SD-Winter is Coming

With the final season of Game of Thrones underway, for years the folks of Westeros have been warned that “winter is coming.” To protect against the threats from the north, they built a huge ice wall to keep out the bad guys. [Read more…]

Why micro-segmentation security makes SDN safer

Why micro-segmentation security makes SDN safer

I can explain why modern data centers need micro-segmentation in two words: Trojan Horse.

Not the malware, but that timeless story of wooden-horsey riding saboteurs. In it, we see that even the most powerful perimeters fall short. The bad guys always find a way in.

With virtualized data centers and desktops, this notion is particularly troubling. What if someone breaches the firewall protecting your virtual environments? Once inside, malware and attackers freely move laterally (east-west) causing mayhem and tons of financial damage.

Micro-segmentation is the solution – but it’s not without its share of confusion and challenges. So before you jump in, consider why it’s the right choice, and some of the common sticking points slowing down its adoption.

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Dell World 2014: The 4 most notable data center announcements

Dell World 2014: The 4 most notable announcements

From Nov 5th – 7th 2014 I attended Dell World 2014 held in Austin, TX. Outside of the fact Michael Dell is well known for loving 80s music (2013 was Billy Idol, this year Duran Duran headlined a night that open with Weezer), Dell also made number of revolutionary Enterprise announcements at the event and I’d like to take you through 4 of the most notable:

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