VMware Goes DevOps: Wavefront Acquisition Brings Massive Data Analytics Capabilities for IT Operations

Wavefront could be seen as the Swiss Army knife of IT Ops Analytics tools, which makes this VMware acquisition so interesting. Infusing vRealize, Cloud Foundation and even vSphere, vSAN and NSX with Wavefront analytics would enable VMware to run, not walk, toward the Business-defined Data Center (BdDC). Background on Wavefront Founded in 2013 by former Google employees, Wavefront set out to create a SaaS-based data analytics platform that would allow non-data scientists, mostly developers, to understand how their cloud-hosted applications behave within their overall business context. In October 2016, Wavefront received $53 million in series B funding by Tenaya Capital, Sequoia, and ...

Read More

Microsoft Challenges Amazon and Google with Deis Acquisition

One week after the GA of Azure Container Registry and only two months after the availability of Kubernetes on Azure Container Service, Microsoft acquires Deis, the guys who make open source Kubernetes management software (Helm, Steward and Workflow), from PaaS Cloud Provider Engine Yard. The Deis slogan is “making Kubernetes easy to use.” With the Deis acquisition Microsoft obtains talent and technologies to successfully compete in the container arena. Infusing Windows, Visual Studio, Azure and OMS with easy container management capabilities is key for Microsoft to catch up with AWS and stay ahead of Google Cloud Platform. Helm Key Value Prop (Source: ...

Read More

Dell EMC Opens Door to Bare-Metal Campus Switching

Back when Dell EMC was still just known as Dell, its networking business staked out a leadership position by becoming the first mainstream switch manufacturer to embrace bare-metal data center switching. Now it’s moving into the bare-metal campus switching market, too. Dell disaggregated hardware and software in its data center switches, allowing network operators to choose which operating system (OS) they wanted to run on Dell’s hardware. It has partnered with several network OS vendors since then (Cumulus, Pica8, Big Switch, Pluribus) to give its customers software choice in their data center networks. Bare-metal switching is still a niche market, but it’s expanding. Now Dell ...

Read More


User Experience Matters in Self-Service Provisioning


If you’re like me, you are increasingly becoming reliant on online shopping to replace the more arduous task of physical in-store shopping. I find this is particularly true during the holiday season when the idea of fighting traffic and elbowing crowds to desperately search numerous shops in order to find just the right gift for [...]



By | October 26th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

New Options for Lower Cost Object Storage


Object storage has become an optimal solution for the storing of persistent data and as a target for cloud storage. Object storage differs in that it is stored in a flat address space with the metadata, or “data about the data,” being flexible in length and co-resident with the object. It is the simplest of [...]



By | October 20th, 2015|Jim Miller|0 Comments

Top 5 Reasons IT Administrators Are Working Too Hard Managing Endpoints


IT administration is a thankless job. Let’s face it—the only time admins gain any recognition is when something goes wrong. In fact, the most successful IT administrators proactively manage very stable environments where very few failures and performance degradations occur. Unfortunately, though, this is rarely the case, and it is far more common for admins [...]



By | October 9th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

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
Load More Posts