Ransomware Attacks are Everyone’s Problem

It can be easy to think, “That sounds horrible! But it probably won’t happen to me.” From getting into a fender bender, to spilling ketchup on your new white shirt, to… ransomware attacks. Believing ransomware attacks will only happen to “somebody else” can put your organization at a huge risk. On a much larger scale than buying car insurance or bringing an extra shirt, taking precautions against ransomware attacks can save your organization millions of dollars, as well as employee confidence, customer trust, and more.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Cisco Takes on Today’s Healthcare Challenges with Hyperflex Hyper-converged Infrastructure

The world is complex. When looking at today’s already complex world, it seems as though complexity continues to grow day by day. No industry understands complexity better than the healthcare industry. Rules, compliance, and regulation are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dealing with day-to-day challenges. The fluctuations of and increasing demands on healthcare systems around the world continue to grow everywhere throughout the industry at large hospitals, remote satellite sites, or a combination of both. The ability to pass patient data from location to location can often mean the difference in saving lives.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

Silencing the Noise in Cybersecurity

It’s noisy out there. Hundreds of TV shows that your friends insist you “HAVE to watch,” a concerning number of crime-related podcasts (seriously, why are there so many?), and seemingly non-stop communication with one another – text, email, social media, carrier pigeon.… There are only so many hours in the day, and a lot of things fighting for your time and attention. It can be difficult to cut through the noise and see clearly what should be prioritized, both in your personal life and at work. The cybersecurity space is noisy, too.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Data Protection Conversation with Matt Waxman of Cohesity (Video)

In this Data Protection Conversations video, I talk with Matt Waxman of Cohesity about:

  • The latest and greatest from Cohesity
  • How customers can "unlock value" from data through intelligent data management
  • What topics are top-of-mind for customers and partners
Topics: Data Protection data protection conversations

Record-setting HeatWave: Oracle’s “Whether” Forecast

I was impressed with the demeanor of Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect, as I watched him deliver the public announcement on August 10, 2021 of the availability of MySQL Autopilot, a new extension to the MySQL HeatWave service. While he had a great story to convey, he somehow managed to do it without overt hubris. Sure, there were plenty of impressive claims, incessant and exceedingly flattering competitive comparisons, and a pitch devoid of small-print caveats, but through it all, he remained resolutely matter of fact. Why did that impress me?

Topics: MySQL

Data Protection Conversation with Joe Noonan of Unitrends (Video)

In this video, I talk data protection with Joe Noonan of Unitrends. Our topics of discussion included:

  • Recent changes to the data protection landscape
  • How the Unitrends strategy has adapted
  • Recommendations for end-users

For more from my Data Protection Conversations series, please visit: https://www.esg-global.com/coverage/data-protection-conversations

Topics: Data Protection data protection conversations

IBM Responds to the Market with Next-generation Storage…and Quantum Computing

IT organizations are continuously looking for new ways to drive operational and cost efficiencies and the data center is no exception. Data center staff want to take advantage of the benefits of a subscription-based cloud consumption model, but often don’t have the ability or budget to move their data or compute resources to the cloud. As a result, IT leaders are looking for ways to leverage resource consumption in a pay-as-you-go cloud model but within an on-premises infrastructure.

Topics: Application & Infrastructure Modernization

The Identity Perimeter Paradox

Last month during Identiverse 2021, an annual conference by identity professionals for identity professionals, I attended several sessions that got me thinking a lot about the C-suite, specifically Chief Information Officers (CIO), Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), and Chief Privacy Officers (CPO).

Topics: Identity and Access Management

HPE Discover 2021: Sailing the GreenLake to the Age of Insight

Can an IT systems vendor really transform into a cloud service provider? With everything we saw from HPE and HPE GreenLake at this year’s HPE Discover 2021, I think we are going to find out pretty soon. With this year’s announcements, it's clear HPE understands that modern IT wants a cloud-like experience everywhere, and HPE means to deliver it.

Topics: Storage

Distributed Cloud & Digital Ecosystems Research Conversation with Mark Bowker and Bob Laliberte (Video)

Listen in as Bob Laliberte and I discuss these two important research topics and capture technology and business insights into the future of the data center.

Distributed Cloud is a connected ecosystem of cloud services, developer-ready infrastructure, and legacy IT that provides consistent operations for modern applications.

Digital Ecosystems: How carriers, Telcos, MSPs, and CSPs are innovating and optimizing edge computing applications.  

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration