EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017

After three fascinating days at IBM Connect 2017, EMA crowned a very short list of vendors with the “EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017” award. These vendors are true game changers because they look at a traditional IT challenges from a whole new angle, which enables them to drive highly differentiated customer value. Please note that some of these vendor products might still be in an early or even experimental stage, but Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) believes that they are absolutely worth any IT professional’s time to check out. Sapho: After App-driven IT Comes Task-driven IT Website: https://www.sapho.com In today’s enterprise, there is never ...

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2017 Resolution 5: Start small – get quick wins with plans for expansion

The best way to ensure analytics success is to make sure you take an iterative approach to development and design. Starting small and building up an analytics environment is the best way to make sure that you are getting requirements and applications right, without having to go back and redesign parts of your solution, wasting time and money. Organizations that get ahead of themselves and try to take on more than they can handle, end up getting overwhelmed and suffer from scope creep and potential project failure.  I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again – it’s important to start ...

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as the Guardians of Your Hybrid Data Center

Serverless computing, containers, IoT, DevOps, mobile workspaces and of course hybrid cloud are all technologies -and of course excellent buzzwords- with immediate impact on your organization’s security. Each one of these technologies increases the speed and agility of corporate IT, enabling your company to beat the competition. As enterprise IT complexity is exploding, this year’s RSA Conference attracted over 400 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees which makes it one of the largest IT events of the year, even bigger than the 2016 Amazon Re:Invent show. How Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Enhance Security Simply put, machine learning and artificial intelligence aim at enabling ...

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Avaya’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing points to a sale of its networking business


Avaya will restructure its debt under the protection of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The company aims to emerge from this action intact with minimal impact on customers. However, it is very possible that Avaya will sell its network infrastructure business. Avaya is a leading enterprise voice and unified communications vendor with a significant portfolio of network infrastructure products that [...]



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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 [...]



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The Software-Defined Future of the WAN


Software-defined networking (SDN) exploded onto the scene five years ago with a tremendous amount of hype, but the transition from hype to reality has been a little less explosive. Most enterprises are still in evaluation mode with SDN. However, the SDN story is a little different when it comes to the wide-area network (WAN). The [...]



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How Network Infrastructure Teams Support the Internet of Things


[Editors Note: This blog post is sponsored by Infosim®, but the ideas expressed here are entirely my own] The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new phenomenon, at least not in practice. It describes a network of everyday objects (or “things”) that have sensors, controls, and network connectivity. While technology companies only recently coined [...]



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Cisco DNA is Marchitecture, But Also a Shift Away From CLI


The industry has seen plenty of marchitectures from Cisco and its peers over the years. Its newest one, Digital Network Architecture (DNA), feels different, especially after I spent a week at Cisco Live 2016. DNA is different because underneath all the slideware and demos is an apparent commitment to changing the way enterprises do networking. [...]



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EdTech Networkers: Be Ready for Cloud, SDN, and IoT this Year


This sponsored blog post was originally published at at HelpSystems.com With summer almost here, it’s time for network infrastructure teams at K–12 school districts and higher education institutions to take stock of their infrastructure and think about what IT initiatives and trends will be impacting them through the next school year and beyond. Server virtualization [...]



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Preparing Network Management for SDN and NFV


[Editor’s note: This blog is sponsored by Infosim®, but the content is entirely my own] As enterprises advance from exploratory mode to actual deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), they need to be thinking about how they will manage these new technologies. Over the last two years, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) [...]



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Early Adopters Define SDN


Greg Ferro recently blogged about how attempts to define software-defined networking (SDN) are a waste of time. He wrote: You can’t define “Software Defined Network” because its not a thing. Its not a single thing or even a few things. Its combination of many things including intangibles. Stop trying to define it. Just deploy it. [emphasis mine] [...]



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Network Managers Should be Monitoring Servers


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by HelpSystems on February  2, 2016. Network monitoring is about more than just the network. The network management team needs visibility beyond switches and routers to ensure infrastructure health and performance. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research has found that 25% of IT organizations experience server- and storage-related service outages [...]



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The Benefits of Leveraging MSPs for Performance and Security Monitoring


[Author’s Note: This post is sponsored by Edgeworx. The content is entirely mine.] One of the benefits of using a managed services provider (MSP) is the ability to add and subtract services as needed. MSPs typically have multiple areas of expertise that an IT organization can lean on. For instance, the organization could start by using the [...]



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