Management, SD-WAN, SASE, and 5G can benefit from AI that can enable or lighten enterprise-networking tasks.
With the public release of ChatGPT and Microsoft's $10-billion investment into OpenAI, artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly gaining mainstream acceptance. For enterprise networking professionals, this means there is a very real possibility that AI traffic will affect their networks in major ways, both positive and negative.
As AI becomes a core feature in mission-critical software, how should network teams and networking professionals adjust to stay ahead of the trend?
The growing popularity of generative AI and availability of smart features in virtualization platforms like VMware's vSphere will help to drive faster networking into enterprise servers in 2023.
Dell'Oro Group analyst Barron Fung predicts that by the end of 2023, 100Gbps-or-faster Ethernet NICs will be responsible for nearly half all revenues in the segment, despite amounting to less than 20 percent of cards sold.
Today, hyperscalers and cloud providers are the largest customers of this class of NIC, because they routinely deal with massive data flows while serving customer workloads. This is changing to an extent, Fung said, adding that in the enterprise, 25Gbps NICs would likely remain the sweet spot through 2023, except in the case of certain, targeted applications.
Marvell has had a large and profitable I/O and networking silicon business for a long time, but with the acquisitions of Inphi in October 2020 and of Innovium in August 2021, the company is building a credible networking stack that can take on Broadcom, Cisco Systems, and Nvidia for the $1.3 billion or so in switch chips sold into the datacenter each year, which is growing at about 15 percent a year to more than $2 billion by 2026.
The rise of Marvell among the hyperscalers and cloud builders has made it unattractive for Intel to stay in the switch ASIC market with the Barefoot Networks 'Tofino' family of programmable switch chips, which it just put out to pasture in January as part of its huge cost-cutting maneuvers.
Everyone makes their choices in an intensively competitive datacenter silicon market, and even Marvell, which acquired Arm server chip maker Cavium back in November 2017 and then mothballed its 'Triton' ThunderX3 line in the summer of 2020, has had to make some tough choices.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are a growing concern for businesses of all sizes, causing disruption to online operations and damaging reputations. In recent years, DDoS attacks have become more prevalent and sophisticated, making it difficult for organizations to defend themselves against such attacks.
Small and medium-sized businesses are particularly vulnerable, as they often lack the necessary resources to implement effective protection against DDoS attacks. As a result, companies today need to understand the impact of DDoS and how they can be prevented and mitigated through more comprehensive security measures.
Stateful inspection firewalls deliver a higher level of network security by tracking state and context information. The firewalls inspect traffic at multiple layers in the network stack based on state, port, and protocol.
When shopping around for a stateful inspection firewall, it's important to understand how they work, consider their pros and cons, and review their use cases to see how they can best fit your business's needs.
Why are Stateful Inspection Firewalls Important?
A stateful firewall is important for the capability of traffic blocking and protection against most types of cybersecurity attacks. Stateful inspection firewalls analyze each packet of data to determine whether the packet should be allowed into the network, and they protect system resources by stopping nonessential traffic. In short, stateful packet inspection, also known as dynamic packet filtering, tracks established connections to ensure effective and complete protection.
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