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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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

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
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