VMworld 2019: A Network Perspective

VMware held its flagship customer event, VMworld 2019, in San Francisco last week.

It was a big week for VMware, especially since it was coming on the heels of announcing two significant acquisitions of Pivotal and Carbon Black. Much of the news this year centered on the desire to embrace containers and manage hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Along those lines, the big announcements included:

Topics: Networking VMworld

VMworld 2019 – Reaching Out to an Ever-expanding Choir

VMworld was big – but that’s not really news. It has been big for a while – both from an event perspective, but also from a market impact perspective; after all, VMware is the chosen basis for many applications and users. But this year, the “choir” grew; this was partly the obvious growth of those paying attention, including the newly intended-to-be-acquired Pivotal and Carbon Black…but it was also because of a more cohesive and inclusive message. To use terms that VMware would approve of, the company used its virtually eponymous mega-gathering to ‘make its mark’ in the ‘age of any’ by running even-more-keenly towards a multi-cloud world. Heterogeneity was everywhere…as long as that heterogeneity runs on VMware, of course! Conversations about - and proposals for - hybrid-, multi- and even edge- cloud, were both well-constructed and explained…but also at times served to prudently obfuscate the fact that VMware sees itself as the [benevolent?] spider at the center of this expanding IT web.   

Topics: Storage VMworld

VMworld 2019: Building the IT Hero for the Digital Era

The theme of this year’s VMworld is “Make you Mark.” The kickoff keynote delivered a familiar narrative placing the IT leader in the place of a hero, a cross between “Morpheus and Hermione,” gifted with powers to change the world.

Topics: Storage VMworld

Exploring the Multi-channel Aspect of Elastic Cloud Gateways

If it’s not clear yet, elastic cloud gateways are a major focus of ESG’s network security research. I discussed the idea in a previous blog…and video…and second video. As a refresher, ECGs are multi-channel, multi-mode, cloud-delivered security gateways built on a globally distributed, cloud-native microservices platform. ECGs automatically scale to provide end-user access and threat prevention to a range of cloud services, with tightly integrated data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities utilizing a centralized control plane and scalable data plane to arbitrate access and inspect content.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Can VMware Become a Leading Cybersecurity Vendor?

When you think about VMware and cybersecurity, two products have always stood out. NSX has evolved into a common micro-segmentation tool for east/west traffic within ESXi, while AppDefense monitors applications, determines “normal” behavior, and detects anomalies.

Topics: Cybersecurity VMworld

Carbon Black and VMware: What’s in it for both and for you!

With the recent announcement by VMware that it will be acquiring Carbon Black, VMware will be adding much needed security expertise and technology to its already strong portfolio.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Grupo Tecno and Trustwave Team Up in Mexico

Trustwave and Grupo Tecno, a large information technology integrator in Mexico, are teaming up to offer Trustwave Managed Security Services and cybersecurity technologies to enterprises and other institutions in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries in Latin America. This is exciting news for both. Trustwave expands its footprint in Latin America; Grupo Tecno firmly implants itself in the managed security services (MSSs) and security operations center (SOC) arena with a strong global partner.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Splunk Acquires SignalFx for $1 billion

It was time. Splunk was waiting for the next-generation, cloud-native application architectures to evolve to a point where it could pounce. And pounce Splunk did, scooping up SignalFx for $1.05 billion. This dwarfs previous acquisitions by Splunk over the last couple years, which acquired security automation and orchestration platform Phantom for $350 million, and DevOps incident management VictorOps for $120 million.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

Examining and Addressing Threat Detection and Response Challenges

Detecting and responding to cyber-threats quickly can mean the difference between a cybersecurity annoyance and a costly data breach. This makes threat detection and response a critical business requirement.

Given this, you’d think that threat detection and response would be well resourced with highly-tuned processes running as efficiently as a Swiss watch. Unfortunately, this is far from true. According to ESG research, threat detection and response is fraught with numerous issues. Here is a list of the top 5 threat detection and response challenges, according to 372 enterprise cybersecurity and IT professionals:

Topics: Cybersecurity

Clumio Joins The Club

ESG research shows that cloud data protection has hit the stratosphere, with a significant acceleration in the past three years. Organizations see cloud as having a positive impact on their data protection strategies in general, and backup data is increasingly shifting to cloud. Cloud-based VMs are also perceived to be more resilient than on-premises. Founded in 2017, Clumio was built in the public cloud and is headed by Poojan Kumar, Clumio CEO, ex Oracle Exadata Co-founder, Pernix Data CEO, and Nutanix VP Engineering and Products. Investors include some well-known names in the industry. The company announced $51 million in funding. This combination of investors, funding, and experienced leadership is worth noting, as I am sure competitors have. 

Topics: Data Protection