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 and 40 years old, have an average household income of over $100k, and live in California. After reaching the Q4 goal, this same bank sets itself the new objective of defending its IRA market share against aggressive competition in California. Of course, our example bank does ...

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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 integration work has to be done. Separate set of management tools: New tools are needed to manage and monitor OpenStack environments. Especially performance and user experience management have proven to be difficult and costly. Lack of hardware supporting scale out: Turn-key scale out of OpenStack environments has remained a ...

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EMA Innovators of Cisco Live 2017 in Berlin

Jens Soeldner writing for iX Magazin, the largest German IT publication, and Torsten Volk of Enterprise Management Associations (EMA) have selected the two most outstanding and innovative vendors (out of 150 exhibitors) at last week’s Cisco Live event in Berlin. This EMA Innovators award crowns vendors that dare stepping outside the box to help their customers solve hard IT problems in a simpler, faster and often more cost effective manner. And the winners are: StratoScale and Zerto StratoScale – Private Scale Out Cloud 2.0 Website: http://www.stratoscale.com Founded in 2013 in Israel, Stratoscale attracted $70 million in venture cap ital (partially from big names such as Cisco Systems and Intel Capital, ...

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Running Containers Doesn’t Have To Mean Running Blind


The idea of containers has been around for a long time in various forms on various operating systems. It has been part of the Linux kernel since version 2.6.24 was released in 2008. However, containers did not become mainstream until a couple years ago when Docker was first released in March 2013. Docker introduced container management [...]



By | October 6th, 2015|Dan Twing, IT Management|0 Comments

Are Laptops Really Mobile Devices?


When people think of IT mobility, the images most immediately conjured regard smartphones and tablets. In truth, however the mobile device landscape could be considered broader than this. The basic definition of a mobile device is simply “any computing device designed principally for portability.” By that definition, laptops should clearly be included in that scope. [...]



By | September 25th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Process, Dialog, and Workflow: A Formula for Interconnection and Automation


As a follow-up to my previous columns on change management, I’d like to step back a little and shine a light on an even broader landscape. Here I’ll touch briefly on process, dialog, and workflow as a triad that can help IT organizations move forward toward a more efficient and potentially more business-aligned way of [...]



By | September 24th, 2015|Dennis Drogseth, IT Management, Service Management|0 Comments

Why It’s Never Too Soon to Think about IPv6 Network Management


Most network managers are still many years away from turning on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in their enterprise local area networks (LANs). Private non-routable IPv4 address ranges can happily exist behind a network address translation (NAT) gateway for the foreseeable future. However, things could change. At any time, someone above your pay grade might [...]



By | September 9th, 2015|Featured, IT Management, Shamus McGillicuddy|0 Comments

Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools


Many small and midsized IT organizations rely on a mix of freeware and open source software to manage their infrastructure. These free tools can be effective and economical choices for smaller networks. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a commercial product? Scale is one of the first indicators that you [...]



By | August 28th, 2015|Featured, IT Management, Shamus McGillicuddy|0 Comments

InterMapper Application for Splunk Answers Need for Log Analytics in Network Management


You may not have noticed, but log analytics has become table stakes for network management toolsets. Last year, Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed network managers about the data sources that have become important to engineering and operations tasks. Log files consistently scored higher than anything else, including flow data, packet analysis, and SNMP metrics. Fifty-nine [...]



By | August 28th, 2015|Featured, IT Management, Shamus McGillicuddy|0 Comments

Top 5 Reasons Custom Scripts are Putting Your Business at Risk


IT administrators love to write scripts – at least, the most talented ones do. Scripting provides a powerful platform to automate simple and repeatable tasks. However, like with most powerful tools, there is an overwhelming temptation for scripting to be overused. When faced with a project deadline, a high-pressure failure event, or even just the [...]



By | August 25th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

The Limits of Packet Capture


In preparation for my new ‘Achieving Hi-Fidelity Security’ research project, I thought I would post a relevant blog I wrote for InformationSecurityBuzz.com. I have packet capture data for forensics, isn’t that enough? No! Of late, I have briefed with a number of companies that provide full network packet capture capabilities.  They tout its benefits and that [...]



By | August 19th, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Workload Automation: A Key Tool in a Fast Paced Tech Landscape


Consumers of IT services want speed and dependability above all else. When they envision a new service, they want it built and deployed in record time. While there has always been time pressure, it has become more pressing with the consumerization of IT. Consumerization describes the emergence of IT in the consumer market which then [...]



By | August 17th, 2015|Dan Twing, IT Management|0 Comments

Optimizing Change Management for Cloud, Agile, and Mobile: How the Technologies Are Evolving


This is the third blog in my series on change management. In the first, I examined both the processes and the use cases associated with managing change. In the second, I looked at metrics, best practices, and pitfalls. In this third blog, I’ll look at how the technologies for service modeling, automation, visualization, and self-service [...]



By | August 13th, 2015|Dennis Drogseth, IT Management, Service Management|0 Comments
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