Flash or HDD for the Best Price/Performance?

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 virtualization has further contributed to this situation. Server virtualization has been deployed in most enterprises and has delivered great benefits, including environmental and footprint savings, more efficient server utilization, and longer life for legacy applications. When the overall workload density increases on a single physical ...

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The Changing Game of IT Service Management

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 [...]

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Automating Change: The Key to Proactive IT Management

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 too often held together with little more than a hope and a prayer. Sure, my colleagues and I were acutely aware of the importance of performing “root cause analysis” and implementing proactive management practices, but who had the time for that? The inevitability of business ...

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posted by Dennis Drogseth   | March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
See Dennis’ recent article on User Experience Management (UEM), posted at APM Digest,...

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I apologize for the lack of postings lately, but the APM marketplace is full of news and I’ve been off covering it in a number of new papers posted at: www.emausa.com. I also took the time to write an article for APM Digest entitled “Why Your APM Solutions may not be Cloud Ready”, available at:...

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posted by John Myers   | March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium and IBM Intelligence Operations Center Last September, Forbes Magazine published its 2011 ranking of the NFL’s Most Valuable Teams. Forbes gives detailed financial information on why NFL franchise values are “only” growing by 1.4%. The article notes that operating costs for NFL franchises are rising. This increase is due to: Increased...

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posted by John Myers   | February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

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As Big Data initiatives mature into enterprise data sources supported by NoSQL products for analytics and operational systems, a clash of cultures is on the horizon (if not here already). Traditional IT implementations teams and their top-down programs rarely see eye to eye with the grass roots culture of NoSQL platform operators. But this divide...

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posted by    | February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
“Too many tools!” That’s how IT managers feel. The systems needed just to run IT can cost millions to acquire and operate. Yet without appropriate tools, how can you run a service desk, IT operations center, or a project management office? Undoubtedly, it’s critical that your IT management tools approach be well thought out. You...

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One of the major themes that will stand out at RSA next week revolves around the trend I’ve been following closely over the last several months: the evolution of security centered on a data-driven approach.  There will be many opportunities for you to learn and benefit from this trend that is having an impact on...

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posted by John Myers   | February 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Informatica Goal: Maximize Return on Data The theme of last week’s Informatica Analyst Conference was utilizing the “secular megatrends” of information technology to energize data integration across organizations at an enterprise scale.  These megatrends, described as trends we can all agree upon, are the following: Cloud Computing Social Media Mobile Big Data Informatica’s message is...

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A combination of escalating healthcare costs and the desire to improve healthcare quality is driving both healthcare providers and payers to seek more innovative remedies to attack the problem.  Meanwhile, technological advances in natural language processing (NLP) and predictive analytics now offer relief to caregivers and administrators who have enormous amounts of potentially lifesaving patient...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
Happy Valentine’s Day, etc.  But enough chitchat. Herewith a short compendium of some of the articles and blogs about data-driven security I’ve been mentioning or have otherwise referenced recently – thought it would be worthwhile to pull these together into a single post. I’ll add to this list in future updates. We’ll begin with the...

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See Torsten’s guest blog at Parallels. Torsten will be attending Parallels Summit 2012 (February 14th-16th) in Orlando,...

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