Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as the Guardians of Your Hybrid Data Center

Serverless computing, containers, IoT, DevOps, mobile workspaces and of course hybrid cloud are all technologies -and of course excellent buzzwords- with immediate impact on your organization’s security. Each one of these technologies increases the speed and agility of corporate IT, enabling your company to beat the competition. As enterprise IT complexity is exploding, this year’s RSA Conference attracted over 400 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees which makes it one of the largest IT events of the year, even bigger than the 2016 Amazon Re:Invent show. How Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Enhance Security Simply put, machine learning and artificial intelligence aim at enabling ...

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The Four Horsemen of the Hybrid Cloud Apocalypse – Vision of the Business Defined Data Center

EMA estimates that enterprises today waste over 50% of their IT budgets on inefficient application workload placement, configuration and management. As a side effect, they introduce tremendous operational risk in terms of security, regulatory compliance, performance and reliability. EMA’s 2017 hybrid cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC) and machine learning-related research projects (take a look at our prospectus) aim at helping customers address this waste and risk by slaying the four horsemen of hybrid cloud (listed below). Keep in mind that you may need to slay each horsemen hundreds of times—once for each application you need to deploy and manage—before he remains ...

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2017 Resolution 4: Analytics adoption/project expansion should be tied to business process improvements

In addition to aligning business strategy to analytics, leveraging business intelligence also means making business better. In most organizations, there are gaps in performance, lack of visibility, unhappy customers, etc. Part of the way to improve the internal workings within the organization is to ensure that analytics and business process improvement are tightly coupled. Making sure analytics is not only about data movement, reports, and metrics, but also about how people can leverage information more effectively, helps create an environment that supports constant improvements. The way in which people go about their daily tasks is affected by how data is consumed. Taking ...

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Office 365: To Cloud or Not to Cloud—That IS the Question!


It’s time to take a serious look at Office 365. The cloud edition of Microsoft’s broadly adopted business productivity suite – which bundles such popular packages as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook – has been both heavily praised and heavily criticized since its introduction in 2011. While the adoption rate of [...]



By | June 21st, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever


Champions of big data analytics extoll the virtues of massive data stores. Enterprises have so much unstructured data that could help them improve operations and generate new revenue, they say. The more bytes, the better. Some might assume that enterprises will simply push every byte they can find into a Hadoop cluster or data warehouse. [...]



Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 10?


Here we go again. New releases of Microsoft’s flagship operating system are typically greeted with a combination of angst, curiosity, confusion, and dread in equal measure. It seems just as folks have gotten used to a particular Microsoft version, a new one is released with a completely different interface and requiring a whole new set [...]



By | June 5th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

The Future of ITSM: How Are the Roles (and the Rules) Changing?


Both the “rules” and the “roles” governing IT service management (ITSM) are evolving to support a far-broader need for inclusiveness across IT, and between IT and its service consumers. Recent EMA research, “What Is the Future of IT Service Management?” (March 2015), exposed a number of shifting trends that might surprise many in the industry. [...]



Open network management is the focus on spring ONUG meeting


The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) is a community of IT executives that are using their combined buying power to influence the networking industry. Members hail from companies such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Fidelity Investments. ONUG’s goal is to specify requirements and reference architectures for products that are open, more affordable and [...]



SDN and Network Management at ONUG


As an analyst who focuses on network management research, I am particularly intrigued by software-defined networking (SDN). As SDN architectures are deployed in data centers, local area networks and WANs, network management practices will have to evolve. For instance, SDN may make it easier for cloud administrators to provision network services and connectivity for a [...]



Best Practices for Maximizing Efficiencies – Governance and Optimization


In my last blog, I talked about “IT Cultural Transformation and the Elimination of Technology Silos.” That blog keyed on four key areas of advice, which also provide a useful foundation for the topic of “Governance and Optimization.” These key areas include: Standing in the middle of the storm –This means looking at the interdependencies [...]



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

Business Process Management in the Real World — Why It’s Important to Govern Both Automated and Manual Processes


In a perfect world, all business processes would be automated and all work tasks would be accomplished with the click of a button. This idyllic work experience seems to be the realization of Plato’s utopia…or, if you prefer, the world of the Jetsons. Regrettably, however, we clearly do not live in a perfect world. Put [...]



By | April 13th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Vectra Provides Pervasive Visibility & Analysis to Detect Cyber Attacks


Though cyber attacks have been around for years, in 2014 there was an explosion in the volume of attacks and a marked increase in the losses and damages they inflicted. In 2015, this does not seem to be lightening up. In February, Anthem health care insurers were compromised, putting 80 million current and former customers [...]



By | April 9th, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments
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