Is cloud computing real? Yes. When you sort through the hype and evaluate collective industry R&D efforts, cloud computing options may arrive sooner than most believe. In fact, smart CIOs are already assessing their workloads against business needs and analyzing where each workload should run-locally or in the public cloud. As they do, they will realize that cloud-centric WAN optimization is a critical enabling technology for high performance and central control. Furthermore, it will help maximize cloud computing options and benefits sooner rather than later.
On July 27, Juniper Networks announced plans to acquire SMobile Systems, a leader in mobile device security, for $70 million. This seemingly small acquisition could be extremely strategic as it has the potential to vault Juniper into the emerging mobile device market, build its client software business around SMobile and JUNOS Pulse, and offer its wireless carrier partners a foundation for new mobile device security services. Good ideas, but Juniper has some unprecedented execution hurdles to overcome before it can achieve its goals.
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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