Joseph Waring

April 11, 2014

What is wrong with networks? They are manual. They are cumbersome to provision, and completely out of sync because they’re complex, they’re custom, they’re costly and they’re closed.

That is the view of Nuage Networks president and CEO Sunil Khandekar. At the Cloud Innovation Summit in San Jose last month, which flooded attendees with the minutia of everything cloud, SDN and NFV, he succinctly encapsulated how SDN can fix the network problem.

The real issue, Khandekar said, is we need a complete rethink of how we build, manage and operate networks. The fundamental change, he insisted, is not to look at the ...    


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April 09, 2014

Top 10 things heard at NetEvents US cloud confab:

1. Martin Casado, VMware’s CTO for networking: “If I look at SDN, what is it? It's just plumbing. It solves the lowest layer of problem. It solves the provisioning problem, it solves the software problem, but I don't think it's as applicable to some of these broader things like security yet.”

2. Jerry Caron, Current Analysis: “Openness is in the eye of the beholder, and the only beholders that matter are the customers. Openness can’t be dictated for commercial reasons, whether they’re competitive or altruistic. It’s a matter of taste. People put up ...    


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April 08, 2014

Security spend is outpacing IT spend. And the only thing that seems to be outpacing security spend is security losses. Martin Casado, VMware’s CTO for networking, says: “It's like we're losing this battle. We can't spend our way out of the battle.”

After focused on networking for ten years, Casado has come back to security, where he worked before attending Stanford University. He held a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on network security in the information operations assurance center. Part of his role as an analyst was actually breaking into things.

“The funny thing is like almost ...    


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March 24, 2014

Last month at MWC I wrote about how with each passing month the digital payments ecosystem becomes only more cloudy.

So you can imagine my new level of confusion after sitting through a half dozen sessions on proximity payments, NFC and digital/biometric IDs at Cartes Secure Connexions Asia in Hong Kong last week.

While the infrastructure and handsets are finally available (150 NFC projects are now live or under implementation worldwide and a third of smartphones shipped last year were NFC-enabled), consumer adoption has been slow.

In the US (the most “mature” market outside of Japan and Korea) uptake has been disappointing, and ...    


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March 20, 2014

Mobile phone viruses have transformed from an inconvenience to a serious economic threat in just a few years. “It’s no longer a concept. It’s everywhere,” said Jeff Fu from SecNeo.

Mobile malware is becoming more focused on making profits more effectively. Threats include mobile phishing, theft of credit card information, and money transfers from bank cards to mobile phones and from phones to the criminals’ e-wallets.

Fu said that from just four mobile malware varieties a few years ago, last year saw 143,211 new malwares, which created nearly four million unique installation packages. From 2011 to 2013 there were about 10 million ...    


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