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Profound Change and Opportunity: How to Prepare Your Networks for the Next 10 Years



By Greg Dorai, VP Product Management for Secure Access Business

It’s becoming a multi-cloud world where the future of work will be hybrid, apps are distributed, security is borderless, and operations are automated. Over the next 2-3 years how we build the new network for these challenges will determine our success for the next decade.

Why? Converging networks, wireless and internet services expected everywhere, and 8K, AR, VR applications becoming pervasive and managed over the same IT network that will include Wi-Fi 6E and Private 5G, as well as IoT devices and sensors. All these distributed applications, devices and services will burden networks and provide an overwhelming number of potential failure points if we don’t rethink our approach.

Reimagining Your Perspective

Efficient network performance and resiliency is no longer enough. We need to focus on providing the agility to help businesses plan for and deal with the unknown changes that are coming.

We must evolve the network’s role from simply making connections, to providing superior experiences and business outcomes.

It won’t be easy.  We’ll have fewer resources and less direct control over the data generated by the network, people, applications and devices.

How will we:

Solve for a multi-cloud worldSupport working wirelessly from anywhereEnsure seamless handoffs between branches, homes, coffee shops, and campusesConnect new locations like Smart buildings, factories, cars and citiesMaintain Zero Trust and bridge across these locations with end-to-end visibility, policy, and securityUse AI to automate how we monitor the network, optimize functionality, anticipate and remediate problems?

To support people’s expectations and business outcomes in this hybrid world, we’ll need a new perspective for how we think about connectivity, mobility, security, IoT and smart buildings.

Reimagining Connectivity

Instead of focusing on applications and workflows, we must reimagine how an outcome like collaboration will drive connections. Video will be the communication of choice. IT will provide access and rich video services to people whenever and however they choose to work, while ensuring the network remains invisible to enhance experiences.

An increasing number of IoT devices and sensors on the same IT network will make workspaces safer, more intelligent, and sustainable but could also present issues for management, security, throughput, and troubleshooting. In fact, simply managing data traffic is no longer enough. Tomorrow’s networks must be software-defined, providing location-based services for as-yet unimagined applications and use cases.

Wireless access points must become multilingual to provide full wireless spectrum connectivity. Wi-Fi 6E (and Private 5G) will be everywhere. Devices and apps will automatically schedule access to the network as needed, reducing delays and increasing bandwidth utilization. The new 20-lane Wi-Fi superhighway will make 2 Gig uplink/downlink the norm. Common management of and seamless handoffs between radio technologies will eliminate lags, interference, and service interruptions as users and devices roam.

Reimagining Mobility

Full spectrum wireless access and multiple data paths could degrade user experience. Reimagining mobility engineering the network to automatically profile which path provides the best experience based on the activities the network is currently supporting. Video collaboration consumes more bandwidth than IoT devices monitoring a smart building’s operation. IT will be responsible for setting up end-to-end policies that consider the requirements of individual devices and applications with the available capacity of the network. All of this will only be possible with close coordination between device and networking providers, enterprise IT, and service providers.

Reimagining Security

Security in a hybrid workspace will become borderless. With a mobile workforce and newly integrated IoT devices, enterprise attack surfaces increase exponentially. Security must evolve into an easy-to-manage, end-to-end platform that combines Zero Trust access, authentication and customized privacy protection. Policies once infrequently enforced by network location must be continuously updated to move with people and devices. AI analytics and machine learning will help AIOps automatically profile, categorize, segment, and track profiles, trust scores, and SLAs for each device, application and service through continuous monitoring and by identifying and remediating issues before they become apparent. As network boundaries disappear, concerns about privacy will increase, and it’ll be necessary to balance security protocols and user privacy.

Reimagining Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things

IoT and Smart Buildings will become essential technologies in making the hybrid workspace better for people and better for the planet. People will want to know they can return to work safely and will have a new and better work experience when they come in.  Companies will require smarter buildings that reduce energy consumption and adjust environments to keep people safe. IT will need a single, secure network they can control remotely that provides end-to-end visibility and management of all devices and environments. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will enable smart buildings to learn how to manage themselves. A reimagined office building will automatically detect and track people and device density, schedule cleaning services and enable contact tracing as needed, and inform users of available meeting rooms, offices resources and services.

Some Final Thoughts

In sum, across connectivity, mobility, security, smart buildings and IoT devices, the greater the automation the more control and agility IT will have in their response which translates into better user experiences and significant operational savings. To capture this value, though, requires a modern network infrastructure for the next decade that is software-defined and flexible. It also requires working with an ecosystem of partners to figure out ways to use the new data that will be collected.


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Biden: Federal Reserve Should ‘Recalibrate’ Policy As Prices Rise



WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it was appropriate for the Federal Reserve to recalibrate the support it provides to the U.S. economy, in light of fast-rising prices and the strength of recovery.

‘Given the strength of our economy and recent price increases, it’s appropriate, as … Fed Chairman [Jerome] Powell has indicated, to recalibrate the support that is now necessary,’ Biden told a


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Sinema, Manchin Prove There’s Still a Long Way to Go



The Black community owes a debt of gratitude to United States Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. The dynamic duo have managed, by supporting the filibuster and crippling two major voting rights bills, to remind any of us who had any doubts or historic contextual misunderstandings that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day …

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Fields Holdings Adds Another Retail Center in SoCal



It’s been a big day for retail real estate in Orange County, Calif.

Commercial Observer can first report that Fields Holdings has agreed to pay $28.8 million for Palm Center, a 92,950-square-foot, grocery-anchored shopping center in the city of Orange. This deal follows the $39.5 million sale of Gateway Center in Orange County, which was also announced today. Additionally, it was announced last week that L.A.-based Fields Holdings acquired the Brentwood Shopping Center in Los Angeles for $30 million.

Colliers announced the Palm Center deal and represented the seller, Corning Development. It’s the first change in ownership since it was developed in 1971.

“The seller was Australia-based, and this was their last owned asset in the U.S.,” said Colliers’ El Warner, who brokered the deal with Charley Simpson. “After our team generated 16 offers, the property was purchased by a Los Angeles-based investor who was in a 1031 exchange from the sale of an apartment property. The buyer plans on renovating the shopping center and holding the property long-term.”

Palm Center is located on 8.1 acres at 934–970 North Tustin Street. Albertsons has been the anchor tenant for more than 30 years. Other tenants include The UPS Store, O’Reilly Auto Parts, UFC Gym, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. Colliers said the sale represents continued demand for quality retail properties with upside in booming U.S. markets. 

“Eleven billion dollars in retail traded hands across the U.S. in November of 2021, the highest level on record in the last decade,” Warner told CO in a statement. “Demand is robust as both 1031 exchanges increased and institutional capital returned into the retail investment space.” 

He added that the pandemic proved retail’s resiliency with increased buyer demand that significantly outpaced supply, creating cap rate compression and additional competition.

“Accelerated interest and limited supply have created an incredibly bullish market for retail moving into 2022,” he said. “Under the current economic conditions, property owners willing to market an asset will see a tremendous return. Legacy properties remain extremely attractive to buyers looking to capitalize on long-term yield.”

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