Vision 2016: Bringing Veritas into Focus…

Safely removed from the loving embrace of Symantec, and with new owner Carlyle Group’s financial clout at the ready, Veritas held a “coming out” (pun probably intended) party at its recent Vision event. Under the somewhat plain theme that “Information is Everything,” the event was fully focused on Veritas staking its claim – certainly its intent – to be(come) a data management platform. Before I make a few other points about the event, take a look at this video that has summary comments from my colleague Jason Buffington as well as me. And if you’d like additional insights from Jason (@JBuff) on the data protection angles of Veritas Vision, you can check out his vblog at http://bit.ly/jbESGvtas16a To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Quick take: Symantec buys Blue Coat

When former CEO Mike Brown left Symantec in April of this year, I wrote a blog about what I would do if I were recruited as Mike’s replacement. While one of my suggestions was for Symantec to resume M&A activities, I was really thinking about a strategy for filling in product gaps — perhaps Symantec could pick up LogRhythm to add a leading SIEM to its portfolio, or grab Carbon Black for endpoint security analytics and forensics. I never even contemplated a big-time merger, so I was as surprised as anyone when Symantec announced its plan to acquire Blue Coat. I’ve had a few hours to digest this news, and will certainly learn more in the days to come. Nevertheless, as an industry analyst, I can’t help but voice my early opinion on this deal. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Handicapping Enterprise Security Vendors

In the course of my average work day, I try to read all the cybersecurity news I can. I came across a very good article in Forbes that looks at the cybersecurity opportunities for companies like IBM, Cisco, Dell, and others. The article points out that the market for cybersecurity products and services is estimated at $77b today, growing to $120b by 2020. That’s a lot of firewalls, AV software, and identity tokens! Since I agree with some of the author’s points and disagree with others, I decided to post my own thoughts on my list of leading enterprise security vendors: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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EMC’s Federation: Built For Growth (2of3)

Those who consider EMC only casually or from a distance often find the company hard to understand from a business model and strategic direction perspective. EMC considers itself to be a federation and that is not a very familiar concept to most business observers. The base federation consists of EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II – the company’s core storage hardware and software offerings), RSA (part of EMC II), VMware, Pivotal and the recently added VCE. Overall, EMC owns majority stakes in VMware, Pivotal and VCE. For more information, EMAIL davidhill@mesabigroup.com NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Enterprise[s]… Establishing a “Cybersecurity Cavalry”

Based upon numerous discussions I’ve had with CISOs, the cybersecurity cavalry [highly-skilled and well-armed troops that establish security outposts to encounter adversaries out on the frontier] isn’t a passing fad but rather a major organizational shift that is gaining momentum. Indeed, large organizations are rapidly adding headcount and increasing budgets for this group. I’ve also seen financial services, defense contractors, and retail organizations giving CISOs the cybersecurity equivalent of eminent domain, allowing them to commandeer IT segments, sound alarm bells, and establish active network policy enforcement actions to improve threat response, even if these actions may temporarily disrupt business operations. This type of authority was unheard of in the past. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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