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Infinidat and VMware
To tackle current and evolving IoT Edge security threats in data centres, Infinidat (www.infinidat.com) has joined forces with VMware.

As industries undergo major digital transformation, IoT solutions play an essential part in meeting these objectives, as they enable digital transformation processes by extending software control of physical assets to optimise performance and enhance flexibility.  According to a  recent report, ‘Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019–2023’ from International Data Corporation (IDC)  it is estimated that there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices, and yet data also shows that large companies, typically with 10,000-25,000 network devices in their IT estate, are using devices that are aging and prone to failure.  Concerningly, the latest Unit 42 IoT Threat Report, identifies that nearly three quarters of enterprise security professionals feel that their current security controls are inadequate for unmanaged and IoT devices, leaving organisations vulnerable to new IoT-targeted threats.
 
“Connected edge and IoT networks pose a significant security risk to a business as they expand the susceptibility of the enterprise IT network.  In response to this risk Infinidat and VMware offer a validated framework from which current and future enterprise customers can build consistent, innovative security infrastructures in a software defined data center (SDDC) environment,” says Ken Steinhardt, Field CTO at Infinidat.
 
The framework addresses and provides a solution to three key challenges, namely, protecting against IoT and edge security threats; improving network management via a scalable back-end security monitoring platform, designed to analyse data from current and evolving CPE; and ensuring compliance and operational efficiencies, which are both auditable and scalable as well as cost-efficient.

“Reducing risk across the IoT threat landscape is the top priority on every CIO’s technology agenda,” continued Steinhardt.  “It’s a compelling start to any conversation, when we say we can increase security event detection in parallel to reducing risk from data breaches, fraud or IP thefts. This collaboration is a significant step forward in addressing that vulnerability and shortfall.”
 
The VMware Validated Design (VVD) framework is complemented by Infinidat’s multi-petabyte scale data storage capabilities, which enables previously unattainable scale, performance, cost-efficiency and volume of data retained to be achieved while improving data visibility, control and risk mitigation.