Did Hitachi Vantara Do Good at Next 2019?

Before you panic, I have not lost my command of the English language. I know the title of this blog is grammatically imperfect; but it is also entirely intentional. Hitachi (the overall company) has had dual intentions from the very beginning of its existence over a century ago…not only to develop and produce valuable products and services, but also to find ways of “powering good” (that’s the modern vernacular) in society. Both of its “dual bottom lines” were on full display at Hitachi Vantara’s Next conference last week in Vegas.

Topics: ESG on Location

Hitachi NEXT 2019: Faster, Bigger, Smarter, and Embracing the Cloud

Hitachi NEXT this year had a new feel about it. Sure, there was some great tech, which we will get to in a minute, but speaking with the attendees and the executives, there was an element of excitement in the air. Hitachi Vantara has already had great tech, but this year, with new innovations for the data center, the cloud, and data ops, there is much more to Hitachi Vantara than in years past.

Topics: Storage

Made By Google...Ready for the Workplace?

I had the opportunity to attend the live Made By Google '19 event in New York City on October 15, 2019.

Given the pace of change and innovation in the market it is fascinating to attend these events and get a firsthand look at the technologyAs a consumer, it is easy to get excited about the latest gadgets, but businesses have traditionally been accustomed to technology lifecycles that are measured and accounted for in years--often 3, 5, and even 1year incrementsInnovators like Google are moving at a pace that is difficult to digest, never mind consume for mainstream businesses.  

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

Commvault Go Day 1: What A Difference A Year Makes

Commvault GO is taking place this week in Denver and I am attending the event with a couple of ESG colleagues.   

The company is vastly different from the one we saw last year, to say the least: New leadership, a significant acquisition under its belt (its first actually), a new backup service, and a roadmap full of goodies for end-users. Commvault is not changing, it has already changed. The company is actively morphing into its next phase of evolution which will come with some adjustments to its go to market.  

Topics: Data Protection

Time Flies…Recapping McAfee’s MPOWER 2019

McAfee chose “time” as the overarching theme of its 2019 MPower conference, held the week of October 2 in Las Vegas. The idea of the theme being that time is central to everything we do in the cybersecurity industry. Attackers look to increase dwell time while security teams try to reduce mean time to detect (MTTD) and mean time to response (MTTR). For what it's worth, I felt that my time attending was well-spent. McAfee’s always done a good job focusing its message and approach for these types of events, and this year was no different. The major announcements focused on cloud and analytics, with a bit of open architectures and partnerships included as well – all top of mind priorities for security practitioners.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Some Thoughts and Actions for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Are you aware that October is national cybersecurity awareness month? If you aren’t, you’re not alone. There’s lots of cybersecurity awareness activities in DC, some states, and universities, but it’s all but ignored by the industry at large. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

5G Use Cases for the Enterprise - A Visit to the Verizon 5G Lab

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in the Verizon 5G lab in Waltham MA. Verizon was hosting an analyst day to demonstrate how Verizon is going to use 5G to enable enterprises to deliver new capabilities and services or deliver differentiated experiences to customers.

The day got started with a presentation from Toby Redshaw, SVP of 5G and Innovation. Toby started the discussion by highlighting a familiar theme, that the speed of technology transitions is accelerating. He referenced the fourth industrial revolution occurring, which he noted as the “Real-time Enterprise,” but importantly noted that instead of this industrial revolution taking 50 to 60 years, this one would happen much faster, perhaps in the next five to six years. He noted the need for enterprises to operate in real time, which we have seen evidence of as organizations distribute compute to the edge. This also provides a solid entry point for a high bandwidth, ultra-low latency solution like 5G.

Topics: Networking

Toward Continuous Automated Penetration and Attack Testing (CAPAT)

According to ESG research, 73% of security professionals say that cyber-risk management is more difficult at their organization today than it was 2 years ago. Why? Survey respondents point to things like the growing attack surface, the rising number of software vulnerabilities, and the increasing technical prowess of cyber-adversaries. 

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Recapping Juniper's Industry Analyst Day

I had the opportunity to attend Juniper’s analyst event at its Sunnyvale, California headquarters on September 10. Truth be told, Juniper has been fairly quiet on the security front for the last few years, so I was interested to get up to speed on the company’s direction. Juniper divested the Pulse Secure portion of its portfolio in 2014 and since that time has not always articulated a consistent vision around, or emphasis on, security. My impression after listening to CEO Rami Rahim and CTO Bikash Koley lay out Juniper’s corporate vision and how the Connected Security approach ties in, is that they do see security as a core component of the overall strategy, especially as it relates to expanding the company’s enterprise footprint. Admittedly, there weren’t a lot of specifics provided relative to security announcements, but I’m an optimist and believe there will be some meat put on the bone sooner rather than later.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Pure Accelerate 2019: Blowing Out the Candles, but Lighting New Fires

Pure Storage turns 10 this year. It celebrated getting all grown up by moving its user Accelerate conference into a more regular venue than prior versions...although choosing a convention center that just happens to be in Dell’s backyard was no doubt deliberate!

Topics: Storage