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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 LogLo...
Last week Facebook announced their open compute project.As it happens, I was happily attending the OpenSource thinktank at the time.  Which was a great chance to have fairly unguarded conversations about all sorts of OSS relevant concepts including open source and the cl...
Two of our LogLogic folks have contributed a chapter to a new book. They have penned a chapter entitled: “A Survey On New Threats and Counter Measures On Emerging Networks”, which was written by LogLogic’s own Jacques Saraydayran and Luc  Paffumi’s work, (along with a co-author). ...
Two of our LogLogic folks have contributed a chapter to a new book. They have penned a chapter entitled: “A Survey On New Threats and Counter Measures On Emerging Networks”, which was written by LogLogic’s own Jacques Saraydayran and Luc  Paffumi’s work, (along with a co-author). ...
Break out the bubbly…LogLogic’s Partner Program has received a 5-Star Rating from CRN's 2011 Partner Programs Guide! CRN's Guide serves as THE definitive list of vendors with the most robust partner programs, and our 5-Star rating recognizes LogLogic as a vendor committed to offering s...
Break out the bubbly…LogLogic’s Partner Program has received a 5-Star Rating from CRN's 2011 Partner Programs Guide! CRN's Guide serves as THE definitive list of vendors with the most robust partner programs, and our 5-Star rating recognizes LogLogic as a vendor committed to offering s...
These days there are many thousands of commercial users of NexentaStor and tens of thousands of free users.  As I said in my last post, as long as everyone keeps telling two friends and they tell two friends we’ll continue to set records for growth.Some have suggested it mig...
First off, good job Fred Wilson on the catchy phrase.  You can read his initial post on the subject here.  When you read the post I think you’ll see that he’s talking about traditional, top down, push, advertising-led, big trade show, blast ‘em whe...
We recently sat down with Chris Sawall of Ameren to talk about his experience with LogLogic, and our Log Management products. Chris talks about his impressions of the product, loglogic as a company, and about our new iPad app. Check it out.
Last week (see part 1, part 2 and part 3 here) we saw that a proper Log Management tool is a powerful tool to catch the bad guys. Advertise your use of such a tool and you will send a clear signal to would-be attackers that they will be caught, which will act as a powerful deterrent, ...
Let’s review why logs are such a popular and powerful tool when performing forensics, and how to insure that investigators are working from a clean stream of data. Logs used in forensics have several distinct advantages. First, logs can be used not only to solve the IT crime, but als...
We recently sat down and recorded a podcast with Andy Morris and Chima Njaka to talk about the details of our recently announced Database Security Manager 4.1. You can download the podcast here, or from iTunes. The lede of the press release read: San Jose, CA – February 14, 2011 — LogL...
TheatPost is reporting on the first ever HIPAA fine of a Maryland company. We’ve known that HIPAA was a force in US healthcare for sometime, but until recently there was no serious enforcement measures. This all changes with the 2009 HITECH act, which we’ve previous written about. Whil...
We received a reply from the Royal Household about our FOIA request asking about the network and database security for Prince William’s upcoming wedding. The reply from Buckingham palace is below: We wish HRH Prince William the best, and hope he won’t need any Computer Forensics to so...
In Part 1 we saw that Defensive Security is not enough to solve the $1 trillion Intellectual Property and IT theft and cybercrime problem. This week, more about Preventive Security. Preventive Security is a set of technologies and processes used to prevent security incidents from eve...
LogLogic is the IT Data Management Company. But what is IT Data Management? We’ve put together a 90 video with our friends from Micro-Documentaries to explain what we  think IT Data Management is all about.   Let us know what you think.
One thing you can say about RSA is that they have some serious people for their keynotes. Last year, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano spoke. Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary of Defense, William J Lynn III gave a talk on the his view of the evolution ...
In a nearly full conference hall, the Tuesday morning RSA 2011 keynotes included talks from EMC, VMWare and Symantec, and an all-star cryptography panel.  The panel started by opening remarks by Ari Juels, Director of RSA Labs, who asked as a moderator. The main theme was the the ...
Last week I met with Dave, who used to run systems for one of the world’s largest and most successful financial firms. They have a $1bn+ IT budget and a huge amount of it is spent on storage. They’ve decided to shift at least some of their spending towards OpenSto...
The major theme of this year's RSA Conference is, guess what, security. This is the largest security show of the year, and its clearly a big deal, since it covers both sides of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, preparations are still being made. The...
Nothing excites the national press like a royal wedding. As we all know, Prince William has proposed to Kate Middleton, and by all accounts they seem very happy together. We at LogLogic have a long history in the United Kingdom, and we’d like to make sure this blessed event goes off wi...
Happy Valentines people. Today we show love to the world of databases. We’ve just announced our Database Security Manager 4.1 refresh. Most of you out there, collect logs from all sorts of interesting places, and do really useful things with that information. It’s therefore a constant ...
Our very own Dimitri McKay was interviewed for the cover of SC Magazine. He’s so cool he didn’t even take his jacket off! The interview ranged wildly, covering compliance, trees, Justin Bieber, operational complexity, clouds, and Black Hat. We’re proud of you mate. Nice job.   ...
We are proud to present the very first FREE download from LogLogic! (Obviously we've had tech-previews and other stuff before, but this time, we're shipping the real deal!) A brand new MX-Virtual package bundled with Lasso Enterprise is available for download from our website. The do...
Over the next few posts, we’ll investigate how the expression “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could also be applied to the IT world, and what are the tools to foster such prevention through behavior modification. When looking at IT security, it seems that most of the...
I’m spending an increasing percentage of my time finding great talent.  And much of the rest of my time is spent motivating and organizing that team.  And the better job we do at getting great people the less time we need to spend on making sure they are doing the right...
There is a new podcast on LogLogic.com about our recently released Compliance Manager 2.0. We sat down and talked with two LogLogic insiders, Chima Njaka, Director of Product Management for Compliance Manager, and Andy Morris, Director of Product Marketing. In this podcast, they talk a...
A friend sent over a link to the Lush Hack this morning. I immediately had 2 reactions. First, I love the title and the mental image it conjures up. Second, my reaction was right out of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update….Really!?! This breach should be embarrassing to Lush and any o...
We’ve talked about ‘panes of glass’, analytic engines, GUI’s, compliance dashboards and so on. The flagship dashboard of our ‘Use’ technology is our Compliance Manager 2.0 software. We can use this to build extremely informative, accurate insight in to your compliance stance, whether t...
Serendipity is one of those great words in the English language – I am not sure why – perhaps its how it sounds & the flow of syllables, or perhaps just what it means which makes it so appealing – the act of finding or discovering things by accident. Most people love it when a sere...
How big is the demand for data storage?This is a little bit like asking - how smart do you want to be.Consider just a couple of cases where today’s aging, lock in based models are standing in the way of human progress.Start with telemetrics and related use cases.  Read any t...
Our latest LogLogic Podcast is now live! In this edition you’ll here interviews from Mark Goldenberg of Savvis, and veteran Network Security Manager Rich Popson on how they use LogLogic’s products (both SIEM and log management) to manage Cisco ASA and PIX products. To subscribe to our ...
We’re starting a series of webinars hosted by NexentaStor and users this year.  We thought a great place to start was Stanford since our roots are in Stanford.  We have benefited tremendously over the years from thoughtful feedback based upon a deep and broad understand...
This morning we sent out a press release on our 2010 results. It was good year overall for us, with lots of accomplishments. But we also did a lot of building out. That is, putting things in place which as not seen the light of day...yet. “Even with this performance, I’d still say that...
As a child I was mesmerised by Star Trek (the original series of course) as I was fascinated by thinking about all the great gadgets we would have in the future. Now that that future has arrived I see communicators are an everyday reality with the advent of mobile phones, we also have ...
It's been a busy time here this January. We've had all our sales people in a room for 3 days for the big sales hoopla, with many of them heading off to Hawaii now for their 110% club award. We've actually launch TWO products (yes it is only January 18th) and we've another coming on Mon...
Today we have announced our membership in the Open Innovation Network; you can read the official announcement here.  In this post I’d like to explain why we did so in a little more detail.1. Increasing impact of OpenStorage and NexentaStor means predators may get annoye...
In my last post I discussed 5 of the top 10 drivers: exponential growth in demands, massive profitability for legacy storage vendors, hardware commoditization (and Sandy Bridge), Silent data corruption, and “developers, developers, developers and the cloud.”In thi...
Most predictions about the storage industry seem to be either in the weeds (”will FCOE take off - and what flavor?”) or driven by the most sensational news possible (”Cisco will buy EMC and Oracle will buy NetApp!”).   This list strives to take a balanced v...
We were the first in our industry to publish an open API to our core functions, and we always tell our customers that if our UI doesn’t quite fit their corporate needs, they can easily build their own portal. So, we took a dose of our own medicine. Ladies and Gentlemen…I give you the L...