OpenStack Thoughts – Part 2: Impact on VMware


At EMA, we constantly receive inquiries regarding what OpenStack means to the VMware portfolio. Is it a competing technology? Are OpenStack and vCloud complementary? Why did VMware join OpenStack? What are the typical use cases for OpenStack as opposed to vCloud? To address these questions, let’s take a step back and take a look at what [...]



By | June 20th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Dell’s Clean Slate Approach to Enterprise IT


Breaking News: Dell Acquires Enstratius to Further Complete Its Cloud Story Today, on May 6, 2013, Dell acquired Enstratius, a company aimed at deploying, automating and managing applications in complex hybrid cloud environments. Enstratius enforces governance and security in the cloud, offering automated scaling, disaster recovery and cloud bursting. The Enstratius solution supports all popular [...]



By | May 8th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

OpenStack Thoughts – Part 1: Key Business Considerations


OpenStack’s huge momentum is undeniable. IBM, RedHat, NetApp, Rackspace, HP, Dell, Cisco, Intel and even VMware have committed significant funds and human resources to this project. But why would companies, that are otherwise competing rather fiercely, sit on one table to build an OpenSource cloud platform? The answer is certainly not “altruism”, as this is [...]



By | April 22nd, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Software Defined Datacenter: Part 4 of 4 – Where We Are Today


Almost one year into the discussion about the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), it is time to take inventory of the state of the discipline. As a reminder, the ultimate goal of the SDDC is to abstract and centralize the management of compute, network, storage, operating systems, middleware and applications in order to dynamically place [...]



By | March 26th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Software-Defined Datacenter: Part 3 of 4 – Questions and Battlefields


After talking about the “grand vision” of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDD) in part 1 of this series and discussing the individual components required to build out the SDD in part 2, this third part will be all about the three core challenges and controversies: Blades vs. Pizza Boxes The miniaturized design of blade servers, [...]



By | September 24th, 2012|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Software-Defined Datacenter: Part 1 of 4 – The Basics


The ultimate goal of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDD), a term coined only a few months ago by VMware’s Steve Herrod, is to centrally control all aspects of the data center – compute, networking, storage – through hardware-independent management and virtualization software. This software will also provide the advanced features that currently constitute the main differentiators [...]



By | August 16th, 2012|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Physical, Virtual … Cloud – Upcoming EMA Research


Cloud is still a rapidly evolving discipline, with currently many organizations thinking about how to get started or how to take their limited cloud environment to the next level. These organizations are faced with two general challenges. They have to a) get their own house – data center – in order and b) identify a [...]



By | July 18th, 2012|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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