Cisco Is Turning Enterprise Pets into Scale Out Cattle


When we think back to why everyone’s favorite child named OpenStack failed so miserably to catch on in all but the largest enterprises, the conversation comes back to one central topic: OPEX. This topic consists of multiple dimensions: Initial deployment and configuration: Integrating OpenStack within a traditional data center setting has shown very costly, as much custom [...]



By | March 7th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Best Practices for Innovating Through Cloud Technologies – Utilizing Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud


Cloud computing can speed up deployment, reduce costs, and increase efficiency and connectivity. It can open up new ways to get computing work done, but more importantly, the inherent connectivity can change the way employees interact with each other and with customers. It can also change the way companies interact with suppliers and partners. The [...]



By | November 25th, 2015|Dan Twing, IT Management|0 Comments

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 [...]



Leveraging Security Policy Orchestration to “Bake Security in” to SDDC Environments


I have a new guest blog just posted at for Tufin around Security Policy Orchestration.  You can check it out here. It discusses the benefits to using Security Policy Orchestration when defining software-defined data centers (SDDCs).  By supporting a centralized security policy across physical and virtual networks via a single interface. Security  change management provides many benefits including: Application [...]



By | January 27th, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|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

Enterprise WAN Connectivity & Optimization – 2014 Snapshot of Evolution


The enterprise WAN is evolving. Connectivity between the enterprise and remote branch has been historically achieved through private leased line connections. Because these connections are expensive, bandwidth is often limited to what is affordable, often resulting in congestion, contention, and performance issues at the remote site. The tried and true method for resolving this problem [...]



By | December 30th, 2013|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|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

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

Security in 2013: Intelligence, Coordination and Integration (and Will We Get There?)


I’ve happily managed largely to avoid getting entangled in the New Year’s ritual of security predictions, since these can, frankly, be fairly boring. But for those who expect such, here you go: Attackers will continue to succeed. Determined adversaries will become even more so. Moving one set of playing pieces does not alter the objectives [...]



By | January 24th, 2013|IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

5 Network Management Resolutions for 2013


For the third year in a row, I will resist the temptation to predict the future of network management, and instead will recommend key focus points that network engineering, management, and operations professionals should keep in mind looking ahead. Last year’s resolutions dealt with cloud, converged infrastructure, VDI, application awareness, and making the shift from [...]



By | January 9th, 2013|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments
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