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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Software Defined Storage: The Vendor Landscape – Part 2 of 2


As promised in my previous post on “Software Defined Storage – Why Customers Should Care”, I want to follow-up with a brief overview of the competitive landscape. Software-only Vendors with no Horse in the Hardware Race By definition, these vendors have the highest credibility when it comes to truly abstracting storage management from the underlying [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

EMA Research: Enabling Enterprise IT Management to Optimally Support Big Data


What does Big Data mean to traditional enterprise IT? Organizations of any size and industry are becoming more and more aware of the incredible importance of capturing, managing and analyzing the data available to them. The more comprehensively companies are able to tap structured and unstructured data sources, the quicker they can refresh this data [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Software Defined Storage: Why Customers Should Care – Part 1 of 2


Much marketing hype and heated discussions should be seen as excellent indicators for the fact that Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of the hottest topics in today’s data center. Naturally, every vendor defines SDS based on their own product range, sometimes leaving customer out of the equation. The following three questions are at the [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Promise of the Data Hub


Cloudera’s promise of a packaged Enterprise Data Hub reached general availability on February 4, 2014. Cloudera took a rather combative position versus potential data hub competitors like Hortonworks and IBM, in response to videos like this. Regardless, the new Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition indeed bundles a wide set of features needed for a turnkey [...]



By | February 5th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

What is in an Internet Name? More Than You Thought


You type these letters everyday when you surf the web, or do so by inference when you “click on a link” in some fashion:  .com, .org., edu, .etc.  They are part of the addresses we use to navigate the Web, but they are changing, or more precisely expanding.  Here is a quick overview of how [...]



By | February 5th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

The State of the Software Defined Data Center


Of course, I always encourage practitioners to carefully study the full EMA research report on the “Obstacles and Priorities on the Journey to the Software-Defined Data Center” or at least read the research study summary or at the very least join the EMA SDDC Research webinar on February 18, but I still want to briefly [...]



By | February 3rd, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

A Billion Reasons Why SAP Still Leads, Plus More


Growing or even maintaining global leadership in enterprise application software is not an easy thing to do given the fundamental changes in the competitive market structure and the rapid evolution in closely related platform technologies, both server-side and user-side.   Based on Q4 FY2013 and full year FY2013 results released on January 21, however, SAP is [...]



By | January 23rd, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Don’t Believe Everything You Read – Especially About Enterprise Mobility!


I just got off the phone with a reporter from a major industry trade magazine (no names please!) who is preparing an article on enterprise mobile device adoption. Wanting to help ensure accuracy in the reporting, I provided him with statistical details from our recent research into the use of mobile devices in the enterprise [...]



By | January 17th, 2014|Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Security Awareness Programs Are Not just For Compliance


I see a significant gap in not only how the need for Security Awareness training is perceived as needed but also in the general quality of the programs and training delivered vs other types of training.  In many cases small companies avoid security awareness training due to ignorance, cost fears, or fears it will stifle [...]



By | January 16th, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Security|0 Comments
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