It has been a long time since I shared an office with Nir Zuk, the co-founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks (PAN). Back in 1998, at Check Point’s office in San Francisco, it was early days for the network security company co-founded by Gil Shwed, Marius Nacht, and me. Since then, Nir launched PAN, which became a global leader in network security. I was honored to support Nir and the PAN team early in their journey.
Last week, our paths converged again. This time, we shared a vision for the future of networking and security. On the stage of PAN’s annual event, Nir presented PAN’s vision of a converged cloud-based architecture that will displace the legacy appliance stack of today. Nir did a great job advocating for the convergence of the numerous point solutions piled in IT departments everywhere.