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 [...]



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 [...]



An Easy Button for Serverless Functions: Back& Turns Average Joe Developer into Serverless Super Hero


Backand provides a simplification layer that makes serverless functions approachable for the average Joe developer Seems like everyone likes to advertise their Easy Buttons (Staples was on to something), but there’s a startup called Back& (Backand) that really has a strong claim to this analogy. These guys created their Easy Button for serverless [...]



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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, [...]



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 [...]



HPE Acquires Simplivity – A $650 Million Data Virtualization Play


Today, HPE paid $650 to acquire Simplivity. HPE paid this sizeable amount mainly to acquire OmniStack, Simplivity’s data virtualization software platform. OmniStack’s central value proposition is OPEX reduction through the elimination of traditional infrastructure management tasks. In short, Simplivity enables customers to manage their infrastructure at the virtual machine (VM) - level. Please note that [...]



Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for the Masses


Recently, I’ve been thinking about why we haven’t come all that far in machine learning and artificial intelligence over the previous decade. Today, Keen Browne, Bonsai’s Co-founder and Head of Product, summed it up for me in a concise manner: “The tools really suck and are meant for scientists and mathematicians, not for people who [...]



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. [...]



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