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In the course of my average work day, I try to read all the cybersecurity news I can. I came across a very good article in Forbes that looks at the cybersecurity opportunities for companies like IBM, Cisco, Dell, and others. The article points out that the market for cybersecurity products and services is estimated at $77b today, growing to $120b by 2020. That’s a lot of firewalls, AV software, and identity tokens!
According to the American Psychiatric Association, agoraphobia is defined as, "an irrational anxiety about being in places from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing". While there is no official designation for fear of vendor lock-in, perhaps there should be. Perhaps "vendor-agoraphobia"?
The importance of both hardware and software was starkly evident in my journey to Berlin for this European installment of NetApp’s Insight partner and customer event; first it was hardware that kept us grounded at Newark as the refueling of the plane wasn’t working…and then software took its turn as the whole of the New York region’s air-traffic radar went down.
While big data is not a new concept, it’s gaining more significance as IT embraces new ways to generate and leverage big data. Mobility, cloud, social, analytics, and IoT are all important initiatives that are driving the production and consumption of big data. Therefore, IT needs to take big data management seriously. The challenge is to find a way to manage big data that does not create a big problem.
I have written an ESG brief on PLUMgrid CloudApex. The brief is available to ESG subscription clients only, but I have summarized a few points below.
Cybersecurity and IT professionals would be wise to review the findings of the 9/11 Commission report published in 2004. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of events surrounding the attacks and points to a number of systemic problems in several areas:
At the OPNFV Summit, there were many vendors and open source projects exhibiting their work. My prior blog discussed the talks at the conference. Although there is a common thread of using OpenStack and OpenDaylight, there are different approaches to providing higher level NFV functionality, ranging from PaaS, low level networking such as packet filtering and virtual switches, as well as hardware and everything in between. I list a few items that caught my eye.
You may have heard that Gene Amdahl recently died. I was reading some of the surrounding commentary and analysis, but—I am not sure whether this was cathartic, reassuring, or horrifying!—many of the things he predicted back in the 70s and 80s are only just happening now. And many of his predictions for what's still to be expected seem valid. I am not commentating as much on the fact that things take a long time to happen...more on the fact that our imagineering (as Disney would put it) isn't perhaps always as dramatic as we need in order to make big leaps forward.