In this ESG On Location Video, ESG's Dan Conde gives his impressions of RSA 2016, specifically as they pertain to the networking segment.
Announcer: The following is an ESG On Location Video.
Dan: Hello, and this is Dan Conde from ESG. Last week, I went to the RSA Conference in San Francisco and have some observations about the increasing importance of networking. In the past, we had networking as a way to access programs, as a way to access storage, and obviously access the web.
But increasingly with the rise of microservices and having programs that combine services that are in a cloud along with those in a data center, it's apparent that the network is serving a purpose not too different than what memory did in the past when you had programs running on a single server. As you get better visibility into the network, you can understand how the programs are behaving, whether it's failing, or whether it's undergoing a security breach.
There are many companies, starting from traditional companies like Cisco with its acquisition of Lancope, or networking testing companies like Ixia, and network packing broker companies, and other network analysis companies like Gigamon, and others that are all approaching network visibility from a different angle. Whether they're creating whole ecosystems or whether they're creating a platform and whether they're creating tools that integrate with modern techniques, whether it's machine learning or big data analysis, to give you better insights into the network.
So this is not a new area. It's an evolution of an area that's undertaking a traditional approach to looking at new problems that are occurring in a much more networked data center and modernized applications. And I look forward to writing more about this on the ESG blogs in the months and years to come.