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SDN and the Data Center of the Future

Despite some recent obituaries published by my peers, software-defined networking is not dead. But perhaps certain aspects of it are dead or dying. If that’s the case, I say: “SDN is dead. Long live SDN.” Vendors and industry thinkers have pulled, stretched, and twisted the definition of SDN like saltwater taffy over the years. The original definition of SDN required the strict separation and consolidation of the network control plane in a central controller. This version of SDN never truly had its moment. Instead, vendors have created solutions that deliver many of the benefits of SDN without removing the control plane ...

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Transforming End-User Support – What Does It Mean and What Is It Really About?

I admit, “end-user support” sounds kind of old-fashioned. But in many respects just the opposite is true. In the digital age the need for easy access to new services is on the rise, and even with a much ‘hipper’ (and increasingly impatient) end-user population, the need for support and guidance remains. It is just taking different forms than in the past. On October 4th I’ll be doing a webinar on this very topic. I’ll be looking at it from multiple perspectives, including the rise of a more diverse and strategic role for IT service management (ITSM) overall, as well as the ...

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Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: The Promised Land for Lowering IT OPEX, Decreasing Operational Risk and Optimally Supporting Business Goals

What should machine and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) do for IT operations, DevOps and container management? The following table represents my quick outline of the key challenges and specific problem ML/AI needs to address. The table is based on the believe that ML/AI needs to look over the shoulder of IT ops, DevOps, and business management teams to learn from their decision making. In other words, every virtualization administrator fulfills infrastructure provisioning or upgrade requests a little bit differently. Please regard the below table as a preliminary outline and basis for discussion. At this point, and probably at no future point either, ...

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The Open Networking Foundation’s New Direction: We Live in a Post-OpenFlow World


The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) recently unveiled plans to redefine itself for the post-hype phase of software-defined networking (SDN). I welcome the ONF’s reset and believe it bodes well for the industry’s future. When OpenFlow Was King The ONF was born six years ago as a nonprofit consortium charged with the standardization and certification of OpenFlow, [...]



Redefining the Branch Office With SD-WAN


Editor’s Note: This blog post is sponsored by Citrix. The ideas and analysis are entirely the authors own. The days of homogeneous branch offices connected to a one-size-fits-all wide-area network (WAN) are over. Enterprises are redefining their branches, and this transformation requires a new approach to the WAN. EMA believes that software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions [...]



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 [...]



By | May 2nd, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | April 18th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Advanced IT Analytics: Making it Simpler to Optimize What’s More Complex


The growing market for analytics in IT is one of the more exciting areas to watch in the technology industry. Exciting because of the variety and types of vendor innovation in this area. And exciting as well because our research indicates the adoption of advanced IT analytics supports data sharing and joint decision making in [...]



Microsoft Challenges Amazon and Google with Deis Acquisition


One week after the GA of Azure Container Registry and only two months after the availability of Kubernetes on Azure Container Service, Microsoft acquires Deis, the guys who make open source Kubernetes management software (Helm, Steward and Workflow), from PaaS Cloud Provider Engine Yard. The Deis slogan is “making Kubernetes easy to use.” With the Deis [...]



By | April 10th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

InterConnect 2017 – Showing off a whole New IBM


“Today, a dev team leveraging Kubernetes containers can get a cloud app up in minutes.” This statement by Arvind Krishna, IBM’s GM for Hybrid Cloud, at the beginning of his InterConnect 2017 keynote should have received a lot more recognition than it did. This one sentence shows the fundamental shift in IBM’s strategy, away from [...]



By | April 10th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | March 15th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | March 7th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | February 27th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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