Facing a combination of regulatory compliance, malicious threats, and publicly-disclosed breaches, PC encryption has become a requirement for most businesses. Historically, that meant encryption software, but this model will likely become obsolete as more PCs integrate self-encrypting hard drives. Why? Hard drive-based encryption offers ease-of-use, performance, and security advantages that are too attractive to pass up. This conversion is gaining tremendous momentum thanks to the activities of leading technology companies like Seagate and Dell.
As the IT world prepares for cost cutting in 2009, server virtualization seems like one of the few technologies bound for continued growth and success. That said, x86 server virtualization technologies remain immature and may not be ready for real enterprise workloads. While Citrix, Microsoft and VMware continue their development efforts, the IBM System z may be the best enterprise-class virtualization platform available today. Organizations with mainframe investments, UNIX/Linux consolidation projects or web application development initiatives may find mainframe virtualization TCO especially attractive.
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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