The Business Defined Hybrid Cloud – Or Why the Software Defined Data Center Needs a Brain


Let us look at a hypothetical example to better understand the difference between the traditional bottom-up approach to hybrid cloud management and the new business-driven paradigm. In Q4 of 2016, a bank wants to gain a 3% market share in North America with its trading tools directed toward savvy end customers that are between 30 [...]



By | March 15th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

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

Windows 10…One Year Later


Time flies when you’re upgrading operating systems. It has officially been a year since Microsoft introduced Windows 10 to much fanfare and approbation. Acceptance of the platform was almost immediate, with many users simply grateful to migrate away from the much-maligned Windows 8 environment. At the core of the problems with the previous edition of [...]



By | August 18th, 2016|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|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

Rewarding Impatience with User Self-Service


There seems to be a direct correlation between how successful business professionals are and their level of impatience. While I am not familiar with any studies on this particular subject, it is simple logic that the most productive employees are those who most frequently demand rapid response to service requests. From my past experience managing [...]



By | April 27th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Avoiding Enterprise Mobile Management: A Futile Exercise in Procrastination


IT operations managers are cringing all around the world – desperately trying to avoid those inevitable words from their executive management: “You need to support enterprise mobility.” Their concerns are understandable. After all, IT administrators are already overtaxed with supporting desktop, server, application, and infrastructure management requirements. Asking them to layer a whole new management [...]



By | March 30th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

The Still Surfacing Oracle Cloud


An Overview of Oracle Cloud Strategy, Tactics, and Value If you track the large wave motions of the major providers in enterprise cloud computing, with the exception of Oracle, all the major providers have made loud recent splashes: SAP dove in headfirst with its HANA cloud platform at the October, 2013 TechEd conference. Amazon Web [...]



By | March 17th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments
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