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 [...]



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 [...]



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 Four Horsemen of the Hybrid Cloud Apocalypse – Vision of the Business Defined Data Center

The 4 key risks (horsemen) of hybrid cloud

EMA estimates that enterprises today waste over 50% of their IT budgets on inefficient application workload placement, configuration and management. As a side effect, they introduce tremendous operational risk in terms of security, regulatory compliance, performance and reliability. EMA's 2017 hybrid cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC) and machine learning-related research projects (take a look at [...]



VMware and OpenStack: A Marriage Made in Heaven?


As we -Evan and I- were ranting last week about how OpenStack and VMware fit together (see #EMACloudRants), we were mainly focusing on the central conundrum that VMware faces within this context: “Should we support an open platform that could commoditize away a substantial part of our profitable infrastructure business or should we ignore the [...]



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