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What drove you to found DH2i, and what is your role today?
In 2012, we launched DH2i and its mission to enable agile, always-on infrastructures, where enterprise applications could move freely and transparently within and between heterogeneous physical, virtual and cloud environments, with zero interruption in service. We also launched our first software offering, DxConsole for Microsoft SQL Server to address the escalating costs, inefficiency and management complexity related to SQL Server sprawl, while also allowing customers to fully preserve and protect existing operational processes.
Basically, our initial goal was to offer SQL Server professionals a solution by which they could rein-in SQL Server sprawl, and that sprawl’s associated issues – like management complexity, low availability, data security vulnerabilities, a lack of resiliency and skyrocketing costs. SQL Server professionals were facing painful challenges around business services going down, security breaches, and inability to meet budgets and we were offering a solution that could overcome these issues and more.
And, while today we still offer what we believe is the most powerful solution in the industry to combat the aforementioned issues, our solutions portfolio has grown and evolved to position DH2i as the leading provider of multi-platform Software Defined Perimeter and Smart Availability software for the world’s most prevalently deployed platforms, such as Windows, Linux, Oracle, and Docker containers.
Today, I serve as DH2i’s CEO, responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company, but am admittedly passionate about staying close to both the customer and engineering.
How do you see the security market evolving over the next few years? What could be the predictive key drivers?
Major changes being driven by advancements such as IoT, Edge Computing, AI, Machine Learning, Mobile, and Cloud are creating conflicting demands for secure connectivity. The traditional ‘Castle & Moat VPN drawbridge’ security model was not designed to meet those demands. This has led to issues such as complex setup and management, slow and unreliable connections, limited scalability, highly compromised and vulnerable networks and data, as well as large, escalating costs.
How does a software-defined perimeter deliver the security that is required today, and in the future?
Unlike a VPN, which gives users access to an entire network, a Software-defined Perimeter (SDP) gives network admins the ability to create micro-perimeters to segment by the application. This ability greatly increases network security because it eliminates lateral network attacks.
What role does AI play today in Data Security, and how do you see that evolving in the future?
One of the key roles I see AI playing with SDP will be in the mapping and creation of micro-perimeters within an organization. Through Machine Learning algorithms an AI engine will be able to understand the complex relationships between users and the services they access, and dynamically setup micro-perimeters to create secure connections.
What types of organizations benefit most from a Software-defined security approach (size, vertical, etc.)?
Every organization regardless of size or vertical will benefit from the improved capabilities and security of an SDP solution.
Today, we see significant interest from larger enterprise organizations that are at the forefront of deploying innovative technology solutions to help them to meet business objectives and overcome IT challenges. For SDP, it’s not about the cost it’s affordable regardless of the size of your organization. And, as the small-to-midsized organizations witness the undeniable benefits and ROI the enterprise organizations are enjoying, they will follow suit, as is usually the case when new innovative technologies enter the marketplace.
DH2i just introduced a new SDP security solution, could you tell us about it?
DH2i’s DxConnect was designed to work with DH2i’s DxOdyssey software to tackle legacy VPN, cloud-native and privileged user access security issues. DxConnect improves network security, was designed specifically for hybrid/multi-cloud operations, meets the scaling requirements of DevOps, IoT, containers and edge workloads, delivers faster performance, and it has an open API for integrations, analytics, visibility, and compliance.
A key problem it solves is it enables developers to build encrypted micro-tunnels that span isolated networks to connect containers for a secure multi-cloud service mesh. It also enables organizations to securely connect vendors to a specific cloud application without using a VPN.
If you could apply AI to any area of your life, what would it be and why?
Thank you, Don! That was fun and hope to see you back on AiThority soon.
Don Boxley Jr is a DH2i’s Co-founder and CEO. Prior to DH2i, Don held leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard where he was instrumental in sales and marketing strategies that resulted in significant revenue growth in the scale-out NAS business. Boxley spent more than 20 years in management positions for leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, CoCreate Software, Iomega, TapeWorks Data Storage Systems and Colorado Memory Systems. Boxley earned his MBA from the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.