Recent trends like BYOD, Virtualization, Cloud and Video is driving unprecedented levels of data growth and demanding strong interdependency between the virtual server, network, and storage environments. Customers agree that in order to properly support consolidated, highly virtualized environments, organizations need improved, easy-to-manage server, network and storage, capable of cloud scale and performance.
The complexity and expense of maintaining dual storage and network interfaces, cabling, and switch ports becomes significant as the data centers grow. Data center convergence helps to cut cost and increase efficiency by consolidating multi-protocol storage and LAN traffic onto a single, scalable, and intelligent network.
In recent ESG research conducted with North American networking professionals, 41% of survey respondents had already consolidated to a common Ethernet network, another 34% planned to do so in the next 24 months, and another 18% were interested in doing so. ESG also published a Field Audit Report, which shows a clear uptake on convergence adoption by large and small customers from different vertical segments.
Cisco Security has announced the closing of the acquisition of Sourcefire. Sourcefire founder and CTO (and creator of Snort®) Martin Roesch posted to Sourcefire’s blog this morning to share the news:
“I can tell you with certainty that this is a great match for Sourcefire, for Cisco and, ultimately, for our customers, partners and open source communities” said Roesch. “From a technology perspective, after having dedicated 15 years to Snort and then to Sourcefire, it’s personally gratifying to be part of building this strong foundation.”
Roesch, now vice president and chief architect of Cisco’s Security Business Group, is excited for the new opportunities presented. “It’s the new model of security I’ve been talking about for some time. Now working as part of the Cisco team, led by Chris Young, we can accelerate execution of this vision and make this even more impactful.”
This is just the first exciting news about the acquisition. As Roesch states in his post, “expect more great things as we continue down this path as ONE team.”
In my keynote today at the National Parking Association Convention (NPA) in Chicago, I addressed the traffic problems caused by those looking for parking. Today, 30% of all traffic congestion in urban areas is caused by drivers circling to find a parking spot. Cisco believes that the Internet of Everything will solve this problem through the use of a connected parking solution.
Last year, we announced collaboration with Streetline and delivered connected parking deployments in San Carlos, California. and San Mateo, California. Streetline’s sensors and parking application on the Cisco network allowed residents to pinpoint parking spots before arriving at their destination.
Today, we are expanding this collaboration by entering into a strategic relationship with Streetline. Streetline’s technology and suite of data and analytics applications provide parking providers with real-time information and control systems at a much broader scale than the past. Cisco’s camera-based solution complements Streetline’s pavement sensor-based solution. Cameras and Sensors act as the “Things” that generate “Data” that can be put to use through powerful analytics and the resultant information could be used to improve “Processes” and overall quality of life for “citizens”.
We are also building the combined solution on the City Infrastructure Management (CIM) platform, which will allow a City to expand deployment of other vertical use cases like Smart Lighting, Video Surveillance and more. The new integrated Parking Management solution will be deployed on the City Wi-Fi platform providing an additional benefit of Wi-Fi coverage and potential additional services. Smart+Connected™ City Wi-Fi is a solution that helps global cities provide citywide connectivity and to establish a platform for new service development for citizens.
Intelligent parking services are the solution to growing parking issues we face today, and will enable a new experience for visitors, businesses and residents. We are pleased to be collaborating with Streetline to advance the solutions available and believe that smart parking will not only help with the the problem of congestion, but also decrease parking maintenance, carbon emission, improve parking enforcement and increase city revenue.
Watch what the residents of San Carlos have to say:
“I am excited to announce that Cisco has completed the acquisition of Sourcefire. With this acquisition, we take a significant and exciting step in our journey to define the future of security. As one company, we offer an unbeatable combination that will greatly accelerate our mission of delivering a new, threat-centric security model”, said Young.
Young also goes in-depth regarding the new capabilities immediately available to current Cisco customers as well as what the acquisition means for Cisco Security roadmap:
Leverage current ASA and FirePOWER hardware for future solutions
Give Cisco customers immediate access to Sourcefire’s NGIPS, NGFW, and AMP solutions
Committing to support open-source projects like Snort, ClamAV, and others
Broader solution sets incorporating the newly acquired technologies
This year, Cisco has increased investment in security innovation to provide market-leading threat-focused capabilities.
Young also promised Cisco Security will focus on a “threat-centric” security model moving forward – which means a priority focus on the threats themselves versus policy or controls. “Through our threat-centric model,” he said “we will provide broad coverage across all potential attack vectors, rapidly adjust to and learn from new attack methods, and implement that intelligence back into the infrastructure after each attack.”
I am excited to announce that Cisco has completed the acquisition of Sourcefire. With this acquisition, we take a significant and exciting step in our journey to define the future of security. As one company, we offer an unbeatable combination that will greatly accelerate our mission of delivering a new, threat-centric security model. Through the addition of Sourcefire’s competitive talent and technologies, I see vast opportunities to expand Cisco’s global security footprint in both new and emerging markets, broaden our solution sets and deepen our customer relationships.
Security is now a boardroom discussion. Breaches mean lost IP, compromised customer information, lack of confidence and valuation impact. In tomorrow’s world of the Internet of Everything, the number and type of attack vectors will continue to increase, creating a daunting challenge for companies and those responsible to defend the infrastructure.
The single network perimeter has been replaced by a constantly morphing set of users, locations, access methods and devices creating the dual challenge of defending a dynamic perimeter and creating a near infinite number of points of vulnerability.