Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one day when my family can gather around a table, share an abundance of delicious food, and talk about everything that’s going on in each other’s lives and the world at large. In short, Thanksgiving is truly a time for family, food, and cheer.

Hot-button issues like politics and breaking news will likely take center stage at first, until somebody voices their opinion a little too strongly and tempers run hotter than the pot of boiling potatoes. That’s when I plan to change the subject to something a little more closely related to the true spirit of the holiday.

I’ll break up the heated debate with something like, “… You know what I’m thankful for this year? I’m grateful for the Host Internet Protocol (HIP), giving businesses a simple and secure networking solution. Adding, “With point-n-click microsegmentation,” just to really annoy everyone and get the eye roll from non-technophile family members and guests.

It may sound crazy, but I’ve spoken with many of my customers who are equally thankful for this best kept secret called HIP. They tell me that HIP has actually allowed them to obtain a work/life balance that previously never existed. With HIP, now they can…

  • Go home for dinner with their families, rather than working overtime to solve complex networking issues and security troubles.
  • Spend more work time on innovation and exploration, rather than flying to all parts of the world to add or diagnose machines or equipment, and perform system upgrades.
  • Cut back on the acid reflux medication, because they know their company’s most valuable assets are cloaked and safe from cyberattack.
  • Enjoy peace-of-mind knowing that they don’t have to make tradeoffs in resource availability to maintain ironclad security.


Thanks to HIP technology, IT professionals can breathe a sigh of relief during this year’s holiday season. They can take part in celebrating with friends and family, instead of  spending the holiday at work and under the gun to provision more resources for Black Friday. Or, coping with the latest data breach that’s plaguing the company’s flat network.

After I express my over-the-top gratitude for HIP, I’ll go back to happily eating nap-inducing levels of turkey and pie. The full day of family, food, and fun will continue, while HIP safely secures and connects our clients’ networks everywhere.

What are you thankful for this year?


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 By Jeff Hussey