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Software-defined Security?

Posted: August 27, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Check Point, Cisco, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, Amazon, google, VMworld, Juniper Networks, Firewall, SDN, Nicira, OpenFlow, crossbeam systems, Public Cloud Service

Security continues to be a major hurdle for server virtualization and cloud computing so we are likely to hear a lot of cybersecurity buzz coming out of VMworld this week.

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RSA Conference 2012 Observations Part II

Posted: March 07, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Check Point, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Cisco, Information and Risk Management, Sourcefire, McAfee, Security and Privacy, Juniper Networks, trend micro, Symantec, F5, Firewall, Anti-malware, crossbeam systems, security skills, SonicWall

I missed the keynotes at RSA as I was buried with wall-to-wall meetings from the time I arrived on Monday through Thursday evening. Nevertheless, I had a chance to speak with a lot of security industry insiders and IT security professionals during my time at RSA. Building on my previous blog, here are a few additional take-aways:

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F5 Shakes Up the Firewall Market

Posted: February 01, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Check Point, Cisco, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, HP, Security and Privacy, Firewall, crossbeam systems

The high-end of the firewall market has really been dominated by two companies: Crossbeam Systems (with Check Point Software) and Juniper Networks. Over the past few years, these two firms won most of the high revenue/high margin enterprise and service provider deals.

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Data Center Networking Discontinuity Impacts Network Security

Posted: January 18, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Check Point, Cisco, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, Security and Privacy, Citrix, Firewall, Hyper-V, Server Virtualization, crossbeam systems, Data Center Consolidation

Data center consolidation and server virtualization are creating data centers of massive scale, and thus radically changing the data center environment. Unfortunately, legacy data center networking equipment was not designed for this type of scale and dynamic use case. ESG calls this state data center networking discontinuity.

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