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 [...]
IT Point Products DO NOT Support Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), So Stop Calling Them That!
Nothing drives an IT industry analyst more nuts then when a term is repeatedly misused for marketing purposes. DCIM certainly falls into this category. In the recently release EMA Radar Report on Data Center Infrastructure Management, we looked at hundreds of products claiming to be DCIM solutions, but identified only ten (that’s right … 10!) [...]
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 [...]
One of the sneaky-big trends that gained momentum in during 2010 was the growth of converged infrastructure solutions. These are next-generation answers to more flexible data centers and cloud service platforms. Designed to leverage virtualization at all levels, such solutions bundle compute, networking, storage, and hypervisors into modular rack solutions. With so much in a [...]