About Arthur Cole

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Arthur Cole is a freelance journalist specializing in the hi-tech communications and information field. Prior to striking out on his own, Arthur held editorial positions for a wide range of technology publications, covering such industries as audio/video production and distribution, multimedia, computer gaming, and IP communications. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

The data center interconnect (DCI) is emerging as a key element in the enterprise strategy to transition to a more digital-oriented business model, one that encompasses multiple data processing and storage sites on the cloud and the IoT edge. At the same time, however, static network connectivity both within the data center and over the wide area is becoming increasingly virtualized and software-defined, meaning that in the very near future organizations will take to managing and optimizing their DCI infrastructure as code ...

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The enterprise’s insatiable demand for bandwidth shows no signs of letting up any time soon. In fact, if current trends continue, it’s about to expand dramatically both inside the data center and on wide area infrastructure. But adding bandwidth is not simply a matter of widening the pipe. More bandwidth means more complexity, faster throughput and improved layering and segmentation to accommodate workloads of various types and sizes. And it all has to be done with an eye toward the future so you don’t end up repeating the process a few short years from now ...

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The enterprise is quickly migrating from a single-cloud strategy to a multi-cloud footing as a means to cope with the increasingly heavy data loads of emerging service-based business models. It doesn't take long, however, to realize that performance of these distributed architectures is tied directly to network connectivity. Unfortunately, network solutions tend to become more expensive as demands for bandwidth and flexibility mount, putting the enterprise in a difficult position when it comes to meeting the demands of increasingly tech-savvy users at a reasonable price point ...

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The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is emerging as one of the hottest growth areas for the enterprise. With the demands of mobile users, the IoT and the emerging digital services market continuously pushing virtualized infrastructure past the data center to the cloud and beyond, organizations are in dire need of rapid provisioning and agile connectivity over the long haul. But this is leading to a conundrum of sorts: Is it better to adopt a fully managed SD-WAN or should control be preserved in-house? Or is there even a middle-ground that alleviates much of the day-to-day burdens without risking availability or data integrity?

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High-profile data breaches are back in the headlines, and it is almost certain that the world has not seen the last of these massive hauls of personal information. But so far, at least, most of these attacks have involved exploiting weakness in local network security systems to swipe information lodged in corporate and cloud-based storage systems, otherwise known as data at rest. Increasingly, however, security experts are starting to examine vulnerabilities of data in motion ...

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