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Archives for December, 2010

Antivirus is Dead. Long Live Antivirus.

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 23, 2010  |  5 Comments

Signature-based antimalware detection is increasingly ineffective against an explosion in the number of malware variants as well as an increase in the number of financially motivated targeted attacks. Does this mean we get rid of antivirus technology altogether? Not at all. What it means is that we can no longer protect endpoints using signature-based mechanisms […]


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Security is the top Concern for Public Cloud, but What Does That Really Mean?

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 16, 2010  |  2 Comments

Survey after survey shows that the top issue that organizations have when considering the adoption of public cloud-based computing services is “security and privacy”. Gartner’s own surveys show this: The survey data above is from December 2009, we’ll be publishing the December 2010 survey data for clients over the next several weeks. You all have […]


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Data Center Conference Insight: Systems Intelligence

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 7, 2010  |  1 Comment

I attended a breakfast presentation this morning given by Schneider Electric on the topic of facilities and energy intelligence. Essentially, they are tearing down the monitoring silos of energy, fire, lighting, data center power, HVAC and physical security monitoring to deliver a unified dashboard for facilities and energy management. As I listened to the presentation, […]

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Juniper Acquires Altor Networks: More Virtualized Security

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 6, 2010  |  Comments Off

  I saw that Juniper had acquired Altor Networks in this announcement. I had written up Altor Networks as a Gartner “Cool Vendor” earlier this year in this research note for clients. In this research note, I observed: Because Altor’s offerings were created from the beginning for use in a virtual environment, they also directly integrate with […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Private Clouds

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 2, 2010  |  2 Comments

I’ve just completed work with a team of analysts on a Gartner Research Spotlight focused on private cloud computing. Whether your like or hate the term “private cloud”, the trend is real. These are the types of questions you are asking us: How can we make our own enterprise data centers act more like what […]


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Securing Private Clouds Requires Changes to Information Security Infrastructure

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 1, 2010  |  4 Comments

As organizations virtualize their data centers, information security has had to evolve to support this. The same will be true as data centers evolve to private clouds – security must evolve to support the needs of private cloud infrastructure. For most organizations, virtualization will provide the foundation and the stepping stone for the evolution to […]


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