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The U.S. Versus China with Flash Memory Stuck in the Middle

Posted: July 28, 2017   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, Intel, All flash, Micron

US_Chinese_Flags.jpgI normally don’t mention politics. My expertise is in technology and business, so I like to stick to those topics. But, an article in the Wall Street Journal today caught my eye. It is well worth a read, if you get a chance.

It a nutshell, the article describes growing tensions between the U.S. and China in response to Chinese firms attempting to acquire U.S semiconductor vendors and technology. According to the article, “Big U.S. players like Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. find themselves in a bind—eager to expand in China but wary of losing out to state-sponsored rivals.” I cannot talk to the nuances of the geo-political landscape, but what I do know is flash memory, and this tension doesn’t look good.

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Is Intel Inside Your Digital Transformation?

Posted: May 10, 2017   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Citrix, Intel, Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation, Citrix Synergy

GettyImages-611998336.jpgToday’s market opportunity for IT vendors is razor-focused on cloud consumption and economics. As a result, it can be easy to lose track of what’s actually powering on-premises data centers, various cloud platforms, and massive numbers of ever-proliferating endpoints.

In a prior role, when I was running an IT organization, it was difficult to acquire new servers at the rapid pace at which innovation was happening in the x86 server market—even though each server upgrade would provide an instant increase in application performance. While the performance bump still exists, the benefits extend beyond core performance—so it’s also important to understand the scale and security benefits. And speaking of scale and security, with Citrix Synergy right around the corner, it seems only fitting to take a look at Intel and Citrix.

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Cybersecurity Goes Private: McAfee and RSA

Posted: September 08, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: EMC, Cybersecurity, Dell, McAfee, RSA, Intel, Intel Security

security_lightswitch.jpgThere are some interesting industry dynamics going on in the cybersecurity market. Just a few months ago, Symantec bought Blue Coat, taking a private company public and forming a cybersecurity industry colossus in the process. 

Now two other historical cybersecurity powerhouses are heading in the other direction and going private. When the Dell/EMC deal was approved this week, industry veteran RSA became the security division of the world’s largest diversified private technology company. Not to be outdone, Intel and partner TPG are spinning out McAfee as an independent private company.

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Intel Security Opportunities and Challenges

Posted: November 05, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: McAfee, Intel, Intel Security

With the glitz of Las Vegas as a background, Intel Security (aka McAfee) held its annual FOCUS event last week attracting analysts, customers, and the press alike. 

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The True Chasm Yet to be Crossed for Big Data

Posted: April 14, 2014   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management & Analytics, Informatica, HP, Enterprise Software, sap, Intel

Every vendor, customer, and channel player has a common problem with the big data market today. They don’t know how to build a complete solution. There are literally hundreds of companies with products and services being positioned as “big data platforms.” I know this is true, I have a list of each.

At the top level, an elevator pitch of value, the sales and marketing stories all sound the same. Exactly the same promises are made: transform your business, be data-driven, understand your customer more deeply, run operations better, faster, and cheaper than ever before. “All well and good,” you say, “admirable and desirable goals, but how do I do this?”

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Gearing up for the Spring Show Season and ONS

Posted: February 19, 2014   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, ONS, Open Networking Summit, Intel, ONF

While many are gearing up for another season of IT shows, those of us in the Northeast as still digging out from a very snowy season. The idea of escaping the polar vortex for San Francisco, Barcelona, or San Jose (RSA, Mobile World Congress, or Open Networking Summit) sounds really good to me. Fortunately, I have the privilege to chair a session at ONS this year along with some great speakers from Tail-f, Intel, Goldman Sachs and ONF, so I will be able to get away - for at least a few days!

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New Year’s Forecast for the Information Security Industry: Part 1

Posted: January 02, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Apple, Network Security, Cybersecurity, Check Point, Fortinet, Cisco, Information and Risk Management, FireEye, HP, Dell, McAfee, Security and Privacy, Security, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, E&Y, Leidos, Booz Allen, Accenture, Blue Coat, ARM, CSC, Intel, NIST

I hope my cybersecurity colleagues enjoyed their holiday these past few weeks. It was surely well deserved as the year 2013 will be remembered as a whirlwind of activity featuring successful IPOs and scary security incidents. Given this, it’s likely that security professionals spent the last few weeks with one eye on family and holidays and another on emerging details about the massive breach at Target.

So what’s in store for the information security industry in 2014? On the surface, it should be a happy new year across the board for security technology vendors, MSSPs, and professional service firms. That said, there is a lot of work ahead as enterprise organizations figure out how to transform an army of point tools and manual processes into a cohesive security strategy.

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The Software-Defined Networking (SDN) train keeps on rolling in 2013

Posted: February 13, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IBM, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, Networking, HP, F5, software-defined networking, SDN, Intel, NEC

2013 is certainly starting off well for companies in the software-defined networking (SDN) space--just this week we have witnessed both an acquisition and an investment as more vendors seek to take part in this emerging market.

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On to Interop 2012

Posted: May 07, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Networking, Juniper, HP, Dell, SDN, Intel, Interop, ONF, NEC, VXLAN, OpenFlow, Brocade, Enterasys, Extreme, QFabric

I'll be on an airplane in a few hours bound for Las Vegas and Interop 2012. Here's what I'm expecting at the show:

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Open Networking Summit 2012 Plays to a Packed House

Posted: April 19, 2012   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IT Infrastructure, Networking, HP, Open Networking Summit, Plexxi, Vello, software-defined networking, SDN, Intel, Verizon, ADARA, Nicira, OpenFlow, NTT

This week I attended the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara with 900 of my closest friends. Okay, maybe I am contributing to the hype around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with a statement like that. It wasn't 900, there were only 899 in attendance (over 100 on a waiting list) and they were not all my friends, but I did meet a lot of really smart people and had a lot of great conversations. Those in attendance ranged from network engineers from large health care providers, senior executives from large service providers, hardware and software vendors, and more than a few venture capital and money management firms. The show seemed to be a good mix of speaking sessions that covered existing implementations, tools, vision for the future etc., as well as expo/demo time to review offerings and better understand the current state of commercially available solutions.

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