Pure Storage: Empowering Artificial Intelligence

Today, Pure Storage announced the release of AI-Ready Infrastructure (AIRI), a major move in serving the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning space. The newly announced solution combines Pure Storage FlashBlade and NVIDIA DGX-1 technology. According to Pure Storage, it is the industry’s first integrated AI-ready infrastructure for deploying deep learning at scale. With AI and machine learning still relatively nascent technologies, the first question that comes to mind might be, “Why an integrated solution, and not just a reference architecture?” I can give you three answers: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Where Endpoint Management and Security Meet

Upgrade existing tools or net new platform investments? This is the question IT operations and information security teams are wrestling with as they attempt to secure an expanding perimeter driven by cloud, mobile, and IoT. Should companies maintain a traditional siloed tool approach or embrace a modern management approach that unifies management and security policies across users, devices, applications, networks, and data? The ultimate goal is to deliver a secure workspace by authenticating users across devices and enforcing policies based on location, device type, application, data, and the security posture of the end-user. This seems simple enough, but given the stress mobility, cloud, and IoT are putting on IT and security pros and the market dynamics ESG is observing with endpoint management and security vendors, business are finding themselves in a quandary. The one constant for businesses is change as more devices, applications, and innovative ideas continue to pour in, but these leave IT operations and security teams with the challenge of answering: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Thoughts from IBM Think 2018…

Think 2018 was a massive culmination of multiple and previously separate IBM events (Edge, InterConnect, World of Watson, Amplify, and Connect). While I was never able to get an official headcount, estimates were north of 30,000. And attendees nearly overflowed the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. With the combined event, IBM presented its extensive breadth of software, solutions, and infrastructure, each catering to key aspects of digital transformation. Attendees could talk directly with IBM developers on how to effectively leverage emergent workloads such as AI (with Watson), the Internet of Things (IoT), or even blockchain. I mean, IBM even had Quantum Computing on display. And after a detailed workload conversation, attendees could then walk a couple hundred yards/meters (did I mention it was big?) to the infrastructure section of the expo floor and talk with IBM about how these workloads might operate, for example, on public cloud, on flash storage, or on IBM’s Spectrum SDS portfolio. Through these conversations, attendees could bridge from IT transformation into digital transformation. I have researched and written quite a bit about digital transformation lately, the importance of transforming your infrastructure, and embracing that transformation. But IT infrastructure transformation is only one step as businesses still need expertise in these value-creating workloads to deliver the desired business transformation. I could see this connection in the discussions I had with IBM customers. In one conversation, a customer said that after deploying all-flash, the infrastructure was humming along well, and the next step was to understand how to leverage Watson. And that is where many IT organizations are finding themselves: IT transformation is important, but once the new technology is in place, how do you leverage these emergent workloads, such as AI or IoT, to transform your business with data and not just your IT infrastructure? To read the complete article, CLICK...

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ESG at RSA: Identity, No Passwords, and Email Security…

In this video, ESG analysts Mark Bowker and Jon Oltsik run through some of the top topics they will be tuning into at RSA Conference 2018. Mark and Jon home in on how identity has become the control plane and how the software-defined perimeter is impacting the CISO’s decision making process and future investments. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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GDPR: Look Out for…

According to ESG research, 11% of organizations say they are completely prepared for the GDPR deadline on May 25, 33% are mostly prepared, and 44% are somewhat prepared. This data may be somewhat misleading however. My guess is that most organizations are aiming to have controls and monitoring in place for all the GDPR stipulations by the May deadline. As with any compliance mandate, this is a sound plan but regardless of their preparation, organizations may still be challenged by Article 17 of GDPR, the right to erasure or more commonly known as the right to be forgotten. As a review, article 17 states: “The data subject (i.e. EU citizens) shall have the right to obtain from the controller (i.e. the organization that collects, processes, and analyzes the data) the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay…” To read the complete article, CLICK...

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