Don’t Wait for Standards Before Moving Closer to Smart Manufacturing (by Rana Tarakji)

Dont Wait for Standards Before Moving Closer to Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing has been making a lot of noise in the manufacturing industry, mostly due to how automation can greatly improve manufacturing operations through enhanced productivity. Also known as the “New Industrial Revolution”, this may indeed drastically shift the entire world of manufacturing.

By BMW Werk Leipzig ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons

So, what is it?

According to Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, Smart Manufacturing is defined as “integrating network-based data and information that comprises the real-time understanding, reasoning, planning, and management of all aspects of a manufacturing and supply chain enterprise.” Some refer to smart manufacturing as the digitization of various processes in a manufacturing company.

A company that has moved forward to smart manufacturing utilizes intelligent machines, networks, and systems to handle and manage different processes in their operation. Smart manufacturing is basically a term highlighting the different technologies used in manufacturing to make the processes more efficient and more effective.

Industrial photoBy BMW Werk Leipzig ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons

However, as of 2014, 87% of U.S. companies reportedly did not use Smart Manufacturing despite reports in increased efficiency, lower product defects, and customer satisfaction gains by those using Smart Manufacturing. Although initial investments and a dip in profitability during the first few years are expected when moving to smart manufacturing, these are just hurdles to profitable growth.

Aside from the cost factor, the 87% may be having reservations because the new standards are yet to be implemented. Although there are existing frameworks, and initiatives on standardization done by some countries like USA, China, and Germany, these may not be enough for some manufacturers to use Smart Manufacturing.

But if the industry, in this fast-paced tech-driven age, will inevitably move towards smart manufacturing, why wait for new standards to be imposed? Smart Manufacturing is in a continuous development phase, so why not reap the following benefits now?

Improved Productivity >>>>>>>>


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LMTV LIVE | Improving Packet Analysis with Synthetic Testing (with Steve Brown and Ward Cobleigh)

LIVE EVENT START TIME : Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 9:30 AM PST

AlterEgoQuiz_LMT200Whether troubleshooting basic user complaints or trying to determine performance in the cloud, the challenges are the same in determining:

  • Where to begin troubleshooting?
  • Is it the network, application, client, server, or now cloud?

We’ll join with experts from Viavi product manager Ward Cobleigh and solutions director Steve Brown to discuss how to use synthetic testing to improve troubleshooting with packet analysis. In this edition of LMTV, we’ll focus on:

  • Extending visibility to the network edge, public cloud, and remote users
  • Confirming issue domain gets to root cause faster

We’ll also run through Viavi’s newest cloud NPM service ObserverLIVE showing troubleshooting examples for the public cloud, distributed architectures, and constant network firefighting scenarios. In the meantime, you can learn about free trials of the service at:

Cloud Networking – Once More Into The Breach (by Keith Bromley)

Cloud Networking – Once More Into The Breach

Anyone who has been in networking for several years has seen an exorbitant amount of change. Initially, businesses had physical (racks and chassis) network and switching equipment that resided on their physical premises. This was their corporate network consisting of routers, switches, servers, etc. The simple network concept expanded to include wide area networking, international and distributed offices, and then extensive security measures including IPS, IDS, DLP, WAF, etc.

The concept took a quantum leap as we went through a “virtualization” mania a few years ago. Everything needed to be moved to virtualized servers located in the virtual data center. Now we are on the precipice of another quantum leap, the use of cloud networking, where a significant majority of capabilities are being moved to either public or private cloud networks.


Whether you are a proponent of this move to the cloud or not, there are some things to consider if, and when, you decide to take the plunge. While there has been a lot of hype around the benefits of cloud computing, very little is being said about the inherent drawbacks.

One of the current challenges for IT teams is the lack of visibility that comes with the shift to the cloud. For instance, once you give up control of the network infrastructure, you lose the ability to capture important packet data from tap and span ports. This data is necessary for troubleshooting and performance monitoring analysis. Monitoring and forensic tools still need to perform deep packet inspection as part of the application performance monitoring (APM) analysis and troubleshooting activities. Log data and log files are simply not good enough.

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Use Network Packet Brokers to make data center security infrastructure more efficient and cost effective (by Yoram Ehrlich)

Use Network Packet Brokers to make data center security infrastructure more efficient and cost effective

Today’s enterprise networks and service providers are in a conundrum: as network technologies advance, managing network security has become harder and costlier. Sure, they could continuously introduce new monitoring tools - but this adds configuration hours and management complexities to an already intricate scenario. They could also replace slow-running tools with higher-speed devices - but they’ll incur additional costs. Or, for better results, they can adopt a holistic network monitoring infrastructure that enables migration to a higher network speed while increasing the effectiveness of existing security and monitoring tools.

Today’s security landscape demands strong, holistic-visibility architecture

Security breaches are moving up to ever higher (and frightening) levels and remain a thorn in organizations’ sides. Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) indicated that in 2017, more than 53,000 security incidents were reported and 2,216 breaches confirmed. The number of actual attacks remains unknown but undoubtedly is considerably higher.

Unfortunately, the issue of network security cannot be solved with a one-time purchase, and no security product is “perfect.” Today’s organizations’ best bet is a Network Visibility architecture-based security solution that reveals hidden network dangers and inefficiencies, identifies network hiccups and outages, increases network security, and addresses potential compliance issues — all before they impact the business.

Look for these four critical components when choosing a holistic approach: high efficiency and flexible access to the network, monitoring middleware functionalities (filtering, packet grooming, etc.), advanced monitoring functions (application intelligence, NetFlow support), and monitoring tools connectivity.

...and a more efficient and cost-effective security infrastructure

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Foolproof Tips to Improve Your Search Engine Ranking Position (by John Gumas)

Foolproof Tips to Improve Your Search Engine Ranking Position!

What’s the best place to hide something you don’t want people to see?

The answer, as the joke goes, is Page 2 of the Google search results. While this quip originated in an attempt to be funny, there’s nothing humorous about languishing in anonymity on the search engines. If people can’t find your company online, there’s virtually no way to grow your business. In other words, without placement on the search engines, your company has no future.

The tragic flaw of a failed SEO strategy is that most businesses that lose out on revenue due to bad search engine positioning don’t even know it’s a problem. You don’t want to fall into that group! Get your search engine rankings right today and ensure a successful internet tomorrow for your company.

Seach engine friendly

1) Use the Right Keywords. Your search engine strategy starts and ends with your keywords of choice. If you’re optimizing one keyword while people are searching for another, you’re fighting a losing battle. Take advantage of online tools, such as SEMRush and, to help you hone in on the right keywords. These tools show you how much people are searching for given keywords, allowing you to pursue only those keywords that will yield the proper reward for your efforts. You’ll also learn about another way to drastically improve your SEO…


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