What is an Enterprise-class Cybersecurity Vendor?

On Monday of this week, I posted a blog about enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors. Which vendors are considered enterprise-class? According to recent ESG research, Cisco, IBM, Symantec, and McAfee top the list. 

This blog addressed the “who” question but not the “what.” In other words, just what is an enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor anyway? As part of its research survey, ESG asked 176 cybersecurity and IT professionals to identify the most important characteristics of an enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor. The data reveals that:

  • 35% of survey respondents say the most important attribute for an enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor is cybersecurity expertise specific to their organization’s industry. In other words, enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors need more than horizontal security solutions, they need to understand explicit industry business processes, regulations, organizational dynamics, global footprints, etc.
Topics: Information Security IBM Cybersecurity Cisco McAfee Symantec CISO NIST ISSA

Cybersec Pros Choose Their Top Enterprise-class Cybersecurity Vendors

Based upon lots of ESG research, some enterprise cybersecurity technology trends are emerging:

  1. Large enterprises are actively consolidating the number of vendors they do business with. This puts some of the point tools vendors at risk as CISOs sign up for enterprise licensing agreements and try to maximize ROI by using more tools from a few select vendors.
  2. Enterprises are seeking to integrate point tools into a cohesive technology architecture. Like ESG’s security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA) concept, large organizations are actively integrating tools to bolster technology interoperability, improve security efficacy, and streamline security operations.
  3. All organizations need help. Yes, companies are still buying new security tools, but these new products are often accompanied by professional services. Additionally, many CISOs are now looking at cybersecurity through a portfolio management lens and figuring out which areas to outsource to MSSPs and SaaS providers.
Topics: IBM Cybersecurity Cisco McAfee Enterprise Symantec CISO

IBM Interconnect 2017: Sharpening IBM's Enterprise Focus

It certainly is an exciting time in the cloud landscape, with all the major vendors starting their summer show season and making their major announcements. At first glance, it can be a confusing world, with all the vendors giving similar messaging and along with it, promoting extremely similar features and functions.

One of the prime differences between the cloud vendors is how they are reaching out to and marketing at enterprise customers. For the "new," cloud-born vendors, much of their work started either with consumer applications or by getting new, emerging companies to use their services. Great examples of this would be Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. AWS certainly has ramped up its enterprise focus over the past two years, with a growing enterprise sales force and new purchasing options. As I noted in my blog about Google Next 2017, Google has made a significant shift with a new go-to-market effort for enterprise customers and new product announcements with a distinct enterprise product set. Both of these companies are leveraging their innovations and targeting enterprises with them.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing IBM Connect big data and analytics Systems Management

IBM on Security Analytics and Operations (SOAPA) Part 2

Last week, I posted this blog describing my interview with IBM security GM, Marc van Zadelhoff, where we talked about his perspective on the transition from security analytics and operations point tools to an integrated event-based security analytics and operations platform architecture (SOAPA). 

Topics: IBM Cybersecurity SIEM SOAPA Marc van Zadelhoff

IBM Chat About Security Analytics and Operations (SOAPA) - Video

Just what is a security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA) anyway? 

In the past, most enterprises anchored their security analytics and operations with one common tool:  Security Information and Event Management or SIEM systems. Now SIEM still plays a major role here but many organizations are supplementing their security operations centers (SOCs) with additional data, analytics tools, and operations management systems. We now see SOCs as a nexus for things like endpoint detection and response tools (EDR), network analytics, threat intelligence platforms (TIPs), and incident response platforms (IRPs). 

Topics: IBM Cybersecurity SIEM SOAPA Marc van Zadelhoff

Pure Storage Announces General Availability for FlashBlade

Today, Pure Storage announced general availability for FlashBlade. For those not familiar with FlashBlade, it is the all-flash storage company’s massive capacity, incredibly dense--1.6 PB usable in 4 rack units!--all flash storage system designed for unstructured data workloads--think files and objects.

Now I have written quite a bit about FlashBlade since Pure Storage announced it last year. You can check out some of my recent article on SearchStorage or my comment in my 2017 storage industry predictions video, so I don’t simply want to rehash all my early commentary now that the system is finally available to the general public.

 But I do want to make two points.

Topics: IBM Storage Object storage dell-emc All flash pure storage File System

IBM Jumps the Cognitive Shark


Generally, IT events are pretty subdued affairs. Some good meetings, some good dinners, some boring breakout sessions, and lots of overly ethusiastic marketing claims. IBM's World of Watson was exceptional. The videos felt like days of Superbowl commercials on Watson. Every buzzword was covered: cloud, mobile, social, IoT, open source, analytics. Bingo! Brand name customers dutifully trotted out on stage. IBM said the company's own brand value statement should be "humble genius" but I didn't see much evidence of either attribute. This was the most over-the-top, over-produced brag fest I've seen in years of IT conferences.

Topics: IBM Data Management World of Watson WATSON

IBM's cloudy future

Last week, I attended IBM’s Cloud Summit in New York. This was IBM’s opportunity to re-affirm its commitment to the cloud, and to enlighten us about IBM’s future. Over the course of the day, IBM Cloud’s senior management team detailed their cloud strategy, execution, and future plans.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing

Happy birthday IBM System/360 — a grandpop cloud system

On April 7, 1964, IBM announced the System/360. So in honor of its birthday as it gets into AARP territory, here's a tribute.

Reading the press release, it has a curiously modern twist, and of course, there's a total "Mad Men" retro vibe going on. Let's take a look at how the system was an early day cloud before things got split up with mini-computers and distributed computing, and is now falling back together as a unified cloud system.

Topics: IBM Networking

IBM and Apple move swiftly to leverage Swift

Once upon a time, back in June of 2014, Apple released Swift. IBM and Apple announced their joint agreement around mobility one month later in July. And then life seemed to return to normal. While Apple developers and some IBM developers (those working on the 100 MobileFirst apps that IBM committed to delivering on iOS) understood just how useful Swift was, its impact was tempered because it was a client-side iOS-only language.

And then, everything changed. In December 2015, Swift was open-sourced by Apple. At the same time, Swift on Linux was also released after significant efforts during 2015 by Apple and IBM to craft server-side capabilities into Swift.

Topics: IBM Apple Swift