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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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] [...]



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

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 [...]



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

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 [...]



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

2017 Resolution 1: Importance of tying analytics to overall business strategy


Sometimes organizations lose site of the big picture when they implement a large analytics initiative and focus on the data and metrics. Although that is part of it, to implement analytics successfully, you need to start with what your overall business strategy and goals are and look at how enhanced data visibility supports your broader [...]



By | January 25th, 2017|Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for the Masses


Recently, I’ve been thinking about why we haven’t come all that far in machine learning and artificial intelligence over the previous decade. Today, Keen Browne, Bonsai’s Co-founder and Head of Product, summed it up for me in a concise manner: “The tools really suck and are meant for scientists and mathematicians, not for people who [...]



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

HPE Acquires Simplivity – A $650 Million Data Virtualization Play


Today, HPE paid $650 to acquire Simplivity. HPE paid this sizeable amount mainly to acquire OmniStack, Simplivity’s data virtualization software platform. OmniStack’s central value proposition is OPEX reduction through the elimination of traditional infrastructure management tasks. In short, Simplivity enables customers to manage their infrastructure at the virtual machine (VM) – level. Please note that [...]



By | January 17th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Truth Behind the Scope of the Endpoint Problem in the Enterprise


The Evolution of the “Endpoint” Over the past few years, the perception of what an “endpoint” is, and therefore the definition, has changed. The original perception was a user workstation independent of operating system. With the expansion of functionality, data persistence, Internet connectivity, and ultimately the threats against them, that definition no longer applies. Laptops [...]



By | January 12th, 2017|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Enterprise IT Trends in 2017


Customers in 2017 will demand solutions to claim back today’s massive CAPEX and OPEX waste of over 50% of their total IT spend. All our 2017 predictions are directly derived from the rapidly increasing pressure to reclaim these resources and leverage them to achieve direct business advantages in today’s highly competitive and fast moving marketplace. [...]



By | January 12th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

5 Resolutions for BI and Analytics for 2017


Last year I spent a lot of time looking at cloud analytics and how organizations are adopting and growing their cloud deployments. In addition, I had the opportunity to see how companies are implementing analytics more broadly and how solution providers are meeting customer needs by creating more flexible offerings. Through all of this, there were [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Analytical Resolutions for Technologists and Tech Teams in 2017


Ahhh, the annual resolutions list! A time-honored tradition when we all look at the new year as an opportunity for a fresh start. res·o·lu·tion ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ noun 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something. synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan, commitment, pledge, promise Sometimes these are crafted during the last couple [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments
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