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Oracle Sees Multiple Journeys to Cloud Computing

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: cloud, Oracle

Technology_City.jpgWhen discussing the adoption of new technologies, we often talk about a journey or some required organizational transformation.  That is easy to visualize if there is one destination.  VMware once had a journey to IT-as-a-service, and continues to offer operational transformation services to continue that journey.

But what if there is more than one destination? 

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Trends in Software-defined Networking Webinar Recording

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: networking, SDN


I recorded a free webinar on trends in software-defined networking.

In this webinar, we explore the trends in Software-defined Networking: how it has evolved from data center uses to support WAN use-cases, support for security, new programming models such as containers, and more. We examine how it offers different models to support traditional networking professionals, DevOps users, and how Layer-2-based software-defined networks differ from pure Layer-3-based systems.


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Keeping Up with Incident Response

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: cybersecurity, incident response

Firefighter.jpegA fire department in a large city certainly has a difficult job but its mission is fairly straightforward. When a fire is detected, the fire department dispatches an appropriately sized staff to assess, contain, and put out the fire, clean up, investigate what happened, and prepare themselves for the next blaze.

Yup, a pretty simple process when a manageable number of fires are burning but what would happen if there were hundreds or thousands of simultaneous infernos? My guess is that a senior fire chief (and perhaps other participants from local government and law enforcement) would have to make decisions on which blazes to resource and which to ignore. These decisions would certainly be based upon information analysis and best practices but there is still some risk that the disregarded fires would end up being far worse than expected, turn into disasters, and call into question the judgement of all involved.

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Vision 2016: Bringing Veritas into Focus (includes video)

Posted: September 20, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Veritas, Vision 2016


Veritas-Vision-Bands.jpgSafely removed from the loving embrace of Symantec, and with new owner Carlyle Group’s financial clout at the ready, Veritas held a “coming out” (pun probably intended) party at its recent Vision event.

Under the somewhat plain theme that “Information is Everything,” the event was fully focused on Veritas staking its claim – certainly its intent – to be(come) a data management platform. Before I make a few other points about the event, take a look at this video that has summary comments from my colleague Jason Buffington as well as me. And if you’d like additional insights from Jason (@JBuff) on the data protection angles of Veritas Vision, you can check out his vblog at

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SIEM Market Dynamics in Play

Posted: September 20, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: cybersecurity, SIEM, security analytics

Global_Security.jpgWhen I started focusing on the security market 14 years ago, the SIEM market was a burgeoning market populated by vendors such as CA, e-Security, Intellitactics, and NetForensics. 

In the intervening timeframe, the SIEM market has grown, thrived, and changed every few years. SIEM started as a central repository for event correlation for perimeter security devices. It then morphed into a reporting engine for governance and compliance. In a subsequent phase, SIEM became more of a query and log management tool for security analysts. 

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ESG Video Capsule: Upcoming Research on Database Market Trends

Posted: September 18, 2016   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management, database, esg research, Research

Preview the topics of ESG's upcoming research project examining who the buyers and influencers of database decisions are and what drives their evaluation by watching this ESG Video Capsule:

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Qualifying Micron's QuantX

Posted: September 16, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /  


unique.jpgWhen Intel and Micron started talking about their joint development of what's-called 3D XPoint, the technical attraction was immediately obvious - it is to be something that fits (both in terms of specifications and price) between current solid-state storage variants and the DRAM/memory space. There is an enormous current gap right there - we get so used to comparing solid-state to spinning disks that we forget that there's a massive range of pricing and capabilities within the various types of solid-state (be it memory or storage....which is a line, by the way, that will continue to blur).

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New Veritas = New Vision

Posted: September 15, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: data protection, Veritas, data mangement, information governance

Veritas-Vision-Bands.jpgThis week, the newly unencumbered Veritas (from Symantec) relaunched its premier user event – Veritas Vision. There was a palpable energy that resonated around “we’re back and ready to resume our leadership mantle,” starting with an impressive day one from main stage:

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The Era of Identity-based Applications

Posted: September 15, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: cybersecurity, IAM, identity and access management

Eye_on_Keyboard.jpgIdentity and access management (IAM) has always been a heavy burden for large organizations. Why? Multiple folks across companies – business people, software developers, IT operations, human resources, security, compliance auditors, etc. – play some role across the IAM spectrum.

As a result of this IAM group hug, technology decisions tend to be made tactically without any central oversight or integrated strategy but this behavior may be changing. According to ESG research, 49% of large organizations claim they now have a formal enterprise-wide strategy in which IAM technology decisions are managed by central IT. In other words, someone in IT is now responsible and accountable for all IAM technology.

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Oracle ZS5 Is Foundational for Oracle's Data Cloud Future

Posted: September 14, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: cloud, Oracle

clearing_clouds.jpgAt the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, we live in interesting times, not just for IT itself, but for the IT vendor ecosystem too. There's divestitures, (re)spin-outs, and corporate combinations going on all over the place—think of HPE, Veritas and Dell/EMC respectively as some recent notable examples. Then there's the cloud-focused crowd, and the on-prem-focused crowd...indeed, this can often be different product offerings from the same vendor. And then we have Oracle, not for the first time, marching to its own tune. And it could well be mellifluous for many.

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