It’s Microsoft Ignite this week, and I’ve got to say from a Trend Micro perspective it’s going to be our busiest Microsoft conference yet. There’s so much buzz around hybrid cloud at the moment, this will be the perfect opportunity to show current and prospective customers exactly how our flagship Deep Security platform can help unify security across their multiple platforms. We’ll also be presenting at the show, and can’t wait to catch up with our customers and partners to discuss converged sales.
The hybrid cloud is dominating IT conversations all over the globe. The market is set to grow from $33 billion this year to almost $92bn by 2021 – a CAGR of almost 23 percent over the period. Even typically cautious Gartner agrees that the model will become the most popular usage of the cloud. But while Azure is certainly an important part of that set-up, organizations are more likely to end up with a mix of multiple cloud vendors that all need securing. This adds extra complexity and can lead to gaps which cybercriminals are only too ready and able to exploit.
In fact, Gartner has highlighted that one of the key challenges of hybrid can be lack of vendor support and integration challenges.
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This is where Trend Micro comes in. Deep Security will work across Azure, AWS, VMware and more to seamlessly protect hybrid cloud workloads with the most comprehensive range of security capabilities around. Physical, virtual and cloud environments are all protected by a single unified product optimized for the modern data center using a unified security policy framework across all the platforms. As workloads transition between various cloud platforms, security can travel and adapt to it’s new platform automatically. Workload portability is a very key outcome of a Hybrid Cloud setup and Deep Security ensures that customers can continue to meet their security and compliance needs across all platforms. As the clouds themselves become increasingly software-defined, so our software-based security solutions really begin to differentiate and come into their own. It’s no surprise that we’ve been ranked a server security market leader for six straight years by IDC.
Another differentiator we’ll be keen to talk about at Ignite is that Deep Security also protects Linux VMs. This is a key strategic benefit for Trend Micro as Microsoft customers are using both Windows and Linux on Azure more often. Deep Security is increasingly a one-stop-shop for organizations – cutting integration headaches, minimizing management overheads and unifying security.
Keeping threats at bay is vitally important, of course, but so are compliance efforts. In fact, they regularly rank up there with security as one of the major roadblocks to cloud adoption. At Ignite we’ll be announcing yet more customer wins, with compliance as one of the key drivers. The virtual patching in Deep Security helps protect critical systems from zero day and other threats, ensuring organizations meet rigorous regulatory requirements such as PCI DSS.
At the show
I’m really looking forward to discussing converged sales with our partners at Microsoft Ignite. Trend Micro has teamed up with Chef (DevSecOps) and Splunk SIEM to offer a single secure cloud stack perfect for channel players wanting to add value and provide a seamless sales motion to customers. Offering converged packages of complementary solutions like this takes the hassle out of hybrid cloud migration for the end customer and helps the channel player differentiate. It’s a win-win we hope more and more of our partners will get on board with. From a customers’ standpoint, they get all the required products pre-integrated and part of a single stack to hit the ground running.
We have a couple of sessions lined up at the conference. First up, product manager Shoubhik Ghosh will tell attendees how Deep Security enables businesses to achieve DevSecOps in Azure by enabling automatic provisioning of security and blending seamlessly into IT operations. This flies in the face of traditional approaches which require security to be deployed and managed separately from IT lifecycle management processes.
And then Mike Gibson, Trend Micro director of client services, will be chairing a presentation from Maersk’s head of security and CISO on how they used Deep Security to migrate and secure their Azure workloads at scale. It’ll help customers and partners who are looking to jump-start their migration to Azure. I am sure both Mike and Shoubhik will love to take questions and learn from your migration experiences.
It’s set to be another great show this week. We’re particularly looking forward to chatting to customers about how to manage the security and compliance challenges of migrating to the cloud, and hearing your stories about Azure implementations.
Achieve DevSecOps in your hybrid cloud environment
Wednesday, September 28 at 12:05 p.m. – Expo Theater 1
Shoubhik Ghosh, Product Manager, Trend Micro
Learn from experience: Hear first-hand how Maersk is securing their Azure migration
Thursday, September 29 at 10:45am – Room C111
Anoop Chopra, CISO, Maersk
Steve Moore, Head of Security, Maersk
Mike Gibson, Director Client Services, Trend Micro