Weekly Recap - #ChefConf, Security, Cloud, and More
Updated on December 2, 2015
by Sam Lee
Conference season continues this week, notably with Opscode's #ChefConf in San Francisco (which is going on as I'm typing this up). Here's the latest from #ChefConf and other IT news that interested us this week.
Gene Kim's live notes from #ChefConf - Day 1, Day 2
Gene Kim will be speaking today (4/26), so be sure to check out the live stream in the Day 2 link!
“The enterprise engagement and sales process has grown...We can take credit for building a great product. But the business needs his come around more quickly than anyone expected. It’s clear the traditional enterprise vendors like IBM and Microsoft are seeing this transition. These companies are knocking on our door because they see us as a key enabler.” (Jay Wampold - Opscode VP of Marketing)
"The company is now working with partners to let enterprises move security appliances to the cloud, including virtual appliances for intrusion detection and prevention. The move to the cloud will be a boon for enterprises that are concerned about denial-of-service attacks that rely on using a lot bandwidth, according to Schmidt." (by Mikael Ricknäs)
"Today, the intersection between automobiles and consumer electronics is expanding and consumers are purchasing new vehicles while heavily considering the tech functions, and not putting as much emphasis on the power of the engine or other basic functions." (by Jen Cohen Crompton)
"Can you really afford to deny yourself a world-class practice in configuration management? Do you seriously believe that all the necessary versioning, labeling, and baselining, the Dewey Decimal System, is going to somehow miraculously manifest itself? Product quality, brand integrity, and your customer base, are all that you have to lose." (by Michael C. Simonelli)
"Faris, who focuses on the enterprise and e-commerce investments for the firm, talked specifically about the opportunity in the enterprise security space and why we are seeing a growing number of startups succeed in the market." (by Leena Rao)
Misconfigurations are an internal problem that emanate from within the IT infrastructure of any enterprise; no hacker is necessary for massive damage to occur to digital systems and stored data. And the problem is pervasive, with Gartner estimating anywhere from 70% to 99% of data breaches result not from external, concerted attacks, but from internal misconfiguration of the affected IT systems.