Containers are Here! What About Container Security?

The industry is gaga for container technologies like Docker and for good reason. According to ESG research, containers make up about 19% of hybrid cloud production workloads today, but in just 2 years’ time, containers will make up one-third of hybrid cloud production workloads. Not surprisingly, rapid growth and proliferation of application containers have led to several security issues: -35% of cybersecurity professionals claim that their organization’s current server workload security solutions do no support the same functionality for containers, requiring the use of separate container security technologies. This adds cost and complexity to safeguarding valuable IT assets. -34% of cybersecurity professionals claim that they need to verify images stored in container registries meet their organization’s security and compliance requirements. Again, they tend to need specialized tools to accomplish this task. -33% of cybersecurity professionals claim that there is a lack of mature solutions available for container security. This is understandable as container security is dominated by startups and point tools at present (i.e., Aporeto, Aqua Security, Cavirin, CloudPassage, Layered Insight, Neuvector, StackRox, Twistlock, etc.). We are seeing more and more coverage from established players as well like Tenable Networks, Trend Micro, VMware, etc. Cybersecurity pros should pay close attention to this market as vendors and tools are evolving quickly. -30% of cybersecurity professionals claim that the potential for container sprawl creates loose access controls between containers that could leave their production environment more vulnerable. This indicates process and management problems that lead to security vulnerabilities. -27% of cybersecurity professionals claim that portability makes containers more susceptible to “in motion” compromises. And a lot of security pros don’t have the tools to monitor transient containers and microservices as they appear and disappear. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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At .NEXT Nutanix Adds App & System Visibility…

Intriguingly located just down the New Orleans Convention Center hallways from a cannabis-growers conference that was also called ‘Next,’ Nutanix just held its user and partner event. What were the folks at the Nutanix .NEXT event ‘smoking!?’ This year it was a heady mixture of (to borrow the company’s theme) “freedoms” – not just in terms of infrastructure and on-premises IT, but also in terms of a hybrid multi-cloud world…and even personal progress. The underlying enabling-twist to a lot of this was Nutanix adding significant amounts of visibility – whether into such things as application performance or optimum placement of workloads across clouds, compliance, and network traffic – to its original, and continuing, mantra of invisible infrastructure. My colleagues Bob Laliberte and Mike Leone join me in the following ESG On Location video to encapsulate some of the key news and insights we garnered. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Three Facts About Multi-Cloud That Will Surprise You

As I’ve often written, multi-cloud is probably the hottest term in the IT industry today. You literally cannot buy a product that connects to the cloud that isn’t multi-cloud (unless it’s from the rare company that aligns with only one cloud service provider). But one of the most interesting things is that there has been very little research on what defines multi-cloud, how extensive it is, why organizations are multi-cloud, and how it will change. ESG recently completed a detailed research study on multi-cloud, its use, and future. For our ESG subscribers, I’ve written a couple of research briefs with the results but I’ve also created this video on three key aspects of multi-cloud that will surprise most people. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Networking News and Insights from Dell…

The canals, gondolas, and St Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel served as the back drop for the first ever Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas last week. Dell is continuing to execute against its strategy to help organizations execute against their digital and IT transformations. Over the last 20 or so months, it has worked diligently to eliminate conflict in its portfolio and discuss the value of its solutions across the entire family of companies. On the networking front, one of Dell’s key pillars for a modern data center, Dell continues to evolve its disaggregation story (Network OS and Network Hardware) for scale-out data center and campus environments. Dell will continue to partner with Aerohive and Ruckus to provide end-to-end solutions for wireless environments. One of the new proof points for its disaggregated, scalable approach came from a Dell family member, VMware, that announced it will now leverage Dell networking hardware solutions for its NSX SD-WAN appliances. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell Technologies World: Power to the People

Dell Technologies World this week was about expanding the Digital Transformation story, this time through the entire technology family. With his keynote on Monday, Michael Dell extended the idea of digital transformation beyond simply a competitive necessity (“technology strategy is business strategy”) to becoming an engine by which businesses could positively change the world as “technology amplifies human activity.” These conversations about the greater role of technology set the pace for the rest of the event in a couple of important ways. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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