Security: It’s F@#$ed But H-el-P Is On The Way
Sep03

Security: It’s F@#$ed But H-el-P Is On The Way

According to most surveys, vendors and even the odd board of directors, cybersecurity isn’t very secure. HP, which currently holds down sixth place in enterprise security, but believes the time is right to grow its share, has announced new products and a renewed focus to help “accelerate” its security business. As Sue Barsamian, appointed SVP and GM, HP Enterprise Security Products a month ago, announced at this week’s HP Protect 2015 event to 1,700 security professionals, perimeter security, which accounted for 77% of all security spending last year, isn’t working. The attack surface has increased dramatically, she said, and a new approach is required. “At HP we’re doubling down on analytics.” As part of Wednesday’s announcements centered on security analytics, the company unveiled: -HP DNS Malware Analytics, which will be available on September 15, with a one-year subscription starting at $80,000 to analyze up to 5 million DNS packets per day; -HP Fortify scan analytics, currently available as part of HP Fortify on Demand; -HP User Behavior Analytics, currently available, with version 1.1 of the solution, UBA Premium, released on August 30 and packaged according to base identities, starting at $250 per identity and decreasing with larger deployments; and, -enhancements to the data-centric security offerings of HP Atalla and HP Security Voltage, that address PCI compliance, data de-identification and collaboration security. This week’s announcements – and the new management team led by Barsamian – reflect the shift taking place in the company [generally, and the security business unit specifically], said Eric Schou, Director, Product Marketing, HP ArcSight. He told IT Trends & Analysis that the shift isn’t dramatic, but “we’re seeing some of the fruits with the announcements this week.” A big part of that shift is the growing importance of Big Data and analysis, which is breathing new life into legacy products like SIEM (security information and event management). Big data is pushing hard on that technology, he said, and SIEM has never been more relevant. However other vendors are only offering part of the solution, leaving the data science part to their customers, and they don’t have the resources for that, said Schou. HP’s focus is different: “we want to put as much of the data science in the box as possible.” After five years of selling respected but aging security products, HP intends to regain a larger share of the security market by 2017, under the auspices of the newly formed Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), blogged Jane Wright, Engagement Manager/Senior Analyst, Technology Business Research, a week ago. Dell will be most impacted by HP’s new maneuvers in the coming year, although IBM is also a prime target...

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EMC Federation Announces… Hybrid Cloud Solutions

At VMworld, EMC previewed updates to its Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution and announced a new Federation End-User Computing solution. Both leverage integrated hardware, software and services from EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II), VMware and VCE, are designed to unite the strengths of private and public cloud, and enable the self-service provisioning of applications and resources according to policy-driven service levels. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review. Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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Whatever Hyperconvergence Is or Isn’t, It Is Hot!
Aug04

Whatever Hyperconvergence Is or Isn’t, It Is Hot!

HP is expanding its hyperconverged infrastructure portfolio with the 2U, 4-node ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS250) appliance. Designed for virtual desktops and remote office productivity, as well as offering an easy path to hybrid cloud, it is ‘configurable in minutes for nearly half the price of competitive systems.’ “We’re focused on bringing more choice to our customers,” said Rob Strechay, Director, Product Marketing and Management, Software-Defined Storage, HP. The 4-node appliance (the starting price initially quoted is apparently now under review) will ship on August 17, while the 3-node CS250 with Foundation Carepack and VMware vSphere Enterprise, starting at a list price of $121,483, will ship on September 28, he told IT Trends & Analysis. Back in December the company unveiled its Helion CloudSystem CS200-Hyper-Converged StoreVirtual and ConvergedSystem 700. In June it introduced its next CI, the Composable Infrastructure (API), intended to support a new class of infrastructure that will be “composable”, built to fit the specific needs of an application or workload that will run on it. While HP’s initial foray into HCI nine months ago exceeded expectations, Strechay said customers indicated they were looking for “simpler, lower-cost solutions that had better performance”. The CS 250 allows customers to tailor the system with a choice of up to 96 processing cores, a mix of SSD and SAS disk drives, and up to 2TB of memory per 4-node appliance, double that of previous generations, and includes three 4TB StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) licenses delivers multi-site business continuity by leveraging the system’s ability to flexibly replicate data to any other HP StoreVirtual-based solution. The appliance is pre-configured for vSphere 5.5 or 6.0 and HP OneView InstantOn, with daily management from VMware vCenter via the HP OneView for VMware vCenter plug-in. The system will also be cloud-ready, at least for HP’s Helion, said Strechay. While definitions vary, hyperconvergence appears to be a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor, and enabling cloud-like economics and scale without compromising the performance, reliability, and availability (i.e. Nutanix and SimpliVity). Unlike HCI, HP’s CI, or converged infrastructure – not to be confused with HP’s other CI, composable infrastructure – is a mix of compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies – from two or more vendors (i.e. Cisco and EMC). “There is no one-size-fits-all solution for infrastructure,” said Manish Goel, SVP and GM, HP Storage, in a prepared statement. “This is why HP continues to offer flexible and interoperable solutions based on HP StoreVirtual technology to help our customers lower costs...

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VMware… Bonneville: Containing the Container Contagion?

Containers, Docker, Kubernetes. What do all of these things have in common? From VMware’s perspective, they represent an existential threat to their hypervisor world order. Enter “Project Bonneville” – a VMware initiative to maintain the vSphere order of things by intertwining the roles of containers and VMs on server infrastructure. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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IoT Will Change Everything
Jul29

IoT Will Change Everything

Depending upon your perspective, the Internet of Things (and its accomplices, Big Data and analytics) is: one of the cornerstones that tomorrow’s organizations – public and private – will rest on; the next big revenue generator for the providers of IT products and services; or a minefield that will have to be navigated too-quickly and with too-few resources by CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and their IT minions. Regardless of your perspective, IoT will change everything, and that change is already well underway. “IoT is just a new label for something that has been around for many years,” said John Whittaker, Executive Director of Product Marketing, Information Management, Dell Software. He told IT Trends & Analysis that we’ve been doing sensors and data analytics for decades, but what’s new are the scale – the growing amount of sensors, devices and data, and how they can be leveraged for business value. “It’s almost as if a flood of imagination has emerged on the playing field and things that we couldn’t even manage a year ago are totally doable.” Even before IoT showed up organizations were driving this leveraging of data, and driving the need to become even more data driven, said Whittaker. “IoT is kind of just the next wave of that.” And that wave will transform how we work, play and live, especially work. “You’re going to see it change business in a fundamental way.” The IoT numbers range from the fantastic to the unbelievable, and are trending more to the latter than the former: -the worldwide IoT market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%; -the Industrial Controls and Factory Automation market is projected to reach $301.9 billion by 2020, from $171.2 billion in 2013, with a CAGR of 8.53%; -the Industrial Control System (ICS) security market is expected to grow to $11.29 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 7.6% –building IoT is expected to be worth $76 billion by 2020; -telematics will continue to outperform all other M2M (machine-to-machine) markets over the next five years (over $40 billion by 2019, doubling the size of today’s market), in revenue terms, with one in five passenger vehicles connected globally by 2019; -China Mobile had over 43 million IoT/M2M SIMs at the end of 2014, making it the largest IoT/M2M player globally; -the smart transportation market to grow from $46.72 billion in 2015 to $138.76 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 24.3% from 2015 to 2020; -72.1 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up 173.3%, and volumes are expected to experience a CAGR...

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Cybersecurity Technology Integration Changes Everything

Yup, I’ve increased my rants on this topic lately, but I’ve actually been preaching this message for a number of years. Cybersecurity technology integration activities remind me of what happened in the 1990s when departmental applications gave way to big ERP systems from Baan, Oracle, and SAP. This was a difficult transition, but organizations that persevered benefited from improved data analytics, real-time decision making, and new types of automated business processes. CISOs are clearly looking for similar results. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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