Neil MacDonald

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What we Need is the Equivalent of Apple for Enterprise Data Centers

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 29, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’ve spent the last three days in Silicon Valley – some of it at VMworld and some of it with a client. With the flight out and back to the West Coast, I’ve had some time to do some thinking. Cleary, there’s a perception that hardware is commoditizing and that there’s little or no premium left in [...]

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Security Observations from Gartner’s Data Center Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’m just back from Gartner’s US 2011 Data Center Summit held this week in Las Vegas. In my previous post, I talked about information security vendor’s concerns on the potential impact of the Eurozone crisis on information security spending. Here, I want to outline the top security-related  issues and concerns that I discussed with attendees [...]

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Will the Euro Crisis Affect Information Security Spending?

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 9, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve just gotten back from Gartner’s Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. Like Gartner’s recent US Symposium and European Symposium, the conference had record attendance and interest in information security was high. I’ll place the top security-related issues from non-vendor attendees in a separate post. On the vendor side, I had several information security providers [...]

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Observations from Microsoft’s Management Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 22, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve spent the past day and a half attending Microsoft’s Management Summit in Las Vegas. From my perspective the announcement that will affect the most enterprises from a security perspective was a change in licensing related to Forefront. Some history — in 2010, Microsoft reorganized the Server and Tools Business Unit placing the Forefront Endpoint [...]

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Yes, Hypervisors Are Vulnerable.

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 26, 2011  |  5 Comments

In one of my first posts as a blogger nearly 2 years ago, I discussed the potential for disaster if a compromise in the virtualization platform (hypervisor/VMM) occurred. Last year (I was intending to comment on this at the time, but it slipped my mind), I was reading the IBM X-Force 2010 Mid-Year Trend and [...]

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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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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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From Secure Virtualization to Secure Private Clouds

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 13, 2010  |  3 Comments

I’ve been out the last week travelling in preparation for Gartner’s US Symposium conference. I’ll be involved in multiple sessions (including interviewing Steve Ballmer). One presentation I’m giving is on how information security is evolving to become context aware and adaptive. Another presentation I am giving is on how cloud-based computing has the potential to [...]

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Cloud Security Lessons from Google’s Internal Security Breach

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 16, 2010  |  6 Comments

Earlier this week, I saw this article describing a security breach by an internal Google employee where a site reliability engineer (now fired) had violated the privacy of multiple email accounts. From the article: Barksdale’s intrusion into Gmail and Gtalk accounts may have escaped notice, since SREs are responsible for troubleshooting issues on a constant [...]

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