The primary objective of this ESG research study was to survey networking professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., 1,000 employees or more) in order to better understand the changes taking place in their data centers, how these changes were impacting their network infrastructure and operations, how they were addressing data center networking challenges in the short-term, and what they were planning for data center networking as they looked to future business and technical requirements.
ESG research indicates that many enterprise organizations have been targeted by and are vulnerable to Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Why? Many existing security tools cannot detect or remediate APTs as they evolve within corporate networks. Addressing sophisticated attacks demands a new class of next-generation threat management tools offering wide-angle visibility, adaptive control, and proactive protection. This is exactly what Sourcefire delivers with its new FireAMP product.
Enterprise data center networks are rapidly reaching a breaking point. Why? Data center network scale and complexity is testing the limits of legacy networking equipment and IT operations. ESG calls this phenomenon data center networking discontinuity. While networking vendors are desperately adding new features to their equipment, a radically new model called Software-Defined Networks (SDN) is emerging through the efforts of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the OpenFlow protocols. Ultimately, SDN/OpenFlow could use software to virtualize networks just as hypervisors enable server virtualization. This vision is becoming reality in real-time as IBM and NEC co-market their integrated SDN/OpenFlow products and services.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation.
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