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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

Some of you may remember a time when national security was a question of police officers protecting individuals from crime on the street, or the Army’s defence against international threats. Today, that picture looks very different. If anything, it is more volatile, uncertain and complex than it was in the past because it is now plagued by online security concerns, whether individual privacy whilst browsing online, harmful material to younger internet users or hackers trying to access your internet banking.

With every benefit that technology has brought us – global communication, mobile working and easy money management – comes additional risks to watch out for. We all know what the media, businesses and government have to say about national security and protecting consumers, but what about the consumer’s opinion? We recently commissioned Opinium Research to find out and here’s what we discovered…

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https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/where-do-we-go-from-here-how-the-debate-between-privacy-and-security-is-evolving

Outsourcing data requirements to a third party for the first time can be nerve-racking. Endless requirements paired with an increased expectation for data performance puts IT in the hot seat. Below is a list of key considerations when deciding whether to build vs. buy, along with some guidance on how to address each.

 

Control

Control is the most common factor driving organizations to a “build” decision. Enterprises have an intimate familiarity with their unique data requirements and want to retain control of operations, economics, location and design. The right provider, however, should be able to address each of these concerns individually to provide a holistic solution, as well as provide secure access to equipment for approved staff members. Treat your data center decision as an interview process. Come with a list of your top priorities and make sure the provider in question has an answer that sits well with you and meets all of your requirements.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/06/07/build-or-lease-eight-key-considerations-for-data-centers/

A unique partnership between FireLayers (a CASB solution provider) and Image Analyzer (a world leader in visual data classification) for the first time offers organizations the means to scan images and identify videos which contain nudity, pornography, terrorism, extreme violence, weapons and other non-work related content and ensure it is managed and where necessary block it from entering the corporate networks.

 

With the proliferation of commercial cloud applications and storage services (such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and more) organizations find themselves constantly battling the huge chunks of data their employees move and store on corporate networks. While textual files can be analyzed and verified to meet company regulations, visual data (such as images and movies) pose several unique challenges to the organization.

 

To begin with, storage is expensive, and storing non business-related data (personal non-work related files stored by employees) costs a typical midsize company with 500 Terabytes of data some 1.5 million US$ a year. Needless to say, because of their inherent file size, images and videos represent the bulk of data stored.

 

The second challenge is compliance and liability. Since most of the data is unclassified and unverified, it can (and often does) contain images and videos which are best left for private use. And while there’s nothing harmful in storing private images from an employee’s latest beach vacation, such data can also contain private images, child- pornography and other grotesque visuals.

 

If the offender accesses illegal data which is stored on the corporate network it puts the enterprise at risk of prosecution and legal liability.

 

Organizations recognize the issue and have begun to deploy technologies and procedures to mitigate these risks. Organizations utilizing commercial cloud applications opt for a Cloud Application Security Broker (or CASB) solution which uses a set of rules to determine who can save which data and where. But most technologies that can help with data classification are not relevant when it comes to images and videos.

Until now.

 

Yair Grindlinger, FireLayers CEO says:

‘We welcome the cooperation with Image Analyzer and see it as a real enhancement of our proven cloud application security platform. Until today we were able to dictate which user does what in terms of permissions, now we can better monitor the data itself. By doing so we can block and alert regarding illicit activities, be it gun, porn or drug related, thus elevating our preventative capabilities to new heights.’

Crispin Pikes, CEO at Image Analyzer said:

 

‘We recognized early on that the new CASB market would be a significant environment for deployment of Image Analyzer technology. Our new version V7.0 iaViS can identify non-work related visual content in numerous ‘threat categories’ but to deploy optimally we needed the correct partner and platform.

 

From our research of the CASB market FireLayers stood out as an innovative and highly dynamic player and we are very excited by our partnership and the prospect of the benefits it can deliver to their Enterprise customers.’

 

About FireLayers

FireLayers enables responsible cloud adoption, delivering the security, compliance and governance organizations can rely on to safely enable any user, to use any device to access any cloud application. The FireLayers Cloud Application Security Gateway is the industry’s first platform capable of providing organizations full control over all the homegrown and popular cloud apps, such as Salesforce, Office 365, NetSuite, SuccessFactors, and many others, they use to drive their business. With FireLayers, organizations have the security, visibility and control they need to make the move to the cloud and maximize the value of their cloud applications.

For further information please visit www.firelayers.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

About Image Analyzer

Founded in 2005, Image Analyzer is the market leading provider of image recognition technologies to software vendors worldwide. Their Visual Intelligence Solution (ViS) can analyse images and videos to identify visual elements that match certain ‘threat categories’ like pornography or graphic violence. These types of non-work related imagery can degrade company culture, damage brand reputation and contribute to the creation of a hostile working environment. Image Analyzer provides ViS on an OEM basis to software vendors and service providers across a broad range of market sectors.

The company is based in the UK, privately funded and holds patents related to the scanning of streaming media.

For further information please visit http://www.image-analyzer.com/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Now With NetPath and Network Insight, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor 12 Delivers Visibility Across the Entire Application Delivery Path – On-Premises and in the Cloud

AUSTIN, Texas – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced a revolutionary release of the network administrator's trusted tool, SolarWinds® Network Performance Monitor (NPM). With the release of SolarWinds NPM 12, the company's flagship product and award-winning tool relied on by tens of thousands of IT departments now features NetPath and Network Insight. For the first time, these two new capabilities give network administrators the hybrid IT visual insights and analysis needed for visibility into the performance of services across not only the networks they own, but those of their service providers and cloud vendors as well. These innovations empower IT professionals to provide the application performance end users expect and businesses need in today's on-demand environments.

According to the most recent SolarWinds IT Trends Report, 87 percent of organizations have migrated some infrastructure to the cloud, yet 60 percent state they will likely never transition all services offsite, making hybrid IT the reality for the foreseeable future. In such complex hybrid IT environments, network administrators need the ability to view the performance details of and pinpoint bottlenecks on all the networks connecting critical services and applications, whether they be on-premises or in the cloud.

The addition of NetPath makes SolarWinds NPM 12 the only network monitoring software that visually maps hybrid network paths alongside on-premises data. For example, NetPath gives IT professionals whose organizations use cloud-based applications such as Salesforce® the ability to identify the exact location of a performance issue -- whether on the internal LAN, with a WAN provider or on the cloud application vendor's own network -- and provides actionable insights for resolution. Specific NetPath features include:

  • Dynamic and visual hop-by-hop analysis of critical paths and devices along the entire network delivery path -- on-premises, in the cloud or across hybrid IT environments.
  • Specific, actionable information to resolve network issues regardless of network ownership.
  • Automatic and dynamic thresholds to identify unhealthy critical paths and network nodes, providing an estimated 50 percent faster time to resolution.
  • Visualized critical path performance over time for historical views of network latency.
  • Identification of device configuration changes along critical paths when integrated with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager.
  • Immediate insight into the traffic travelling across flow-enabled devices impacting network performance when integrated with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.

While NetPath provides breadth of visibility, Network Insight provides depth by enabling comprehensive monitoring of load balancing environments that empowers IT professionals with deeper network intelligence, including dynamic and visual insight into the performance of applications and service delivery. Specific Network Insight features include:

  • Visualization of entire load balancing environments.
  • Graphical display of relationships and component status.
  • Visualization of component details in a single console.

Network Insight is currently available for F5® BIG-IP® environments, with support for additional appliances expected in future releases.

Quotes

"Applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud, are the heart of business, but they're useless without the networks that connect them to end users," said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. "Until now, the capabilities to monitor the performance of those networks regardless of ownership were impossible within a single tool -- traceroute tools are typically blocked from accessing service provider networks, and cloud monitoring tools don't have adequate visibility into on-premises infrastructure performance. With NetPath and Network Insight, SolarWinds NPM 12 is delivering the dynamic visibility and actionable insights IT professionals need to effectively manage all the networks impacting the applications their organizations rely on in a hybrid IT world -- every node, every path, every network."

"SolarWinds NPM is the foundation of the monitoring service we deliver to our geographically distributed enterprise," said Joshua Biggley, engineer, enterprise applications, Cardinal Health. "The out-of-the-box simplicity means that monitoring CPU, memory, volumes and interfaces, whether physical or virtual, is easy. With NPM 12 delivering functionality like the expanded support for F5 load balancers and switch stack monitoring, we're ready to deliver better visibility into our global network. The introduction of NetPath is literally turning our monitoring service on its head. As we push more infrastructure to the cloud as well as both SaaS and PaaS solutions, NetPath will give us the insights we need to see connectivity performance from our network to the outside world, and from regionally distributed monitoring points into our datacenter-hosted services."

"Network monitoring that provides simplicity and intuitive visualization of our entire network, even the critical paths that involve a cloud service provider; quick time to resolution; and not needing an army of engineers to maintain is very important to us," said Allistair Griffith, NOC administrator, FLOW Jamaica. "SolarWinds NPM 12 provides just that, and in a package that will scale with us as we continue to grow. SolarWinds NPM with NetPath and Network Insight is a game-changer."

"NetPath helps solve one of the network manager's most pressing needs: end-to-end network visibility on-premises, in the cloud or across hybrid networks," said Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates.

Pricing and Availability

SolarWinds NPM pricing starts at $2,895 USD*, including the first year of maintenance. For more information, including a downloadable, free 30-day evaluation, visit the SolarWinds website or call 866.530.8100.

*Price as of June 7, 2016. Pricing may vary based upon the jurisdiction and applicable currency. Please contact a local SolarWinds sales representative to find pricing specific to your jurisdiction.

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About SolarWinds

SolarWinds provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. We are committed to focusing exclusively on IT Pros, and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. Regardless of where the IT asset or user sits, SolarWinds delivers products that are easy to find, buy, use, maintain, and scale while providing the power to address all key areas of the infrastructure from on premises to the Cloud. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our THWACK online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at www.solarwinds.com.

SolarWinds, SolarWinds & Design and THWACK are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC or its affiliates. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be or are intellectual property of their respective companies.

© 2016 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved.

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RENO, NV – New Q1 data from Synergy Research Group shows that in the burgeoning market for technology to build clouds, HPE, Cisco and Microsoft continue to lead in the three main segments -- private cloud hardware, public cloud hardware and cloud infrastructure software respectively. Across all segments HPE led Cisco in Q1 and slightly widened the gap between the two, though both vendors gained market share in the quarter. They were followed by Microsoft, Dell, IBM, EMC, VMware, Lenovo and Huawei. The total cloud infrastructure market has been growing at comfortably over 20% per year, though the growth rate dropped off to 13% in Q1 as a typically soft quarter followed the end-of-year Q4 peak.

For the last eight quarters total spend on data center infrastructure -- which includes servers, server OS, storage, networking, network security and virtualization software -- has been running at an average $29 billion, with the market being increasingly driven by the cloud. Cloud deployments or shipments of systems that are cloud enabled now account for well over half of the total data center infrastructure market.

"With spend on cloud services growing by over 50% per year and spend on SaaS growing by over 30%, there is little surprise that cloud operator capex continues to drive strong growth in public cloud infrastructure," said Jeremy Duke, Synergy Research Group's founder and Chief Analyst. "But on the enterprise data center side too we continue to see a big swing towards spend on private cloud infrastructure as companies seek to benefit from more flexible and agile IT technology. The transition to cloud still has a long way to go."

About Synergy Research Group

Synergy provides quarterly market sizing and segmentation data on data center infrastructure and related markets, including vendor revenues by segment and by region. Data is provided via Synergy's uniquely flexible SIA database which enables rapid analysis and provides a range of graphic data presentation options.

Synergy Research Group (www.srgresearch.com) helps marketing and strategic decision makers around the world via its syndicated market research and custom consulting. For over a decade, Synergy has been providing unique insights and analytics to marketing, business development, and investment professionals. Synergy is a strategic partner of TeleGeography (www.telegeography.com).