Cisco: NFGWs Ain’t What They Used To Be… Or Should Be
Sep16

Cisco: NFGWs Ain’t What They Used To Be… Or Should Be

Legacy Next-Generation Firewalls are not enough to stop today’s cyber threats, according to Cisco, so a new and improved NGFW – the next generation after next? – is required. Such as Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services, which the network giant calls a major step forward for ‘empowering customers to deepen their protection from the data center, through the network, to the endpoint with the agility to identify, understand, and...

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IBM Covers the Board for Big Data Solutions

IBM STG (the hardware group) will tell you infrastructure matters for big data solutions. This is correct. The capabilities of servers and storage, networks, and clouds will all definitely have a significant impact on a number of characteristics of an analytics environment, including but not limited to performance, scalability, reliability, and cost. So when customers and prospects are looking to build an enterprise-grade solution,...

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Infrastructure Leadership for Oracle Intense Environments

Not surprisingly, our recent survey of the Oracle infrastructure practitioners in the Wikibon Community found that reliability and availability are the most important factors for Infrastructure in an Oracle environment. 42% of respondents (Figure 1 below) selected either reliability or availability as the single most important factor when asked the question “What’s the single most important capability or factor?” for their...

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Next-Generation Data Protection: Realities

In the past, I have written about the next generation of data protection, which combines analytics with broader data and holistic system protection into one easy-to-use product (or set of products). The goal is to take disaster recovery to the future, when we will be able to restore and test our restores of not just our data, but also the systems required to make that data accessible, including all networking and security constructs....

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Tableau 7: Sleepless In Seattle Because Data Never Sleeps
Sep12

Tableau 7: Sleepless In Seattle Because Data Never Sleeps

SEATTLE: It’s been my experience that when a vendor hosts an annual customer event, there are new products being launched and orders being taken,, but the seventh Tableau Conference wasn’t about the products so much as about the customers and how to get the most out of Tableau’s BI tools. The 5,500 customers and partners, almost double last year’s attendance of 3,000, were more than politely interested in what...

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IBM Delivers New System x Servers/Solutions

IBM introduced its new M5 portfolio of x86-based servers via the System x organization. According to the company, the new M5 servers “combine high performance with built-in security, efficiency, and reliability, supporting a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics.” The M5 solutions leverage Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, supporting...

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