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Wrap-Up on Backup from Microsoft Ignite (with Video)

Posted: September 30, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Microsoft, Backup, Data Protection, Windows, Microsoft Ignite

data_backup.jpgAs ESG often tries to do, here is a short summary video of ESG’s impressions from a major industry event – Microsoft Ignite, held in Atlanta over September 26-29, 2016 – from a backup perspective.

In the video, I suggested that Microsoft is a leader in Windows data protection. Certainly, this is not to disparage the many Microsoft partners that have built whole companies and product lines around data protection. And from a revenue perspective, their backup offerings wouldn’t register at all.  But …

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Windows 2003 End-of-Life – Catalyst for Cloud Adoption?

Posted: March 31, 2015   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Windows

CloudconnectedIn my prior blog I talked about two trends that could spell big trouble for traditional IT hardware and software vendors - the increasing ability of public cloud service providers, like Amazon, to gain a strategic foothold in their accounts and the feverish adoption rate of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. It would seem that many organizations are leveraging cloud services to (as my colleague Mark Bowker likes to say) get out of the business of infrastructure management. And of course, this comes at the direct expense of vendors that formerly provided the hardware and software infrastructure to support these applications. Well, when it rains it pours. The latest “storm cloud” on the horizon for legacy IT vendors is the impending end-of-life date (July 14, 2015) of the Windows 2003 operating system. 

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My Take On The Security IPOs: Infoblox, Palo Alto Networks, and Splunk

Posted: April 20, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Microsoft, Check Point, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, Dell, McAfee, Security and Privacy, SIEM, ArcSight, RSA, saic, IPO, Firewall, Splunk, Q1 Labs, SecureWorks, SonicWall, Windows

Splunk (SPLK) went public this week and both Infoblox and Palo Alto Networks will soon follow. This could be the start of a security IPO run moving forward. Why? Status quo security defenses aren't working so there is a burgeoning market for next-generation security technologies. This market opportunity has driven M&A activities for years but we've recently seen far broader interest in security. HP grabbed ArcSight and started a security business unit. IBM acquired Q1 Labs and did the same. Dell purchased SecureWorks and SonicWall. Investment is pouring into the security sector driving innovation and a present and future wave of IPOs.

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Document-based Security Standards: The Time is Now

Posted: April 13, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Microsoft, Check Point, Information and Risk Management, McAfee, Enterprise Software, Security and Privacy, android, Content Management, trend micro, Search, Symantec, RSA, NIST, DLP, iPad, Archiving, Windows

I first heard the term de-perimeterization years ago from my friends at the Jericho Forum, a UK-based organization of security professionals. Back then the focus was on securing IT when it crossed organizational boundaries. In other words, a highly-secure network perimeter offers little protection if my business applications, services, and sensitive data are consumed by users working at other organizations, with different security policies and controls, residing outside the firewall.

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