VMworld 2017 Prologue 2 – Where Are the APIs


“vRealize Automation really doesn’t have an API,” says a reputable partner of a VM-ware centric consulting firm, “they say that it does, but it still does not, so I won’t tell my customers that it does.” Then he goes on in a slightly agitated manner “,also, there is no easy-to-implement orchestrator and no central queueing [...]



Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Springpath for $320 Million


Cisco’s Springpath Acquisition Will further Boost Its EMA Top 3 Winning Hyperconverged Portfolio August 21, 2017 - This morning Cisco announced the intent to acquire Springpath, the startup behind the file system technology of its increasingly popular HyperFlex line of hyperconverged products, the winner of an EMA Top 3 award for hyperconverged scale out. Springpath [...]



VMworld 2017 – Prologue


“Oh, I’m not coming to VMworld this year, we are at Jenkins instead.” This is a sentence I’ve heard quite a few times now from vendors that I’m used to seeing at VMworld and it makes me wonder what’s going on. VMware, in harmony with Dell EMC, have spent all year communicating how important DevOps, APIs [...]



EMA Top 3 Product Selection Process


(You can read more about the content of the EMA Top 3 - Enterprise Decision Guide in my first Post) I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, so I want to explain in a little bit of detail how Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has picked its EMA Top 3 vendors. It is important to [...]



The EMA Top 3 Report: Ten Priorities for Hybrid Cloud, Containers, and DevOps in 2017


(Click here to jump to the next part and read about how EMA selected its Top 3 products) We have spent the last 3 months analyzing research data as the basis for a new type of EMA report that will truly help enterprises determine how to prioritize their hybrid cloud, container and DevOps investments. The [...]



HPE Project New Stack – It’s a “Free Play”


At its Discover event this week, HPE announced its own multi cloud management platform: HPE Project New Stack. Lets investigate the key customer value, differentiation and chances to succeed of HPE's new data center and cloud management platform: Business Value HPE Project New Stack lets customers of HPE’s Synergy composable infrastructure expand their management capabilities to [...]



Dell EMC World – The Easy Button for Digital Transformation


“It feels like magic but it is technology,” and “we will help transform every company into a software company,” were the two quotes by Michael Dell that best summed up the spirit of  Dell EMC World 2017. These statements show the genuine excitement of a seasoned tech executive to attack the next challenge of his [...]



Full Stack Container Monitoring – A Whole New Animal


Traditional IT infrastructure monitoring focuses on hypervisor hosts, storage and VMs. Application impact is tracked through vSphere resource tagging. This simple and mostly static drilldown approach to full-stack monitoring no longer works for modern microservices based computing. A New Set of Requirements for Monitoring Container Infrastructure Short lifespan of containers: If used to host microservices, [...]



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 [...]



InterConnect 2017 – Showing off a whole New IBM

Ginny Rometty at IBM InterConnect 2017

"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 [...]



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