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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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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 [...]



By | February 23rd, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | February 21st, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

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 [...]



By | February 16th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Four Horsemen of the Hybrid Cloud Apocalypse – Vision of the Business Defined Data Center


EMA estimates that enterprises today waste over 50% of their IT budgets on inefficient application workload placement, configuration and management. As a side effect, they introduce tremendous operational risk in terms of security, regulatory compliance, performance and reliability. EMA’s 2017 hybrid cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC) and machine learning-related research projects (take a look at [...]



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

2017 Resolution 4: Analytics adoption/project expansion should be tied to business process improvements


In addition to aligning business strategy to analytics, leveraging business intelligence also means making business better. In most organizations, there are gaps in performance, lack of visibility, unhappy customers, etc. Part of the way to improve the internal workings within the organization is to ensure that analytics and business process improvement are tightly coupled. Making sure analytics [...]



By | February 13th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Cisco introduces “Digital Building” Catalyst switches for IoT


Cisco recently announced a new series of Catalyst “Digital Building” switches. These Catalyst switches are designed for connecting and powering Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems in smart buildings and other related environments. For example, one design innovation is the use of a separate power plate for Power over Ethernet (PoE), so even when an administrator reboots [...]



Juniper founder steps away to run new startup Fungible: What is Fungible?


What is Fungible, Inc., the new startup created by Juniper Networks’ founder Pradeep Sindhu, working on? Juniper announced this week that Sindhu, its founder and CTO, will be taking a reduced, advisory role at the company and surrender his seat on the board of directors so he can devote more time to his Fungible, a [...]



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
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