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Cisco IoT certification upgrades target IT pros

Cisco has added IoT and cloud topics to its CCNA and CCNP certification programs; Cyber adAPT and Napatech join forces to launch an integrated threat detection system.

Cisco has expanded its certification program to include topics on the Internet of Things and cloud networking....

The new Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications are available globally. Cisco said the new certifications teach networking professionals how to connect, automate and orchestrate services and provide the infrastructure to support big data analytics. The IoT-focused CCNA certificate concentrates on how to operate converged industrial networks. The curriculum is targeted at plant administrators, as well as control and IT/network engineers working in manufacturing. The cloud-focused CCNP certification teaches professionals how to create infrastructure as a service products to enable the enterprise to control cloud deployments.

Cyber adAPT and Napatech create integrated threat detection system

Cyber adAPT and Napatech have just launched a new integrated product aimed at accelerating threat detection in high-speed networks.

The enhanced Cyber adAPT blends Cyber adAPT's real-time scanning detection product with Napatech's four-port, 1 Gbps network accelerator to support higher speed processing. "Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company," said Napatech CTO Peter Ekner, in a statement. "It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today's overtaxed network infrastructure."

AT&T, IBM use IoT to improve water management systems

AT&T and IBM have teamed up to bring the Internet of things to civil engineering. More specifically, the two companies will connect monitoring devices to water pipes. The purpose of this venture is to find leaks in pipes it would take water managers much longer to find without the use of IoT technology, according to the firms. According to CNT research, 2.1 trillion gallons of purified water are lost each year because of leaks. In the AT&T/IBM initiative, acoustic sensors are attached to the pipes and are able to pick up the sound of a leak. The data collected from the sensors is sent to the cloud over an AT&T wireless network and then uploaded onto IBM software for managers to review the information. AT&T has reported that so far, it has connected 22 million devices to the Internet. And IBM has invested $3 billion in an Internet of Things business unit. The two companies plan on undertaking more IoT projects focusing on cities and utilities.

Juniper Research predicts mobile data traffic to reach 197,000 PB by 2019

A recent Juniper Research study on mobile phone traffic predicts that mobile phone data will reach 197,000 petabytes by 2019, doubling the amount of mobile traffic generated in 2014. While most of the data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks, 41% of the data will be carried over cell networks, the study said. According to the research, the average smartphone user will double his data usage over the next four years, primarily due to increased consumption of HD videos across 4G networks. Juniper Research also found that machine-to-machine traffic is likely to increase, fueled by telematics and automobile-based information and entertainment systems. North America and Western Europe is expected to have the highest offload factor between now and 2019.

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