posted by Jim Frey   | October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


It’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between hype and reality when it comes to topics such as cloud, ITaaS, SDN, DevOps, hybrid this and hybrid that. But there are a few certainties in the IT universe and one of them is that IT doesn’t function if all of the pieces can’t talk to one another, and...

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posted by Jim Frey   | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments


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....

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posted by Jim Frey   | May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments


This year’s theme for CAWorld 2013 was “Go Big: IT with Impact.”  So I thought what the heck – let’s go big.  I stepped back and took a much broader look across the CA Technologies portfolio than I normally would.  Usually, I focus on the network management solutions, which live primarily within CA’s Service Assurance...

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posted by Jim Frey   | May 2, 2012 | one Comments


A lot of 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...

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments


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...

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posted by Jim Frey   | March 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Network management best practices still make sense in Cloud and Virtual server...

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posted by Jim Frey   | January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Instead of doing the typical industry pundit thing, predicting trends and making bold statements about how things are going to change, I prefer to look forward each year at this time and think more pragmatically about how to improve one’s role and efficiency – to make incremental progress that leads to a better, less stressful...

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posted by Jim Frey   | December 10, 2010 | one Comments

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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...

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posted by Jim Frey   | September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

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I just recently completed and published a major research project on Application-aware Network Performance Management (ANPM), including detailed analyses of solutions offered by 18 independent vendors.  You can find a summary copy of the report here. Application awareness is one of the hottest sectors within network management, and one that offers a unique and increasingly...

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