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Market Trends: What Security Providers Need to Know About Data Center Automation

Published: 13 January 2015

ID: G00267150

Analyst(s): Eric Ahlm


Early adopters of SDN, NFV and other data center automation solutions have seen measurable results in DC operational cost reduction and business agility. Security technologies that can't reduce operational cost and add business agility will be disrupted by those that can in the DCs of the future.

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Market Trend

  • In the World of Automated DCs, Agility Is a Top Priority
    • Lack of Convergence in DC Automation Architectures Creates a Development and Partnering Challenge for Security Providers
    • Security Governance and the Ability to Audit an Automated DC Is Just as Important as Securing It
    • Selling Security in Automated DCs Will Mean Expanding Your Sales Influence Into New Buying Centers
  • SDSec Means New Routes to Market and a Reason to Rethink Channel and OEM Strategies
  • Buyer Trend
    • Buyers Are Waiting, yet Curious
  • Technology Trend
    • Security Technologies Must Adapt Their Policy Engines to Be Less Dependent on Static Attributes
    • Security Technologies Need the Ability to Audit Service-Chaining Workflow
    • Orchestrated DCs Provide More Context to Security Devices Than Traditional Networks
    • Automated DC Adds Another Dimension of Complexity to Incident Responders

Contrarian View

  • The Route to Market for Independent SDSec Providers Is Cut Off

Vendors to Watch

  • Big Switch Networks
  • Catbird
  • Check Point Software Technologies

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