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Manually combing through logs looking for anomalies that might represent a security threat is not only tedious, it also introduces a level of security fatigue that makes it more likely for a security threat to go unnoticed.

To help organizations reduce that risk, Splunk developed its Splunk App for Enterprise Security, which applies analytics to logs in a way that makes it a lot easier to identify the patterns that represent potential security threats. Released this week, version 3.0 of the app adds support for a new threat intelligence framework, additional data types and data models, and a pivot interface.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/it-unmasked/splunk-combats-enterprise-security-fatigue.html

NEWARK, Calif. – With better performance than traditional hard disk-based storage at significantly less expense than all solid state arrays, hybrid storage provides organizations with the increasingly desired speed of flash media without sacrificing the capacity or cost advantage of spinning disks for a storage solution that is well positioned to be among the most implemented throughout the upcoming year, say experts at Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for virtualized server and virtual desktop environments.

Standard hard disk-based arrays offer capacity at a low cost but they cannot keep up with today’s performance requirements.  Solid state disks deliver high performance but cannot deliver the required capacity at a reasonable cost.  Hybrid storage arrays are faster than hard disk drive-based arrays and less expensive than SSD-based arrays.  They balance high performance with high capacity and often come with a full suite of features at a price that makes them an ideal solution for a wide range of industries and applications.

News touting the gains in IOPS of all-flash arrays continue to garner headlines but the reality is that for 99 percent of organizations, the performance gain far exceeds the needs of their business-critical applications.  Those running specialized applications, such as real-time financial transactions, and those in the Big Data, HPC and scientific research environments may benefit from storage systems that can deliver 1 million IOPS, but most corporate business applications require only a fraction of this performance.  Hybrid arrays can service the vast majority of high-performance workloads for a fraction of the cost of all-flash systems.

This realization is being understood by both customers and those in the financial community, which has recently signaled its approval of hybrid systems through the overwhelming success of Nimble Storage’s IPO and subsequent gains in the company’s stock price.  Investors have signaled that hybrid storage is a good investment and they expect that there is room for growth in the sector.  The gains seen in Nimble’s stock offerings are in stark contrast to the fall in stock price of all-flash array provider Violin Memory.

“The storage industry is at a bit of an inflection point in regards to the best approach organizations can take to satisfy the increasing needs of performance-hungry applications while staying true to the company’s bottom line,” said Rob Commins, Tegile vice president of marketing.  “Hybrid storage that marries the best of SSD and HDD is poised to make tremendous gains this year.  However, buyers still need to do the research as all hybrids are not created equal.  Truly effective hybrid array solutions need to be engineered to address all the demands of the modern data center rather than simply be a combination of two disparate technologies sold as a single offering.”

Organizations looking to maximize their IT investment by adopting a hybrid approach to their storage infrastructure need to find solutions that deliver faster performance, higher capacities and robust data protection with near-instant recovery times while being affordable, efficient and easy to use.  Among the features users should look for in a hybrid solution are:

•	True unified access of both block protocols (iSCSI, Fibre Channel) and file protocols (NFS and CIFS) to provide flexibility in solving business challenges with a single storage platform.  This is more effective and less expensive than attempting to pull together multiple storage platforms to satisfy different storage requirements.
•	Optimized hybrid storage that intelligently uses SSDs with DRAM and flash in the data path to protect user data by storing it permanently on hard disks while using the faster technologies as a high-speed cache.  This is a superior approach to solutions that rely entirely on flash for data storage, risking data loss through volatility of the medium.
•	Integrated data protection functionality such as automated snapshot schedules for recovery points, fully redundant metadata storage and replication that is designed to survive multiple disk failures in order to ensure continued availability of business-critical data.
•	Inline compression and deduplication utilized throughout the array to reduce the acquisition and operational cost of storage.  Reducing all application data, not just secondary applications, can result in up to 75 percent less capacity used than alternative solutions.
•	Leveraging the benefits of SSDs throughout the data path, rather than as a tier of storage, to ensure every application receives a performance boost with flash storage.  Combined with intelligent, application-aware software, the storage system can configure and optimize itself based on the application that uses it.

“Tegile Systems has pioneered a new generation of flash-driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price to help organizations solve storage challenges in virtual server, database and VDI environments,” said Commins.  “We believe this is the year that more users than ever will discover just how hybrid storage arrays can gain the performance benefits of solid state without sacrificing the cost benefits of hard disk storage at the right price point.”

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash-driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays.

Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

Data center, IT professionals encouraged to participate in global initiative

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the launch of “Data Center 2025.” The industry-wide initiative is designed to engage thought leaders from all corners of the data center industry in order to explore potential visions for the data center of the future.

The four-month, global initiative will include input from data center providers and managers, OEMs, industry analysts, media and others from the data center and IT communities. It will include surveys, interviews, social media engagement and reviews of existing forecasts, with some results shared virtually in real time at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/DataCenter2025 and through social media. Complete results will be included in a report to be released at AFCOM Data Center World, April 28-May 2 in Las Vegas.

“Our industry is and always has been driven by innovation,” said Steve Hassell, president of Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business. “As an industry, we must maintain a sharp focus on the horizon in order to not just meet our customers’ changing needs but to drive the data center industry in smart, responsible ways. Our intent with this initiative is to provide a lens through which many various perspectives on a longer-term future may be viewed and evaluated.”

To guide the conversation and provide a starting point for input, Emerson established potential scenarios for the future of computing. They reflect potential directions the industry could go based on evolution of existing technologies and emergence of disruptive technologies. Over the next four months, Emerson will ask the industry to predict how those scenarios might impact various aspects of the data center—and how, in turn, the data center might evolve to support those models.

“What kind of converged technologies will be available, and how will they change the data center model?” Hassell asked. “Where will these facilities be located? How will they be powered and managed? What skill sets will data center and IT personnel need to possess? These are just a few of the questions we want to offer for discussion, and we are genuinely excited to engage in those conversations.”

Data center and IT professionals are encouraged to participate. They can learn more about the potential 2025 scenarios, comment, and complete the survey at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/DataCenter2025, or email thoughts or questions to DataCenter2025@Emerson.com.

For more information on Data Center 2025 or on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

Business risk consultancy Riskskill has highlighted what it sees as the main areas of increasing business risk for UK companies in 2014:

1. Fraud Risks
In 2014 fraud risks are likely to be the major contender for exposing many businesses to significant risk as the closure of the government’s National Fraud Authority (NFA) could, some feel, be seen by fraudsters as a huge victory for the bad guys. The NFA was set up to consolidate and focus upon the handling and approach of combatting fraud and also to direct the strategic elements of the attack on the fraudster. The NFA objectives were previously diluted from eight to three, with the more 'strategic issues' removed. Now its remaining operational functions have been atomized into several government silos.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07081.html

ASIS International has announced the publication of a revised version of the ANSI/ASIS Chief Security Officer - An Organizational Model. This standard provides a model for organizations to use when developing a senior leadership function responsible for providing comprehensive, integrated risk strategies to protect an organization from security threats.

This standard replaces the 2008 ANSI/ASIS Chief Security Officer Organizational ANSI version.

“Early on, it was determined that the standard’s purpose was to state the risks that need to be managed within an organization — of any size — and based on those risks, determine the skills and competencies needed to manage those risks,” said Jerry Brennan, technical committee chair, and chief executive, Security Management Resources. “By identifying who owns what, who is accountable, and what is shared, organizations can then determine what is needed within its ‘senior security executive’ position and the competencies that are best suited for that role.”

The standard’s model for a senior leadership position is presented at a high level and designed as a guide for the development and implementation of a strategic security framework. The structure is characterized by appropriate awareness, prevention, preparedness, and necessary responses to changes in threat conditions. Specific considerations and responses are also addressed for deliberation by individual organizations based on identifiable risk assessment, requirements, intelligence, and assumptions.

“The perspective through which organizations evaluate and integrate operational risk within their strategic plan continues to be a dynamic process which not only impacts the role of the ‘senior security executive’ but also the position or positions that may assume that role,” said Charles Baley, ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission Liaison and chief security officer, Farmers Group, Inc. “This Standard focuses on the importance of the function and not a single title or position.”

Applicable to both private and public sector organizations, the standard provides a methodology to evaluate and respond to a spectrum of threats to tangible and intangible assets on both a domestic and global basis.

View the executive summary (PDF).

CIO — Recently I saw yet another slide presentation showcasing the decline of enterprise IT spending and the comparable increase in public cloud business. The conclusion? Enterprises just don't have money to spend and it's killing enterprise vendors.

This is fundamentally not true. What's really happening is that users are increasingly using public cloud services, and the expenses they incur are being reimbursed, so the money's theirs. I've also seen several studies showing that moving to the cloud is expensive — twice what it would cost to build services internally, according to an internal analysis I recently reviewed, and five times as much if one uses the Oracle alternative.

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http://www.cio.com/article/746971/Why_Major_Misconceptions_Surround_the_Enterprise_Public_Cloud_

After reading this blog post, if you would like more detail, fellow Forrester analyst Christian Kane and I have collaborated on two short reports describing the acquisition of AirWatch through the lens of mobile workforce enablement and a second report through the lens of mobile security. Enjoy the reports, and as always... we love to read your comments!

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http://blogs.forrester.com/tyler_shields/14-01-23-and_the_next_punch_is_thrown_by_vmware

Discussions about IT and business alignment are almost taboo these days. I suppose people have heard too much about it in the past decade.

Yet, that’s exactly the kind of discussion data experts seem to be calling for when it comes to how IT manages data.

“Over the past year it is becoming increasingly clear that we have to stop thinking as data managers and start thinking as data designers,” writes Forrester analyst and data management expert Michele Goetz in a recent Information Management article. “What matters is what data drives for the business first and then design a data system around that. We need to educate ourselves on what the business does with the data.”

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/can-your-data-systems-keep-pace-with-the-emerging-business-demands.html

The widening gap between economic losses and insured losses from natural catastrophes is our topic du jour.

Guy Carpenter’s GCCapitalIdeas.com just published this chart showing that approximately 70 percent of global economic losses from natural catastrophes were uninsured between 1980 and 2013:

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=3525

Almost from the very beginning of the modern virtualization movement, technology futurists wondered what it would be like to have a completely virtualized data center. What would be the benefits, and the major challenges, to building entire compute/storage/networking infrastructure complete in logic?

Those questions are about to be answered now that the IT industry is taking seriously the idea of the software-defined data center (SDDC). In fact, the concept is now openly discussed as the next major segment within the increasingly diversified enterprise infrastructure market.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/counting-down-to-the-software-defined-data-center.html