Elliott Management Acquires Gigamon for $1.6 Billion

Investment agitator and vulture Elliott Management have acquired network monitoring firm Gigamon for $1.6bn. Gigamon have recently posted third quarter results (Gigamon Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights). These show revenue and profits down over the quarter. Given that Gigamon’s primary product lines are high bandwidth network monitors and taps, this is unsurprising. The physical network…

IPv6 Security Myths

I’ve been reading an article on Linux.com on various IPv6 security myths. IPv6 was originally proposed with several in-built security features. Expectations have expanded over time to IPv6 to be the most secure protocol ever. But in reality things are different. The article covers some of the security fallacies that built up around IPv6 and…

SD-WAN: What are the business benefits?

What are the business benefits of SD-WAN deployment? SD-WAN stands for a Software-Defined Wide Area Network. It simplifies network management. It reduces the cost of the network infrastructure. It provides better network governance. And it is easier to manage the previous generation Hybrid Networking. With 50% of the data in networks now being delivered to…

IP History – a look at what might have been.

We’re approaching the fifth anniversary of the World IPv6 Launch Day. This is reflects the day in which the Internet had a world-wide validation of the IPv6 protocol. IPv6 supports additional hosts, compared with the exhausted IPv4 address space. What led to this IP history, and why are we stuck with a 4 octet address space? IP…