Huawei Analyst Summit 2017: Huawei, More Open Than You Think When it Comes to Big Data

B. Shimmin

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• At its annual Huawei Analyst Summit 2017, Huawei spoke of solutions built on top of two pillars: an open IaaS/PaaS cloud platform paired with an open ecosystem of partners.

• The vendor’s premise? Let Huawei handle the infrastructure (the cloud, pipes and devices, as Huawei puts it), leaving the rest to those who know business outcomes the best.

At its annual Huawei Analyst Summit 2017, the Chinese powerhouse took a surprising turn. At past events the vendor emphasized its ability to squeeze more performance from its sizable portfolio of predominantly hardware-based data center and networking offerings. The objective was simple: demonstrate a better cost/value ratio for high value workloads like video. That approach remains a solid strategy, one that is all too familiar to rival firms like Cisco. This is especially true for vendors seeking attention from the still lucrative telecom operator marketplace.
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Warning, Smart Data Discovery Tools Could Make You (Look) Dumb

Brad Shimmin

Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• The current crop of data discovery and visualization tools is getting smarter, requiring less analytical expertise to shepherd the business user quickly from question to insight.

• However, without some tutelage and guidance, advancements such as guided discovery and recommended visualizations could ultimately lead to less informed business decisions.

Earlier this month, TIBCO updated cloud-borne business intelligence (BI) software, adding Recommendations to TIBCO Spotfire Cloud. The goal is to make it easier and faster for a broader swath of users to dive for valuable business insights within the dark waters of big data. With the addition of a built-in analytics intelligence wizard (TIBCO’s words), Spotfire Cloud with Recommendations will now automatically suggest visualizations based upon the data selected for analysis. That’s a good thing, right? Read more of this post

RSA 2013: Innovating for Better Risk Management

Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Even with IT budgets extremely tight, security remains a funding priority for the enterprise in the face of a virulent threat environment, as was clear from the crowds at this year’s RSA Security Conference.
  • Security challenges associated with BYOD, virtualization, application layer attacks and the skills gap are driving organizations to focus on identifying vulnerabilities and prioritizing assets for better risk management.

Where there is a will, there seems to always be a way when it comes to IT security breaches.  At times, it seems as if the IT security industry and hackers are running on parallel tracks when it comes to innovating to prevent and launch attacks, with tenacious hackers too often getting the upper hand.  Yet, as the high attendance figures (approximately 24,000) at this year’s RSA Security Conference in San Francisco show, the enterprise is hardly ready to give up the fight.  Instead, vendors and managed security service providers (MSSPs) alike are continuing to come up with more advanced mechanisms to find and fix vulnerabilities and better mitigate risk to prevent exploits. Read more of this post