Digital Workspaces Create Unintended Consequences

New "born in the cloud" companies have it EASY! If I was to start a company today, it would be relatively simply (and fast) to choose business platforms, applications, and endpoints. While in reality, businesses have years of technology investments and business processes. So while companies are seeing the benefits and value of a digital workplace strategy, they risk creating a substantial functionality deficit.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

The Most Stressful Aspects of Being a Cybersecurity Professional

ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) just published a third annual research report titled, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals

Topics: Cybersecurity

Extreme Connect 2019 Has All The Right Elements For Its Customers

This week Extreme hosted customers for its second annual customer event, Extreme Connect. Reflective of its own growth, conference attendees doubled in size this year and that was evidenced by its packed keynotes and technology breakouts. The theme for this year’s event was #FutureForward.

Topics: Networking

Going back to Miami...

...and going back to my Veeam friends to attend VeeamON. I expect to see and talk to the Veeam leadership and product teams about the roadmap and new features they have in store. I will also spend time with end-users to discuss their experience with the solution. It is great to get first-hand feedback. I am very interested in a couple of areas in particular: data compliance and recovery testing...or actual experience dealing with an actual disaster.
Topics: Data Protection

Cybersecurity Professionals Are No Match for Cyber-Adversaries

Cybersecurity professionals are paranoid by nature. That’s not a bad thing, it’s a job requirement. We want our cybersecurity team to “think like the enemy” to discover and remediate vulnerabilities as rapidly as they possibly can. 

Aside from this cynicism, my cybersecurity friends also take great pride in what they do. Like Elliot Alderson from the TV series “Mr. Robot,” many cybersecurity professionals want to save the world (from hackers and the like). 

Topics: Cybersecurity ISSA

In Conversation with Sam Grocott of Dell at DTW (Video)

At Dell Technologies World, I managed to grab some time, video camera in hand, with Sam Grocott. Sam leads marketing for what we’d all traditionally know as Dell EMC.

I asked him to start by briefly summarizing the key announcements at the show for his group, but what then developed was a discussion shaped by the fact – at least for Dell customers – that terms like “traditional” and “his group” are becoming steadily less pertinent as Dell’s strategic cloud embrace demands that it shifts from offering an enormous portfolio of products from largely independent operating units, to be instead a provider of integrated full-stack solutions. This both drives and reflects the market – and Sam explains how important it will be for Dell and its customers.

Topics: Storage Dell Technologies World

Ready or Not; 5G is Coming (Video)

I attended the Big 5G event in Denver Colorado last week. The show was well attended, with every session I went to, including keynotes, having standing room only. That is probably a good indicator of the level of interest in and even to a certain degree the level of hype surrounding 5G.

The keynotes had representatives from major North American CSPs, including ATT, C-Spire, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon (alphabetically). While there was plenty of “we were first in this 5G category” claims from two of these vendors and commentary about other countries' deployments that would lead you to believe this was a race, one of the speakers echoed a comment from a recent DARPA show that probably sums up the transition to 5G best, in that 5G is an evolution, not a race. Indeed, comments from the other major vendors stated that they did not want to release a 5G solution until they are ready, which they assured us they will be soon. In fact, CTIA stated there will be 92 5G deployments in 2019. Across all of IT, we have seen technology adoption accelerating, and 5G is no different, so expect the 5G adoption rate to be the fastest yet. ATT cited an example that a new deployment would typically be 18 mos, but for their first roll out, it was only six months.

Topics: Networking

Red Hat Summit 2019 - Capturing the Hearts and Minds of the Transformed Enterprise

Every technology event or conference offers insight into the future of IT. Few, however, rival the breadth of digital business impact or the passion among the attendees that Red Hat displayed this week. After only a few hours on the floor and talking with attendees, I am reassured not only that IBM is making a wise move with the acquisition, but also that Red Hat is incredibly well positioned to address the challenges of modern IT.

Topics: Storage

Is the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Getting Worse?

I’ve been writing about the cybersecurity skills shortage for 7 years and have become the “Chicken Little” of this topic. Now, we’ve all read about the number of cybersecurity job openings out there, but what is the impact of the skills shortage on cybersecurity professionals who are gainfully employed?

Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity skills shortage

In Data Protection News Recently

Never a dull moment in the data protection market. After last week's announcements at Dell World, Unitrends (a Kaseya company), OdasevaCohesity, HYCU, and Veeam have come out with interesting news.

Topics: Data Protection