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Check Point’s NGFW line remains the top choice for complex enterprise network environments where scalability is paramount. Yet the vendor still has work to do to ease product version confusion and improve its multifaceted management interface.
Cisco maintains Sourcefire’s three-tiered product strategy for the FirePOWER NGIPS. In particular, Cisco is working to address the network security needs of high-capacity data centers and large enterprises.
No NGFW vendor has more momentum than Fortinet, and its robust products, services and revenue are proof positive. Its plan to topple Check Point and Cisco can only be derailed by its occasional lack of urgency to address key issues.
Symantec remains strong in mobile device and mobile security by integrating acquired technology that strongly complements its existing security and systems management expertise, but the company still has work to do opposite Tier 1 EMM rivals.
Intel Security’s IPS line has made big leaps forward on throughput, virtualization support, and signature-less detection. However, the product line is hindered somewhat by its legacy support commitments and brand identity issues.
Acano offers Cisco an interoperability platform plus value-added capability beyond basic voice and video bridging; however, it’s unclear how the solution fits alongside Cisco Spark, WebEx, and Collaboration Meeting Rooms.
Cisco continues to build out its data center networking with higher density and higher capacity switches and offers a migration path to its ACI SDN. The high profile partnership with Ericsson is a big win.
The first detailed look at BlackBerry’s integration strategy for Good Technology shows a sound path forward, but its measured pace of integration hints at divergent priorities, which may mean Good’s legacy customers will get short shrift.
Extreme’s new AP3935i/e Indoor and AP3965i/e Outdoor 802.11ac Wave 2 access points round out its wireless line, bringing multi-user MIMO and support for HotSpot 2.0 and voice over WLAN, but multi-gigabit support would have been more compelling.
Microsoft is making it clear that security will no longer be its weakness. Recognizing the priority of protecting data and infrastructure, Microsoft’s sweeping set of security solutions cover mobility, cloud, and on-premises environments.
Arista introduces cloud connect solution, consisting of coherent 100G DWDM and encryption for its spine switch, VXLAN for Layer 2 inter-site extension and routing in spine platforms; it’s compelling for switched DCI, but otherwise narrow in appeal.
Aerohive’s Connected Experience Platform targets developers seeking consistent integration with cloud or on-premises management. New support for guests and BYOD in Hive Manager NG helps Aerohive match competitors, but doesn’t push the field.
Arista released a new 6 x 100 Gb DWDM blade for the 7500E, a streamlined approach to add routes to a border gateway in merchant silicon, and inter-data center VXLAN. These are welcome additions, but will appeal to a small part of the market.
In the data center market there are few disruptive products but Cumulus Networks, Dell Networking, and Extrahop are fundamentally changing the competitive dynamics in their verticals.
Informatica is plying its data integration prowess and reputation for vendor neutrality to deliver a single big data management solution that combines features spanning integration, quality, governance, management and security.
API management is DevOps’ most important emerging requirement, but application platform providers are still hazy over how enterprises want to consume the supportive technology.
Why buy one cloud security specialist when you can buy two? After nabbing Perspecsys, Blue Coat just doubled down, buying Elastica for a staggering $280 million. The combination has potential, but will challenge Blue Coat’s ability to execute.
Intel Security shocked customers and partners by discontinuing nearly a dozen products, but its new threat-centric products and strategy finally create a path to long-term success. The McAfee brand, however, remains a thorn in its side.
While SharePoint rescinds its enterprise social capabilities to Yammer, the platform reverts back to its portal and content management system heritage. Consequently, its value as a standalone collaboration platform is diminishing.
FireEye’s CEO made the mistake of intimating that reduced cyberattacks by China are to blame for its Q3 earnings miss. The reality is FireEye’s struggles aren’t caused by China, but by three other problems it has yet to reconcile.