It’s our 50th episode of Network Break! For some reason listeners keep showing up, so we’ll keep doing this. Today’s episode covers elastic pricing from Big Switch Networks, and looks at a proposed new anti-censorship routing method that lets you avoid specific geographical regions.
We also discuss how Target gets off cheap in its $67 million payout to Visa, and speculate how the insurance industry could affect information security professionals. There’s also a side argument about the professionalism of the infosec industry.
The opining continues with a conversation about the potential impact of patents on the burgeoning SD-WAN market, and we learn Greg’s grocery-store theory of IT vendors and partner ecosystems.
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Big Switch Rethinks Pricing
Big Switch Advances Network Transformation With New Innovations In SDN – Big Switch Networks
For the same CapEx amount used to purchase the SDN fabric — physical switches, software and support — customers can elect to receive twice the capacity with an “Elastic SDN Fabric” at no additional cost. For example, for the price of a 4 rack configuration, Big Switch would ship 8 racks of SDN fabric. The excess capacity of Elastic SDN Fabric is consumed on an as-utilized basis at $599/switch/month.
In switching, we are driving the transition to the Nexus 3000, Nexus 9000, and ACI, and in the quarter we grew revenue across those product families to $438 million, growing more than 100% year over year and more than 50% sequentially. We added 1,400 new Nexus 9000 customers, bringing us to over 4,100 total. And 26 of our 28 largest enterprise customers are now Nexus 9000 customers, with 30% of them new in Q4.”
Alibi Routing Targets Censorship
New Internet Routing Method Allows Users to Avoid Sending Data Through Undesired Geographic Regions – University of Maryland
Alibi Routing works by searching a peer-to-peer network to locate “peers”—other users running the alibi routing software—that can relay a user’s packets to its ultimate destination while avoiding specified forbidden regions. The peer is called an “alibi.” The alibi provides proof—calculations that exploit the fact that information cannot travel faster than the speed of light—that at a particular time, a packet was at a specific geographic location sufficiently far enough away from the forbidden areas that the data could not have entered them.”
Target’s Visa Bill
On Tuesday, Target and Visa confirmed that they had reached a settlement in which Target would pay up to $67 million to Visa card issuers for a security breach in 2013 that left 40 million customer credit card numbers compromised. Visa brokered the deal and will pass the award on to the card issuers that work within its network.
Insurance And InfoSec
How Insurance Will Take Over InfoSec – Daniel Miessler blog
Will Patents Affect The SD-WAN Market?
Silver Peak Teams Up
Silver Peak Partner Ecosystem Grows – Silver Peak