Understanding Network-as-a-Service from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Today’s digital enterprises require IT infrastructure that is agile and dynamic. Popular digital technologies like mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud applications can rapidly disrupt the status quo. The network must be responsive to change, with the ability to scale capacity, expand coverage, and implement new network technologies that support and enable the unique needs of disruptive digital services. Unfortunately, most enterprises take a static approach to building and operating networks. Network hardware requires expensive capital outlays, and enterprises usually sweat network assets for as long as possible, sometimes beyond a typical depreciation cycle. They overbuild capacity and hope ...

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What is Advanced Network Analytics? Cutting Through the Hype

Everyone wants to talk about how analytics is the future of network engineering and operations. The phrase “network analytics” is used by vendors of various stripes to imply that a particular technology is smarter and better than the average solution. But what is it? What does the term network analytics mean to the enterprise network infrastructure professionals? Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) recently published survey-based research on this topic. We sought out individuals who were actively involved in so-called network analytics initiatives. To find these people, we presented random IT professionals with a broad definition of a network analytics initiative. The implementation of technologies ...

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Solve the Cloud Networking Conundrum With SD-WAN

Enterprise networking professionals have a cloud problem, even if they don’t know it. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions can help them solve this problem. Many network managers are unaware that their enterprises are consuming IaaS infrastructure and SaaS applications until someone comes to them with a cloud-related problem. In some cases, users can’t connect to the cloud and they want network operations to figure out why, a tall order for a networking team that didn’t even know the company was using such a cloud service. Or a line of business manager will come to the networking team with the unhappy news that ...

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The True Value Proposition of BI Solution Providers In Today’s Market: Information Builders Commitment to Its Customers


The business intelligence market is saturated with data management and analytics vendors, and the reality is that vendors cannot compete on capabilities alone. Whether out of the box or through professional services, organizations can generally get the features they require from many different solution providers. Time to value, ease of use, maintenance requirements, and level [...]



By | June 14th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Optimizing the Business With Network Analytics


Some network operations teams are discovering that they possess a critical asset that can transform enterprises: network data. As businesses become more digitized, networks are emerging as an ultimate source of operational insight. Finance, healthcare, and retail are just some examples of industries where nearly everything critical to a business crosses the wire. Packets and flows can reveal [...]



Q&A From How Digital Business is Shaping the Next Wave of Automation Webinar


I recently presented findings from my Workload Automation (WLA) research and other EMA research on a webinar with Tim Eusterman, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at BMC in a webinar titled “How Digital Business is Shaping the Next Wave of Automation”. The recording of the webinar is now live here, and the slides are available here. A [...]



By | June 5th, 2017|Dan Twing, IT Management|0 Comments

Bringing business value to data management – Informatica’s new branding strategy


For the past twelve years I have covered the business intelligence and data management markets and have always been impressed by the continued technological advancements with data and analytics. New software developments, the increasing adoption of cloud and big data, and IoT integration with broader analytics initiatives are helping organizations push their data management strategies [...]



By | May 25th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

ExtraHop Addy applies cloud-based machine learning to network data


IT analytics vendor ExtraHop unveiled a cloud-based service that applies machine learning heuristics to the metadata that its appliances generate from packet stream analysis. The service should give users better visibility into IT service problems and security threats. ExtraHop’s core solution is a series of appliances that specialize in real-time interpretation of packet flows with [...]



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 [...]



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