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Getting Ready for Gartner’s 2012 Infrastructure & Operations and Information Security Summits

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 21, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’ve been absent from my typical blogging routine getting my material finalized for two Gartner upcoming US-based summits in June 2012. The first is Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations Management Summit being held in Orlando the week of June 4th. This conference is focused on infrastructure and operations solutions for managing desktops, servers, and mobile devices [...]

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Is Single Instance Security the Future?

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 6, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve been researching the intersection between virtualization and security for several years. Like security and cloud computing, virtualization and security is also following a maturity curve. The first several years were discussions with clients on how to deploy virtualization securely. Over the past 2 years, I’ve had an increasing number of calls on the virtualization [...]

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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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Key Takeaways from RSA

by Neil MacDonald  |  March 8, 2010  |  Comments Off

I’m back and recovered from a hectic week at RSA. I had the chance to exchange ideas with a number of attendees and attend a few sessions as well as meet with several clients. Here are my key takeaways from the week. What was “hot”? No doubt, discussions of the Cloud and security dominated the [...]

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Virtualization Security Challenges the Status Quo

by Neil MacDonald  |  February 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

I’ve talked with several vendors over the past week that are considering the virtualization of their security controls for placement into a virtualized environment. There are multiple dimensions of how disruptive this change can be: 1) Business model changes and significantly lower pricing for users. Some of them sell hardware-based appliances and are grappling with [...]

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Doing Things Better With Virtualization

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 22, 2009  |  4 Comments

As I talked about in this post, virtualization will offer new and interesting ways to improve security. VM state inspection (or “Introspection”) is one of the ways that this will happen. For clients, I talk about the transformative opportunities using virtualization and introspection techniques in these two research notes from 2008 – the first research [...]

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Security Thought for Thursday: The Proxy Purists Were Right

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 16, 2009  |  4 Comments

A proxy-based model for externalizing and enforcing security policy is the right approach and becoming more, not less, relevant. To be clear, I’m not just talking about network traffic proxies. I mean everywhere up and down the IT stack. For example, when web users talked to web applications, we use load controllers, web access management [...]

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Moore’s Law Enables Virtualized Security

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 28, 2009  |  Comments Off

As security controls are virtualized (e.g. firewalls, IPS, web application firewalls and so on), one of the more significant concerns is performance and throughput. I remember a demonstration about a year ago where an IPS running in a VM virtual appliance easily consumed 2 out of 8 cores in a multicore system. A 25% overhead [...]

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Don’t let VMware Become Internet Explorer

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 29, 2009  |  3 Comments

Piqued your interest? Bear with me. In a previous post, I promised to revisit the issue of “Fast-path” and “Slow-path” in the VMware vSphere platform. With vShpere, VMware has released the first commercial implementation of its VMsafe set of APIs. As I have discussed, VMsafe is cool, but not a panacea. VMsafe provides developers two [...]

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VMware Launches vSphere (and Security Makes the Keynote)

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 22, 2009  |  4 Comments

On Tuesday April 22, VMware formally launched the next major release of its virtualization platform. The code has been released to manufacturing and will become generally available during this quarter. The atmosphere was upbeat, the buzz phrase “cloud” was generously sprinkled throughout the presentations and, most importantly, the importance of security as a core capability [...]

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