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

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

VDI: “Killer App” for the Network, or Network Killer?


A lot my coverage over the past couple of years has been focused on the increasingly interesting mix of applications that get delivered over enterprise networks and the impact that has on how networks are being planned and operated. This cocktail has become increasingly volatile, as latency-insensitive traffic loads are mixed with a growing number [...]



By | May 2nd, 2012|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Giving Thanks for Live Videoconferencing?


Thanksgiving is a time of gathering and community, and for many of us a primary task, beyond the obvious food, and football traditions, will be to reach out and connect with extended family that can’t be with us in person.  For my family, it will be Skype video chat when possible and phone calls when [...]



By | November 21st, 2011|IT Management, Jim Frey|0 Comments

Application Management and Application Aware Networking: Part 1


As many readers know, my colleague Jim Frey, who leads EMA’s Network Management practice, released groundbreaking research on Application Aware Networking (ANPM) in Q3 of 2010 entitled, “Application Awareness in Network Performance Management”. A free summary is available at: http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php?id=1801. While Jim was working on his report, Dennis Drogseth and I were doing parallel research [...]



By | February 2nd, 2011|Julie Craig|0 Comments

Converging Management for Converged Infrastructure


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 [...]



By | December 10th, 2010|Jim Frey|0 Comments
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