Top 10 from Dell Technologies World in 2018 – Quick Edition


OpenManage Enterprise is a big deal, but underrated: OpenManage Enterprise is the new infrastructure automation platform that could unlock the private and hybrid cloud for Dell. Deploying Dell infrastructure through a simple YAML file is within reach. All provisioning and management actions in OpenManage Enterprise are directly based on comprehensive policy templates that define [...]



IBM’s Differentiation in 10 Quotes from Think 2018 – Let’s Put Smart to Work


Here are the 10 quotes that best sum up #Think2018. Inspired by Think 2018, I came up with my own ideas for AI bots and posted them here. “Building a platform that brings data and AI together to take the organization to the next level”, Ginni Rometty, CEO. Instead of competing with infrastructure vendors and [...]



7 IT Operations Challenges to Attack in 2018 – EMA Punch List


Digital attackers in 2018 need to focus on one key challenge: “how do I deliver the best possible value to my clients, without significantly increasing cost.“ Monitor for user experience impact: As enterprises differentiate more and more via their digital user experience, all monitoring solutions must deliver clear and instant answers to the following questions: [...]



Top 10 enterprise IT Predictions for 2018 – Release Faster, Cheaper, and at Higher Quality – Everything Is about Becoming a Digital Attacker


For readers who would like to see what happened to our 2017 predictions, please take a look. Jens Soeldner and the EMA Team sat down again this month to look into the crystal ball for 2018. Central Theme for 2018: Transform into a Digital Attacker All 2018 trends contribute to transforming enterprises into digital attackers that [...]



Intent Driven DevOps – A New Journey to NoOps


First Came Autonomic Computing ‘Autonomic Computing’ was the original concept of providing systems and apps with the power autonomously responding to unpredictable challenges. ‘Autonomic Computing’ came with all the right ideas (IBM deserves a good share of credit for defining this concept), but failed due to the same cultural and technological barriers DevOps is struggling [...]



SDDC 2.0 with Kubernetes, Apigee, and Istio – Cisco’s Collaboration with Google Follows a Grander Vision


On October 25, Cisco and Google announced their hybrid cloud partnership, where Google brings the container runtime (Kubernetes), the platform to provide, manage, and consume APIs (Apigee), and of course a wide range of consumable cloud services (visual recogngition, machine learning, text to voice, etc.). Cisco contributes the hyperconverged infrastructure (Hyperflex) with Kubernetes management (Harmony), [...]



Prologue for EMA Research Project: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Enterprise IT and DevOps


Why are there still so many repetitive tasks in data center and cloud management today? Why does application management still contain so many manual steps? Why do most organization still suffer from automation and monitoring silos that prevent them from avoiding preventable application outages and service degradations? When I talk to the data center guys, [...]



VMware Goes SaaS-Ops and Multi Cloud: Launch of VMware Cloud on AWS and Six VMware Cloud Services for Consistent Data Center and Cloud Management


At VMworld 2017, VMware announced the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS and of the six initial VMware Cloud Services. VMware Cloud on AWS offers customers the long expected capability of deploying VMware's Cloud Foundation Suite of SDDC products (vSphere, NSX and vSAN) to AWS. VMware Cloud Services enable operators, developers, security experts and compliance staff [...]



VMworld 2017 – The Container Story Will be Key for VMware’s Future


VMware’s container management strategy should be seen as the key to success for this year’s VMworld. VMware needs to conclusively convince its customers that instead of doing their own thing the company is able to offer a strong value proposition based  on the fact that Kubernetes and Amazon ECS are the key container technologies to embrace. [...]



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 [...]



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