series mainframe in a futuristic representation light streamsseries mainframe in a futuristic representation light streams

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 ...

Read More

Newton's cradle. Red sphere hanging on threads hitting many blue ones. Leadership, power and uniqueness concept. Flat design. EPS 8 vector illustration, no transparency

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 ...

Read More

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, ...

Read More


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

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
Load More Posts