Software Defined Storage: The Vendor Landscape – Part 2 of 2


As promised in my previous post on “Software Defined Storage – Why Customers Should Care”, I want to follow-up with a brief overview of the competitive landscape. Software-only Vendors with no Horse in the Hardware Race By definition, these vendors have the highest credibility when it comes to truly abstracting storage management from the underlying [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Software Defined Storage: Why Customers Should Care – Part 1 of 2


Much marketing hype and heated discussions should be seen as excellent indicators for the fact that Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of the hottest topics in today’s data center. Naturally, every vendor defines SDS based on their own product range, sometimes leaving customer out of the equation. The following three questions are at the [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

EMA Research: Enabling Enterprise IT Management to Optimally Support Big Data


What does Big Data mean to traditional enterprise IT? Organizations of any size and industry are becoming more and more aware of the incredible importance of capturing, managing and analyzing the data available to them. The more comprehensively companies are able to tap structured and unstructured data sources, the quicker they can refresh this data [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The State of the Software Defined Data Center


Of course, I always encourage practitioners to carefully study the full EMA research report on the “Obstacles and Priorities on the Journey to the Software-Defined Data Center” or at least read the research study summary or at the very least join the EMA SDDC Research webinar on February 18, but I still want to briefly [...]



By | February 3rd, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Rapid Evolution – OpenStack Is Growing Up


The Havana release of OpenStack was launched on October 17, about three weeks prior to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.  As always, there are many new features -high availability, load balancing, easier upgrades, plugins for development tools, improved SDN support, fiber channel SAN support, improved bare metal capabilities- and even two new core components, [...]



By | October 28th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

War of the Stacks: OpenStack vs. CloudStack vs. vCloud vs. Amazon EC2


When it comes to cloud technologies, discussions often get passionate or even heated. It’s all about the “war of the stacks”, where much Cool Aid is dispensed to get customers to buy into the respective cult. This discussion reminds me of the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology instead of business [...]



By | October 14th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

VMworld 2013 Digest – 8 Companies You Should Take a Closer Look At


Every year after VMworld EMA receives countless inquiries regarding the most notable vendors on the show floor. This time around, we have compiled a list consisting of startups taking a new look at traditional IT challenges, as well as larger and more mature companies that have launched industry transforming initiatives. Ultimately, this list of eight [...]



By | September 3rd, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Impact of Cloud on Data Protection: Ripple or Sharknado™


It’s always like that in enterprise IT. There’s this incredible new technology that lets you do things you could never even fathom possible. But then, once the honeymoon is over, the old problems come back to bite you with a vengeance. Data Protection Reloaded – This Time it’s Non-Trivial Now let’s translate this scenario to [...]



By | August 14th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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