4 Reasons to Assess Your Monitoring Strategy and 1 Reason To Not

4 Reasons to Assess Your Monitoring Strategy and 1 Reason To Not

Monitoring is an interesting subject. You need to have it but it is rarely true that it represents core business. For many organizations, it is just another cost of doing business. As a result, it doesn’t always get the focus that it should have. This is despite the level of […]

HowTo: Start Using NetMRI Policy

Sanity or Insanity Arrows Concept

Sanity: We in network operations desire it.  Crave it, really.  And it seems tricky to find sometimes in complex network implementations.  When we deploy networks in the real world of mergers and acquisitions, upgrades and new vendors, it can be awfully hard to keep your sanity.  When I work with […]

5 Reasons Your Network Can’t Adapt to Change

5 Reasons Your Network Can’t Adapt to Change

Do your network tools keep up with what you plan to deploy? If not, you can run into all sorts of issues. Here are five ways your network tools might be falling short: Hardware gets faster and software releases, updates and patches are always coming in. That’s normal. Just keeping […]

Configuring Your Network Devices with Infoblox DDI

Configuring Your Network Devices with Infoblox DDI

When you configure your network devices, the primary variables are the IP addresses and subnets you assign to it. Those variables impact your defined network security zones, and how data flows through “controlled network” zones, where compliance matters. Here are some advantages to integrating these functions:

Network Automation Best Practices – Knowing vs. Following

Network Automation Best Practices – Knowing vs. Following

“When you automate strongly, then you can automate the best practices…you no longer have to worry about that one admin who thinks he knows better than everyone else…[then] suddenly you’ve spread a bad change across your entire enterprise.”

Compliance is Key to NCCM

Compliance is Key to NCCM

One of the main conversations that I have around Network Configuration & Compliance Management (NCCM) and NetMRI is the need to ensure that their networks can be demonstrated to be compliant with regulatory requirements and standards. Most frequently, the conversation is around the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), since […]

Why Compliance Auditing and Reporting demands Automation

Why Compliance Auditing and Reporting demands Automation

You’re in your regular leadership team meeting when the CIO turns to other business and announces “…and we have our regular annual PCI Audit coming up in three weeks so let’s make sure we’re all ready for it…” Did the CIO see that involuntary twitch cross your face? Is that […]

Think your Configs are Compliant? Think Again

Think your Configs are Compliant? Think Again

Infoblox recently presented a Webinar, Think Your Configs Are Compliant? Think Again, featuring Dave Signori of Infoblox. Dave discusses the complex compliance landscape including mandatory external regulations like PCI, DISA and others… as well as internal security and operational policies… and the challenge of ensuring that network device configurations stay […]

Network Change and Configuration Management – A process, not a thing…

Network Change and Configuration Management – A process, not a thing…

All too often, concepts such as Network Change and Configuration Management are treated as a “thing”, which translates to a product or tool, when really they are a process that utilizes automation technologies and tools to allow the capabilities associated with NCCM to be realized. When this happens, there can […]

NCCM and the unfulfilled promise of closed loop remediation

NCCM and the unfulfilled promise of closed loop remediation

There are a lot of benefits to Network Configuration and Change Management (NCCM) not the least of which are visibility, control and change automation. But the “Holy Grail” that is often pointed to is the ability to do closed loop remediation where the tools can be used to detect change, […]