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Its Sandbox will be the core product for FireEye into the
foreseeable future, but Helix will be an important adjacent
market for the company and its customers. Here’s why.

Earlier this month I saw a post on Investor’s Business Daily outlining why FireEye was important to the company’s shareholders.  The article got me thinking about the low awareness that Helix has with security buyers. In my opinion, it’s one of the more under-rated security tools.

For better or worse, FireEye has strong association with the sandboxing market.  This has been a critical security tool for almost all businesses but many companies, even FireEye customers, don’t look to the vendor for other security functions.  Its Sandbox will be the core product for FireEye into the foreseeable future, but Helix will be an important adjacent market for the company and its customers.

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As someone who has been following enterprise WAN architectures for decades, I find their evolution fascinating, especially the number of new technologies that have been deployed in isolation. For example, WAN optimization and SD-WANs are often discussed as separate solutions.  From my perspective, I can’t fathom why a business would deploy an SD-WAN and not implement WAN optimization as part of it.  If you’re going to go through the work of modernizing your WAN architecture, then why wouldn’t you integrate optimization technologies into your deployment right from the start?

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The future of data centers will rely on cloud, hyperconverged
infrastructure and more powerful components

A data center is a physical facility that enterprises use to house their business-critical applications and information, so as they evolve, it’s important to think long-term about how to maintain their reliability and security.

Data center components

Data centers are often referred to as a singular thing, but in actuality they are composed of a number of technical elements such as routers, switches, security devices, storage systems, servers, application delivery controllers and more. These are the components that IT needs to store and manage the most critical systems that are vital to the continuous operations of a company. Because of this, the reliability, efficiency, security and constant evolution of a data center are typically a top priority.

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With Intersight, Cisco facilitates cloud management
on its UCS and HyperFlex HCI system, with potential
use on its other networking products.

I don’t think anyone would argue with the premise that data centers have increased significantly over the past decade. Data centers used to be orderly, as each application had its own dedicated hardware and software. This was highly inefficient, but most data centers could be managed with a handful of people.

Then something changed. Businesses were driven to improve the utilization of infrastructure and increase the level of agility, and along came a number of technologies such as virtualization, containers and the cloud. Also, organizations started to embrace the concept of DevOps, which necessitates a level of dynamism and speed never seen before in data centers. 

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Arista Any Cloud brings consistency to the cloud network
and reduces complexity, so network professionals can deploy
networks in hybrid clouds like they do in data centers.

Many years ago, when Arista Networks was in its infancy, its charismatic and sometimes controversial (at least to the folks at Cisco) CEO talked about how the company’s software-first approach would disrupt the networking industry. Just a few years later, the company stands a $1.7 billion revenue company with a dominant position in the webscale industry and a market cap of over $13 billion, so clearly CEO Jayshree Ullal’s prophecy came true.

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Connecting to a local cloud provides the best performance.
If you can’t do that, content delivery networks
(CDNs) or edge data centers can help.

In real estate, there’s a mantra that most agents use of “location, location, location,” meaning houses that may be equal in many ways will cost more the closer you get to something of value. For example, the San Jose Mercury News recently published a story about a house in Sunnyvale, California, that sold for $782,000 over asking price. Why such a ridiculous amount? Because it’s near Apple’s new campus — location matters.

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