IT Cultural Transformation and The Elimination of Technology Silos—An Exercise in Efficiency or a Dream Turned Nightmare?

IT Cultural Transformation and The Elimination of Technology Silos—An Exercise in Efficiency or a Dream Turned Nightmare?

Cultural transformation and eliminating IT silos may sound like an impossible dream—and indeed, perhaps “eliminating” is too strong a word. But the reality is that IT organizations must change toward a more responsive, business-aligned culture, as well as toward a more service-aware (versus siloed) way of working. So how do you begin? A lot depends, [...]

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Developing an Information Management Strategy Within the EMA Hybrid Data Ecosystem

Developing an Information Management Strategy Within the EMA Hybrid Data Ecosystem

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has recognized that big data implementers and consumers rely on a variety of platforms to meet their big data requirements. These platforms include new data management technologies such as Hadoop, MongoDB, and Cassandra, but the collection also includes traditional SQL-based data management technologies supporting data warehouses and data marts; operational support systems such as customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP); and cloud-based platforms. EMA refers to this collection of platforms as the Hybrid Data Ecosystem (HDE):     Each of the platforms within the HDE supports a particular combination of business requirements and processing challenges. Rather ...

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SolidFire Analyst Day Observations

SolidFire Analyst Day Observations

I had the opportunity to attend the SolidFire analyst day in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado on February 25. It was a well-attended event, with the day split into SolidFire and customer presentations in the morning, and small, intimate conversational sessions with SolidFire executives and customers in the afternoon. SolidFire is one of a growing number of all-flash vendors, and they have added enterprise customers to their historical target market of service providers. The move to add enterprise customers was a good one, with 50% of Q4 bookings coming from enterprise customers. The initial focus on service providers was likely driven ...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Breaking News: Dell Acquires Enstratius to Further Complete Its Cloud Story Today, on May 6, 2013, Dell acquired Enstratius, a company aimed at deploying, automating and managing applications in complex hybrid cloud environments. Enstratius enforces governance and security in the cloud, offering automated scaling, disaster recovery and cloud bursting. The Enstratius solution supports all popular...

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posted by Jim Frey   | May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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 Tracy Corbo   | May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Long ago and far away I used to cover programming languages called 4GLs, which have long since been relegated to the technology graveyard. Nice idea, but took way too long to deploy. Since then I have moved over to cover networking, but I often miss the world of programming. I was lucky enough to be...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

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OpenStack’s huge momentum is undeniable. IBM, RedHat, NetApp, Rackspace, HP, Dell, Cisco, Intel and even VMware have committed significant funds and human resources to this project. But why would companies, that are otherwise competing rather fiercely, sit on one table to build an OpenSource cloud platform? The answer is certainly not “altruism”, as this is...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

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In recent months both Cisco and Juniper have been talking about Puppet. In February, Juniper announced an early adopter release of Puppet for Junos OS. At the Network Field Day event, Cisco demonstrated onePK + Puppet. When I hear Puppet, I think sys admin not network operator. Why then the growing buzz around Puppet and...

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In my last post, I talked about the frustration that enterprises have with the lack of integration among security tactics – an egregious gap attributable in no small way to the extremely fragmented nature of the IT security industry itself. I offered a few examples of approaches that seek to close these gaps and equip...

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Almost one year into the discussion about the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), it is time to take inventory of the state of the discipline. As a reminder, the ultimate goal of the SDDC is to abstract and centralize the management of compute, network, storage, operating systems, middleware and applications in order to dynamically place...

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SDN does not spell doom and gloom for traditional networking vendors – that is just a lot of hype drummed up by some who have a different story to tell and who tend to come from datacenter centric mindsets.  Too often when something new and game changing comes along, folks are all too willing to...

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posted by John Myers   | February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

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As I review my series of #100linesOnBIDW blogs over the last couple of weeks, I found myself looking at the Data Management posting. I covered when to apply schemas, Big Data, and data governance. What I left out was technical implementation concepts for data management systems like row vs. column orientation; in-memory vs. spinning disk...

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It’s that time of year again, when New Year’s prognostications give way to a similar level of noise about what to look for at the RSA Conference.  There are always recurring themes to the latter. There is always much talk of the latest attack, or class of attack, that will drive where security should go....

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