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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2017 Resolution 3: Evaluate security and break down perceived versus real obstacles to implementation


Within cloud implementations, organizations list security as both an obstacle and opportunity in recent surveys conducted by EMA. By looking at your security environment, you can identify where weaknesses are and look at requirements for your industry, platform, etc. Within cloud environments specifically, providers build their platforms with security in mind first. Therefore, many security concerns [...]



By | February 6th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Unified Endpoint Management: Bringing Multi-Device Support to the Next Generation of Business Professionals


It’s hard to believe there was actually a time before mobile devices. It wasn’t even all that long ago. In fact, this month Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. While the iPhone was not the first smartphone, its introduction is credited with kick-starting the mobile revolution and initiating the “consumerization of IT,” [...]



By | January 31st, 2017|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

2017 Resolution 2: Plan for potential integration/migration challenges


  Whether implementing analytics in the cloud or on-premises, large data volumes and business rule complexities create unique challenges for successful data integration. For cloud platforms, you need to consider movement between on-premises, hybrid, and cloud data storage and any unique requirements that may exist based on platforms and data source location. However, because more and [...]



By | January 31st, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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. [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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) [...]



By | January 26th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments
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