Extreme Networks Looks to the Future of Digital Transformation with the Autonomous Network

The possibilities offered by today’s networking technology are endless, from being able to save lives, keep loved ones safe, better prepare students for their futures, get packages to where they need to be quicker, help customers find what they need faster, and more.

How can we ensure the technology is optimised to do this? According to ZK Research, “An autonomous network is the next evolutionary step in networking and advances many of the capabilities created by software-defined networks. It’s important to understand that an autonomous network goes well beyond basic automation capabilities and leads to a network that is self-operating.”
In Digital Transformation Requires an Autonomous Network, ZK Research explains the differences between a network that is fully autonomous and one that merely contains automated capabilities by looking at the automotive industry:
Cars have had automation capabilities such as parallel-park assist, lane change alert, and cruise control for several years, but the operator of the vehicle makes the decision as to how fast to drive or whether it can park in a certain spot.
With a completely autonomous vehicle, the driver issues a command such as “drive me to the airport,” and the car will complete this task following the rules and policies. The car will arrive at the airport knowing whether a certain lot is for daily use or long term and will make a decision based on that policy. A self-driving car understands all the rules, speed limits, and congestion points, and it completes the tasks with these in mind.
Similarly, an autonomous network can be thought of as a self-driving network that runs itself based on the intent determined by business policy. The autonomous network is a powerful, transformational paradigm to ensure that the operation of the network is aligned with the goals of the business. This changes the role of the network from a tactical resource that often gets in the way to a strategic resource that drives innovation.
Here are some of the capabilities autonomous networking enables:
• Connecting doctors with patients arriving in an ambulance before they’re even around the corner
• Finding missing persons with IP cameras at concerts
• Selling consumers what they want even if it’s not in your store
• Powering next-level robotics
• Using facial recognition for door locks at schools, research facilities, and prisons
• Getting a heart transplant where it needs to be on time for surgery
All of these capabilities improve human experiences by connecting people to technology and those connections are only possible if we can scale our networks to meet the demands of these new experiences.
What if the network wasn’t just something you managed, but rather an entity capable of learning, adapting, and securing all on its own? It wouldn’t just be machine learning and artificial intelligence – this would be freedom. This gives users the freedom to set their intentions and watch the network run autonomously while exploring new ideas and experiences. It offers the freedom to connect with your patients, students, customers, citizens and clients by leveraging your network, apps and devices. This is the beauty of AI. If we can build a network that is self-learning, self-healing, self-securing, and self-optimising, it gives us freedom and delivers experiences.
“Advanced networking is the unsung hero of our digital future, offering a continuum of connectivity that can drive the development of new products and services, transform inefficient operating models, and make digital transformation possible.” – Deloitte
To bring this level of digitisation fully realise this level of digitisation, you require an agile, adaptive, and secure network, with a software-driven approach, and your team’s human intelligence underpinning the entire business. You need one that
• Addresses the onslaught of IoT and mobile devices with context-based policies
• Uses automation to initiate remediation
• Automates Wi-Fi and frees up IT administrators’ time
• Secures data and information using ML and AI
• Simplifies network operations using verbal commands
• Utilises analytics to make decisions
• Prevents catastrophic “headline-making” security attacks
Deploying the Right Combination of Elements
Extreme Networks brings you this vision with the autonomous network. Connecting things is what we do. People, applications and experiences all depend on their ability to connect to the network.
From electronic shelf labelling in retail to digital learning in schools, we transform the network from a binary utility into a powerful, perceptive engine that automatically and intelligently connects people to technology. Your IT team becomes free to reimagine the business and create meaningful outcomes that improve the human experience like never before.
That’s why Extreme Networks invests 95% of their research and development dollars into software and AI to expand the automation capabilities across their Smart OmniEdge, Automated Campus, and Agile Data Centre solutions. Their aim is to create a secure, self-healing, and self-driving network–from the enterprise edge to the cloud–with the following attributes:
• Cross-domain and closed-loop automation: end users can optimise network performance from the end device to the application server.
• Software-driven infrastructure, augmented with machine learning and AI so customers can easily respond to bandwidth demands and user behaviour, ensuring end users get the experience they need when they need it.
• Insights and analytics: end users can track the behaviour of applications, users and IoT devices in real-time; identify anomalous behaviour, and automatically resolve issues without human intervention.
• Open and standards-based ecosystem: end users can build the exact architecture and applications they require to fulfil the specialized demands of their enterprise.
“By offering new sources of automation and intelligence, we’re giving customers the tools they need to automate routine networking tasks, and the freedom to create compelling new experiences that increase efficiencies, improve competitive advantage and, in some cases, change lives. The businesses of the future are being built today – and they’re customers of Extreme Networks.”- Ed Meyercord President and CEO, Extreme Networks
Combined with their collaborative, customer-driven approach, Extreme brings IT practitioners in every industry the freedom to challenge the status quo, to connect with patients, students, customers, and clients in new exciting ways. Ultimately, the freedom to leverage their network, apps, and devices to do what they came here to do – elevate the human experience.

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Get Advanced Cybersecurity for Your Home Network with Netgear Armor on Orbi Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi

Netgear has announced the worldwide availability of Netgear Armor Cyber Threat Protection, powered by Bitdefender, on Orbi Wi-Fi Mesh Systems. This is great news for any home network, with the increasing amount of IoT devices in every household, the threat of a cyber-attack becomes more and more probable.

Netgear Armor is a cybersecurity solution that protects all internet-connected devices in your home from viruses, malware, stolen passwords, identity theft and hacking, whether you’re at home or on the go. Instant notifications warn you whenever you or someone in your family visit websites that may try to scam, infect or steal your personal information.

Many people already have some type of anti-virus software loaded onto their home computers. However, this is often not effective enough for cyber threats in today’s environment. In fact, according to research, 146 billion records of personal information, such as credit card information or identity numbers, are expected to be stolen by cybercriminals between 2018 to 2023.

Netgear Armor provides network-wide security, which means that all devices connected to your Orbi Wi-Fi network will benefit from this protection including smart home and IoT (internet of things) devices. This is a unique offering as many malware protection providers only safeguard Android, IOS, Mac and Windows systems, leaving a range of devices vulnerable.

Continuous scans will identify and block malware such as viruses, spyware, ransomware, and the malicious links that are the delivery system to infect your network before they even reach you. Immediate notifications on your smartphone (via the Orbi app) or on your computer will alert you when threats are detected and blocked.

Netgear Armor regularly scans all internet-connected devices to keep you safer from potential security vulnerabilities. Armor also checks for open ports, password strength, firmware versions, and other potential security weaknesses. Scanning is fast and with minimal impact on your system performance since it occurs in the cloud to maximize power and efficiency.

Because Netgear Armor covers all of your internet-connected devices, it is an effective way to protect against cyber threats for less secure but prolific smart home devices like security cameras, smart lights and door locks.

Netgear Armor empowers you to eliminate vulnerabilities or simply know the status of your home network and devices, anytime, anywhere. Get instant notifications when malicious threats are detected, block unknown devices from joining your home network or take action on vulnerabilities as they are discovered easily through the Nighthawk App.

Netgear Armor also includes Bitdefender Total Security, which allows you to install complete anti-malware protection on your Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices. Now you and your family can stay protected while away from home and using public Wi-Fi networks.

Netgear Armor is powered by the award-winning cybersecurity firm Bitdefender, which detects, anticipates and neutralizes the newest cyber dangers anywhere in the world on the spot thanks to the largest cloud security delivery infrastructure on the globe.

“Bitdefender is the cybersecurity company that has kept pace with fast-evolving online threats, using innovations that address one of the most stringent issues we’re facing now, protection for smart home devices and IoT,” says Tobie van Schalkwyk, Business Development Manager at Duxbury Networking, the SA Netgear distributor. “With Netgear, this new partnership continues our mission of safeguarding people’s online lives using technology that has taken an important step forward, making our advanced cybersecurity solution available to more families, and consolidating our position as leaders of this market segment.”

Pricing and Availability

Netgear Armor on Orbi is now available worldwide on all Orbi Wi-Fi Mesh Systems with an Orbi RBR50 router, including the RBK50, the RBK53, and the Orbi Voice (RBK50V). Installation is as easy as accepting the offer and all Orbi RBR50 routers worldwide have received the firmware update to enable installation of Armor. Following the free 30-day trial, the annual subscription fee is $69.99 USD.

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Cambium Networks launches additions to ePMP 802.11ac Wave 2 fixed wireless broadband solutions

Wireless service providers and enterprises around the globe are challenged to deliver reliable connectivity in overcrowded radio frequency (RF) environments. As spectrum increasingly becomes a scarce commodity, finding the right broadband connectivity solution is vital for all low- and high-density types of deployments.

Cambium resolves this challenge with an innovative technology solution that delivers superior performance, resiliency and reaches the most overcrowded environments. Since 2013, ePMP solutions have provided the foundation for unwavering wireless connectivity and support all over the world.

A leading global provider of wireless networking solutions, Cambium has launched new ePMPTM wireless broadband solutions to provide reliable and affordable connectivity. Their ePMP product line has set the standard for high performance, scalability and consistency in harsh interference environments, all at a compelling price.

Cambium’s ePMP distribution and access solutions enable network operators to provide high-speed wireless internet service to business and residential customers. Applications supported include data and file transfer, voice, streaming video, and video surveillance. These ePMP wireless broadband networks scale from small deployments to connect remote areas to community-wide deployments with thousands of subscribers.

Extending the Cambium ePMP 3000 multi-user, multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) offering, these new solutions present a connectorized subscriber module and GPS synced ruggedized access point. Cambium Networks connects the unconnected with wireless fabric broadband solutions purpose-built for demanding environments and unique challenges, the ePMP 3000L and the Force 300 CSM are no different.

Optimised for low-density coverage areas, the ePMP 3000L provides micro-pop connectivity. It also utilises GPS synchronisation for high scalability and spectral efficiency. This access point provides up to 600 Mbps headline data rates.

To connect hard-to-reach locations, the 802.11ac Wave 2 Force 300 CSM provides up to 600 Mbps headline data rate in 20/40/80 MHz channels using 2×2 MIMO technology. This unit can be used as a subscriber or point to point link.

Cambium Networks understands the WISP market and is striving to create different products in different portfolios. The backwards and forwards compatibility features of the ePMP platform offer a greater return on investment for their customers, allowing older Cambium products to be integrated with new ones. Cambium is committed to helping its customers continue to provide better networks and keep up with the demand of clients.

These latest additions to the ePMP 3000 portfolio truly add flexibility to the Network Operator’s needs. These products fit perfectly into the growing needs of operators looking for high-performance solutions in a smaller density deployment model. Proven to perform in harsh field conditions, ePMP 3000 also comes with a 3-year warranty.

The ePMP 3000L and Force 300 CSM will be linked to Cambium’s LINKPlanner and cnMaestroTM software in the near future, offering seamless integration with your existing network. Network operators will soon be able to rapidly design high-reliability links with the free LINKPlanner software, and monitor performance and manage the network with the free cnMaestroTM end-to-end management system. cnMaestroTM wireless network manager is a cloud-based or on-premises software platform that streamlines device management by offering complete network visibility and zero-touch provisioning.

These new ePMP products will be available soon through Duxbury Networking and Cambium’s channel partners.

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Duxbury Networking launches new range of commercial and industrial switches with AI technology

Duxbury Networking has released their long-awaited Commercial and Industrial switch range, this is the company’s latest foray into hardware production. The Duxbury switches are targeted at applications in small businesses and home offices requiring the installation of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) devices. These may include IP phones, IP cameras and access points.

The decision to develop our own range of switches was motivated by a gap in the market for more affordable switches with high-level capabilities. As Graham Duxbury, Founder and CEO of Duxbury Networking, explains, “Our switches offer some of the best features available, at a fraction of the cost of our competitors. The Duxbury range will expand to meet the need for specialised, value-added products as well as the volume distribution of its market-leading offerings.”

What makes the Duxbury Switches unique is their Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, both the commercial and industrial range come standard with these features. AI Extend supports 250 meters distance power supply to PoE devices at 10Mbps, a noteworthy feature as many other switches are limited to 100 meters.

The AI Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) is focused isolating ports 1 to 8, allowing each port to effectively suppress network storms and improve network performance. Our AI Quality of Service (QoS) function prioritises identified video data to make video transmissions smoother.

These features are supported by an AI Power over Ethernet (PoE) function which automatically detects dead devices and restarts the port, instead of the switch.

The Commercial switches from Duxbury represent an easy and cost-effective way to add more Ethernet ports to a small network. “They also give users an opportunity to leverage the full potential of increasingly popular IP-based networking solutions, such as security systems, at an affordable price.”, according to Graham Duxbury, Founder and CEO of Duxbury Networking.

Our Industrial AI Smart Managed switches are constructed from high-strength aluminum and support IP40. The switches provide Gigabit PoE ports to any PoE enabled devices in harsh environments. Duxbury’s range supports low power design and seismic rail mounting. They are also capable of tolerating operating temperatures between -40C and 75C, a significant advantage considering most switches on this level only sustain 0C to 45C. The industrial range is certified to the EMC Industry Level 4 protection and is durable enough to sustain harsh environmental conditions like factories, production plants or mines.

Rich Network management functions like port mirroring, port and security management features make the industrial range a reliable solution for smart traffic, video surveillance and other harsh industrial environments. Out of the box AI technology makes this a unique offering in the industrial switch market. This range comes standard with RUN-Ring (self-healing time <10ms), allowing the switch to circumvent any errors or breaks in the cables by choosing a new route, meaning that there is no delay or downtime in your network.

The Duxbury range is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

Duxbury Switches Feature List:
• AI Extend: Support 250 meters distance power supply to PoE devices (@10Mbps)
• AI Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN): Isolating ports 1 to 8. Each port effectively suppresses network storms and improve network performance
• AI QoS: Prioritise identified video data to make video transmission smoother
• AI Power over Ethernet (PoE): Automatically detect dead devices and restart the port, not the switch
• Flexible Power over Ethernet (PoE) deployment for your video surveillance, wireless and VoIP installations
• More power per port powering your Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) and high-powered devices
• Suitable for IEEE802.3af/at compatible powered devices (PDs)
• 46W on each port

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Connecting with customers using your wireless network

There are many great reasons to set up a guest Wi-Fi network for your business or organisation, the value of the guest network and the available presence analytics cannot be overstated.

One of the many advantages of guest Wi-Fi that it provides a unified face to your customer from the moment they connect to your network. Most network providers offer a custom landing page that can be aligned to your brand identity in the form of images, logos, colours and banner advertising. Some organisations use this page to direct customers to a promotion or recent blog post which immediately engages their interest in the company. At this point, you may also request a login from your customers which will allow better tracking of their activity while using the guest connection.

Depending on how you set up your guest network, you will also have access to presence analytics to help understand user stay times and engagement patterns for your business. This information may be used to improve operations by changing staff shifts according to customer peaks, optimising your marketing strategies or creating targeted and intelligent merchandising to boost sales. You may also view guest network information for multiple stores or premises, allowing you to compare customer engagement and find areas of improvement for different locations.

In terms of more direct benefits, a guest network encourages customers to spend more time in a particular store or venue which can result in more purchases or simply further opportunities for them to interact with your brand. This, in turn, drives brand loyalty, how many times have you vowed never to return somewhere based on their poor Wi-Fi connection? It can completely alter a customer’s experience of your business, and by giving them the connectivity they need, it is more likely to be a positive one. This is best illustrated within the hospitality industry, Wi-Fi connection is one of the first things guests ask for when they arrive and it will one of their biggest complaints if you get it wrong. For those businesses who prioritise high-quality connectivity, there is a wealth of loyal customers ready to join your revenue stream.

If none of these features have grabbed your attention yet, then perhaps the increased network security is more your speed. By separating your business and guest networks, it becomes more difficult to access your sensitive information because your business network will only be accessed by authorised users and employees. While your business network should have a highly complex password and security features, a guest network may have a simple password that can be given to anyone visiting your premises. Using your network provider’s connectivity management system, you may control the duration and usage of the connection to ensure that there are no risks to your organisation.

HPE Aruba Central’s guest Wi-Fi enables branded access for visitors, contractors, or suppliers and is simple and fully customisable. You are able to choose from several registration methods and create mobile-friendly login pages with your logo, custom welcome messages, terms and conditions, backgrounds, colours, and images or simply choose from existing templates.

Connectivity health delivers the active monitoring and analysis needed to improve and maintain the connection process, including association with access points, network authentication, address assignment and domain name service accessibility.

With HPE Aruba Central, everything from setting up the network to monitoring and maintaining it is effortless. Whether managing one site or a thousand remote locations, one interface that can be accessed from anywhere gives you the visibility and control you need. These features have the potential to expand your overall IT value and network far beyond your original objectives. HPE Aruba Central has one of the most advanced network management systems and offers a range of unique features for your presence analytics.

Ultimately, there are few reasons not to create a guest network for your organisation, and using the right network provider will give you complete control over how guests use this connectivity. In a world where wireless and mobile devices are essential tools, it’s easy to give your customers what they want and drive more successful relationships with them.

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How Wi-Fi 6 will change your home network connectivity forever

The long-anticipated release of the newest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 is finally upon us and here’s why you should be excited about it. Today’s households are dealing with an increasing number of connected devices and a rising demand for greater bandwidth from streaming video, audio and online gaming.

Many homes also have smart home devices such as IP cameras, voice assistants, smart thermostats and appliances, which all need a constant connection to the network. With the introduction of Wi-Fi 6, the future of connectivity looks a whole lot brighter. 

This new standard in wireless connectivity offers a huge performance leap for applications like video streaming, gaming, smart home automation and video chatting. Wi-Fi 6 gives you faster wireless experiences, with up to 40% higher peak data rates for a single device.

Ultimately, as you connect more devices in your home, like upcoming PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), you can be confident that your network performance can keep up. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to give you a smoother and more enjoyable wireless experience by opening up more available channels, supporting more simultaneous streams per user and lowering interference.

One of the most exciting features that characterise Wi-Fi 6 is Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple-Access (OFDMA). Essentially, OFDMA allows multiple signals or transmissions to be sent at the same time using data packet bundling and scheduling. The shorter wait time between transmissions will improve your bandwidth performance with more speed and less interruptions.

In addition to network capacity improvements, OFDMA technology also increases:

  • Battery life: Battery-powered devices finish transmitting and receiving data quicker, thereby allowing the device to “sleep” and save more battery power.
  • Network Range: Typically, using smaller subchannels for small data packets makes it possible for clients to reach farther by increasing the transmission power.
  • Network Efficiency:Devices no longer use the entire frequency bandwidth for data transmission, resulting in a faster, more efficient Wi-Fi network.

With up to 12 Wi-Fi streams, increased bandwidth, and faster encoding via multi-user, multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) and 1024 QAM, Wi-Fi 6 delivers far greater speeds more effectively. MU-MIMO allows your router to stream or send information to multiple devices simultaneous, whereas traditional routers are only able to serve one device at a time.

Wi-Fi 6 will boost your total network capacity and reliability, presenting you with new opportunities for speed, performance and capacity for wireless connectivity in your home. This guarantees that the experience of lag or buffering is reduced during online gaming or streaming Ultra HD 8K/4K.

There are already several Wi-Fi 6 routers available if you would like to pre-empt the flood of Wi-Fi 6 devices set to be released later this year. This will ensure consistent performance when several different types of devices are connected to your router at the same time. You’ll be happy to hear that Wi-Fi 6 is backward compatible with previous Wi-Fi standards.

To make the most of the higher speeds and greater bandwidth for the broad range of household network needs, Netgear has released a new family of routers. This range features the industry’s latest Wi-Fi 6 standard with four times increased data capacity to handle today and tomorrow’s growing home network. The new Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6 routers will make sure that you’re prepared for this major technology shift to faster connectivity and greater capacity to handle the many devices now connected in the home.

With the improved speed and bandwidth offered by Wi-Fi 6, you’ll get dependable, ultra-responsive connectivity for high-quality video conferencing, real-time gaming and seamless streaming of high-definition movies and videos.

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DUXBURY NETWORKING is a South African IT company, headquartered in Johannesburg with branches in Cape Town and Durban. A specialist networking distributor, it provides a broad range of products and technical expertise in the fields of networking, wireless, IP telephony, mobility, video conferencing and surveillance.

Since 1984 DUXBURY NETWORKING has consistently delivered hardware and technical services to the channel. For more information on its vendors and technologies visit www.duxbury.co.za

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