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 ...

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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: ...

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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 ...

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Flash or HDD for the Best Price/Performance?


Flash technology has proven to be a disruptive force in the storage marketplace. Server and network performance gains over the last decade have been substantial, but the hard drive performance needle has hardly moved. This situation has resulted in server utilization being reduced while waiting on storage input output (I/O) operations to be completed. Server [...]



By | January 9th, 2015|Jim Miller|0 Comments

The Changing Game of IT Service Management


If you think that ITSM is static and old hat, think twice. A huge number of innovations are just emerging—some have been a long time in coming; while others are unexpected surprises—as analytics and automation are changing the ITSM game dramatically. Here are some trends that I’ve seen in 2014 that I expect will grow [...]



By | January 5th, 2015|Dennis Drogseth, IT Management, Service Management|0 Comments

Automating Change: The Key to Proactive IT Management


Reflecting on my earlier career in IT management, I have to confess to a level of astonishment at how naïve IT administrative practices were just a decade or two ago. Failure events were common, and most organizations just accepted as immutable fact the reality of systemic firefighting. IT services critical to business operations were all [...]



By | December 30th, 2014|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Breach Detection, Sony Entertainment and Vectra Networks…


Working in information security for the past 20 years, I have seen a lot. Though there have been many multi-million dollar impact breaches, the recent Sony Pictures hack and subsequent data exposure and extortion is probably the most impactful to a company out of the previous breaches this year. Recent articles revealed that some employees [...]



By | December 19th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Allgress Insight Risk Management Suite Brings Flexibility and Functionality to IT-GRC


When I started out in security, only very large organizations with a mature set of business processes dared to talk about implementing some form of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) or enterprise program (e-GRC). They generally did it in an attempt to get ISO or similar certification, or to “move their programs to the next [...]



By | December 19th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Service Automation: Key for Maximizing IT and Business Efficiency


The dual revolutions of consumerization and cloud have certainly caused much disruption within and around IT. And universally they have also increased the expectations of IT end users. IT-enabled workers and the lines of business they represent are looking for a fast response to new technology needs combined with high levels of service quality—all at [...]



By | December 10th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Is EMV an Expensive Security Misstep for the Payments Industry?


There is no disagreement that the current mag-stripe technology used in the USA and other countries outside of the EU is antiquated and lends itself to fraud. The data is easily copied using various methods from manual card data copying and shoulder surfing, to database compromise and POS terminal malware.  Cards can be reproduced with [...]



By | December 8th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Innovation Explosion Sets the Stage for New Wave of “Hybrid” Applications


In the past, technology evolution was quantified as generational. So the first generation of computing was based on the vacuum tube, followed by the transistor, integrated circuits, and microprocessors. Even today, multi-generational software and hardware systems are very much alive in many modern data centers. The interesting thing about the generational approach is that it [...]



By | December 8th, 2014|IT Management, Julie Craig|0 Comments

Riverbed Tees Up for Hybrid Computing at 2014 FORCE User Conference


During the first week of November, Riverbed held its first combined OPNET and Riverbed user conference at the San Jose Convention Center. Held in tandem with the Riverbed industry analyst event, this conference was an opportunity for Riverbed to share with both customers and industry analysts the company’s vision for becoming the go-to vendor for [...]



By | December 2nd, 2014|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Cloud Security Alliance Hack-A-Thon and the Software Defined Perimeter


The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit think tank of volunteers that spend their time trying to better the internet. These people are the antithesis of cybercriminals; they spend their energy trying to figure out ways to make our data safer. They create best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, or in [...]



By | November 7th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments
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