Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

11/5/2009
10:32 AM
Alexander Wolfe
Alexander Wolfe
Commentary
Connect Directly
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Wolfe's Den: HP Revs Data Center Strategy, Stabbing At Cisco

Hewlett-Packard has fired back at Cisco in the increasingly contentious race to field an overarching data-center strategy, which will enable enterprises to rein in the complexity of sprawling networks and rampant virtualization.

Hewlett-Packard has fired back at Cisco in the increasingly contentious race to field an overarching data-center strategy, which will enable enterprises to rein in the complexity of sprawling networks and rampant virtualization.

Earlier this week, Cisco linked up with EMC and VMware in a partnership which tightly integrates storage alongside easy-to-manage virtualized data-center bundles called V-Blocks.

On Wednesday, HP unleashed its response. The computing powerhouse announced a converged infrastructure architecture, which essentially creates a one-stop data-center shop. It packages HP's compute, storage, networking offerings into a highly virtualized bundle which can be centrally managed. The server components are HP's BladeSystems.

While the dueling HP-Cisco intros are important in and of themselves, for CIOs what's of greater significance is what they say about where the metaphorical "head" of the industry is at. Namely, everyone is grappling with several competing, simultaneous, and incredibly complicated challenges.

Leading the list is the rapidly ramping number of virtualized server resources, which many enterprises have to struggle to manage. In typical environments, it's often difficult to discover all one's resources, let alone perform live migrations, when compute power has to be reallocated on the fly. Indeed, it's becoming a truism that migrating a virtual server can often cost as much money as buying a new physical box.

Then there's the aforementioned network sprawl, which results from the explosion of server instances, both physical and virtual. One can add to this the impetus to boost network speeds to 10-GB Ethernet and beyond. Also in the mix is the rapidly vanishing network perimeter, where the traditional, well-defined boundaries have been exploded in the face of geographically dispersed, occasionally connected mobile workers. The requirement to support such remote clients adds security worries (aka authentication) as another unpleasant to-do item to the already strained checklist of admins and CIOs.

And I haven't even mentioned cloud computing. The potential capital-expenditure savings promised by moving hosted apps into a SaaS model is making chief financial officers salivate. Their CIOs, in turn, now have to contend with a mashed up environment where, as a first level, apps are bring shifted into the cloud. But additional complexity lies ahead, as organizations are being forced to reenvision their entire networks as a mix of public cloud resources leased from the likes of Amazon, combined with on-premise private clouds.

That's the multivarient backdrop against which HP, Cisco, IBM, Dell, Juniper, and others are now duking it out.

 

Recommended Reading:

Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/6/2020
Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/30/2020
DDoS Attacks Jump 542% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020
Dark Reading Staff 6/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15037
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
NeDi 1.9C is vulnerable to cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. The application allows an attacker to execute arbitrary JavaScript code via the Reports-Devices.php page st[] parameter.
CVE-2019-4323
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
"HCL AppScan Enterprise advisory API documentation is susceptible to clickjacking, which could allow an attacker to embed the contents of untrusted web pages in a frame."
CVE-2019-4324
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
"HCL AppScan Enterprise is susceptible to Cross-Site Scripting while importing a specially crafted test policy."
CVE-2020-15036
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
NeDi 1.9C is vulnerable to cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. The application allows an attacker to execute arbitrary JavaScript code via the Topology-Linked.php dv parameter.
CVE-2020-15577
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
An issue was discovered on Samsung mobile devices with P(9.0) and Q(10.0) software. Cameralyzer allows attackers to write files to the SD card. The Samsung ID is SVE-2020-16830 (July 2020).