Cybersecurity, Mobility, and the Expanding Perimeter

As businesses lose control of devices and rapidly adopt cloud consumption models, identity and data have become the new perimeter for IT operations and information security teams to secure and protect. My colleague Jon Oltsik and I sit down together to highlight how mobility, identity, and security are creating technology challenges, organizational barriers, and business risks as the security perimeter expands at a faster pace than business can keep up with. The discussion sparks attention towards the IT vendors that are attempting to enhance security postures from within a silo as opposed to the new purview business are dealing with today. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Understanding The Hype Around Hyperconverged Infrastructure

There is a lot of hype around hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All the big vendors and a number of lesser-known smaller ones are in the game. Dell EMC has doubled down on its HCI portfolio investments; NetApp is entering the market leveraging its Solidfire technology; HPE is investing in growing its SimpliVity line; Cisco acquired Springpath so it could offer its own line, but it also partners with Nutanix, HPE and just about everyone else! Speaking of Nutanix, it was a category pioneer (along with SimpliVity) and its Dell EMC branded business is still growing, even though Dell EMC has somewhat competing products with VxRack and VxRail (the 3 HCI products serve different use cases – a topic for another blog!). Nutanix is also doing a healthy business through Lenovo and its channel partners and it has an agreement with IBM to offer its HCI on Power systems. Lesser-known (but fast growing) Pivot3 just announced 50% growth in bookings! Hitachi Vantara has a product it is also leveraging for Lumada IoT, and VMware sells vSAN for HCI use cases. I’m still just scratching the surface- I know I’ve left some vendors out – it’s a long list! What’s behind all this vendor investment and noise? Lots of user interest. Edwin Yuen and I recently sat down and dug into our new HCI research. In this video, we define what HCI is, discuss why IT organizations are so interested, and look at how HCI will impact more traditional approaches to IT infrastructure. Please watch and I would love to hear your feedback! To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Is an Existential Threat

I’ve been writing about the cybersecurity skills shortage for 7 years, clucking like a digital “chicken little” to anyone who would listen. If you’ve followed my blogs, you probably know that ESG research from early 2017 indicated that 45% of organizations said they have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. This data represents large and small organizations across all geographic regions so the cybersecurity skills shortage can be considered a pervasive global issue. I’ve noticed that most people interpret the ESG (and other) data about the cybersecurity skills shortage from a jobs perspective. In other words, they view the skills shortage as a situation where there are more cybersecurity jobs available than there are people to fill them. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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VMware’s Intention to Acquire VeloCloud…

The announcement of VMware’s intention to acquire VeloCloud signals the broadening of the NSX Everywhere story. SD-WAN is a solution that offers agility, security, orchestration, and other business outcomes for remote and branch offices. It should not be considered just an MPLS replacement for the WAN with savings on bandwidth costs. At a core level, both NSX and VeloCloud’s products are based on an overlay network, which offers the flexibility to treat a logical network separately from the physical network, and this core concept has been popularized for many years via MPLS. Ironically, it’s the perceived lack of flexibility and costs of MPLS that have become the initial drivers for the popularization of SD-WAN, which promised to modernize the branch networks and WAN. VMware’s NSX Everywhere plan is similar to Cisco’s ACI Anywhere plan since it enables the core data center networks to reach out into other locations such as a public cloud. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell EMC – Guaranteed to Please?

Dell EMC made a broad swathe of announcements pertaining to its midrange storage systems this week. Aside from the product news (and there’s certainly some important technological advances/catch-ups in the announcement*) there’s notable news on the commercial front, with Dell EMC launching its full blown “Future Proof Storage Loyalty Program.” It is a mix of assurances, flexibility, and guarantees – and I think one would have to say that objectively it’s pretty darned good. Certainly, having such assurances from a market leader like Dell EMC will be especially welcome for its myriad users (and channel partners too, I would imagine). But the story is broader than that; time was (OK a fair time back!) that the storage business was essentially buyer beware….you really could end up with some dire stuff decades back. And as we come closer to today, you still just bought the product and hoped it did everything you expected (and that the data sheet and sales team had promised). As storage systems got not only generally better but also more complex, gradually a few vendors (invariably the smaller ones that wanted to get noticed, snub their noses at the big dogs, and of course grow their business) started to offer guarantees of some sort. Early on, these focused on effective capacity, but have gradually expanded to cover everything from performance to, essentially, ongoing – almost rental-like – rolling purchase and deployment options. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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