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This week, Verizon Business released a report showing that 79% of firms are not compliant with the 12 standards of the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Many of these firms have been PCI-compliant in the past, but have failed to continue to meet the required sta...
Yesterday was a big day for me. I am a huge Amazon Kindle fan. I wore my first one out, and I have a close personal relationship with my Kindle 3. So, when I heard Amazon was going to announce new Kindles, I got that tingle of excitement running up my spine. (OK, I don’t get out much.)...
As many commentators have pointed out, VMworld is becoming the critical show for the IT industry.  Ironically, it occurred during Dreamforce which might be the other fastest growing show.I think Nexentians really enjoyed our VMworld experience.  The attendees at the...
For those of you able to escape the clutches of Hurricane Ireneand make it to Las Vegas, you’ll see that today at VMworld we’re introducing EVA. EVA is a new virtual appliance for enterprises which enables data warehousing and forensic analysis tools for IT data, at any scale. In direc...
If you stop by booth 658 you can see an unprecedented view in an unprecedented work-load for virtualization, streaming live.  We are showing a flexible view into IOPS, throughput, latency and other metrics generated by NexentaStor as it serves up over 5,000 sim...
Next week NexentaStor will be making history at VMworld.  Stay tuned or stop by our booth 658 for more information.  Or stop by Intel’s booth, where we will be the only storage solution featured.  Or stop by Aberdeen’s booth 760 to see 1PB on the floor with a...
The buzz around “big data” raises concerns about the privacy of the massive amounts of data collected. One of our customers, a telecom company in the U.S. uses our software to collect more than 60 billion messages per day from over 40 different devices. Where does this data go? How ...
We spent this past week at Black Hat, rubbing elbows with a mix of security firms, industry experts, and notorious hackers. Though the conference covered the expected topics around mobile privacy, encryption and the latest hacking arts, perhaps, the most interesting discussion was arou...
It does sound counter intuitive but all the evidence points to the conclusion most people are more frustrated with their company’s search capabilities than they are when searching the web – they just can never find what they need when they need it. It seems counter intuitive because of...
We’ve posted a new podcast based on an interview with TelecomReseller’s Editor, Doug Green. You can find the new podcast here: http://www.loglogic.com/loglogic-podcast.rss. You can also subscribe to our podcast in iTunes. Tags: cisco, ciscolive, interview, podcast, tradeshowCategories:...
We call ourselves the IT Data Management company, but our latest patent takes our tagline to a whole new level. Patent number 7,925,678, recently granted to LogLogic by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is modestly titled "Customized reporting and mining of event data." The conce...
VMware has just announced a series of new and updated products (on VMware web site) as part of its strategy to define and build a new software category, the cloud infrastructure.  Needless to say, the news didn't come as a surprise to us at LogLogic.  As a long-time strategic...
We have a somewhat different take on the acquisition of Cloud.com by Citrix than initial coverage.  Whereas initial coverage accepted Citrix’s spin that this was an offensive move, intended to confront Vmware, cloud insiders will tell you that this acquisition has as much to...
Yesterday I had an enjoyable discussion with Andrew Reichman of Forester research.  At least in my limited experience with Andrew, he’s an analyst who actually uses his perspective to, well, analyze the industry.  He’s thoughtful, has opinions, and in ou...
I’ve been asked for our perspective on Pillar data being acquired for $0 cash and some earn out in the future, a disappointing outcome for a company that has spent well over $200 million. (note, Storage Newsletter pointed out on 6/30 that Oracle filings indicate the amount invest...
Periodically, I pull senior leadership of Nexenta to an out of the office off-site. These meetings allow us to get in the same room for a couple of days, free from the urgent in order to focus on the important.While there are number of items we cannot speak about because...
(Ed. Note: I saw this pop up on twitter and had to repost.) This document describes how to use NeXpose's built-in alerting features to integrate with LogLogic. This is part of a series of documents explaining how to integrate NeXpose with different log management products. Today I will...
There’s nothing I like better than hearing from satisfied customers about how much time and money we’ve saved them, how we helped them pass a critical regulatory compliance audit or made their IT environments more secure. Here’s just a taste of our latest success story (you can get the...
In our last post we discussed the emergence of IT data management, or ITDM, how it differs from Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), and the need go beyond SIEM to address managing IT data for compliance and enterprise-wide operational intelligence. IT systems are generat...
For years, Security Information Event Management (SIEM) has been an effective tool for optimizing the identification of security threats. However, because it rarely leverages all IT information, SIEM is unable to comprehensively scale to address the other two cornerstones of the moder...
In a recent article in the Huffington Post Stefan Weitz, director of Microsoft’s search engine Bing is quoted as criticising ‘conventional search engines’ such as Google, for failing users. He says they haven’t fundamentally changed their model over the years and that the wisdom of cro...
By Gorka Sadowski, European Cloud Evangelist   The PCI Council released a document on PCI Compliance in Virtualized environments. This plays really well with LogLogic’s VMware strategy and some of our upcoming technology. Turns out that PCI recognizes that: Logging in even more i...
For a while now our engineering department has been working exclusively with VMware’s to build a better IT data management system. You’ve seen the recent press releases about how we were the first to support vCloud Director, and that we were the first to take VMware log data and automa...
NexentaStor continues to be adopted by cloud providers and by others, including enterprises building cloud-like systems.  Simple question: why?1. EconomicsYou cannot purchase and power a legacy storage system, even if you are a great negotiator and can get 70% or greater discount,...
As avid followers know, back in September 2010 we declared syslog dead for WAN-based communication by delivering our Universal Lossless Data Protocol – a system of moving IT data over unpredictable pipes in a predictable manner. Many customers (mostly those using satellites) jumped on ...
LogLogic CMO to Speak at Cloud Computing Expo. Should you be in New York City this week, we invite you to come hear our CMO Bill Roth speak at the Cloud Computing Expo. Bill’s presentation, titled “What Good Is the Cloud When You Can’t See Through It?” is Wednesday, June 8 from 8:15-9:...
By Gary Hemminger, VP of Product Management “Senator monitoring developments on SecurID safety May 31 (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee that oversees Internet policy is closely monitoring news that has raised concerns about the reliability of widely used technology from EMC Corp (EMC...
Last week in Amsterdam was great.  I met dozens of Nexenta partners and end users, and also new Nexentians as well. We took over the Holiday Inn at the Convention Center; the venue was bursting at the seams as we had almost twice as many attendees as expected.Here is my perspectiv...
A recent article at CNET entitled "Game makers get few new details on PSN outage" said hackers "were able to delete the log files that would have shown exactly what they did while having access to PSN servers," when they attacked Sony's Play Station Network, an attack that exposed pers...
I’m in Amsterdam with a dozen or more Nexentians and some 200 attendees at our European User Conference.Today and tomorrow we have Certified Nexenta Engineer training.  We’re building on CNE trainings this year in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, and Saint Petersbu...
SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 17, 2011 — LogLogic®, the IT Data Management Company, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the leaders quadrant in the May 2011 Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management report by Mark Nicolett and Kelly Kavanagh. This is ...
Andy and I bashed together a quick podcast on our latest VMware News for those of you who best digest information aurally on Friday. The latest news is here, and our recent list of press mentions is here Our shiny new VMware home page is here. You can get the feed here, or subscribe...
(Syndicated from our Friends at Securosis with permission) About 4 years ago we witnessed the first big wave of replacements of older email security tools with second generation of what we now call ‘content security’. Early email security products were deployed in house, and focused on...
It’s been a long and winding road since we first invented the log management market back in 2002. On this day, when our marketing team are kicking back with margarita’s to celebrate the new look website, I thought we’d ask the way-back machine what we used to look like. Can you spot a...
The UK magazine Retail Technology March/April is how available. It has a super piece on our PCI Awareness Survey. See page 19 for more information, http://bit.ly/jkJX9r. The survey shows  that roughly a 3rd of of Reatil IT professionals are unaware of the major changes in the PCI ...
The UK magazine Retail Technology March/April is how available. It has a super piece on our PCI Awareness Survey. See page 19 for more information, http://bit.ly/jkJX9r. The survey shows  that roughly a 3rd of of Reatil IT professionals are unaware of the major changes in the PCI ...
The SANS 2011 log management report is out today! Every spring since 2005, the SANS analyst team has released results of its annual log management survey. These surveys have tracked the progress being made in the log management industry and in the organizations using log management, an...
A lot going on here.  In this blog rather than taking a perspective on the industry, I’d like to share with you some Nexenta news.1. First, customers are speaking out more and more about the power of NexentaStor and OpenStorage.A good example is Jessie Bryan of Impluse Commu...
We have all bought items like movies, books and music on-line and seen the now customary additional recommended titles suggested by the retailer. This is seen as a good way to up sell products, that should be of interest to us, based on what we have previously bought or browsed. When I...
So here’s a thing. For some time now we’ve been writing our boilerplate as the following: “LogLogic is the IT Data Management Company. More than 1,200 enterprise customers worldwide entrust their most sensitive IT data to LogLogic’s award-winning products. For more information on LogL...