Microsoft Reverses March to Irrelevance with LinkedIn Acquisition

Microsoft Reverses March to Irrelevance with LinkedIn Acquisition

Over the past several years, the impact of “the cloud” on traditional ISVs has been made abundantly clear. Blindsided by the runaway growth of hosted technologies which were simply glints in the eyes of the open source community in 2000, virtually all ISVs have scrambled to stay relevant. At this point, the move from on-premise software delivery to consumption of cloud-hosted options such as SaaS and PaaS appears to have stabilized. IT organizations have sorted out which types of solutions are best hosted off-premise and which to keep in house. And to be fair, enterprise-sized companies—the “bread and butter” of ISVs ...

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Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness

Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness

For two decades, IBM’s Power Systems family of high-performance servers has been considered the premier alternative to x86-based systems. Combining fast processing, high availability, and rapid scalability, Power Systems are optimized to support big data and cloud architectures. Popularly deployed to run IBM’s AIX and IBM i operating systems, the platform has seen stiff competition in recent years from x86-based Linux systems. In 2013, IBM responded to this challenge by investing a billion dollars into the development of enhancements to the Power line that would support Linux operating systems and open source technologies. This bold move was hailed as a ...

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The Desperate Need for Accuracy and Efficiency in Security for Detecting Network Intruders and Other Threat Actors Quickly

The Desperate Need for Accuracy and Efficiency in Security for Detecting Network Intruders and Other Threat Actors Quickly

According to 2015 research reports published by Ponemon, Mandiant, and others, median intruder dwell time in a target network prior to detection ranges from just under to just over 200 days. That is a little over six months and as everyone agrees, totally unacceptable. How is it that an intruder can get into a network and remain active for over six months before being discovered?  As a quick point of reference, it is important to note that these statistics include both external attackers and internal attackers. The latter are much more difficult to detect by normal/traditional means because they are supposed ...

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

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No question about it – I’ve been in denial.  I have not been willing to admit that Big Data is a relevant concept when it comes to network management.  But the tide is overwhelming, and usage and definition of “Big Data” is metasticizing too fast.  Resistance is futile.  I’ve been assimilated into the Big Data...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Cisco spin-in (now fully spun in) Insieme and I have to say it was not what I expected. It looks like Insieme is not an SDN controller, but rather an application controller or more aptly an application policy engine that will sit inside Cisco’s Nexus 9000 switches. The solution will be part of a larger...

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posted by Julie Craig   | October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a political statement. Applications don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat. They don’t care if they were created in Canada or India, or if they are written in Ruby, Java, or .NET. And the bottom line is that I don’t care either– because the real problem...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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The Havana release of OpenStack was launched on October 17, about three weeks prior to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.  As always, there are many new features -high availability, load balancing, easier upgrades, plugins for development tools, improved SDN support, fiber channel SAN support, improved bare metal capabilities- and even two new core components,...

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When it comes to cloud technologies, discussions often get passionate or even heated. It’s all about the “war of the stacks”, where much Cool Aid is dispensed to get customers to buy into the respective cult. This discussion reminds me of the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology instead of business...

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posted by Jim Frey   | October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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On October 8th, 2013, CA Technologies announced the availability of CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap—a free version of its full-featured performance monitoring solution, CA Nimsoft Monitor. The offering was created for the mid-market, typically made up of smaller enterprises whose IT infrastructures are growing in complexity, and thus need fully featured infrastructure monitoring solutions, but lack...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Data virtualization (DV) is a hot topic these days. More companies are adopting the technology to add agility and consistency to their data management landscape. A driver to this adoption is the shift away from enterprise data warehouse (EDW) centric architectures to embrace a new multi-platform driven strategy. Adding additional purpose built platforms (analytic appliances,...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Syncsort has made its first acquisition since its founding in the late 60′s. With CEO, Lonne Jaffe at the helm the company looks poised to make additional investments focused on adding new capabilities to its DMExpress platform and centered around Big Data. Mr. Jaffe made it clear in this mornings press release that they intend...

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At the VMware user conference VMworld this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, VMware officially rolled out the early release (for testing not production) network virtualization platform VMware NSX. The product is based on the Nicira acquisition and will replace VMware’s vSwitch and the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). Previously, VMware took a minimalist...

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Every year after VMworld EMA receives countless inquiries regarding the most notable vendors on the show floor. This time around, we have compiled a list consisting of startups taking a new look at traditional IT challenges, as well as larger and more mature companies that have launched industry transforming initiatives. Ultimately, this list of eight...

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