The Business Defined Hybrid Cloud – Or Why the Software Defined Data Center Needs a Brain

Let us look at a hypothetical example to better understand the difference between the traditional bottom-up approach to hybrid cloud management and the new business-driven paradigm. In Q4 of 2016, a bank wants to gain a 3% market share in North America with its trading tools directed toward savvy end customers that are between 30 and 40 years old, have an average household income of over $100k, and live in California. After reaching the Q4 goal, this same bank sets itself the new objective of defending its IRA market share against aggressive competition in California. Of course, our example bank does ...

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Cisco Is Turning Enterprise Pets into Scale Out Cattle

When we think back to why everyone’s favorite child named OpenStack failed so miserably to catch on in all but the largest enterprises, the conversation comes back to one central topic: OPEX. This topic consists of multiple dimensions: Initial deployment and configuration: Integrating OpenStack within a traditional data center setting has shown very costly, as much custom integration work has to be done. Separate set of management tools: New tools are needed to manage and monitor OpenStack environments. Especially performance and user experience management have proven to be difficult and costly. Lack of hardware supporting scale out: Turn-key scale out of OpenStack environments has remained a ...

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EMA Innovators of Cisco Live 2017 in Berlin

Jens Soeldner writing for iX Magazin, the largest German IT publication, and Torsten Volk of Enterprise Management Associations (EMA) have selected the two most outstanding and innovative vendors (out of 150 exhibitors) at last week’s Cisco Live event in Berlin. This EMA Innovators award crowns vendors that dare stepping outside the box to help their customers solve hard IT problems in a simpler, faster and often more cost effective manner. And the winners are: StratoScale and Zerto StratoScale – Private Scale Out Cloud 2.0 Website: http://www.stratoscale.com Founded in 2013 in Israel, Stratoscale attracted $70 million in venture cap ital (partially from big names such as Cisco Systems and Intel Capital, ...

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Truly Understanding Your Customers with NGDATA’s Lily 3.0


NGDATA, a small but rapidly growing applied big data analytics solution vendor, just released the latest version, Lily 3.0, of its big data personalization platform on May 13, 2014.  Before delving into NGDATA’s unique and effective approach for advancing a company’s understanding of its customers through more accurate and in depth customer intelligence, and before considering [...]



By | May 14th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Informatica Reflects the Expanding Integration Imperative


In late April, 2014, Informatica (INFA – NASDAQ) boasted another sterling quarter from a financial perspective for Q1-FY14, with revenues up 13%, and deferred revenues up 14%.  What makes INFA’s Q1-FY14 results particularly impressive is that Q1-FY13 was an important comeback quarter for INFA, thus Q1-FY14’s 13% growth rate was over a strong baseline.  INFA’s [...]



By | May 1st, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Dell SecureWorks and Risk I/O team up to deliver a better kind of Vulnerability Management


On April 23rd, 2014 Dell announced its new Vulnerability Threat Monitoring and Prioritization service delivered through the SecureWorks Counter Threat Platform.  This managed service was created to expand the current Vulnerability Management offerings and increase customer value by creating the ability for customers to integrate their own vulnerability management systems.  With the additional context provided [...]



By | April 29th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Gaining Data Control with BYOD and Bluebox


What’s the issue with BYOD? Data Control… What’s the issue with Data Sharing? Data Control! Let’s face it, though it took an evolution of about 15 years, industry figured out that Data Management and Control are the underlying security issues.  Data is power, knowledge, money, control.  If you have it you’re in control.  If you [...]



By | April 22nd, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

SAP Aims to Help Its Customers Engage Their Customers Engagingly


Despite the SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, cloud) trends being in plain sight for the past half decade, and SaaS Customer Relationship Management (CRM) apps being available for well over a decade, the business value proposition of SaaS CRM apps has only just recently made progress.  First generation SaaS CRM apps enabled small and medium businesses [...]



By | April 8th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Cloud Rant: Oracle Cloud versus SAP Cloud


For those that think that cloud is mainly about Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce.com, Google, IBM, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and a list of smaller SaaS and PaaS vendors, think again.  After several years of investment, in the form of their own R&D, M&A, re-educating their channel, and changing internal systems to better support the cloud-style [...]



By | March 26th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

The Still Surfacing Oracle Cloud


An Overview of Oracle Cloud Strategy, Tactics, and Value If you track the large wave motions of the major providers in enterprise cloud computing, with the exception of Oracle, all the major providers have made loud recent splashes: SAP dove in headfirst with its HANA cloud platform at the October, 2013 TechEd conference. Amazon Web [...]



By | March 17th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

ERwin-Win-Win for Customers, Embarcadero, and CA


For as long as memory serves, the world’s leading independent data modeling tool has been ERwin.  Tracing its roots to 1988, part of the original LogicWorks line-up from the early and mid-1990s, sold to Platinum Technology, which was then acquired by CA Technologies (“CA”) in 1998, ERwin has been a leader if not the leader [...]



By | March 17th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing Your Network for VoIP


Deploying IP Voice (VoIP) is a big, important project for most organizations, involving a significant investment in new equipment, cost-justified on promises of increased flexibility and lower cost of operations.  But such returns can remain elusive – particular for those who don’t take the time to understand how VoIP works and the ways in which [...]



By | March 4th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments
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