While at EMC World and RSA Conference this last month, I realized something very interesting. The same people I normally see at these shows have moved on to something new and shiny, and as such they were not at the shows. However, what was at the shows was really interesting. There was much more talk about DevOps, scripting, and things code related. This is all for the good and gets more peopled involved in the technology at a deeper level. But how did this happen?
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Come on, let’s get real here. The software-defined data center may become the norm in two years in the gilded cages of Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and the other “centers of excellence” out there. But in the real world—you know, the one where companies are still using NT4 servers to deliver real and useful work—surely this is not the case.
For years we have had an expectation of privacy while using our computers, tablets, phones, email, etc. However, with the advent of big data analysis and everything being on the internet, the internet of things, there is no longer the veil that makes up an Expectation of Privacy. Big Data has allowed us to be tracked in new ways and as we add more devices onto the internet, more of our habits will be tracked: Such as location of boats, planes, your mobile device. Purchasing habits, your location within a store, or theme park. Perhaps even your usage of your toaster, house doors, your refrigerator, etc.
Where do we draw the line? Is there such a thing as personal privacy anymore or do we assume we are being tracked everywhere? When does our social media life end and privacy begin? What is considered to invasive?
VMware has acquired one more company: Shavlik. This acquisition did not come as much of a surprise to me but is an interesting purchase for VMware. There are quite a few Security as a Service vendors that would make sense for VMware to purchase and Shavlik is one of them. The difference between the other vendors and Shavlik is that VMware has a existing track record with Shavlik as Shavlik is integral in two of VMware’s existing products: VMware Go and VMware Update Manager. Shavlik provides a very important patch management system for these existing products and is one line of defense in the security space. Are there other plans for Shavlik? Or this is a way to lock in one set of tools?