CIOs are quite busy these days, consolidating data centers to cut costs and building new applications to drive business processes. Both activities create a lot of data that often needs to be replicated across WAN links to feed real-time analytical applications, which can create application bottlenecks or demand an expensive bandwidth-hungry network. Enter NitroSphere and its NitroAccelerator for SQL Server WAN optimization product. When it comes to SQL Server replication, NitroAccelerator offers performance and cost benefits that make it the right tool for the job.
The server virtualization train has left the station-large and small organizations are virtualizing production workloads as quickly as they can. Regrettably, security has remained an afterthought. CISOs understand which security safeguards are needed for physical servers, but they lack the skills, best practices, and tools to apply the same control to virtual assets. As a result, they tend to do what they can with what they have. ESG appreciates the wisdom in sticking with what works, but the challenge here is scaling these best practices as the number of VMs in production skyrockets over the next few years. Crossbeam Systems offers a practical solution to this problem by relying on physical server-based trust zones, virtual network security services, and the networking and security scalability of its X-Series security platforms.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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