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We caught up with Brad Shimmin, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, to get his thoughts on the EMC acquisition. He told us making it possible for IT professionals to open up the firewall without opening the company up to risk has become an absolute paramount necessity in the age of a mobile workforce and social media.
"As an IT provider within your company it's become important to allow your executive and sales staff -- and everyone in between -- to communicate safely and efficiently, travel outside the firewall, and still have access to services without requiring a lot of software overhead," he said.
As he sees it, RSA is capitalizing on a market trend toward a suite-based solution geared toward challenges like mobility. With so many services, from Exchange servers to web servers to SharePoint servers to P2P servers, enterprises face risks that aren't always equally managed or serviced, he said. "RSA is on the right track in trying to encompass some of these very hot areas," Shimmin concluded.