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VMworld 2014: Top Questions ESG Analysts Hope to Have Answered

Posted: August 04, 2014   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, EMC, End-User Computing, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, mobile, VMworld, software-defined data center, software-defined storage, Airwatch, hybrid cloud, SDDC, mobility, NSX, SDS

This will be my 9th year in a row attending VMworld! The event always proves to be a great display of end-user passion that is driving towards new innovation and IT vendors displaying their latest products, solutions, and services. I recently asked the ESG team attending the event if there was anything they planned to track closely or questions that they hoped to get the answers to and here is what they shared:

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Managing IT Risk Associated with Mobile Computing Security

Posted: April 08, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, End-User Computing, Check Point, Fortinet, Cisco, Information and Risk Management, mobile, Security and Privacy, Security, BYOD, Citrix, data security, Fiberlink, android, Dropbox, Good Technology, Airwatch, Blue Coat, CISO, Bit9, Anti-malware, Facebook

When BYOD was coming to fruition a few years ago, it had a sudden and deep impact on IT risk. Why? Many CISOs I spoke with at the time said it was purely a matter of scale. All of a sudden, large enterprises had thousands of additional devices on their networks and they struggled to figure out what these devices were doing and how these activities impacted organizational risk.

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Enterprise Security Professionals Identify Mobile Computing Security Challenges

Posted: February 12, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Cybersecurity, MDM, Information and Risk Management, mobile, Security and Privacy, Security, cybersecurity skills shortage, endpoint security, Citrix, CyberArk, Courion, Bradford Networks, Fiberlink, android, Good Technology, ForeScout, Airwatch, Blue Coat

Most companies now provide network access and application support for non-PC devices like smartphones and tablets and many are developing new applications and business processes designed specifically for these devices. Business managers look at iPhones, Android devices, and even Windows phones and see opportunities for revenue growth, cost cutting, and improved communication everywhere.

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A Few Reasons Why VMware bought AirWatch

Posted: January 24, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Cloud Computing, MDM, VMware, Information and Risk Management, mobile, Security and Privacy, Security, Citrix, Mobile computing, Fiberlink, Good Technology, Virtualization, Airwatch, MobileIron, wireless, Zenprise

It’s still early but 2014 is shaping up to be highlighted by M&A activity. The VMware/AirWatch marriage is the latest example.

So why was VMware willing to spend $1.5+ billion for an MDM leader? The easy answer is that the world is going mobile – new application development is focused on mobile or web applications alone while PCs are moving closer to mainframe status. AirWatch immediately bolsters VMware’s play for endpoint computing as well with mobile complementing virtual desktop technology.

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AirWatch: VMware's Biggest Acquisition

Posted: January 22, 2014   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: End-User Computing, MDM, Endpoint & Application Virtualization, VMware, mobile, Airwatch

The days of IT handing out a standard device across the company and maintaining a perimeter fence with known holes are fading fast. Employee preferences and modern applications are driving alternative device types while data security makes national news on a nightly basis these days. The opportunity to embrace alternative computing devices is massive and the requirement to simultaneously tighten policy and control is a must have for organization that are serious about their mobility efforts.

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