Quick! Why do programmers always confuse Halloween with Christmas? *Answer below
Yes! It’s that time of year again – season of trick or treats, Jack-O-Lanterns, costume parties and lots of Halloween slasher movies! Halloween is an excuse to pile on a few scares and rig up some sweet treats at least.
So how do network admins rouse up some scares in Halloween?
Well, as it is, the idea of a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is both alien and scary for some. A buzz word at best, just bringing up the topic is enough to send shivers down the spines of certain network managers!
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- Halloween helped to burn into our minds the fact that, the more careful you are like Laurie Strode, the more likely you are to survive and outwit slashers. Same for being the most prudent when it comes to choosing the right SD-WAN vendor.
- Your neighbours will not be helping you when you’re being hunted by a serial killer. No telling who will be able to help when your traditional network patched-up with multiple service provider links becomes vulnerable to downtimes. Gulp!
- Supernatural killers never really die — they just get resurrected in the sequels. In the same way, your network can ever be too secure against hackers and criminals that will try to penetrate your network from every angle — repeatedly, for months. The aim is constant vigilance, day in and out, with automation and network security doing the hard work wherever possible.
- All victims of the serial killer have one major handicap — lack of information and visibility into the location and intent of the killer. Similarly, deploying SD-WAN without deep analytics and application control or network visibility can be like wandering in the dark, without complete oversight over the network. This can result in enormous waste of resources, inefficient WAN links configuration and directly affect the bottom line.
- The need for speed: the killer changes position quickly, and hunts down his victims in places unfamiliar to them. Speed of deployment and agility, whether for a network engineer or a movie character, is of the essence. Gone are the days when network setup, provisioning and decommissioning would take months. SD-WAN today need to be agile enough to keep up with the business.
So you see, the lifesaving tactics we glean from horror flicks can save you from potential horrors too!
*Answer: OCT 31 = DEC 25