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Cloud Computing can be More Secure

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 31, 2012  |  7 Comments

In multiple Gartner surveys, security is cited as the number one inhibitor to the adoption of Cloud-based computing. Many IT professionals have a preconceived notion that cloud computing will be less secure than what they can deliver themselves on premises. This is a mistake. An absolute statement that cloud computing will be less secure is […]

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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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Security Observations from European Symposium

by Neil MacDonald  |  November 14, 2011  |  1 Comment

I spent the last week in Barcelona with 4,000+ attendees at the 2011 Gartner European Symposium. It was a new venue for Gartner (we were displaced from Cannes by the G20), and I’m happy to say it was a fantastic with record attendance. Security was front and center of attendee interests. We had a total […]

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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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