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As nations and syndicates pursue their interests, they will become sponsors of offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, including information warfare, theft, and attacks designed to take down critical infrastructure. This could explain why–after billions in losses–there ...
Am reading reports of a breach of FireEye. Stay tuned. While three outlets have covered, I’m awaiting acknowledgement from company officials.   Hackers Breach Cybersecurity Company In Apparent Revenge On Employee: Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com/hackers-breach-cybersecurity-compa...
Hardware-Defined IT is About to End- Not with a Bang but a Whimper After completing Security Paradox the idea of death by maintenance really sunk in. The following is a “song of vapor and iron” that has been echoing through my mind like an earworm: The Golden Age of IT As o...
A week ago I wrote about the recent AWS VMware partnership and how it threatens traditional IT vendors, practices and roles. The week before I talked about exploding security processes eroding protection at a Fortune 100 leader, based on a recent interview with a security architect. In...
In many ways and for most organizations the cloud is more secure than premises-bound security.  It’s easy to understand why: The most widely deployed IaaS architectures are more advanced than their traditional stack counterparts, many of which have been architected over decades based o...
A recent interview with a security architect at a Fortune 100 firm with a network of hundreds of thousands of corporate and partner users brought out the explosion of complexity as networks scale and encompass remote users and partners: When a certain level of scale is attained, increm...
Notice is Served to More than a Dozen Tech Leaders by Once Unlikely Alliance Recent talks between Amazon and VMware could ignite a second wave of cloud adoption, this time focused on brownfield cloud migration. A recent report covered by CNBC raises the specter of a massive shift of wo...
My recent Vidder blog on security in the new cyber world explains why security will become more important to business success in the digital age and why CISOs will become as important to CMOs in most consumer and B2B companies. The world’s cyber future looks more like Ukraine, the emer...
A new Morgan Stanley CIO Report is out with a revised list of digitalization winners and losers.  The shift to the cloud is increasing and creating a painful new reality for traditional IT vendors, except Cisco. Check it out here. From Becky Peterson, Business Insider, July 1 2017: The...
This week the Washington Post published a bombshell story on the recent attacks on the US election infrastructure ironically under their motto “Democracy dies in darkness.” On the Vidder blog Thursday I said that we were at cyberwar.  My case was simple. Cyber warfare is by nature stea...
After my Goodbye NAC (network access control) blog the Vidder team created a very useful chart comparing key characteristics of NAC with Vidder’s Trusted Access Control.
Because Complexity Doesn’t Scale Very Well… Last week Amazon announced another stellar quarter, with AWS again being the main headliner for the ecommerce high flyer. Yet I’m convinced AWS growth and profitability has even deeper implications for traditional hardware-bound n...
The question that many IT security pros are asking is: Why hasn’t network access control (NAC) lived up to its promise? I certainly did. And what I discovered helped me to make a career move. I’ll explain, starting with what NAC does. Then I’ll get to the personal part. NAC provides en...
Had a great time catching up with old friends last night at RSA.  We have much to talk about this year, including greater recognition for bald security bloggers. Maybe we’ll even get Rothman to shave?
Trust is under attack. So much so that security experts are calling networks “zero trust.” A recent Kaspersky Labs survey found 77% of US businesses had breaches in the previous 12 months. This at a time when established, multi-billion dollar incumbents enjoy wide deployment in US ente...
A disturbing look at how bad things could get in the very near future and how bad they were in the ancient past. 280pp – published November 2016. Antioch is a dystopian science fiction novel set in the near future and the distant past. There are elements of reincarnation, alchemy...
Just as VMware reveals an intent to become Airbnb for the cloud… Cisco study underscores future growth for cloud migration. This is not a coincidence. You can expect to see more data from more traditional vendors as the cloud becomes strategic to brownfield IT, not just the cloud...
IT Needs More Than a Pyrrhic Victory for Existing Apps Yesterday NetworkWorld published a notable interview discussing one of the core challenges faced by IT as we enter the cloud and digital age: What to do with the existing, core apps residing in owned/leased data centers? John Galla...
I spent most of last week at the Future in Review tech conference in Park City listening to a series of intense 30 minute sessions on tech disruptions occurring across multiple fields, from advanced materials and computing to oceanography and pharma. It’s the kind of breadth and depth ...
Innovation-centric IT teams are starting to embrace the cloud and the results are encouraging. They build their own internal cloud teams dedicated to driving innovation and agility versus old school resistance.  Check out this recent case study.
Join us! We’re assembling a world class panel on the impact of digitalization and cloud on the 21st century enterprise. Join us at Future in Review in Park City Sep 27-30. Digitalization, the Cloud, and the Transformation of the 21st Century Enterprise New cloud-enabled operating...
I spent five minutes with Marc last week discussing recent system-wide outages at Delta, Southwest and Salesforce. We talked about the challenges facing enterprises with cobbled infrastructures under increased digitalization pressures. As said in the New Normal blog, we’re likely...
Delta, Southwest and Salesforce Infrastructures Mark New IT Reality From the premier IT infrastructure of Salesforce.com to the cobbled infrastructures of major airlines, this year has been a watershed for system-wide outages. Why would we think that next year will be any different? Di...
If you’re interested in understanding what the future of IT will look like forget trying to forecast how many trillions in IT spending will be influenced by the cloud. We already know the number will be big, very big. Instead, leave that exercise to the hardware-bound vendors trying to...
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“Earlier this week VMware (VMW) CEO Pat Gelsinger spoke about “violent shifts” in the tech industry.” It may have been an understatement. Read complete article on TalkMarkets. Cloud, digitalization and mobile are changing the game by accelerating the pace of change, and tec...
==> Salesforce announced a new strategic partnership with AWS This announcement was pivotal because it defied conventional cloud wisdom.  Most analysts described SaaS as the ultimate evolution from premise-bound computing, with IaaS as a necessary middle step for many existing apps...
Since January I’ve published a pair of articles at Seeking Alpha on what I consider to be early signs of a massive transformation of enterprise IT. Who will be crushed by Digitalization and the Cloud and Two Recent M&A Moves both addressed the new CIO chasm of digitalization and cl...
A special congratulations to the Exar team for accomplishing what many thought impossible.  They migrated their Oracle stack onto AWS in days.  Read more at InformationWeek: The provisioning of servers needed by business users was speeded up by a factor of 4-5X and the speed of project...
A recent JP Morgan report predicted a massive uptake in enterprise cloud adoption in the next five years based on a recent CIO survey. Within a few weeks a May 2016 Forrester report indicated that migration into the public cloud involves considerable manual processes: By Forrester̵...
I posted an article at Seeking Alpha over the weekend after reading a CIO survey conducted by JP Morgan listing out tech vendors by projected sales growth. Highlights below: Digitalization and cloud are disrupting enterprise IT and operating models. The impacts will produce a new gener...
Seattle: From a Jobs Shortage to a Housing Shortage In 1971 an iconic billboard went up south of Seattle, across the street from a cemetery: “Will the last person leaving Seattle – Turn out the lights.”  Within a month The Economist called Seattle a City of Despair. Less than a d...
Not Really… if you accept the results of a recent survey. We just finished compiling the results of a disaster recovery best practices survey of more than 300 IT pros (read about the most notable findings).  Besides discovering that most firms are not following disaster recovery ...
After talking to VMblog and InformationWeek I’ve come to the conclusion that most companies are suffering through obsolete approaches to disaster recovery.  I’ve gone so far as to explain Why the Cloud will Crush Traditional Disaster Recovery in a recent CloudVelox blog. Following are ...
2015 should prove to be a pivotal year for enterprise cloud adoption, thanks to a series of critical developments, including accelerating interest in the hybrid cloud. HIGH GROWTH FOR HYBRID CLOUD Numerous reports and surveys (previously reported in Archimedius) predict high growth for...
HIGHLIGHTS Research and Markets just published a report predicting that “the hybrid cloud market is expected to grow from $25.28 billion in 2014 to $84.67 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27.3% from 2014 to 2019.” A recent study by Peer 1 Hosting has hybrid c...
Synergy Research reports that cloud infrastructure spending has been growing rapidly: “Cloud infrastructure is a fast-growing market and now accounts for almost half of all data center infrastructure shipments,” says Jeremy Duke, founder and Chief Analyst, Synergy Research. “We a...
A couple items grabbed my attention recently, including the recent Synergy report on the growing share of IT infrastructure spending going to the cloud.  It surprised me. I had nothing to say, for once. Then the answer hit me. While cloud costs are declining slightly, the costs for clo...
We decided to bring together experts from Gartner, AWS, CloudVelox and cloud DR leader MyPoints for an in-depth and highly informative webinar that would give its viewers a competitive advantage when it comes to disaster recovery and IaaS. The result is one of the most informative webi...
A recent article from Forbes reports surprising benefits of cloud computing based on a survey of execs conducted by Tata Communications. One in Four Enterprises See ‘Surprise’ Cloud Benefits, Survey Finds In total, 83 percent of executives report benefits they did not expec...