Hybrid Cloud & Infrastructure Management – Making the Switch

Hybrid Cloud & Infrastructure Management – Making the Switch

The New Year is always a good time for new beginnings, and 2015 is no exception.  With the start of 2015, my coverage focus at EMA is shifting and evolving.  After 22+ years in the network management space, including over six years as an industry analyst, I am starting a new chapter by shifting my area of research to unified infrastructure management including cloud and on-prem environments. While it might seem an unusual change, this is actually quite a natural transition.  Throughout my years in network management, I’ve always kept an eye on the context of where networks fit into the ...

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Leveraging Security Policy Orchestration to “Bake Security in” to SDDC Environments

Leveraging Security Policy Orchestration to “Bake Security in” to SDDC Environments

I have a new guest blog just posted at for Tufin around Security Policy Orchestration.  You can check it out here. It discusses the benefits to using Security Policy Orchestration when defining software-defined data centers (SDDCs).  By supporting a centralized security policy across physical and virtual networks via a single interface. Security  change management provides many benefits including: Application discovery and availability monitoring Service dependency mapping Change design and workflow automation Network topology and policy analysis Policy optimization and violation guidance Policy violation notification Take a look at it.  

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Flash or HDD for the Best Price/Performance?

Flash or HDD for the Best Price/Performance?

Flash technology has proven to be a disruptive force in the storage marketplace. Server and network performance gains over the last decade have been substantial, but the hard drive performance needle has hardly moved. This situation has resulted in server utilization being reduced while waiting on storage input output (I/O) operations to be completed. Server virtualization has further contributed to this situation. Server virtualization has been deployed in most enterprises and has delivered great benefits, including environmental and footprint savings, more efficient server utilization, and longer life for legacy applications. When the overall workload density increases on a single physical ...

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posted by John Myers   | February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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If I told you in September that the Baltimore Ravens would win the Super Bowl in February and you did nothing with that information ( i.e. place a bet, announce your prognostication skill, etc. ), was my prediction worth anything? Much like “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

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“Give me a place to stand, and with a lever I will move the whole world.” –Archimedes In the wake of last week’s disclosure of an attack against Bit9, Jeremiah Grossman seems positively prescient. His New Year’s prediction about security’s immediate future was that attacks against security measures would increase. And why not? If defense...

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Albert Einstein once said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” And I think that the wonderful world of Knowledge Delivery (aka Data Visualization, Reporting, etc.) needs to think...

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posted by John Myers   | February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Edward de Bono, a noted expert on creative thinking, once said: The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it. Business Analytics is very similar to this concept of science, and specifically,...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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I am a big fan of data discovery solutions. They enable a wider group of users to enjoy the benefits of business insights and break away from the platform driven traditional solutions that can be difficult to use, extremely expensive and limited to only a few users within an organization. At MicroStrategy World last week...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

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In my last post, I noted that I expect intelligence and the coordination and integration of defense technologies to be key drivers of the IT security market in 2013.  This is not just about some major vendors who have acknowledged their need for a wake-up call on these fronts. These are larger trends that are...

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posted by John Myers   | January 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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When Aesop created the fable about the shepherd boy who cried wolf, the message was clear: “How liars are not rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them” If analysts like myself and others as well as the mainstream press (ie Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Economist ) continue to shout about Big Data...

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I’ve happily managed largely to avoid getting entangled in the New Year’s ritual of security predictions, since these can, frankly, be fairly boring. But for those who expect such, here you go: Attackers will continue to succeed. Determined adversaries will become even more so. Moving one set of playing pieces does not alter the objectives...

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Juniper’s SDN strategy is well thought out and is not dissimilar to Cisco’s approach in that they are looking to make their network equipment less rigid and more flexible and adaptable. Oh and I do look forward to hearing more about the plans for “centralizing the appropriate aspects of the management, services and control software...

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Data_Integration

“Back in the day”, Pablo Picaso once said: Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. Data Integration in 2013 seems to follow along similar lines – Give us a Platform and we will fill it with data. This is part two of a series of blog postings on important topics for the world of...

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