Oracle’s APEX Enhancements & Database 21c Release Continue Progress on its Magnum Opus

Sometimes vendors focus on the integration of their abilities, while sometimes they emphasize improvements to those abilities. Oracle’s announcements today – the free-standing, cloud-based delivery of its APEX low-code application development tool, as well as the 21c "innovation" release of its eponymous database – do both.

Let’s briefly cover what was announced before commenting on what it all means.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG – The Next Chapter

2020 was certainly a weird year for everyone – ESG included. Personally, I got COVID, gave it to my wife, stepdaughter, and sister, and was miserable for most of August. I highly recommend avoiding it if at all possible.

SOAPA Interview with ThreatQuotient, Part 2 (Video)

In continuing my chat with Marc Solomon, CMO of ThreatQuotient, Marc and I discuss:

  1. SOC integration. At its heart, SOAPA is an integrated heterogenous technology architecture for security operations, so I ask Marc how integration plays into ThreatQ’s strategy. Marc mentions that the platform includes bi-directional integration where ThreatQ consumes and provides data. What type of data? External threat data, enriched data, event data, etc. ThreatQuotient can be used as a SOAPA data broker, acting as the single source of truth for security operations.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

SOAPA Interview With Marc Solomon of ThreatQuotient, Part 1

Mark Solomon, CMO of ThreatQuotient. and I had a chance to get together and talk SOAPA recently. In part 1 of our video, Marc gives a brief description about what ThreatQ does and then we proceed to chat about:

  1. What’s the deal with cyber threat intelligence (CTI)? For every SOC manager who tells me that threat intelligence is the foundation of security operations, another says that his or her organization struggles to operationalize threat intelligence. What’s going on here? Marc believes the term “threat intelligence” is somewhat poisoned and meaningless today. The real key is to collect, process, analyze, and act upon the CTI that aligns with your organization’s infrastructure, industry, location, etc., and then integrate it into every aspect of security ops.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Get Ready for the Hybrid Cloud Data Warehousing Surge

Data warehouse modernization has become an essential move to meet the demands of the modern business. And it is easy to get lost in the hype when it comes to modernizing with a “cloud-first” or “cloud-only” approach. Organizations are drawn to the promise of ultra-simplicity, unlimited scale, improved agility, and ubiquitous accessibility. But for some organizations that are on this path, they are starting to see the tradeoffs they have made. One of those tradeoffs comes with price/performance. Not that modern cloud data warehouses do not perform well, but if you want the low-latency performance to truly support real-time, you will either have to pay for it (especially at scale as more end-users want access to the data) or minimize your ability to truly achieve real-time responsiveness. And it is forcing organizations to rethink their cloud data warehouse strategies. Maybe an on-premises data warehouse does have a place? And so does a cloud data warehouse?

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

Keep an Eye on IBM Cloud

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the IBM Cloud team on a couple of projects and met with some great professionals with significant expertise in disaster recovery and data protection in general. The IBM Cloud team leverages a number of partners in its ecosystem and IBM services.  As the title of this short post indicates, keep an eye on IBM Cloud, as they have built and are working on furthering a great platform for BC/DR. 

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

NetApp's Insight- ESG's Take on a Full Event  (Video)

NetApp's annual Insight event wrapped recently. Right off the bat, I must record that I thought this was a lesson to many other vendors about how best to run a digital event. It was fast-paced, enjoyable and easy to watch. And that matters; the best content in the world is wasted if a vendor has poor and/or boring presentations...NetApp did a stellar job of embracing the new medium. Luckily, the content also did not disappoint. In the video below, Scott Sinclair and I discuss some of our key takeaways.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

Dell Tech World - an ESG Conversation (Video)

It bears repeating that events like Dell Technologies World cover way too much ground to ever cover everything in a brief post. So we won't try! Instead, my ESG colleagues and myself are talking the "bite-sized-chunks" approach, dipping into various topics in reports, blogs, and videos as appropriate. One of the biggest announcements at this year's digital event ("big" as in likely impact rather than elapsed time on the virtual "stage") was Apex - Dell's as-a-service umbrella commitment - and we've already chatted about that in another single-topic video. 

Topics: Storage Channel Data Protection Networking

The Apex of Announcements at Dell Technologies World  (Video)

Like every other tech vendor, Dell's annual mega-event transitioned from a massive conference center to a massive digital extravaganza. We'll cover it in multiple manners and media over the coming days and weeks....after all Dell has heft in IT and there's a lot to comment upon. 

Topics: Storage Enterprise Mobility

IBM Storage Goes Cloud-native: Innovating for the Needs of Containers and Application Modernization

This should be obvious by now, but container-based apps are different from traditional applications. Yet too many IT vendors still treat container-based application environments with the same expectations and the same infrastructure design.

Topics: Storage