Over the past few years, a number of independent Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) vendors were acquired by bigger players. In late 2010, HP scooped up market leader ArcSight for $1.5 billion. Last year, McAfee purchased Nitro Security while IBM acquired Q1 Labs.
Well I've been out of Las Vegas for several days now so I've had time to adjust back to normal society and reflect a bit more on Interop2012. My colleague Bob "LAN" Laliberte met with nearly everyone in the industry and while I don't remember every encounter, here are a few final thoughts:
I’m here in Las Vegas wrapping up Interop 2012. I now understand why Hunter S. Thompson binged on alcohol and narcotics when visiting this town — you need these substances to create the illusion that this town is the least bit palatable.
Aside from the Sin City aspect, Interop was eventful and the industry seems to be in good shape. A few thoughts:
Driven by data center consolidation, server virtualization, and increased use of web applications, data centers and their networks are scaling at an unprecedented rate. The rate of scale has challenged network administrators working with legacy networks and processes to keep pace. Software-defined networking (SDN)-such as the OpenFlow protocol-which centralizes the controller, opens, and utilizes software to program the network, offers a promising solution.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s cybersecurity service. With almost 30 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of cybersecurity and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies.
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