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 [...]



New EMA Research: 68% of Enterprises are Evaluating Containers TODAY


EMA's latest research shows that 68% of enterprises are in the process of evaluating container technologies. Why is everyone today so fascinated by containers? It reminds me of the OpenStack-mania in 2013. At the time I was convinced that VMware had set out to crush the hype, while IBM, Rackspace and a ton of VC [...]



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 [...]



The Business Defined Hybrid Cloud – Or Why the Software Defined Data Center Needs a Brain

Brain for the Business Defined Data Center

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 [...]



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 [...]



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