Pure Accelerate: The Future is Now

As we have watched the flash storage industry evolve over the past several years, vendors tend to follow one of two different approaches. The first approach is often one that tries to time the market and figure out when to make the transition. This approach tends to involve tiers of storage infrastructure, where more emergent technologies are more expensive and targeted at higher value workloads, while the established technologies are delivered to the masses. As time goes on, technology vendors figure out how to balance the transition. And we in the industry debate things like the cost benefit tradeoffs of the different options. Pure Storage seems to be taking a second approach to flash. Instead of focusing on how to balance different offerings and time the market transition, Pure emphasizes accelerating the delivery of new innovations in flash. Pure’s approach pushes the envelope, pushing new flash innovations out quickly while extending its flash technology into an ever-broader set of customers and workloads. One example of this approach was Pure’s launch of FlashBlade, all-flash storage for both file and object data, a couple years ago, back when many in the industry doubted that flash could ever be effective for large capacity unstructured data stores. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Accelerating to a Data-centric Architecture with Pure

Having taken a few days break from the color orange, I’m ready to share my thoughts on Pure Accelerate. The show started with Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo talking about stools, with the three legs of a stool representing the core components of the data center: compute, networking, and storage. We were left with a new Pure vision anchored in storage, but focused on more than storage: a data-centric architecture that addresses the simplicity, agility, and performance requirements of the modern business. So what’s the data-centric architecture? An architecture that helps organizations consolidate and simplify the deployment and management of a globally-dispersed IT environment, respond to the business in real time, and scale and consume resources on demand with built-in autonomy, and that handles next-generation applications and workloads, and embraces the customers wants in terms of where those applications and workloads run, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or across multiple clouds. And while aspects of that vision are still aspirational for Pure, the focus on the future and where IT consumers will be in a year or two is exactly what got them to where they are today, which is constantly growing with a run rate over $1 billion dollars and all signs pointing up. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Analyst-centric Security Operations

Let’s face it, cybersecurity is a geeky domain. While much of IT has shifted its focus to things like business processes enablement and digital transformation, infosec pros still spend much of their waking hours in the weeds, looking at things like protocol anomalies, SQL statements, command shells, etc. This technical purview has been a highlight of security operations products since their inception. In the early days (late 1990s), security analysts’ jobs depended upon technical tools like TCPdump and Ethereal/Wireshark to look for suspicious activities within network packets. The next step was searching for clues through Syslog and then this led to the use of log management tools and then the evolution of SIEM in the 1999-2000 timeframe. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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SOAPA Video with FireEye (Part 1)

Paul Nguyen, VP of product strategy at FireEye, stopped by the ESG studio recently to talk about how the company is moving forward with SOAPA. Paul and I discussed things like: 1-Technology integration. Through its history, FireEye has grown through acquisition, purchasing companies like iSight Partners, Mandiant, and nPulse. Heck, Paul joined FireEye because of its acquisition of Invotas in 2016. While each of these products can stand on its own, FireEye realized that it could deliver a lot more by stitching all these products together in a common platform. Paul spends a lot of his time figuring out how to combine the elements of each product into a FireEye security operations cocktail to maximize customer value. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Talking IT Evolution (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, Steve Duplessie and I consider the dramatic shifts that have occurred in the nature of IT in the last few years. What was once an industry dominated by technology – its attributes, shortfalls and specializations – has shifted to one where the outcome is king. As entire organizations have digitized, so the internal lines-of-business are increasingly the decision makers. IT, and its foundational technologies, is demonstrably more important than ever, but it serves horizontally as opposed to being master of a vertical domain.   IT has probably never been more complex and demanding than today: even as approaches such as convergence, myriad clouds, containers and software-definition (etc.) seek to make operations simpler, so to a degree such elements can also obfuscate some of the underlying subtleties and opportunities of the foundational components. After all, while it’s great to focus on purchasing – for instance – application service levels or business outcomes, some understanding of the IT elements (and considerations or choices) that contribute to those is also often useful. That is the purpose of this video discussion series: it offers ESG’s subject matter experts discussing some of the key trends, drivers, and considerations across various IT areas. We aim to do it succinctly and to deliver it in engaging, plain English – while also tying each technology area back to its eventual potential to positively impact both IT and business results. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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