Thoughts from Splunk .Conf 2014

Thoughts from Splunk .Conf 2014

A little over a  week ago, Las Vegas hosted some 3500 people at the MGM Grand to mark Splunk .conf14, the annual user gathering for Splunk customers, referred to as “Splunkers.” For those of you not in the tech industry, spelunking, or the act of exploring caves, may come to mind. The theme of the conference was not cave exploration, but data exploration; however, the analogy of cave exploration actually aligns very well. “Splunkers” are diving into their data, delving deep into places that many have never explored before - each finding new and cool ways to use the data ...

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Network Management: Still a ‘Must-Have’ for Enterprise IT

Network Management: Still a ‘Must-Have’ for Enterprise IT

It’s sometimes difficult to differentiate between hype and reality when it comes to topics such as cloud, ITaaS, SDN, DevOps, hybrid this and hybrid that. But there are a few certainties in the IT universe and one of them is that IT doesn’t function if all of the pieces can’t talk to one another, and that means the network needs to be rock solid. Some of that is under the control of enterprise IT teams as internal network infrastructure, but some of it isn’t, such as WAN or Internet. Because connectivity is so essential, no one questions the need for ...

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Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success

Citrix Stakes Software-Defined Ground; Network Remains Critical to Success

Last week, I attended a Citrix analyst relations summit program to learn about the company’s direction and strategy.  While the main-tent program was longer on vision than it was on execution details, there were some aspects of the proceedings that I found compelling. First off, there weren’t a lot of net new things being introduced, other than some roadmaps shared under NDA and a truly cool multi-station mobile work experience demo. But that’s ok.  Too often, tech companies feel compelled to forever be pushing “something new,” when in reality IT pros need vendors to stick to existing story lines, execute, and ...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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SOPA highlights the frustration and tension between technology and content providers. Messages flash across television screens as channels are removed due to disputes between service providers and the content providers. Book and magazine publishers offer a mixed bag of digital content. Some opt for PDF version of printed materials while others embrace a full interactive...

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posted by    | January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It’s rung down the curtain and joined...

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posted by John Myers   | January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
In-Memory and Mobile Drive SAP Today, SAP announced their revenues for 2011.  It was a record year in many respects.  In particular, SAP touted growth for their in-memory database HANA and their Mobile Solutions growth – two components I consider important for the development of an organizations Mobile BI capabilities.  Both exceeded expectations. Speed of Analytics From...

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The game is afoot. Riverbed announced that they had “purchased certain assets of Expand Networks, including its intellectual property, out of liquidation in Israel. Riverbed did not purchase the corporate entity of Expand Networks and has not assumed any of Expand’s liabilities, obligations or contracts.” Last October Expand Networks had gone into liquidation under the supervision...

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posted by Jim Frey   | January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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In keeping with my nascent tradition of not predicting trends, I’ll instead propose a number of focal points that network engineering and operations professionals should keep in mind in the coming New Year of 2012.  2011 resolutions were around application-awareness, connecting with the network security team, assessing the impact of videoconferencing, embracing automation, and improving service...

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posted by Steve Brasen   | January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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For the past two decades or so, several leading IT management vendors have tried to convince us that organizations should invest in a single unified management platform for supporting all of IT management needs.  Setting aside for the moment the fact that such an animal does not and cannot possibly exist (no vendor has the...

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posted by Steve Brasen   | January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Desktop PCs and laptops are the backbone of business profitability.  Yes, yes … I know … last week I raved about the rising mobile device revolution – but that transition is still a few years off.  Today the PC desktop remains king in enabling enterprise workforce productivity, and, in fact, organizational success and ongoing profitability...

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posted by    | January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Welcome to 2012. Like my friend Troy DuMoulin, I want to start the year with a post on IT demand management, which I think will continue to be a hot topic this year. Troy covers the intake functions often associated with different levels of demand, which he sees as business relationship management, service catalog, and...

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posted by admin   | January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

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The lines between work and personal entertainment have blurred as the devices we use for work and pleasure begin to co-mingle. We can thank the combination of affordable laptop computers, the rise of the smartphone, the move away from proprietary to IP-based networks, and broadband to the home for driving our work and home computing environments onto a...

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As the digital world becomes increasingly more connected at the individual and organizational levels, our desire to derive insight from the collective stacks of electronically stored information (ESI) has fueled technology innovation and enabled companies to leverage these technologies and to transform their businesses as well as people’s lives. Meanwhile, organizations are in danger of...

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