Cloud Field Day 18: Private Data Center as Easy as Cloud

Juniper Networks’ recent presentation at Cloud Field Day 18 showcased their vision for a secure and automated data center ecosystem, leveraging AI to propel data center networking into a new era of simplicity and efficiency. Their approach promises to make the operation of private data centers as effortless as cloud services, optimizing performance while enhancing security. To delve deeper into their cutting-edge strategies for transforming data center management, check out the insights and technological advancements discussed in this blog post.

Empowering the API Fortress Using FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service With Fortinet

At Cloud Field Day, Fortinet showcased their FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, positioning it as a trailblazer for bolstering web application and API security in the face of an ever-present digital threat landscape. This sponsored article by Chris Hildebrandt discusses this customer-focused solution, which stands out for its machine learning engine that intelligently learns and documents API structures, enabling it to draft specific security policies and swiftly identify high-priority threats. FortiWeb™ Cloud WAF-as-a-Service epitomizes a proactive approach to cybersecurity, offering a unified view across environments and actionable insights to optimize security postures for SOCs.

The Importance of a Web Application Firewall With Fortinet

At Cloud Field Day, Fortinet underscored the critical role of Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) in safeguarding enterprise applications, as demonstrated in a live hack simulation on a drone control app. In this sponsored article, Jeffrey Powers discusses FortiWeb Cloud WAF, a defender against sophisticated threats, highlighting its ability to identify and thwart attacks such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting to protect daily web operations. With the growing deployment of web applications across various sectors, including drone technology, Fortinet’s solutions like FortiSOAR and FortiAnalyzer are vital in offering proactive, machine learning-driven response strategies to maintain security and operational integrity.

Elevating Cloud SOC by Leveraging Fortinet’s Automation and Intelligence

Fortinet’s presentation at Cloud Field Day highlighted its commitment to evolving Security Operations Centers (SOCs) through automation and intelligence, exemplified by their flagship FortiSOAR solution. Designed to predict and prevent attacks proactively, FortiSOAR simplifies playbook creation with a no-code, drag-and-drop interface and integrates seamlessly with over 500 tools. The solution’s capacity to scale security operations by automating decision-making and incident response positions FortiSOAR as a transformative force for SOCs to become more agile and efficient in the face of complex cyber threats.

Security in the AI Era With Fortinet’s Srija Allam and Julian Petersohn

In this TechArena podcast, Allyson Klein spoke with Fortinet’s security experts Srija Allam and Julian Petersohn about how Fortinet is integrating AI into their comprehensive security solutions. As cybersecurity becomes increasingly complex with rapid technological advances, Fortinet is optimizing with AI to stay ahead of threats. Their approach is a proactive one, aiming not only to respond to attacks but to predict and prevent them through intelligent monitoring and AI-driven insights.

Building AI Data Platforms With WEKA

Matyáš Prokop in his latest LinkedIn article highlights the importance of high-performance storage in the AI and Machine Learning (AI/ML) context, addressing the challenge of storage inadequacies that often hamper optimal operational performance. He spotlights the WEKA solution, an innovative approach that utilizes NVMe storage in various cloud environments to greatly improve I/O operations. Prokop underlines the cost-effectiveness, improved scalability, flexibility, and overall performance enhancement this solution offers, emphasizing the need for companies to reassess their storage solutions as AI/ML operations grow more complex.

Self-Service Networking in Multi-Cloud With Prosimo

Sulagna Saha reviews Prosimo’s cloud networking solution that makes multi-cloud networking more like a self-service option. Navigating the ever-evolving challenges of multi-cloud networking is a constant hassle. Prosimo presents full-stack cloud networking that implements a cloud-native blueprint to optimize network operations in multi-cloud. Read about it at Gestalt IT or watch the demo here on the website.

Stopping Resource Waste Resulting From Underutilization With WEKA Converged Mode for AWS

Sulagna Saha reviews WEKA Converged Mode for AWS. In large GPU farms, inefficient utilization creates idle silos of resources. WEKA in Converged Mode helps tap into those resources, thus improving cost-efficiency and sustainability of AI use cases. Read the article on Gestalt IT or watch the demo here at the website.

Perfecting Application Lifecycle Security Using AI and Automation With Fortinet

App lifecycle security takes a mix of approaches and technologies. At the recent Cloud Field Day event, Fortinet presented FortiWeb, a solution designed to reinvent application lifecycle security. FortiWeb enables quick and effective response to threats at a fraction of the time and cost of manual methods. Read about it at Gestalt IT, and watch the demo here on the Tech Field Day website.

VMware at Cloud Field Day 18

Cloud Field Day 18 marked the unveiling of VMware Tanzu Intelligence Services, which optimizes cost, performance and security for applications running across multiple clouds. Key presentations covered various tools within the Tanzu suite, offering insights into VMware’s latest innovations. The event served as a vital platform for thought leadership and an exchange of ideas among IT bloggers, influencers, and industry leaders.

Making App Strategy a Success With VMware Tanzu Intelligence Services

Modernizing the app portfolio is an arduous feat. Teams need all the help they can get to push through it. VMware presented the Tanzu Intelligence Services at the Cloud Field Day event that provides a bundle of tools to help manage and optimize the app experience, and ensure seamless modernization. Read about it at Gestalt IT, and watch the demo at the Tech Field Day website.

Taking Private Cloud to the Next Level

In this LinkedIn article, Keith Townsend discusses the potential of automating private data centers to a point where they are indistinguishable from the public cloud for consumers. Using Juniper Networks Apstra’s integration with Terraform as an example, he argues the need for advanced understanding and expertise in both data center networking and automation tools to create a smooth developer experience. Townsend commends the Juniper team on their aggressive and effective demo, while urging for more of such practical integrations in the industry.

Enabling the Magic of Cloud on Premises With Juniper Apstra

As datacenters evolve and become more cutting-edge, operators find it increasingly difficult to overcome operational complexities. Juniper Asptra harnesses the power of AI/ML and intent-based networking to provide an experience that is simple and easy, much like cloud. Read the article at Gestalt IT or watch the demo on the Tech Field Day website.

Cloud Field Day 18: After-Action Perspective From the Delegates

We loved Nathan Bennett’s group Cloud Field Day after-action report video and wrote up an article to go with it at Gestalt IT. The event offered a platform for tech companies to showcase their developments and gain feedback from our delegates. Juniper Networks presenting their AI integration into Apstra, while Mezmo impressed with its telemetry capabilities and user-friendly interface. Long-standing industry player, VMware, was noted for its adaptability in the multi-cloud environment, proving that the evolving tech landscape remains exciting and innovative. Get the delegate reaction to all the presentations in this video!

Building AI Data Platforms With WEKA

Matyáš Prokop examines the development of AI data platforms in this LinkedIn article, documenting WEKA’s advancements. Focusing on aiding data scientists, WEKA builds user-friendly platforms, allowing data scientists to focus on data science work rather than infrastructure management. Prokop emphasizes WEKA’s ability to streamline the data handling process, reducing the need for complex IT infrastructure architecture or manual data management.

AMD Fuels the Cloud-Native Revolution With Chiplet-Based Architectures

Following their Cloud Field Day presentation, Sulagna Saha explores how AMD is leveraging its chiplet-based architecture to support cloud-native solutions. AMD’s innovative approach involves the use of smaller “chiplets” assembled into a new server chip, allowing for flexibility and tailored configuration based on specific product demands. Saha believes this chiplet architecture aligns with the four core tenets of cloud-native—microservices, containerization, continuous delivery, and DevOps—paving the way for the next evolution in cloud computing.

Regaining Network Sanity Amongst the Clouds With Prosimo

Jon Hildebrand dives into the challenges of multi-cloud networking and how Prosimo aims to address these. Prosimo’s multi-cloud platform is designed to simplify the process of setting up secure connections among major cloud platforms. However, Hildebrand expresses some concerns over the long-term business model, such as the need to constantly sync with developments from multiple cloud providers and the potential risk of service deprecation.

Cloud Field Day 18 – After Action Report

This “after-action report” is a YouTube video featuring a group of Cloud Field Day delegates discussing the presentations and content from our recent event. Organized by Nathan Bennett, these videos give an immediate and unvarnished look at the presentations.

Prosimo: A Game-Changer in Cloud Networking CFD18

Chris Hildebrandt presents an in-depth review of Prosimo, a modern cloud network delivery and security platform designed to optimize application performance, security, and reliability. Chris highlights Prosimo’s key features, such as application performance optimization, strong security through Zero Trust Network Access principles, multi-cloud integration scope, scalability, and simplified management. He lauds Prosimo as a game-changer for enterprises seeking to enhance user experience, increase security, reduce network infrastructure costs, and future-proof their set-up.

Do Processors Matter in the Cloud?

Keith Townsend delves into the relevance of hardware selection, specifically processors, in cloud services in this LinkedIn article. Noting that although AWS has commoditized the cloud underlay, Townsend argues that processor choice still plays a crucial role, particularly when aiming to optimize cost, performance, and application portability. However, for those firmly invested in a specific Cloud Service Provider or prioritizing avoiding optimization costs at the infrastructure level, the cloud provider’s processor may be the more convenient choice.