Performing continual security tool evaluations and proofs of concept can be taxing on security teams. Security delivery platforms can greatly simplify the process.

With the rise in both the volume and variety of cyber threats, it seems there are now specialized tools for almost everything.

This was never more obvious than at the latest RSA Conference, where there were more than 800 exhibitors — almost 200 of which were first-time sponsors.

Legacy backup and recovery vendor Veritas appears to be on the verge of rolling out a complete data and information management platform.

The world is becoming more dynamic and distributed, and that’s having a profound impact on the vendor landscape.

Some traditional vendors, such as Microsoft were able to make the shift to the cloud and have thrived, although it required dumping Steve Ballmer. Others are stuck in the legacy world and could have a hard time adjusting the business to meet the demands of their customers. For example, Dell-EMC went private to re-tool and in the midst of transforming itself. Time will tell if it’s successful.

Cisco Container Platform brings order to containers and enables applications to run the same way on premises as they do in public clouds.

Cisco continued its HCI momentum this week, announcing at Cisco Live its new Cisco Container Platform (CCP), which runs on its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. This news follows last week’s HyperFlex 3.0 release and acquisition of Skyport. 

Cisco announced this week it is bringing its intent-based network (IBN) system to the data center. In doing so, it is adding a third leg to the IBN stool — assurance.

When the company unveiled its intent-based network system (IBNS) solution at its “Network. Intuitive.” event in San Francisco last year, that version focused on bringing the concept of a “self-driving” network to the enterprise campus and was dependent on customers having the new Catalyst 9000 switches. Cisco’s solution works as a closed-loop system where the data from the network is collected and then analyzed to turn intent into commands that can be orchestrated.

Acquires cloud contact center provider Spoken for platform on which it can build a differentiated customer experience.

Avaya Engage kicked off Monday in New Orleans, a fitting location for the annual customer and partner event — with its bankruptcy in the rear-view mirror, the company can look forward to better times and finally party like its Mardi Gras.

In kicking off Engage, Avaya issued a press release with the headline, “Avaya Engage 2018 Reveals Avaya’s Vision for the Next Wave of Digital Transformation.” In the press release Avaya doesn’t explain what the “next wave” will be, but digital transformation initiatives revolve around improving customer experience and fueling worker productivity, so aligning its strategy around digital transformation makes sense. Avaya made a bigger splash yesterday with a second press release, announcing it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire cloud contact center provider Spoken Communications. Spoken, with which Avaya has a year-old BPO cloud partnership, gives Avaya an excellent platform to create a differentiated customer experience.

Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 includes several new features that let businesses migrate to a hybrid, multi-cloud model and maintain visibility, application performance and scalability.

It’s been a busy hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) week for Cisco. Yesterday it announced its intent to acquire secure HCI vendor, Skyport Systems. Today it announced HyperFlex 3.0, which is the biggest update Cisco has had to the product since it introduced the product years ago. Cisco’s driving vision is a business that can run any workload on any cloud that can easily scale up as required. This latest release is entirely dedicated to fulfilling that vision.

Skyport will bring some unique technology to Cisco, making it easier for businesses to secure and manage hybrid cloud environments.

For today’s IT professional, hybrid clouds are a fact of life and will be for years to come. Digital businesses need to have an agile infrastructure foundation, which the cloud provides.

However, rarely does one size fit all when it comes to cloud options. Some workloads are ideally suited for public cloud services, while others make more sense to go in a private cloud. With some apps, though, part of it runs in the traditional data center and part runs in a public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform. There are also apps that run in a private data center but then need to connect to a SaaS application.

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