EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017


After three fascinating days at IBM Connect 2017, EMA crowned a very short list of vendors with the “EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017” award. These vendors are true game changers because they look at a traditional IT challenges from a whole new angle, which enables them to drive highly differentiated customer value. Please note [...]



By | February 23rd, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

How to Unleash the Full Value of Hybrid Cloud


In an ideal world, customers would be able to fully take advantage of the benefits of hybrid cloud by rationally matching infrastructure parameters -cost, performance, reliability, availability, security, regulatory compliance, scalability- with the requirements and dependencies of each application. In reality, customers are running into the following 3 challenges: Challenge #1 - Too Much Complexity [...]



By | October 24th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness


For two decades, IBM’s Power Systems family of high-performance servers has been considered the premier alternative to x86-based systems. Combining fast processing, high availability, and rapid scalability, Power Systems are optimized to support big data and cloud architectures. Popularly deployed to run IBM’s AIX and IBM i operating systems, the platform has seen stiff competition [...]



By | April 22nd, 2016|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Orchestrating a Symphony of Application Automation


There is a reason orchestras have a single conductor. Can you imagine the cacophony that would result if a horn section performed out of sync with a string section? Or if the percussions played a faster beat then the woodwinds?  But in IT management, it’s all too common for organizations to have separate automation platforms [...]



By | August 3rd, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Cloud Security Alliance Hack-A-Thon and the Software Defined Perimeter


The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit think tank of volunteers that spend their time trying to better the internet. These people are the antithesis of cybercriminals; they spend their energy trying to figure out ways to make our data safer. They create best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, or in [...]



By | November 7th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Cloud Rant: Oracle Cloud versus SAP Cloud


For those that think that cloud is mainly about Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce.com, Google, IBM, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and a list of smaller SaaS and PaaS vendors, think again.  After several years of investment, in the form of their own R&D, M&A, re-educating their channel, and changing internal systems to better support the cloud-style [...]



By | March 26th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

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

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

The Promise of the Data Hub


Cloudera’s promise of a packaged Enterprise Data Hub reached general availability on February 4, 2014. Cloudera took a rather combative position versus potential data hub competitors like Hortonworks and IBM, in response to videos like this. Regardless, the new Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition indeed bundles a wide set of features needed for a turnkey [...]



By | February 5th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments
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