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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PODCAST: Discussing Big Data, Integration and Security


  In mid-November, I had the opportunity to chat with Informatica‘s Murthy Mathiprakasam – Product Marketing Manager – about the practices of big data, data management and integration. Listen to segment #1 (approx 10mins) To start our conversation, we discussed differences in implementing big data projects around Manual implementation vs. automation in big data applications [...]



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

PODCAST: Cloud Data Warehousing


  In mid-October, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Bock of Snowflake Computing to discuss the world of cloud data warehousing – it’s not just implementing your “father’s” EDW in the sky…   Listen to segment #1 (approx 9 mins) Jon Bock and I discussed the new era the data warehouse: Agility [...]



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

Big Data and the Data-Driven Enterprise


  Since its introduction, the idea of “big data” has been widely associated with a single data management platform—Hadoop. Hadoop’s popularity as a platform to store and process large amounts of multistructured data probably has a lot to do with this association. However, Hadoop is not the full answer to the question of “what is [...]



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

How the EMA HDE Information Management Layer Impacts the Growth of Analytical Platforms


The ability to execute in a low latency time frame is a core component of the concept of next generation data management architectures such as the Enterprise Management Associates Hybrid Data Ecosystem (HDE). One of the key business drivers of the HDE is speed of response,  which stems from an organization’s drive to execute faster [...]



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

A Tribute to IoT Device Security Researchers


This blog in the Internet of Things (IoT) series comes as a tribute to security researchers everywhere. The autumn’s largest security-focused show is the Black Hat Security conference. If you are not familiar with Black Hat, it is a tech conference that started in 1997 and covers numerous security topics in various presentations that are fairly [...]



By | January 3rd, 2017|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Enterprise IT Predictions for 2017 – Journey to a Business-Defined Hybrid Cloud


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 | December 29th, 2016|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Thinking Beyond Performance for Storage QOS


Businesses are attracted to the public cloud due to the elastic, on-demand and limitless compute and storage it provides to meet ever-changing business needs. The approach used by cloud service providers is to leverage a multi-tenant environment, where multiple clients are sharing the same infrastructure. The sharing of common resources makes the public cloud economically [...]



By | December 28th, 2016|Jim Miller|0 Comments

IoT Enterprise Risk Report


ForeScout recently released an IoT Enterprise Risk Report based on research from ethical hacker Samy Kamkar. Based on Kamkar’s findings, the report on IoT security issues could readily be renamed something like, “IoT: the bane of the enterprise environment,” or “IoT brings new meaning to the term ‘Enterprise Risk’.” The report discusses a significant number of negative findings [...]



By | December 21st, 2016|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Expanding analytics to include embedded applications


Many embedded analytics systems are leveraged within third-party applications as customer-facing solutions that provide access to analytics within other applications. We use them all the time by looking at our smart meter usage, online investment portfolios, or our athletic performance. The reality is that we use these embedded applications on a regular basis in our [...]



By | December 20th, 2016|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments
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