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Understanding Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and how it integrates with SD-WAN

Posted in SD-WAN

sase and sd-wan introSoftware Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is changing the way that businesses connect to the cloud. With SD-WAN, organizations can move away from closed, proprietary hardware solutions, bringing flexibility and potential cost savings to their operations. 

And yet, while SD-WAN technology seems like a solution to many of the problems that businesses are having connecting to the cloud, there are still some concerns around security and that is where Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) comes into the picture.

Before we dive any deeper, let's take a quick look at what we've got covered:

What is SD-WAN?

Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a seismic shift from traditional WAN technology, where proprietary hardware and software are replaced with virtualization technology that can abstract networking from hardware. The “Software Defined” part of an SD-WAN uses virtualization to create a WAN architecture that allows enterprises to leverage any combination of transport services, including MPLS, LTE and broadband internet services, and create a fabric of connectivity that connects users to applications. SD-WANs use a centralized control plane to intelligently direct traffic across the WAN, increasing application performance, resulting in enhanced user experience, increased business productivity and reduced costs for IT.

Access popular articles covering SD-WAN topics by visiting our SD-WAN Network section

How is SASE Different from SD-WAN?

The Secure Access Service Edge, better known as SASE, is a technology proposed by Research Giant Gartner. The research house defines SASE as a cloud architecture that converges various network and security functions into a single, cloud security and networking platform. SASE goes beyond what an SD-WAN can offer by incorporating security protocols and increases the reach of the network with support for mobile devices, IoT devices, and other devices that may not have a persistent connection to the network. What’s more, SASE can securely bridge cloud services into the SD-WAN, allowing branch offices and remote users to access services from most any locations. SASE is delivered as a service, minimizing or eliminating the need for specialized hardware or security appliances.

Understanding SASE and SD-WAN

The SASE model allows IT teams to easily connect and secure all of their organization’s networks and users in an agile, cost-effective and scalable way.

What’s more,

SASE in the Real World:

Acunetix v13 Release Introduces Groundbreaking Innovations

Posted in Web Application Vulnerability Scanners

Acunetix v13 Web Application Vulnerability and Network ScannerThe newest release of the Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner further improves performance and premieres best-of-breed technologies.

Acunetix, the pioneer in automated web application security software, has announced the release of Acunetix Version 13. The new release comes with an improved user interface and introduces innovations such as the SmartScan engine, malware detection functionality, comprehensive network scanning, proof-of-exploit, incremental scanning, and more. This release further strengthens the leading position of Acunetix on the web security market.

“Acunetix has always focused on performance and accuracy and the newest release is yet another proof of this,” said Nicolas Sciberras, CTO. “You cannot find these unique features in any other product.”

Readers can access technical how-to documents using the Acunetix Web Vulnerability and Network Scanner by visiting our Web Application Vulnerability Scanners section.

Unparalleled Performance

Scanning complex web applications using traditional web vulnerability scanners may take hours, having a serious impact on production site performance and internal processes. Acunetix addresses this problem by introducing even more innovations that improve scanning performance.

acunetix v13 web application and network vulnerability scanner interface

The SmartScan engine included with Acunetix v13 prioritizes unique pages to discover more vulnerabilities early on. In most cases, Acunetix SmartScan can find approximately 80 percent of vulnerabilities in the first 20 percent of the scan. The newest Acunetix engine also reduces the number of requests required to find vulnerabilities, which lessens the site load during the scan.

In addition to the SmartScan engine, the newest Acunetix release also introduces incremental scanning. You can choose to scan only the elements of your web application that have changed since the last full scan. On average, it shortens the process by 90 percent or more.

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Comprehensive Security Coverage

With the release of Acunetix v13, network scanning functionality is now available on all platforms. Web vulnerabilities and network vulnerabilities are part of the same assessment and management processes.

In addition to the previously available malicious link discovery function, the newest Acunetix release also introduces web malware scanning. Acunetix discovers scripts on websites and web applications, downloads them, and scans them locally using Windows Defender on Windows or ClamAV on Linux.

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FREE WEBINAR: Microsoft Azure Certifications Explained - A Deep Dive for IT Professionals in 2020

Posted in Other Articles

It’s common knowledge, or at least should be, that certifications are the most effective way for IT professionals to climb the career ladder and it’s only getting more important in an increasingly competitive professional marketplace. Similarly, cloud-based technologies are experiencing unparalleled growth and the demand for IT professionals with qualifications in this sector are growing rapidly. Make 2020 your breakthrough year - check out this free upcoming FREE webinar hosted by two Microsoft cloud experts to plan your Azure certification strategy in 2020

microsoft azure certifications explained

The webinar features a full analysis of the Microsoft Azure certification landscape in 2020, giving you the knowledge to properly prepare for a future working with cloud-based workloads. Seasoned veterans Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze and Microsoft cloud expert Michael Bender will be hosting the event which includes Azure certification tracks, training and examination costs, learning materials, resources and labs for self-study, how to gain access to FREE Azure resources, and more. 

Altaro’s webinars are always well attended and one reason for this is the encouragement for attendee participation. Every single question asked is answered and no stone is left unturned by the presenters. They also present the event live twice to allow as many people as possible to have the chance of attending the event and asking their questions in person! 

For IT professionals in 2020, and especially those with a Microsoft ecosystem focus, this event is a must-attend! 

The webinar will be held on Wednesday February 19, at 3pm CET/6am PST/9am EST and at again 7pm CET/10am PST/1pm EST. I’ll be attending so I’ll see you there! 

Save your free webinar seat!

Understanding Deduplication. Complete Guide to Deduplication Methods & Their Impact on Storage and VM Backups

Posted in Virtualization & VM Backup

data deduplication process vm backupWhen considering your VM backup solution, key features such as deduplication are incredibly important. This is not simply from a cost perspective but also an operational one. While is it true that deduplication of your backup data can have considerable cost savings for your business, it is also true that the wrong type of deduplication can often have negative performance and contribute to a negative end-user experience.

This article will explore the various deduplication types including general Inline Deduplication and Altaro’s Augmented Inline Deduplication for your VM Backup Storage. We'll also cover deduplication concerns such as software interoperability, disk wear, performance and other important areas. Let's now take a look at what’s covered:

Deduplication Basics

In fundamental terms, deduplication is the process of minimizing the amount of physical storage required for your data. In this article, we are using your VM backups as the data subject.

While physical storage costs are improving year on year, storage is still a considerable cost for any organization which is why deduplication techniques are being included into common data handing products such as backup software for your Virtual Machines.

There are various forms of deduplication available and it’s imperative to understand each one as all of them have various cost-saving vs performance trade-offs.

File-Based Deduplication

FREE Webinar - Fast Track your IT Career with VMware Certifications

Posted in Virtualization & VM Backup

Everyone who attends the webinar has a chance of winning a VMware VCP course (VMware Install, Config, Manage) worth $4,500!

Climbing the career ladder in the IT industry is usually dependent on one crucial condition: having the right certifications. If you’re not certified to a specified level in a certain technology used by an employer, that’s usually a non-negotiable roadblock to getting a job or even further career progression within a company. Understanding the route you should take, and creating a short, medium, and long term plan for your certification goals is something everyone working in the IT industry must do. In order to do this properly you need the right information and luckily, an upcoming webinar from the guys at Altaro has you covered!

Fast Track your IT Career with VMware Certifications is a free webinar presented by vExperts Andy Syrewicze and Luke Orellana on November 20th outlining everything you need know about the VMware certification world including costs, value, certification tracks, preparation, resources, and more.

Free vmware certification webinar

In addition to the great content being discussed, everyone who attends the webinar has a chance of winning a VMware VCP course (VMware Install, Config, Manage) worth $4.5k! This incredible giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18 and all you need to do to enter is register and attend the webinar on November 20th! The winner will be announced the day after the webinar via email to registrants.

VMware VCP Certification is one of the most widely recognized and valued certifications for technicians and system administrators today however the hefty price tag of $4.5k puts it out of reach of many. The chance to get this course for free does not come along every day and should definitely not be missed!

Register NOW for the webinar and VCP Giveaway

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