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Software Defined Data Centers and Security–What’s in a Name?

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 29, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last fall, I wrote a research note for Gartner clients titled “The Impact of Software-Defined Data Centers on Information Security” that explored the impact of software defined infrastructure on security – and the evolution of information security infrastructure to become software-defined itself. Today, I saw that NetCitadel had announced an offering in this emerging space […]


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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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Does Protecting Desktops Require a Different Vendor/Product than Protecting Servers?

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 29, 2011  |  2 Comments

I’ve made it a point over the past 6 months to ask clients if they are combining their endpoint protection platform contracts across desktops, laptops and servers. In most cases (about 75%), the answer is yes – contracts are being combined in order to reduce complexity and costs. Is protecting a desktop different than a […]


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IT Operations and Security Convergence? Not Really.

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 17, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’m having lots of discussions with clients on Microsoft’s new Forefront Endpoint Protection offering that was released in December of 2010. In addition to recent licensing changes, the biggest change over the pervious release (formerly called Forefront Client Security) is the change out of the management, policy and reporting infrastructure underneath to be based on […]

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100% Prevention is a Fallacy. Lockdown is a Flawed Strategy

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 25, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve commented before that complete protection is a combination of prevention and detection and that we’ve been far too focused on the prevention side of the equation trying to prevent all malware and infections. We simply cannot stop all of the bad guys. Period. You will be and already have been breached. One of the […]

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Is Windows Losing Market Share?

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 28, 2010  |  4 Comments

During our interview last week with Steve Ballmer, one point of contention was whether or not Windows was losing market share. The context of the question was a discussion on consumerization and its impact on enterprises. What our clients are telling us is that there are an increasing number of Macs being brought into the […]


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Ray Ozzie’s Last Memo

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 26, 2010  |  1 Comment

In 2005, Ray Ozzie penned his famous memo in which he laid out the challenge for Microsoft as it entered the era of cloud-based services. I interviewed Ray Ozzie to discuss Microsoft’s cloud strategy in detail in this 2009 Gartner research document. Last week, Ray Ozzie announced he was leaving Microsoft. Yesterday, Ray’s last memo […]

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Security Thought for Tuesday: Program Policies, not Infrastructure

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 21, 2010  |  Comments Off

I’m here at the midsized enterprise summit in San Antonio. Earlier today, I presented on the same theme I will be presenting on at Gartner’s US Fall Symposium – the evolution of information security to address the security needs of private and public cloud-based services. In addition to the virtualization of security controls, one of […]

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How the Intel Acquisition of McAfee Could Make Sense

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 13, 2010  |  Comments Off

I was part of the Gartner team that published our First Take on the Intel acquisition of McAfee. Talking with financial analysts, there’s the immediate value of revenue diversification and McAfee’s gross margins are accretive to Intel. But there’s more here than meets the eye. I’ve been around the IT industry a while and there […]

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Food for Thought Friday: REST, DNA and the Diversity of IT

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 8, 2010  |  4 Comments

Over the holiday break, I watched an excellent presentation on PBS titled “What Darwin Never Knew” During the 2 hour show, it stuck me that all of the diversity — from the simple to the complex — of life on earth is expressed with DNA using only four types of molecules called bases – abbreviated […]


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