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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The Changing Game of IT Service Management

The Changing Game of IT Service Management

If you think that ITSM is static and old hat, think twice. A huge number of innovations are just emerging—some have been a long time in coming; while others are unexpected surprises—as analytics and automation are changing the ITSM game dramatically. Here are some trends that I’ve seen in 2014 that I expect will grow [...]

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posted by Torsten Volk   | July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Cloud is still a rapidly evolving discipline, with currently many organizations thinking about how to get started or how to take their limited cloud environment to the next level. These organizations are faced with two general challenges. They have to a) get their own house – data center – in order and b) identify a...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

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During this year’s research for the 2012 EMA Workload Automation (WLA) Radar Report, we encountered a number of very interesting core findings. These research results mostly originated from dozens of conversations with end customers, who have been using WLA software for many years and sometimes even for decades. WLA, by definition, is a mature discipline,...

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posted by    | June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I want to outline briefly some ideas I’ve had recently about our fundamental models for understanding IT management. In 1968, Melvin Conway proposed an insightful law, basically stating that our systems are copies of our communication structure (how we interact as human beings). And while this law is often applied in discussions of computer program structure,...

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posted by Julie Craig   | June 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I finally replaced my aging Blackberry recently, mainly because of T-Mobile’s decision to lay off a big hunk of their workforce. I chose T-Mobile several years ago because of high-quality customer service, after dealing with virtually every other carrier (except Sprint) for way too long. So I called Verizon (whose customer service has proven to...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Recently, when asked what the “next big thing” was, Ann Winblad, renowned venture capital investor, responded: “Data is the new oil.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/perryrotella/2012/04/02/is-data-the-new-oil/ I agree with Ann but to get value from crude oil it must be processed.  And that is often what is lost in the buzz surrounding the Volume, Velocity and Variety (3Vs) attributes of...

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posted by Julie Craig   | May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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My latest research found that only about 65% of commercial enterprise management products purchased are currently in use– the rest are languishing on a shelf somewhere, just waiting to be dusted off and deployed. Here are a few tips to ensure that your purchases don’t end up in a back room collecting dust. Define your...

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There is highly valuable synergy between line of business (LOB) executives and data/business analysts in today’s information driven work environments. Unfortunately complex processes and data integration “hairballs” cause analysts to spend most of their time bogged down in mundane data integration tasks instead of collaborating with executives to supply critical business insights. Sadly this is...

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My research focus last year was on Application Performance Management for Cloud services. It uncovered some stunning statistics. More than 40% of IT organizations are supporting API integrations. More than 50% are supporting EAI and/or ESB-based applications. 75% are supporting Web Services and 35% are running SaaS to SaaS integrations. Finally, almost 50% are running transactions...

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posted by    | May 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I try to keep up on my reading. It’s important. In the past year or so, I’ve come across three books that I think complement each other nicely, and taken together outline a program for improving IT management. The books are: How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business, by Douglas Hubbard...

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I am in the process of briefing with vendors and developing survey questions for a research study to be kicked off in the very near future. The survey-based research, entitled “Integration Technologies for Cloud Services”, will be followed later this year by an EMA Radar Report on a similar topic. There can no longer be...

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