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This blog comes from sunny Faro, where the late September warmth was a welcome change for many of the north Europeans in attendance. The event’s focus was: Hot Topics in Networking and CyberSecurity. DAY ONE Round Table I – The Best New Models for Wide-Area Networking and Service Provisioning Introduced & Chaired by Scott Raynovitch, Principal Analyst, Futuriom Panel: Philip Griffiths, Head of EMEA Partnerships, NetFoundry; Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum; Atchison Frazer, Chief Marketing Officer, Versa The first plenary debate of this spotlight was opened by Scott Raynovitch. Presenting Futuriom’s research, he spoke about the challenges facing the network for cloud applications, and reported that cloud will Read more

NetEvents is poised to deliver an exciting exploration of the cutting edge of enterprise and service provider technology. From the luxury Pine Cliffs Hotel in sunny Faro, Portugal, we can report that press and partners are arriving eager to discuss issues of the day at this exclusive EMEA Press Spotlight, which at this event offers a tight focus on networking and cybersecurity. Among the core topics for discussion at the plenary sessions are new models for wide-area networking and service provisioning; artificial intelligence; new value-added services; and best practices for delivering security to the enterprise. Here to make this event flow. or indeed fly, are press and analysts from the Read more

San Jose, CA, USA. 5 June 2018: The winners of the IoT, Cloud & Cybersecurity Innovation Awards 2018 were announced at the NetEvents Global Press & Analyst Summit Gala Awards Dinner at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose, California, USA. These prestigious awards celebrate the year’s most significantly innovative start-ups and established companies in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud/Datacenter and Cybersecurity arenas. All money raised at the awards, including donations from the gala dinner, is being shared between three charities: Prostate Cancer Research, STEM and UNICEF. This year’s charitable contributions brought the total raised to-date to over $130,000. Six company categories were awarded: Three “Hot Start Up awards” Read more

Opening Keynote Presentation by Tom Burns, SVP, Dell EMC Networking and Solutions Continual Innovation Through Continual Reinvention The second day opened with a keynote speech from DellEMC’s head of networking, Tom Burns. He talked about how enterprises are undertaking a digital transformation, prompting continual innovation from the IT industry. For him, the future means machine learning, AI, billions of connected devices, robotics, IoT, it all means heavy disruption. As a proof point, he said Microsoft says 15% of its AzureStack traffic is IoT-related. The IT transformation means infrastructure needs to run both traditional and cloud-ready apps, while workforce transformation sees multiple devices per individual, and in future the office won’t Read more

The first day opened with a keynote from Prof. David Cheriton, of Stanford University. Also an entrepreneur and investor, he started by describing his investment history. He said he’s been lucky. Among his investments is Apstra, where he is chief scientist. Why Apstra? It’s helps customer the cost of running networks. “I couldn’t go to my care home without doing something about the problem of the cost of running enterprise networks,” he said. He said his criteria for investment are to: seek opportunities that add technical value to the world not be ruled by time to market look for a great team put eggs in small number of baskets and Read more

By Alan Zeichick Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) isn’t a new concept. There are times when you simply want to know where a physical object is hiding. Perhaps it’s your car keys. Perhaps it’s a misrouted suitcase, an overnight package, a shipping pallet, a stolen cargo container, or Police Car #54. Where are you? For the first use case, lost car keys, there’s Tile, a battery-powered gadget that works within the 30-meter radius of a Bluetooth signal. For the other cases, there are several providers, but arguably the most interesting is PoLTE, a startup based near Dallas. I spent a lot of time talking to the company’s CEO, Ed Chao, at the recent Read more

By Alan Zeichick and Mark Fox The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) understands the threat posted by bad apples on the Internet: Long-standing threats are evolving as nation-states, terrorists, individual criminals, transnational criminal organizations, and other malicious actors move their activities into the digital world. Enabling the delivery of essential services—such as electricity, finance, transportation, water, and health care—through cyberspace also introduces new vulnerabilities and opens the door to potentially catastrophic consequences from cyber incidents. The growing number of Internet-connected devices and reliance on global supply chains further complicates the national and international risk picture.” That’s part of the introduction to the long-awaited Cybersecurity Strategy report, released by the Read more

San Jose, CA, USA. 17 May 2018: Finalists have been announced for the prestigious IoT, Cloud & CyberSecurity Innovation Awards 2018. There will be three Hot Start Up awards for outstanding pre-IPO contestants, and three Innovation Leader awards for established companies currently offering the most ground-breaking and innovative products or services. In both cases, the three categories will be Cloud/Datacentre, IoT and CyberSecurity. The winners will be announced and the awards presented on Thursday 24th May at the NetEvents Global Press & Analyst Summit Gala Dinner, including more than sixty of the key Technology Press and Analysts from across the globe. All award entry fees, plus donations during the Awards Read more

By Alan Zeichick and Mark Fox The healthcare industry is vulnerable to cyberattacks – arguably more vulnerable than most industries. The technology is constantly changing, and so are the regulations regarding certifying that technology. Devices are hard to configure, and hard to secure, and medical equipment often isn’t under the tight control of a facility’s IT department (other than supplying a network connection). And the prize for breaching a hospital or other medical practice? Lots of personal data worth big money on the Dark Web. It doesn’t help that there are security flaws in some devices. Take, for example, computed tomography (CT) scanners. One maker, Philips, disclosed on May 1, Read more

By Alan Zeichick and Mark Fox The deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming up fast. Says the European Union: “Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.” Bad news: Companies aren’t ready. Neither are regulators. Remember that the GDPR doesn’t only apply to European entities, says the regulation. “The GDPR not only applies to organisations located within the EU but it will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. It applies to all companies processing and holding the Read more