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OpenStack is the open-source cloud management platform software that can be used to build a low-cost private cloud for development, and cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering. Enterprises are also turning to OpenStack for data center and cloud deployment alternatives. Fortinet’s Cynthia Hsieh offers some perspective about OpenStack and security today. Can you talk high level about what customers are considering in regards to the cloud today? Beyond virtualization, organizations are beginning to plan and implement next-generation,... [Read More]
by RSS John Welton  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Data Centers are undergoing the most radical transformation since they were first created. For decades, they were walled off and isolated vaults containing some of an organization’s most valued assets. Only a handful of data center shamans were authorized to query that data center for information. It’s no coincidence that that largest data center vendor in the world is named Oracle. But today, everyone from executives to employees and consultants to even customers now have access to data center resources, often using homegrown applications... [Read More]
by RSS Ronen Shpirer  |  Oct 17, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) offers unprecedented opportunities for service providers to adopt new business models, radically lower costs and increase the speed of innovation and delivery of next-generation services. While the potential benefits of NFV are enormous, ensuring effective security is a key consideration for service providers. Protecting these highly dynamic environments requires a Security Fabric with tightly integrated security and network technologies that share intelligence, and collaborate to detect, isolate, and respond... [Read More]
by RSS Warren Wu  |  Oct 17, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
As businesses require more speed and flexibility in delivering applications and services, cloud computing has emerged as the model best aligned to meet the needs of many organizations. Data centers especially are evolving rapidly into both private and public clouds, along with customer demands for fast and secure cloud infrastructure and services. Fortinet’s Warren Wu shares more perspective on the intersection of cloud computing and security technology. At a high level can you talk about the intersection of cloud and security today? Over... [Read More]
by RSS Darlene Gannon  |  Aug 30, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
With each passing day, enterprise networks are evolving. It started with the advent of virtualization, when companies realized that they don’t need a single server per application. Ever since, there has been a consistent march towards the purely virtual data center. While networks are evolving, so are the threats they face on a day-to-day basis. Building a defense using a perimeter firewall is as futile as defending a castle today using a moat. While it can prevent the causal hacker or trespasser, it does little to nothing to protect against... [Read More]
by RSS Srinath Padmanabhan  |  Aug 29, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
As VMware is hosting their annual Partner Exchange 2015 event this week and Fortinet just had our own successful Global Partner Conference a few weeks back, it is timely to reflect on the progress over the years in aligning virtualization and security channels, and the technologies and solutions themselves. Just a few scant years ago, when conducting channel mapping exercises, we’d find only a ten percent overlap between security vendor channels and VMware’s channel partners – even when a larger partner had both a security practice... [Read More]
by RSS Warren Wu  |  Feb 03, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It’s the week before Labor Day, and for most of folks in the U.S. that means the end of summer is approaching. But for many of us involved with the data center, it means another exciting virtualization confab is underway in San Francisco with VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center. Of course VMware has long been about more than just server virtualization – over the years, we’ve seen broader focus around VDI and end-user computing, private and hybrid cloud, and more recently network virtualization with NSX. VMware’s broader message on the latter... [Read More]
by RSS Warren Wu  |  Aug 25, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends