Heterogeneous Multi-Dimensional Cloud Security

According to ESG research, 75% of organizations use public cloud services of one kind or another today. A majority (65%) use SaaS, 38% use IaaS, and 33% use PaaS. In terms of IaaS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the king of the hill, but many large enterprises are implementing or kicking the tires on alternatives. Microsoft is pushing clients with enterprise client access licenses (ECAL) toward Office365 and Azure, IBM is winning SoftLayer deals with large customers, and Google Cloud Platform is gaining traction in the life sciences industry. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…Converged and Hyperconverged Choice, Fear Abounds

One of the most persistent concerns shared by many IT professionals is the fear that once a vendor technology decision is made, the die is cast and there is no turning back. For better or worse, you’re in for the long haul. This fear of being “over the vendor barrel” is often a powerful motivator to retain as much independence as possible so as not to be subject to the whims of any single technology organization. In fact, according to ESG research, the top 3 concerns businesses have with deploying integrated computing platforms (ICP) like converged and hyperconverged systems is: 1. Too expensive 2. Vendor lock-in 3. Giving too much control to one vendor To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cloud Computing And Network Security Challenges

A majority of enterprise organizations are embracing cloud computing in one form or another. According to ESG research, 67% of enterprises use public or private cloud infrastructure today while 66% use one or several SaaS applications. So what about network security? It’s a bit of a struggle today as many organizations move to cloud computing long before they have the right infosec skills, processes, or tools in place. As proof of this deficit, ESG asked 145 cybersecurity professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) whether they agreed or disagreed with a number of statements about cloud computing security. Here are the results: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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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...

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The Future’s Looking Bright(er) For Cisco
Jun08

The Future’s Looking Bright(er) For Cisco

SAN DIEGO: It’s been a wild run-up to Cisco Live, June 7-11, with executive shakeups, acquisitions, product announcements and a communications forecast predicting that the future should be very bright over the next few years for networking’s powerhouse. Of course its competitors, alternative technologies, customers and a wonky economy will have their say in just how this will all play out, but as the old saying goes, so far, so good. Named as John Chambers replacement on May 4 (to be effective July 26), incoming CEO Chuck Robbins is wasting no time putting his stamp on the organization with sweeping management changes. Last week he named the 10 members of his leadership team (with more to come): Pankaj Patel, EVP, Chief Development Officer; Kelly Kramer, EVP and Chief Financial Officer; Rebecca Jacoby, SVP, Operations; Francine Katsoudas, SVP, Chief People Officer; Hilton Romanski, SVP Chief Technology and Strategy Officer; Karen Walker, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer; Chris Dedicoat, SVP, Worldwide Sales; Joe Cozzolino, SVP, Services; Mark Chandler, SVP and General Counsel; and Dr. Ruba Borno, VP, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff. “Our strategy is working, and with the leadership team I’m announcing today, I’m extremely confident we will move even faster, innovate like never before, and pull away from the competition,” said Robbins, in a prepared statement.  “This is a remarkable team, with a diverse set of experiences, expertise and backgrounds to accelerate our innovation and execution, simplify how we do business, drive operational rigor in all we do, and inspire our amazing employees to be the best that they can be.” His former bosses, co-presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore will leave the company late next month. Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, and Edzard Overbeek, SVP of Services, will move into strategic advisor roles, effective immediately and stay through the transition, although Warrior is rumored to be on her way out too. Wim Elfrink, EVP for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, will retire effective July 25. Cisco was also quick to act in making sure departing executives did not come back to haunt them by joining their competitors. Moore and Lloyd reportedly signed separation agreements and general releases from Cisco effective July 25, which included a one-year noncompete agreement, saying they will not work for a total of 29 competitors or risk losing benefits. The list includes: AWS, Arista Networks, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Nokia, VMware, Check Point Software Technologies, FireEye, Fortinet, Symantec and Palo Alto Networks. A day prior to the executive shuffle, Cisco announced it intends to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, which will ‘help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services, according to...

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