Checking the Pulse of Network Management


Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend IBM‘s Pulse conference, where the company welcomed over 10,000 of its software customers. This group is primarily focused on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure solutions, built largely around the Tivoli and Maximo portfolios. The overall theme of the event was how Cloud is the answer…to everything. [...]



By | February 27th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

A Fresh Mix of PaaS Ingredients from IBM


Yesterday IBM once again showed how serious it is about taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Salesforce 1, and SAP Cloud as a general purpose, global, cloud business platform.  Between the unveiling of the BlueMix beta for cloud application service composition (aka application development) and the announcement of the [...]



By | February 25th, 2014|Evan Quinn|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

A Billion Reasons Why SAP Still Leads, Plus More


Growing or even maintaining global leadership in enterprise application software is not an easy thing to do given the fundamental changes in the competitive market structure and the rapid evolution in closely related platform technologies, both server-side and user-side.   Based on Q4 FY2013 and full year FY2013 results released on January 21, however, SAP is [...]



By | January 23rd, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

MarkLogic Proves the Critical Cloud Database Point


While cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer a cornucopia of database services, conventional wisdom suggests that databases for mission critical apps mainly are and will remain on-premises. That same wisdom expressed from another angle suggests that databases deployed in public clouds work best for dev and test workloads, or make sense for warm [...]



By | December 10th, 2013|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

A Means to an End: Cloud & Virtualization Not a Cure-all


I was on a call listening to a Riverbed customer explain the dilemma they were facing and how Riverbed helped them solve a difficult performance issue. What was really interesting was how the problem came about. The company decided to go to a cloud-based SaaS service for a major application. The good news is that [...]



By | December 9th, 2013|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|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

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
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