Making cloud analytics work the mid-market

Evaluating the needs of the mid-market  When solution providers started targeting small and mid-sized organizations, they generally provided a subset of capabilities at a lower price point to help these companies get started. Unfortunately, that missed the mark and did not serve the market as organizations, irrespective of revenue size or number of employees, generally experience the same types of challenges. Human and infrastructure resources may differ based on budget, size, etc. But overall, organizations have similar challenges with different resources available and need to look at how they will approach analytics adoption. As adoption of analytics increase and organizations become more ...

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VMware Goes DevOps: Wavefront Acquisition Brings Massive Data Analytics Capabilities for IT Operations

Wavefront could be seen as the Swiss Army knife of IT Ops Analytics tools, which makes this VMware acquisition so interesting. Infusing vRealize, Cloud Foundation and even vSphere, vSAN and NSX with Wavefront analytics would enable VMware to run, not walk, toward the Business-defined Data Center (BdDC). Background on Wavefront Founded in 2013 by former Google employees, Wavefront set out to create a SaaS-based data analytics platform that would allow non-data scientists, mostly developers, to understand how their cloud-hosted applications behave within their overall business context. In October 2016, Wavefront received $53 million in series B funding by Tenaya Capital, Sequoia, and ...

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Dell EMC Opens Door to Bare-Metal Campus Switching

Back when Dell EMC was still just known as Dell, its networking business staked out a leadership position by becoming the first mainstream switch manufacturer to embrace bare-metal data center switching. Now it’s moving into the bare-metal campus switching market, too. Dell disaggregated hardware and software in its data center switches, allowing network operators to choose which operating system (OS) they wanted to run on Dell’s hardware. It has partnered with several network OS vendors since then (Cumulus, Pica8, Big Switch, Pluribus) to give its customers software choice in their data center networks. Bare-metal switching is still a niche market, but it’s expanding. Now Dell ...

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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

Is STaaS the Future of On-Premise Storage?


Data creation and retention are growing at unprecedented rates, fueled by analytics, big data initiatives, the mobile workforce, and social media. This growth in data enables businesses to gain better customer insight, improve marketing, increase operational efficiencies, and make better decisions about new products and enhancements. Both the growth in data volume, as well as [...]



By | December 8th, 2016|Jim Miller|0 Comments

How to Unleash the Full Value of Hybrid Cloud


In an ideal world, customers would be able to fully take advantage of the benefits of hybrid cloud by rationally matching infrastructure parameters -cost, performance, reliability, availability, security, regulatory compliance, scalability- with the requirements and dependencies of each application. In reality, customers are running into the following 3 challenges: Challenge #1 – Too Much Complexity [...]



By | November 9th, 2016|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

VMware and OpenStack: A Marriage Made in Heaven?


As we -Evan and I- were ranting last week about how OpenStack and VMware fit together (see #EMACloudRants), we were mainly focusing on the central conundrum that VMware faces within this context: “Should we support an open platform that could commoditize away a substantial part of our profitable infrastructure business or should we ignore the [...]



By | November 9th, 2016|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

EMA Cloud Rants – Pilot Episode


Evan Quinn and I have been collecting popular customer questions for a while and wanted to share our thoughts on these questions in the form of a new format: EMA CLOUD RANTS. Each week we will discuss one of the hot topics in enterprise IT to provide the viewer with rapid analyst insights, without any [...]



By | November 9th, 2016|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Software Defined Storage: The Vendor Landscape – Part 2 of 2


As promised in my previous post on “Software Defined Storage – Why Customers Should Care”, I want to follow-up with a brief overview of the competitive landscape. Software-only Vendors with no Horse in the Hardware Race By definition, these vendors have the highest credibility when it comes to truly abstracting storage management from the underlying [...]



By | November 9th, 2016|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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