31 May

Stratus : Problem in an Industrial Internet of Things era, and how to fix it?

Manufacturers must modernize systems and migrate their workforce to capture the full value of industrial IoT, says Brian Fortney of Rockwell Automation

Whether you embrace it or dread it, there is no escaping the Internet of Things (IoT). It will be, if it is not already, part of your personal and professional life. As Jacob Morgan notes in “A Simple Explanation of the Internet of Things,” published in Forbes, “Simply put, [IoT] is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other).” There are an awful lot of things with on/off switches, and by 2020, more than 26 billion of them will be connected, according to some analysts; others put the number much higher. That will create a bundle of new challenges in the workplace; recognizing them and finding solutions for the current and future workforce is what animates Brian Fortney, Global Business Manager at Rockwell Automation within the Workforces Development and Training Services department.

to read more : http://www.plasticstoday.com/people-problem-and%C2%A0-industrial-internet-things-and-how-fix-it/73512205624621

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31 May
31 May

Stratus : Always-On infrastructure for IIoT

Stratus just announced the release of its “Always-On infrastructure for IIoT” (Industrial Internet of Things) platform. This latest generation of its industry leading availability platform, ftServer for VMware, incorporates some significant new options for the broad continuous availability market and specifically the industrial automation sector. These include performance monitoring through Sightline Assure and the integration of OPC, the industry standard communications mechanism for industrial control systems (ICS). Craig Resnick of the ARC Advisory Group commented, “The Stratus Always-On infrastructure for IIoT, combined with its OPC UA integration for Industrial Automation connectivity, provides the industry with a proven solution that is modern, future-ready, and can address the continuous availability issues of IT /OT convergence head-on.”

As a long-time partner with VMware, Stratus has consistently delivered the best of both availability and virtualization where avoiding downtime and data loss are critical requirements. The company’s deep expertise in these areas enables it to effectively bridge the gap between the requirements of OT tasked with keeping ICS’s up and running, and IT, where keeping infrastructure safe, secure and up-to-date is of paramount importance.

to read more : http://www.stratus.com/stratus-blog/2016/04/08/always-on-infrastructure-iiot/

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31 May
27 May
27 May

Arista Networks in the “Leaders” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

SANTA CLARA, Calif.,–May 23, 2016 — Arista Networks, a leading provider of cloud networking solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Leaders” quadrant of the 16 May 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking.

“We consider our positioning in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant by Gartner, validation of continued market acceptance of our software driven cloud networking solutions,” said Mark Foss, Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Marketing at Arista Networks. “Innovations over the past year with the introduction of NetDB™, CloudVision®, Macro Segmentation Services security and the Arista 7500R Series Universal Spine, truly revolutionize the way customers design cloud scale service provider and next generation data centers.”

The data center (DC) networking solutions covered in the Gartner research provide logical and/or physical network connectivity within enterprise data centers. Organizations’ data center networking requirements have continued to evolve rapidly after a period of architectural stability that lasted more than 15 years. Over the past two years, organizations have increasingly adopted a two-tier fat-tree architecture that delivers high cross-sectional bandwidth for east-west traffic while increasing flexibility and reducing cost.

About Arista Networks

Arista Networks was founded to pioneer and deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. Arista’s award-winning platforms, ranging in Ethernet speeds from 10 to 100 gigabits per second, redefine scalability, agility and resilience. Arista has shipped more than five million cloud networking ports worldwide with CloudVision and EOS, an advanced network operating system. Committed to open standards, Arista is a founding member of the 25/50GbE consortium. Arista Networks products are available worldwide directly and through partners.

ARISTA, EOS, CloudVision, Spline, and NetDB are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of Arista Networks, Inc. in jurisdictions around the world. Other company names or product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Additional information and resources can be found at www.arista.com.This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding the benefits and best practices utilized in the design and implementation of Arista’s Cloud Networking Portfolio and the enablement of Opex. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements including: our limited operating history and experience with developing and releasing new products; product, support or service quality problems; rapidly evolving changes in technology, customer requirements and industry standards as well as other risks stated in our filings with the SEC available on Arista’s website at www.arista.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Arista disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Required Disclaimer:

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

for more info : https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1344-pr-20160520

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27 May

ARISTA : Monitoring EOS with tcollector and OpenTSDB

EOS is a Linux distribution (based on Fedora), which means, among other things, that it can be monitored like any Linux server running Fedora.  In this post we show how to package a popular open-source monitoring framework, tcollector, as an EOS extension.

A bit of history

OpenTSDB is a distributed time series database used for infrastructure monitoring in many medium to large scale environments.  It uses a push model, meaning that OpenTSDB is not responsible for pulling monitoring from a set list of targets to monitor, rather the targets themselves are responsible for pushing their monitoring data to OpenTSDB, be they bare machines, VMs, containers, cron jobs, or anything else.  This is one of the key design aspects that make OpenTSDB easy to scale and operate, as adding monitoring capacity is as simple as spinning up more instances of OpenTSDB, and in case of failure, the targets are responsible for finding an OpenTSDB instance they can connect to.

One of the most common ways of pushing monitoring data to OpenTSDB is to use tcollector, an utility written in Python that usually runs on all servers and VMs.  tcollector comes with dozens of collectors built-in, for things ranging from collecting hundreds of metrics from Linux to MySQL or Postgres, elastic search, Hadoop and HBase, HAProxy or Varnish, ZooKeeper, etc.  Creating new collectors is easy too, since collectors are usually simple shell or Python scripts, and can be written in any programming language.

In March 2013, during one of the biannual hackathon events hosted at Arista, called “hack-a-switch”, I decided to integrate tcollector on EOS.  This involved writing a custom CLI plugin and a tiny bit of C++ code.  This extension has then found an avid customer base amongst Arista’s POC team, which started to regularly use it to track real-time CPU and memory usage during POCs, especially POCs with demanding cloud customers.

Fast forward to the end of that year, in November 2013 we started building the EOS SDK, in partnership with one of our biggest cloud customers.  By the following month, we had Python bindings available thanks to swig.  In September 2014, we rewrote the extension to use the EOS SDK, and the rewrite was subsequently open-sourced on GitHub.  So here are the instructions to build and deploy your own tcollector extension, so you can monitor EOS just like any server, while also getting visibility from the data plane.

to read more : https://eos.arista.com/monitoring-eos-with-tcollector-and-opentsdb/?utm_content=34473982&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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27 May

Hillstone Networks Partners with Mirantis to Deliver a Firewall as a Service Solution at Scale

Joint security solution provides protection for OpenStack-based public and private clouds

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Hillstone Networks, a leading provider of network firewall solutions, today announced a partnership with Mirantis, the pure play OpenStack company, and the availability of the Hillstone data center security appliance as a Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) solution within the Mirantis OpenStack environment. With this joint offering, customers who rely on Mirantis for production deployment of OpenStack at scale can secure their network with a plug-in from Hillstone. The FWaaS provides protection for OpenStack-based public and private clouds. Tenants can now use their cloud services securely through network isolation and policy protection.

As part of this effort, Hillstone joins the Mirantis’ Unlocked Technology Partner Program, to ensure seamless support and experience for our joint customers through automated configuration, deployment and integration.

“Hillstone Networks provides the high-performance firewall appliance for data center environments now certified with the Mirantis OpenStack,” said Mirantis VP of Product Marketing, Kamesh Pemmaraju. “We look forward to working with Hillstone to further automating the solution to drive cloud agility balanced with advanced security.”

Hillstone Networks provides high-performance data center firewall solutions which can be deployed at the perimeter of the data center to secure North-South traffic. With Hillstone FWaaS Plugin Driver deployed with Mirantis OpenStack, OpenStack administrators can configure firewall policies through the FWaaS plugin. The policies will then be pushed to the Hillstone firewall appliance automatically. The Hillstone FWaaS Solution protects the cloud platform and ensures business continuity with comprehensive security protection which is far beyond OpenStack Security Group and FWaaS rules, and optimizes administration to provide simplified management of cloud security to users. The solution is suitable for carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), business park, higher education and many other types of businesses.

“The joint solution with Mirantis addresses today’s cloud-based data centers’ security challenges that cannot be resolved with traditional security architectures. The partnership offers our customers the peace of mind to run their businesses on a platform that is both secure and reliable and that allows them to remain competitive,” said Lingling Zhang, VP of Products at Hillstone.

The joint solution is available at https://www.mirantis.com/partners/hillstone-networks

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27 May

Hillstone : Continues to be Recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for 3rd Year

“To be recognized for the third consecutive year in the magic quadrant is a validation of our vision and execution,” said Tim Liu, CTO and Co-Founder, Hillstone Networks. “The consistent industry recognition of our technology – with an emphasis on our cloud-based solutions such as CloudHive and CloudEdge – along with customer validation is a testament to Hillstone’s vision to provide 360° protection for the world’s networks, whether it is physical, virtual or cloud.”
“Hillstone’s recent release of the CloudHive east-west cloud microsegmentation solution indicates a motivation to bring further innovation to the enterprise firewall market.”

—Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, May 2016
With positive reactions from our customers and the market, we expect they’ll fuel even further growth in Hillstone’s position on the Magic Quadrant in the years to come.

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13 May

Hillstone : A Hybrid Approach to Detect Malicious Web Crawlers

Did you know that not all web crawlers are benign? A well-behaved web crawler usually identifies itself and balances the crawling frequencies, contents and bandwidth consumption.

An ill-behaved or malicious web crawler can consume large amounts of bandwidth and cause disruptions, especially to companies that rely on web traffic or content for their business.

Read this white paper to differentiate the benign web crawlers from the malign ones and how you can protect your network from malicious web crawlers.

to get white paper please contact our sales : email to sales@ks.net.my

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