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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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

EMA Research: Enabling Enterprise IT Management to Optimally Support Big Data


What does Big Data mean to traditional enterprise IT? Organizations of any size and industry are becoming more and more aware of the incredible importance of capturing, managing and analyzing the data available to them. The more comprehensively companies are able to tap structured and unstructured data sources, the quicker they can refresh this data [...]



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

Software Defined Storage: Why Customers Should Care – Part 1 of 2


Much marketing hype and heated discussions should be seen as excellent indicators for the fact that Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of the hottest topics in today’s data center. Naturally, every vendor defines SDS based on their own product range, sometimes leaving customer out of the equation. The following three questions are at the [...]



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