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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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

ForeScout Technologies has a Knack for NAC (and more) with ControlFabric and CounterACT


Recently I briefed with ForeScout Technologies, a Network Admission/Access Control (NAC) vendor, to get an update on the CounterACT platform it has been delivering and developing for a few years and to see its recently announced ControlFabric technology.  I thought it wise to take another look at NAC vendors and how they address BYOD, rogue, [...]



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

Introduction and Thoughts About Recent Surveillance “Revelations”


Hello everyone!  I have been at Enterprise Management Associates for a couple of months now and decided that it is time to write an introduction and blog.  For those of you who have been following the blog from Scott Crawford, I hope you will find my blogs stimulating and possibly entertaining.  I tend to throw [...]



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

Commercial IBM Watson is Building a Mystery


IBM turned its Watson hype engine to “high” on the morning of January 9th when IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced the formation of a new business group for IBM Watson, led by SVP Michael Rhodin.  Ms. Rometty and Mr. Rhodin kicked-off and MC’d the live and streamed event outlining the announcement, which included supportive talks [...]



By | January 10th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments
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