Making cloud analytics work the mid-market

Evaluating the needs of the mid-market  When solution providers started targeting small and mid-sized organizations, they generally provided a subset of capabilities at a lower price point to help these companies get started. Unfortunately, that missed the mark and did not serve the market as organizations, irrespective of revenue size or number of employees, generally experience the same types of challenges. Human and infrastructure resources may differ based on budget, size, etc. But overall, organizations have similar challenges with different resources available and need to look at how they will approach analytics adoption. As adoption of analytics increase and organizations become more ...

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VMware Goes DevOps: Wavefront Acquisition Brings Massive Data Analytics Capabilities for IT Operations

Wavefront could be seen as the Swiss Army knife of IT Ops Analytics tools, which makes this VMware acquisition so interesting. Infusing vRealize, Cloud Foundation and even vSphere, vSAN and NSX with Wavefront analytics would enable VMware to run, not walk, toward the Business-defined Data Center (BdDC). Background on Wavefront Founded in 2013 by former Google employees, Wavefront set out to create a SaaS-based data analytics platform that would allow non-data scientists, mostly developers, to understand how their cloud-hosted applications behave within their overall business context. In October 2016, Wavefront received $53 million in series B funding by Tenaya Capital, Sequoia, and ...

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Dell EMC Opens Door to Bare-Metal Campus Switching

Back when Dell EMC was still just known as Dell, its networking business staked out a leadership position by becoming the first mainstream switch manufacturer to embrace bare-metal data center switching. Now it’s moving into the bare-metal campus switching market, too. Dell disaggregated hardware and software in its data center switches, allowing network operators to choose which operating system (OS) they wanted to run on Dell’s hardware. It has partnered with several network OS vendors since then (Cumulus, Pica8, Big Switch, Pluribus) to give its customers software choice in their data center networks. Bare-metal switching is still a niche market, but it’s expanding. Now Dell ...

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Advanced Operational Analytics (AOA) – Transformative Use Cases from EMA Research


Steve Smythe discusses how IT Operations is transformed by big data solutions in his latest blog, “Transformation of IT operations with big data solutions.” Is this a reality? The answer—agreed upon here—is almost certainly “yes.” However, it should be pointed out that “big data,” or “IT Operations Analytics,” or as EMA calls it, “Advanced Operational [...]



Postgres-XL Enters the Big Data Backstretch


PostgreSQL (“Postgres”) ranks as the 4th most popular database according to DB-Engines, and excels as a candidate for most OLTP apps and as a hub for data federation.  Its weakness in Massively Parallel Processing (MPP), however, often keeps it out of the running for advanced analytics and high-end OLTP use cases. The MPP limitation [...]



By | May 27th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Riverbed Steels for Battle


When a pure play vendor knocks it out of the park and effectively becomes the defacto gold standard, to which all other products are compared, the product brand develops a strong identity in the market. Riverbed took the WAN Optimization market by storm, leading the charge with its Steelhead product line.  The Steelhead line established [...]



By | May 19th, 2014|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Integrated ITSM—the Service Desk + Operations + Analytics


It’s fascinating how the meaning for just about every term relevant to service management can be a matter of debate—including IT Service Management itself (a discussion for another time).  However, what’s sparking this blog centers around the three other terms in the headline—“service desk,” “Operations” and “Analytics,” plus a fourth—“cognitive computing.” In reading Brian Jeffrey’s [...]



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
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