EMA Enterprise Decision Guide: Container Management in Production and at Scale


I’m excited to kick off this project, as no other topic in IT seems to have so many different aspects to consider and so many points to attack it. As, hopefully, in all our EMA research projects, we will look at this topic from all angles without any predetermined outcomes. The project will be exclusively [...]



By | October 9th, 2017|Containers, DevOps, Megatrends, Monitoring|0 Comments

Top 3 Guidelines for Leveraging Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Lower OPEX and Increase Competitiveness


“Machine learning (ML) today is frustrating. There is so much potential and the algorithms are all there, but I just do not know how I can leverage it for my organization,” says the CTO of a major professional services firm. “My CEO wants me to ‘leverage ML to lower OPEX and differentiate our service offerings, [...]



Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: The Promised Land for Lowering IT OPEX, Decreasing Operational Risk and Optimally Supporting Business Goals


What should machine and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) do for IT operations, DevOps and container management? The following table represents my quick outline of the key challenges and specific problem ML/AI needs to address. The table is based on the believe that ML/AI needs to look over the shoulder of IT ops, DevOps, and business management teams [...]



By | September 26th, 2017|Artificial Intelligence, Containers, DevOps, Megatrends|0 Comments

EMA Quick Take: Why Puppet Acquired Distelli – Kubernetes Management Is Key


  While Puppet could already manage the Kubernetes lifecycle from an IT Operations perspective, Distelli allows Puppet to also automate the DevOps process with Kubernetes as a deployment target. So this means, the Puppet Kubernetes module already covered the Ops part of DevOps and now Distelli's release automation covers the Dev part. Now it’s DevOps. As business [...]



By | September 21st, 2017|DevOps, IT Automation|0 Comments

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, [...]



VMworld 2017 – vRealize 2017 Announcement


Accelerated Deployment and Lower OPEX Faster time to value, lower OPEX and deeper multi cloud support are the key elements of VMware vRealize Suite 2017, as it was presented at VMworld 2017 in Barcelona. The new vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSCLM) provides one central user interface tying together the formerly fragmented and complex deployment process [...]



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 [...]



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 [...]



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