Thoughts on Splunk .conf 2014

Thoughts on Splunk .conf 2014

This week, Las Vegas hosted some 3500 people at the MGM Grand to mark Splunk .conf14, the annual user gathering for Splunk customers, referred to as “Splunkers”. For those of you not in the tech industry, spelunking, or the act of exploring caves, may come to mind. The theme of the conference was not cave exploration, but data exploration; however, the analogy of cave exploration actually aligns very well. “Splunkers” are diving into their data, delving deep into places that many have never explored before. Each of them finding new and cool ways to use the data that they have ...

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Network Management: Still a ‘Must-Have’ for Enterprise IT

Network Management: Still a ‘Must-Have’ for Enterprise IT

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 that means the network needs to be rock solid. Some of that is under the control of enterprise IT teams as internal network infrastructure, but some of it isn’t, such as WAN or Internet. Because connectivity is so essential, no one questions the need for ...

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Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success

Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success

Last week, I attended a Citrix analyst relations summit program to learn about the company’s direction and strategy.  While the main-tent program was longer on vision than it was on execution details, there were some aspects of the proceedings that I found compelling. First off, there weren’t a lot of net new things being introduced, other than some roadmaps shared under NDA and a truly cool multi-station mobile work experience demo. But that’s ok.  Too often, tech companies feel compelled to forever be pushing “something new,” when in reality IT pros need vendors to stick to existing story lines, execute, and ...

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posted by Julie Craig   | January 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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I believe that 2013 will be the year that hybrid Cloud application deployments go mainstream. This prediction is based on EMA IT-facing Integration research conducted in mid-2012, which found that: • 45% of companies surveyed had already deployed at least one “ hybrid Cloud” application, defined as “applications integrating to at least one public Cloud...

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Hybrid Applications: Cobbling Technology Silos into Useful Services Throughout 2012, my research focus has been on hybrid Cloud applications. Since these applications are cobbled together from bits and pieces of on-premise and off-premise hardware and software, I dubbed them “FrankenApps”, much to the amusement of some of my readers. Now, we are at the time...

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Nothing drives an IT industry analyst more nuts then when a term is repeatedly misused for marketing purposes. DCIM certainly falls into this category. In the recently release EMA Radar Report on Data Center Infrastructure Management, we looked at hundreds of products claiming to be DCIM solutions, but identified only ten (that’s right … 10!)...

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posted by John Myers   | December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Next week, EMA and 9sight will hold a webinar covering our Big Data research findings.  Among our insights will be that Big Data has evolved. Moving forward, Big Data isn’t: merely a technology definition solely Hadoop implementations just petabyte and above only used by Data Scientists Big Data is maturing to the point where business...

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Few would disagree that the greatest disruptive shockwave the networking sector has seen in many years is SDN, or Software-Defined Networks.  It has the potential to turn traditional networking best practices upside down and to revolutionize the way we plan, deploy, and operate networks.  SDN is perceived by some as a huge threat and by...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Well I have spent days slogging through what I can find about SDN and the role management will play as we plan out our research calendar for the coming year.  On the topic of management there is nothing.  Management as always is going to be an after thought, period. There is still a huge gap...

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In part 1 of this blog, I provided a broad outline of my Hybrid Cloud Integration Radar research paper, recently completed. I detailed the reasons why EMA chose to undertake this research and listed the vendors/products included in the study. With this entry, I’m following up with additional details regarding the key premises of the...

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Over the past year, I have extensively researched hybrid Cloud applications and related enterprise management technologies. In late 2011, I published research on Application Performance management for hybrid Cloud. In July, 2012, I published the results of a survey of IT integration experts who identified the types of integrations used at their companies and the...

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Citrix

It’s been a long time since I have had time to actually sit down and write a blog entry.  Between travel, projects, and my “Hybrid Cloud Integration Technologies” Radar Report, I’ve been running full speed to keep on top of things. I have been intending, however, to write a few lines inspired by a recent...

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This morning, EMC’s RSA Security Division announced its intent to acquire Silver Tail Systems. The press release is here. I’ve written about Silver Tail before, going back to one of my first posts on the rise of data-driven security. In a five-part blog series introduced by that post, I described how data-driven security is evolving...

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