A new analyst on the block


Hello world. I am the new senior analyst for the network management research practice at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).  My name may be familiar to some of you. Prior to 2015, I led the news team for TechTarget’s networking and telecommunications publications for seven years. Now I’m making the transition from journalist to analyst. The [...]



Hybrid Cloud & Infrastructure Management – Making the Switch


The New Year is always a good time for new beginnings, and 2015 is no exception.  With the start of 2015, my coverage focus at EMA is shifting and evolving.  After 22+ years in the network management space, including over six years as an industry analyst, I am starting a new chapter by shifting my [...]



Service Automation: Key for Maximizing IT and Business Efficiency


The dual revolutions of consumerization and cloud have certainly caused much disruption within and around IT. And universally they have also increased the expectations of IT end users. IT-enabled workers and the lines of business they represent are looking for a fast response to new technology needs combined with high levels of service quality—all at [...]



By | December 10th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Riverbed Tees Up for Hybrid Computing at 2014 FORCE User Conference


During the first week of November, Riverbed held its first combined OPNET and Riverbed user conference at the San Jose Convention Center. Held in tandem with the Riverbed industry analyst event, this conference was an opportunity for Riverbed to share with both customers and industry analysts the company’s vision for becoming the go-to vendor for [...]



By | December 2nd, 2014|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success


Last week, I attended a Citrix analyst relations summit program to learn about the company’s direction and strategy.  While the main-tent program was longer on vision than it was on execution details, there were some aspects of the proceedings that I found compelling. First off, there weren’t a lot of net new things being introduced, [...]



By | September 26th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Turning to the Network to Solve Application Performance Issues


What’s your plan of action when faced with a thorny application performance issue?  Where do you turn?  Does everyone jump to the conclusion that it must be the network?  Or do you get the team together and have everyone say, “It’s not me?” These are typical approaches, and in the end, it sometimes becomes a [...]



By | June 9th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Riverbed Steels for Battle


When a pure play vendor knocks it out of the park and effectively becomes the defacto gold standard, to which all other products are compared, the product brand develops a strong identity in the market. Riverbed took the WAN Optimization market by storm, leading the charge with its Steelhead product line.  The Steelhead line established [...]



By | May 19th, 2014|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing Your Network for VoIP


Deploying IP Voice (VoIP) is a big, important project for most organizations, involving a significant investment in new equipment, cost-justified on promises of increased flexibility and lower cost of operations.  But such returns can remain elusive – particular for those who don’t take the time to understand how VoIP works and the ways in which [...]



By | March 4th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments
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