Avoiding Enterprise Mobile Management: A Futile Exercise in Procrastination

Avoiding Enterprise Mobile Management: A Futile Exercise in Procrastination

IT operations managers are cringing all around the world – desperately trying to avoid those inevitable words from their executive management: “You need to support enterprise mobility.” Their concerns are understandable. After all, IT administrators are already overtaxed with supporting desktop, server, application, and infrastructure management requirements. Asking them to layer a whole new management discipline on top of that can be a daunting prospect. IT managers who find themselves in this predicament often recognize it as an opportunity to practice the fine art of procrastination. Particularly skilled procrastinators will employ one or more of the following excuses: We don’t have ...

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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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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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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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This week, I’m at a big vendor’s big conference – a conference which, on the surface, may not appear to be primarily about security: IBM’s Information on Demand event in Las Vegas. “But you’re a security analyst.  Why are you going to IOD?” you ask. (And if you didn’t, let me explain:) With over 12,000...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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In Barcelona, Spain at the Citrix Synergy conference, Cisco and Citrix announced an expansion of their current partnership, built around desktop virtualization, into three new areas including:  cloud networking, cloud orchestration, and mobile workstyles. The expanded partnership will include a significant investment in people and resources to develop the technology, provide integration, and validation of...

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posted by Jim Frey   | October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

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(Author’s note:  Thanks to Tracy Corbo for contributions to this post!) I’ve just returned from Interop in New York, and it seemed like every other sentence spoken there include “SDN.” The networking community is abuzz with talk about Software Defined Networks (SDN), but what does this really mean, in terms of what we should expect...

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After talking about the “grand vision” of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDD) in part 1 of this series and discussing the individual components required to build out the SDD in part 2, this third part will be all about the three core challenges and controversies: Blades vs. Pizza Boxes The miniaturized design of blade servers,...

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In part 1 of this series of four posts, we examined the grand vision of the software-defined datacenter (SDD). In this second post of the series, we will take a look at the core components of the SDD (see Figure 1) and provide a brief evaluation of how mature these components currently are. Figure 1...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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The ultimate goal of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDD), a term coined only a few months ago by VMware’s Steve Herrod, is to centrally control all aspects of the data center – compute, networking, storage – through hardware-independent management and virtualization software. This software will also provide the advanced features that currently constitute the main differentiators...

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For the last several months, I’ve been heads-down on a research project that culminates over a year of investigation into the rise of what I have been calling “data-driven security”: security efforts informed and defined by their reliance on insight – and increasingly enabled by emerging technologies for large-scale data management, as well as by...

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