Cybersecurity Professional Impressions on Cloud-native Security

In a recent research survey, ESG asked a panel of 232 security and IT professionals a series of questions about cloud-native security (i.e., security controls, management, and monitoring options built into cloud infrastructure and offered by cloud service providers (CSPs)). Here are a few of the data points we uncovered:

Topics: cloud security Cybersecurity

McAfee’s Vision at MPower

I wrapped up my 3-week tour of the cybersecurity industry with a stop in Las Vegas for McAfee MPower. Here are a few of my takeaways from the event:

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NetApp Insight: Both a Conference Name and an Apropos Comment  (Includes Video)

NetApp’s 2018 Insight event was nothing if not engaging: not just for what this vendor is doing (in a traditional announcement and product sense), but for what it is rapidly becoming (in terms of its place in the burgeoning information-based-world).

Of course, NetApp’s impressive – and continuing – recovery and re-formation is only possible because of its excellent execution over the last few years: Focus, finances, and futures have been the emphases, and they are paying off. Take a look at ESG’s On Location video to get a feel for this year’s event and some key takeaways.  

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

GitHub Universe Highlights the Future for the Developer Community

I recently attended the GitHub Universe event in San Francisco, where the word's leading software development platform laid out the future for developers worldwide. The reach and scope of GitHub really was on display at the show, with over 1 billion contributions from the community this year, 8 million new developers, and the fact that 80% of GitHub users are outside the US.  

Topics: Systems Management

IBM Improves Storage with NVMe and AI, while Delivering the Tools to Tackle a Universe of File Data

Today, IBM released a massive storage-related announcement with a variety of new innovations offering value to modern, data-driven businesses. There is a ton in this release, so let’s look at some of the highlights, which I have conveniently divided into two categories.

Topics: Storage

Commvault Go 2018 Video Coverage

Commvault GO 2018 took place in Nashville early October. In this new ESG video, Vinny Choinski from ESG's Validation Lab team joins me in commenting on and analyzing the highlights and announcements of the event.

Topics: Data Protection

Cybersecurity Trends – With Trend Micro

Last week, Trend Micro came to Boston for its annual Trend Insights industry analyst event. The company provided an overview of its business, products, and strategy. Here are a few of my takeaways:

Topics: Cybersecurity

Juniper is Engineering Simplicity for the Multi-cloud Journey

I recently attended Juniper’s NXTWORK 2018 event in sunny Las Vegas. Well, I assume it was sunny--as most of these events go, most of my time was spent in the convention center. Juniper has had a number of key additions to its executive team since last year and we are now starting to see the results of those shifts. Most noticeable this year was the focus on enterprise customers and enabling them to drive operational efficiency into their multi-cloud environments.

Topics: Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

I Just Want the App to Work…

Our networking analyst, Bob Laliberte, has recently written about connectivity and experience. In today’s networking world, connecting end-users to a network is simply not enough. The focus is shifting to end-user experience once connected to that network.

Those who connect to some network daily know what I mean. I’ve had to connect to our network and edit documents while on the road. I’ve been in a running store wanting to buy some gear, but because I was overwhelmed with choices, I checked online reviews before I made my purchase. Most times, I have had no issue. But there have been times when the experience of trying to do my work or get information became frustrating. In most cases, I gave up and went elsewhere, just so that I could find a place with “good” connectivity.

Topics: Networking ESG Validation Services

Commvault Announces New Offerings at Commvault GO 2018

Commvault GO 2018 started with a bang yesterday with some important portfolio and partnership announcements. Stay tuned for video coverage of this great event in Nashville, TN.  

The HPE Partnership expands with the full integration between Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery Software and HPE StoreOnce systems, including integration with HPE StoreOnce Catalyst. This joint solution allows Commvault to manage the full lifecycle of data management operations for HPE StoreOnce systems. StoreOnce Catalyst can be easily configured using the Commvault user interface with just a few clicks. Once enabled, Commvault manages the backups and the movement of data for HPE StoreOnce systems the same way it does for any other Commvault client. Based on the level of integration, no additional client configurations are required. Users can also move backup data natively, reliably, and cost-effectively to the public, private, or hybrid cloud. This capability is delivered by HPE Cloud Bank Storage, a feature that is scheduled to be supported by an upcoming HPE software release in November of this year.

Topics: Data Protection

The 2018 Channel Acceleration Awards: The HPE Partner Ready Program

Our final 2018 Award Winner is Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), and we’re finishing up the year on a high note. As you will see below, the introduction of the new GreenLake Flex Capacity for Partners Program is a game changer!

Topics: Channel

Ten Takeaways from the Splunk User Conference

I spent the early part of this week in Orlando, attending Splunk .Conf 2018. Here are a few of my takeaways:

  1. Splunk articulated a vision of security analytics/operations for 2020 that included 10 areas:
    1. Data ingestion. Collecting and processing a growing body of security telemetry.
    2. Detection. Finding and blocking known threats.
    3. Prediction. Using advanced analytics to identify new attacks and then spreading the warning around to all connected customers.
    4. Automation. Automate all pedestrian tasks and accelerate more complex tasks.
    5. Orchestration. Use APIs to connect security controls together for investigations and remediation actions.
    6. Recommendation. Monitor and record security operations and then recommend proven actions to the SOC team.
    7. Investigation. Provide intuitive tools to figure out what cyber-attacks are happening and why they are happening.
    8. Collaboration. Offer a workbench for security operations while connecting to collaboration tools like Slack.
    9. Case management. Deliver a security-centric tracking system that spans security incident management lifecycles. 
    10. Reporting. Providing a central place to measure all aspects of reporting.
Topics: Cybersecurity ESG on Location

DDN Partners with NVIDIA Targeting AI

Today, DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced a partnership with NVIDIA to deliver infrastructure designed for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning workloads. The solution combines the DDN A3I with the NVIDIA DGX-1 and is preconfigured to eliminate the guesswork associated with infrastructure deployment and configuration. Additionally, DDN claims the system offers both the high performance and the massive capacity scale required for the intense demands of training AI algorithms. According to DDN, the solution delivers 200 PB (yep, that says petabytes) of capacity in a single namespace, and more than 1.4TB/s of performance.

Topics: Storage Data Management Artificial Intelligence

Cloudera and Hortonworks Merge

This is exciting stuff, so let’s jump right in.

First on the financials, which are sure to dominate the headlines. It’s a stock merger with Cloudera stockholders getting 60% stake in the new entity and Hortonworks stockholders obviously getting the other 40%. The combined organization is initially being valued at $5.2 billion, with Hortonworks having found positive cash flow by offering robust support services across the data analytics pipeline and Cloudera too relying on incorporating support within its subscription-based pricing model.

Topics: Data Management

Hitachi Vantara Talks What’s Next at NEXT (Video)

Last week saw the 2018 Hitachi Vantara NEXT conference. For those of you not following along closely, Hitachi Vantara is the artist previously known as, well, many other things...!

One of the ongoing challenges the company faces (both for itself, and indeed to a greater extent when we consider it in association with its Hitachi parent) is how to describe its panoply of abilities, both IT and otherwise, in a cohesive manner.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Platforms & Services Systems Management

Cloudy Future for Security Analytics

When you think of security analytics and operations, one technology tends to come to mind – security information and event management (SIEM). SIEM technology was around when I started focusing on cybersecurity in 2002 (think eSecurity, Intellitactics, NetForensics, etc.) and remains the primary security operations platform today. Vendors in this space today include AlienVault (AT&T), IBM (QRadar), LogRhythm, McAfee, and Splunk.

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Talking NVMe and Optimized Hybrid Storage Management (ESG 360 Video Series)

This conversation is an update with Scott Sinclair on a couple of the key trends in the storage part of the IT ecosystem as we move towards the end of 2018. While the terms discussed here might not be brand new, the extent of focus and interest is moving extremely rapidly. The things Scott wanted to emphasize were NVMe and optimized Hybrid Storage Management.

Topics: Storage