary to ensure an open internet. While Title II proponents argue otherwise by pointing to a tiny number of alleged “incidents” during the past decade…

From 2007 to 2009, AT&T forced Apple to block Skype and other competing VOIP services. In an effort to prevent users from using so-called “over-the-top” voice services, AT&T enacted strict policies preventing users from making calls on Skype when out of range of a Wi-Fi network. And at the time, you couldn’t just pack up and head to Verizon; AT&T had exclusive rights to sell the early iPhone models.

Google Voice experienced similar issues after its launch in 2009.

From 2011 to 2013, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon blocked mobile wallets competing with Isis (which was later renamed to Softcard, for obvious reasons). Google Wallet, and others were essentially blocked in favor of a wallet technology each of the “big four” had a stake in developing.

In 2012, AT&T disabled FaceTime unless customers subscribed to a more expensive plan.

AT&T actually had the dubious honor of being the first telecom to face a fine in the FCC’s first-ever net neutrality case. The telecom giant faced fines of up to $100 million for limiting “unlimited” plans. Under the “Maximum Bit Rate” policy, AT&T reduced data speeds for customers paying for unlimited data, which violates the “transparency” requirement of net neutrality rules.

I could go on, but let’s just fast forward to the last year. In January, the FCC took issue with AT&T’s preferential treatment of DirecTV Now, a service AT&T owns. According to the complaint, AT&T created a disadvantage for other providers by exempting data used by its own service from monthly allowances.

If a handful of complaints isn’t enough, there are dozens more. A quick Google search should fill your day with a mountain of net neutrality issues. And bear in mind, we’re just discussing AT&T in these complaints; I could go on for days about the shady shit Verizon, Sprint and others have pulled over the last decade

Other practices cited by the proponents of Title II, such as zero-rating, are unambiguously beneficial to consumers. Thus, far from demonstrating a need for Title II, the only conclusion that can be drawn from two decades of experience is that a light touch approach is more than sufficient to ensure an open internet. Indeed, the internet has flourished during this time in part because of the absence of Title II for all but the past two years.

The internet has certainly flourished, but not without regulation. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all faced the proposition of hefty fines for uncompetitive business practices, zero-rating, and flat-out deception of customers.

And the proposition that zero-rating is somehow beneficial? Please.

Offering a discount to consumers using an AT&T-owned property, like DirecTV Now, over a competing property, like Sling, isn’t benefiting anyone but AT&T. It’s limiting competition by backing a specific horse, shooting it with steroids, and giving it a 300 meter head start. But it’s not a violation, the telecom companies will say; consumers still have the right to use Sling. And they do. But if you’re struggling to stay under your data cap each month, you’re not going to chance using the service that burns through it as opposed to the one that’s included — and exempted from your overall data allotment.

“Unambiguous” is also an interesting word choice. Telecoms, arguably, offer some of the most ambiguous language of any contract you’ll ever sign. In my experience, people who work at retail locations for telecoms like my provider, T-Mobile, often don’t understand the language of the contract and have to bring in reinforcements. This isn’t an accident.

In fact, they don’t even address mobile broadband competition when arguing that mobile services, as well as fixed, should be subject to Title II. They further rely on the analytically unsupported and economically incoherent “gatekeeper” theory from the FCC’s 2015 order, according to which every ISP, no matter how small, has monopoly power.

Marsh, here, argues that broadband companies are seen as monopolies no matter how small the ISP. And she’s right, even small ISPs are often deemed monopolies, but she ignores one key point: it’s because they are. In certain regions of the United States, consumers don’t have the choice to just switch ISPs if they’re unhappy with speeds or services — no competitors exist.

And the idea that these companies aren’t monopolies because they could just rely on a tethered mobile device is, well, insane. Remember data caps?

I’m going to stop, because I could really pick apart Marsh’s arguments for days. Like most arguments against Title II classification, the talking points are heavy on rhetoric while ignoring both past proof that deregulation is a bad idea, and real-world examples of why net neutrality is needed.

But before I go, I want to offer a glimpse at what an unregulated internet looks like.

Until just over a year ago, I spent the previous two years in Mexico — a country with a growing middle class and a boom in ISP and mobile offerings. AT&T has a heavy presence there, as you’d expect from a worldwide leader. Developing markets mean there’s a lot of money to be made. But still, Mexico’s internet infrastructure is in its early days, and regulations are sparse — and the few that do exist are rarely enforced.

If you’re wondering what a future without Title II looks like in the United States, look no further than AT&T’s mobile offerings in a country where these regulations don’t yet exist.

You’ll see the problem rather quickly. Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, and Whatsapp are excluded from your data allotment — three of which are Facebook-owned properties. And if you want to use Instagram (another Facebook-owned property) without using your exceedingly small data allotment? No problem; just bump that plan up to the 549 plan, which runs $549 pesos (about $30 USD). The same goes for Snapchat.

But what if you wanted to use Skype, Telegram, or WeChat? Maybe it’s a good time to get your friends to switch to Messenger, just in case.

Springpath has been around since 2012 and the networking giant led its Series C funding round two years ago.
Cisco on Monday announced that it plans to buy Sunnyvale, Calif.-based software startup Springpath for around $320 million.

Springpath is known for the development of a distributed file system for hyperconvergence that enables server-based storage systems.

Hyperconverged infrastructure systems — which IDC projects will be a $6 billion market opportunity by 2020 — have been a focus for enterprise hardware vendors for some time. The idea behind hyperconvergence is to simplify deployments as software-defined architectures take over.

Springpath has been around since 2012 and the networking giant led its Series C funding round two years ago. In early 2016, the two companies worked together to launch the HyperFlex platform, which combines Cisco’s compute and networking with software-defined storage software.

Going forward, Cisco said it plans to use Springpath to bolster its data center portfolio and grow its computing business. In terms of corporate structure, the Springpath team will join Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group led by Liz Centoni. The acquisition is expected to close in Cisco’s first quarter of fiscal 2018.

“This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions,” said Rob Salvagno, Cisco’s VP of business development.

Cisco has been on a bit of an acquisition spree this year. In May Cisco bought MindMeld, a San Francisco-based startup that built a conversational AI platform for enterprises, for $125 million.

A couple of weeks before that, Cisco announced that it was paying $610 million to buy SD-WAN startup Viptela, and then three days later Cisco acquired key talent and technology from data analytics company Saggezza. Cisco also acquired AppDynamics in January this year in a deal worth $3.7 billion.

Bluetooth is one step closer to connecting smart devices on a large scale. The wireless standard’s Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced support for mesh networking.

With the new technology, manufacturers can build devices that can all talk to one another, from smart street lighting to transportation.

Anyone who’s used mesh WiFi networks knows they work by bouncing data between routers to deliver signal to every corner of your home.

Now, imagine that on the scale of a smart city, where thousands of connected devices are linked up to communicate with each other. According to the Bluetooth SIG, mesh networking offers the most reliable connection for these types of large-scale projects.

This is mainly down to its low-bandwith message routing system, which can handle large amounts of data.

In light of the recent attacks on smart appliances, the wireless standard’s governing body is also assuring manufacturers of the network’s security capabilities.

It claims all messages sent across Bluetooth mesh will be encrypted and authenticated using three types of keys, making it ideal for industries that handle sensitive info, such as healthcare and financial services.

The Internet of Things (IoT) experiments of today are laying the groundwork for the smart infrastructure projects of the future. And, chances are, the smart cities that emerge from those developments will be quietly connected by Bluetooth mesh.

In light of the recent attacks on smart appliances, the wireless standard’s governing body is also assuring manufacturers of the network’s security capabilities.

It claims all messages sent across Bluetooth mesh will be encrypted and authenticated using three types of keys, making it ideal for industries that handle sensitive info, such as healthcare and financial services.

The Internet of Things (IoT) experiments of today are laying the groundwork for the smart infrastructure projects of the future. And, chances are, the smart cities that emerge from those developments will be quietly connected by Bluetooth mesh.

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks.

No financial details were disclosed regarding the deal. The biz, located in Saint Louis, Missouri, was founded in 2011 and raised $4.4m (£3.4m) from investors.

Switchzilla intends to use Observable to build out its Stealthwatch platform in the cloud, as the startup’s tech runs on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Observable’s CEO Bryan Doerr said: “We view this as both a validation of our company’s realization of a big idea and an opportunity to take this big idea onto a bigger stage.”

Rob Salvagno, Cisco’s head of M&A, said: “The acquisition of Observable Networks supports Cisco’s strategic transition toward software-centric solutions. We look forward to welcoming the Observable Networks team to the Security Business Group led by David Ulevitch.”

Cisco said it expects the Observable Networks acquisition to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Cisco has been keen to bolster its security offerings in recent years, seeing this as a key market for growth. Its other acquisitions in the areas include OpenDNS for $635m, Lancope for $453m, and CloudLock for $293m.

More CIOs and CTOs are choosing to architect and deploy hybrid multi-cloud computing environments in 2017. The trend is being driven by growing demand to support digital transformation projects that are led by the C-suite.

Newly released results from the CloudView Survey 2017 reveal the top drivers of cloud adoption – include improving agility and security, as well as standardising IT infrastructure.

Cloud computing market development

As multi-cloud environments and hybrid cloud become more prevalent, the survey revealed that 87 percent of cloud users have adopted some capabilities for a hybrid cloud strategy – that’s an increase of 17 percent compared to 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
“Beyond adoption and maturity, a series of questions on ‘why are’ or ‘why aren’t’ respondents moving more workloads to the cloud makes up a key part of the study,” said Benjamin McGrath, senior research analyst at IDC.

Additional findings from the study include:

  • 56 percent of users run more than one type of cloud deployment
  • 40 percent of cloud users are “cloud First” organisations”When we look at the shift in IT spend over the next 12-24 months to more of a mix of multiple types of cloud deployments, we see each type of organisation take a different journey,” added McGrath.The study gathers data on the journey to cloud and how it differs by vertical – and micro-vertical – by country, by company size, company age, and by job title.

    What industry-specific projects are moving to the cloud? What are end-users looking for from their vendors in each country? How will all that change over time?

    CloudView 2017 encompasses thousands of surveys from line-of-business cloud buyers and IT operations staff on cloud adoption rates, trends, and attitudes.

    Survey respondents are from more than 6,000 organisations worldwide, all of whom are current users of cloud services.

    To gain a complete picture of potential cloud customers along the journey, data is also collected from respondents at organisations who are not currently utilising cloud.

Software-defined networking and network function virtualization are two important, but sometimes confusing, trends in the networking industry.

SDN, NFV & VNF are among the alphabet soup of terms in the networking industry that have emerged in recent years.

Software defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) and the related virtual network functions (VNF) are important trends. But Forrester analyst Andre Kindness says vague terminology from vendors has created a complicated marketplace for end users evaluating next-generation networking technology. “Few I&O pros understand (these new acronyms), and this confusion has resulted in many making poor networking investments,” he says.

So what’s the difference between SDN, NFV and VNF?

SDN: Software defined networking

Software defined networking is the idea of separating the control plane of a network from the data plane that forwards network traffic. The goal of this disaggregation is to create a network that is centrally managed and programmable. Some SDN implementations use a software-based management platform that controls commodity network hardware. Other approaches use an integrated hardware and software-approach. The technology is primarily used in enterprise data centers for customers who demand a network that can more easily adapt to the needs of the business compared to traditional networking architectures. SDN also has a number of sub-categories, including software-defined Wide Area Network, or using SDN to microsegment network traffic for security purposes.

NFV: Network Function Virtualization

Network Function Virtualization was initially conceived by a consortium of telecommunications vendors who were looking to more easily control how they offer network services to customers. The fundamental idea of NFV is to virtualize network services and abstract them from dedicated hardware. NFV deployments typically use commodity servers to run software versions of network services that previously were hardware-based. These software-based services are called Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and would run in an NFV environment. Examples of VNFs include routing, firewalling, load balancing, WAN acceleration, and encryption. By virtualizing these network services, providers can offer customers these services dynamically, with the ability to spin them up down on demand.

Networking giant Cisco said recently that it has a new network solution that will be able to identify malware even when it is encrypted by applying machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. The new approach is based on an “intent-based” software tool, called Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), which independently identifies abnormalities in data traffic.

Cisco said ETA helps networks operate more intuitively, thanks to the intent-based approach that allows it to anticipate attacks, evolve, and learn. The new technology has already been deployed to 75 different client systems, including NASA, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Wipro.

A Software-Based Approach

The company described its new technology as a fundamental shift in its approach toward how networks are built, moving from a hardware-centric perspective to one that is driven primarily by software. Cisco said the new approach helps makes networks more agile and productive while also helping them perform better.

Because ETA focuses on the perceived intent of a piece of software, it can automate many more processes, making it possible to manage millions of devices in just minutes. Cisco said being able to manage networks at that scale will be increasingly crucial as their level of complexity continues to expand exponentially.

ETA also gleans information about the data traffic based on its context, something Cisco said previous system technologies have not been able to do. The ability of the network to use contextual information to evaluate a potential threat allows it to operate more securely and more quickly, the company said.

A DNA Suite

But the introduction of ETA was only one of many new products and upgrades the company launched for enterprise clients today. Cisco also unveiled a suite of Digital Network Architecture (DNA) services that are designed to work together.

That includes DNA Center, a management dashboard for IT teams that offers an intent-based approach to design, provisioning, policy, and assurance. The dashboard will allow IT departments to better centralize the management of all of their network functions, according to Cisco.

The suite also includes Cisco’s Software-Defined Access solution, which uses automated policy enforcement and network segmentation to simplify access to the network by automating common tasks such as configuration, provisioning, and troubleshooting. The company said the solution can help to dramatically reduce the impact of a security breach.

Based on a preliminary analysis of the customers trialing the new technology, network provisioning time can be reduced by 67 percent, issue resolution time can be improved by 80 percent, and savings on operating expenditures can be increased 61 percent, Cisco said.

In addition to the new software, the company said it will also be introducing a new line of switches designed to meet the demands of mobility, cloud, IoT, and security. The new family, called the Catalyst 9000 line, will start delivering its first models this month.

The Cisco Live event wraps up in Las Vegas today, but the five-day conference has already produced a number of announcements and new product launches, including the Security Connector for iOS, a new line of programmable switches, and a commitment to turn the company’s focus toward software from hardware.

Cisco’s new vision is summed up in its “network intuitive” initiative, unveiled earlier this week. The framework combines a variety of technologies the company has been focusing on in recent years, including software-defined networking, software-defined access, network function virtualization, APIs and intelligent WAN capabilities.

Cisco’s New Era

The network intuitive is intended to represent a new era at Cisco and a long-term vision for its future, with a focus on helping enterprises extract the most value possible from their data, according to the company. The new approach is designed to be much more automated than previous approaches, with a greater focus on setting policies rather than writing particular lines of code.

That should help make enterprises’ code bases smaller and more efficient, while also freeing up a considerable amount of developers who could then work on higher level issues. Networks as a whole should also be much more intelligent as a result of the new approach, while devices will be easier to deploy and secure.

The network intuitive concept involves an intent-based approach toward networking in which networks are programmed using machine learning technology to automatically adapt to the needs of their users. IT departments can do that by defining the appropriate policies for their companies’ networks.

One example of the new products that are part of the network intuitive approach is the Cisco Security Connector, a new tool designed to provide companies with greater visibility, control, and privacy for iOS devices connected to corporate networks. The company, which brought Apple CEO Tim Cook to this year’s event, said the tool will be available later this year.

Programmable Switches and IoT

Cisco also introduced its new line of programmable switches, dubbed the Catalyst 9000 (pictured above), as part of the network intuitive focus. The switches allow network administrators to prioritize certain types of network traffic over others.

For example, a switch could be programmed to prioritize video data during an event that is being live-streamed. While the use of programmable network components is nothing new for Cisco, the new line of switches appears to reinforce the idea that programmable networks are the way of the future.

Cisco Jasper, meanwhile, used the event as an opportunity to announce the launch of Control Center Advanced 7.0. The latest version of the platform integrates multiple Cisco technologies, including multi-layer security, improved analytics, and integration with Cisco Spark. The latest version is also designed to make it easier for enterprises to launch IoT (Internet of Things) technologies.