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

by Neil Macdonald  |  January 29, 2013

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...

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

by Neil Macdonald  |  August 29, 2012

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...

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

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 29, 2011

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...

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IT Operations and Security Convergence? Not Really.

by Neil Macdonald  |  May 17, 2011

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...

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

by Neil Macdonald  |  January 25, 2011

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...

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Is Windows Losing Market Share?

by Neil Macdonald  |  October 28, 2010

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...

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Ray Ozzie’s Last Memo

by Neil Macdonald  |  October 26, 2010

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...

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Security Thought for Tuesday: Program Policies, not Infrastructure

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 21, 2010

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...

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How the Intel Acquisition of McAfee Could Make Sense

by Neil Macdonald  |  September 13, 2010

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...

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

by Neil Macdonald  |  January 8, 2010

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 --...

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