Veeam: nice guys still finish first

I just left Veeam's analyst summit (in Napa, which is fantastic). Normally I don’t do analyst days (as we have legitimately smart analysts who do them), but I wanted to know more about this company who successfully latched on to the virtualization movement and never let go. Plus, did I mention it was in Napa?

Suffice it to say that Veeam is one of those "once in 25 years" success stories. They use their own money, grow at an insane pace, print cash, and have become the envy of not only the “availability” world, but anyone in this generation of tech.

Topics: Veeam Virtualization venture capital

VCs Jumping Back Into Security Investments

It’s a herd mentality out on Sand Hill Rd. Over the past few years, VCs shied away from many infrastructure and security companies, preferring to bet on cloud computing, mobile computing, and social networking startups.

Now that these markets are saturated and somewhat stagnant, VCs have returned to the information security market like the swallows of Capistrano. According to PWC and the National Venture Capital Association, security funding in 2012 was up 60% over dollars committed in 2010. Judging by the crowds at the RSA Conference in February, I’m sure that VC investment will grow precipitously in 2013 as well.

Topics: Cybersecurity Palo Alto Networks Information and Risk Management FireEye Security and Privacy Security CISO SilverTail cybercrime Imperva venture capital president obama

Security Services Continue to Grow -- In the Enterprise

In my last blog, I presented some data about the extremely critical but often ignored security skills shortage. While 55% of enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) plan to add information security headcount this year, 83% say it is "extremely difficult" or "somewhat difficult" to recruit and hire these folks.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing EMC Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management HP Security and Privacy Security SIEM Symantec RSA CISO CSC BT mssp Verizon Unisys security services venture capital Server Virtualization security skills Public Cloud Service