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Cloud and managed VPN services offer respite from the storm
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of March 2014 Vol.5 / No.2
As we send this issue of Network Evolution to press, a foot of snow blankets the Boston metro area as well as most of the country. Schools are closed. Flights are grounded. Words not fit for print in a family newspaper are exchanged over parking spots (this is Boston, after all). And like many information workers who wake up to such events, most of TechTarget's local employees work from home. Jessica Scarpati I connect to the virtual private network (VPN) without a hitch. One of my colleagues is not so lucky. I suspect she is not alone. It occurs to me that someone in our IT department is probably not having a good day. It's a familiar situation for many network administrators: Some event forces an atypical number of employees to work from home and cram onto the VPN, leading to congestion complaints and licensing headaches. But there are new VPN challenges brewing that more networking professionals will soon face -- if they aren't already -- and there are two trends to blame. Smartphones and tablets have become viable platforms ...
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Features in this issue
Mobile device capabilities have advanced rapidly, along with user expectations for remote access. Managed or cloud VPN services can help you keep up.
Most networking pros won't need to become programmers to survive. SDN will expand the network engineer's job description, not invalidate it.
OpenStack's networking service, Neutron, integrates provisioning and management of network resources into the orchestration of IT infrastructure.
This infographic outlines some of the key differences between IPsec and SSL VPNs.
Columns in this issue
Network admins can handle random surges in VPN use, but the constant demands of a mobile workforce are a challenge. Managed VPN services can help.
It was once unthinkable, but virtual data centers that can be migrated between cloud providers may soon be real, thanks to SDN and other advances.