Thoughts from Splunk .Conf 2014

Thoughts from Splunk .Conf 2014

A little over a  week ago, 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 finding new and cool ways to use the data ...

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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    | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I spent three great days last week with Kaseya and its user community. The experience was eye-opening in many ways. A bit of background: EMA considers Kaseya a systems management provider, and as such they are usually covered by my colleagues Steve Brasen and Torsten Volk. However, this year for a couple of different reasons...

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Okay so networking fabric wars, OpenFlow, and SDN startups are all the buzz in the networking space right now and while it is fun to speculate and debate the topic, it is time to get back to basics. Sure we need to decouple the network plumbing from its current rigid, fixed, physical design, but let’s...

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posted by Jim Frey   | May 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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A lot my coverage over the past couple of years has been focused on the increasingly interesting mix of applications that get delivered over enterprise networks and the impact that has on how networks are being planned and operated. This cocktail has become increasingly volatile, as latency-insensitive traffic loads are mixed with a growing number...

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posted by Steve Brasen   | April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I know what you’re thinking – you just read the title and thought, “Microsoft as a serious player in the mobile space … suuuuure!”  Bear with me, though – this really does make sense. So much industry buzz has been on the consumerization of IT that vendors have lost sight of the criticality of mobile...

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Competition for who owns the data center and which vendors will dominate the cloud services space is heating up. Over the last several days, major enterprise technology vendors such as Dell, EMC, HP, IBM and Oracle have all made announcements relative to what many consider to be groundbreaking progress in rolling out a new generation...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

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One of the items on the research agenda for this year is IPv6. In almost every survey we launch, we have a question about IPv6 to keep a pulse on what is happening in and around the topic. To date while the topic is acknowledged and recognized as something that needs to be addressed, we...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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For years our data management universe has been centered around the enterprise data warehouse (EDW). The EDW has served us well and created a foundation for todays sophisticated analytics. A paradigm shift driven by a maturing user community, new technology, economics and valuable data types is moving us towards a hybrid data ecosystem that strives to match the workload and...

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Even people outside of the technology sector recognize the Cisco brand. Cisco has a very strong global presence that transcends the technology sector. However as one dives deeper into the network technology sector, especially into the networking infrastructure segment the names of these technology vendors may not transcend much beyond the target user group within...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | April 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I was sitting in a plane recently, pulling out my iPad to enjoy one of my colleague’s excellent publications. After clicking the Dropbox icon, I noticed that I forgot to bookmark the actual document, so it did not replicate to the iPad. This rather annoying experience made me think about how far we have come...

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Does your integration strategy match the speed of your business? Many people would assume that it must but I can assure you in most companies IT struggles to deliver data and applications at the speeds necessary. For years this was the acceptable model, ask for a report and sit back for a month or so...

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