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Why I recently Joined SonicWall

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As many of you already know, in April I announced my plan to join SonicWall. I am sure that some of my friends in the security industry expected me to join a “hot new startup” someday as opposed to a 26-year-old company. So, I figured I owed each of you a proper explanation of why I decided to join SonicWall at this time.

I had the pleasure of being introduced to some of the key product developments that were in SonicWall’s near-term roadmap. Those included fresh-new user interfaces, the addition of RTDMI technology to SonicWall’s Capture services, Capture Client, Capture Security Center and other innovative upcoming product plans.

As I further studied the company, I quickly discovered that SonicWall has an aggressive but achievable plan to completely transform its offerings in ways the company and the security industry are not expecting. These changes gave me renewed confidence in SonicWall and validated my decision to join at this crucial phase in the company’s history. I feel I have joined a company well on the path to the innovation and growth often only seen in startups.

My promise to our customers as a leader of SonicWall’s product management organization is to continue to drive innovation and bring renewed industry perspectives to SonicWall products and business strategy.

In short — I firmly believe we are poised for success and I expect to continue to work hard to win net new customers in the firewall market!


Gartner Says Worldwide Integrated Systems Revenue to Grow 18.4 Percent in 2018

Worldwide integrated systems revenue is forecast to total $12.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 18.4 percent from $10.2 billion in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. The hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) segment will experience the strongest growth (55 percent); whereas integrated stack systems will experience a five percent decline (see Table 1.)

Gartner Provides Seven Steps Security Leaders Can Take to Deal With Spectre and Meltdown

Security and risk management leaders must take a pragmatic and risk-based approach to the ongoing threats posed by an entirely new class of vulnerabilities, according to Gartner, Inc. "Spectre" and "Meltdown" are the code names given to different strains of a new class of attacks that target an underlying exploitable design implementation inside the majority of computer chips manufactured over the last 20 years.

Politically Correct Way to say Merry Christmas (2017)

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter or in some locations summer solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2018, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.


My latest Gartner research: Vendor Rating: Huawei

5 December 2017  |  Huawei’s transition from being an ICT technology provider to providing both ICT infrastructure and cloud services in China has had impacts domestically and abroad. This research enables infrastructure and operations leaders to assess Huawei’s technology and supplier management risks and benefits….

Gartner clients can access this research by clicking here.