VCE Gets Creative with Bright Box Technologies

It is interesting to watch large companies. Some seem to make the same mistakes over and over again, while others, typically younger firms, tend to learn from their mistakes and those made by others. VCE is a young firm and a case in point. Their new VxRack line addition is the packaging of commodity white box servers – which VCE calls “bright box” nodes – into a solution that scales from 4-1000+ nodes and brings VCE’s factory integration and incredible customer support makes them price competitive in one of the most popular growing enterprise and service provider segments – the Hyper-converged infrastructure. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Leveraging Analytics For Smarter Storage Systems

Almost since their inception, storage systems have been keeping log files that track everything that is going on with that storage system. Over the years the type and granularity of data that is captured has increased, and today these systems are essentially a big data generator in their own right. The problem is that most of these storage systems don’t provide any meaningful analysis of the data being captured, and the analysis that is reported on is isolated to a single system. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Is the Cloud Just So Many Legos?

I was recently looking at Lego parts, and I started to consider the myriad of Legos and the broad categories they fit within. Then I had a thought. Is the cloud just so many Legos? SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and DaaS are various categories of clouds. We could call them the fundamental building blocks or bricks of the cloud, and we could think of moving to the cloud as the assembly of those bricks into something usable. Or so one would think. Once you get past the broad categories, there are very specific versions of Legos. There are roofs, arches, minifigs, bricks, plates, plants, animals, and more. Just like there are myriad specific Legos, there are also myriad things you can do in the cloud. These things still fall into categories of DaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. However, these myriad solutions are themselves made up of many other bricks, gears, roofs, arches, etc. The cloud has many moving parts. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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EMC’s Data Protection… Now “Spans” Cloud-based Workloads

Adding Spanning’s Office365, GoogleApps, and SalesForce protection capabilities to the broad EMC data protection solution portfolio, including Mozy (cloud-based backup), Avamar, Networker, Data Domain, etc., ensures that EMC will be able to protect where file/collab/CRM data is moving, as well as where that data lives today. Congrats to EMC on a smart addition to their portfolio. Here’s the Spanning-EMC announcement. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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HP Tests Mobile DevOps For The Real World
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HP Tests Mobile DevOps For The Real World

In the mobile-first, apps-driven world speed and quality are the table stakes and HP is looking to deal itself a winning hand with Mobile Center, an on-premise solution for testing mobile application functionality and performance across real-world network conditions on real-devices. The company said mobile app developers require solutions that can rapidly adapt and test new environments, and that connect to their overall application lifecycle management strategies. Now shipping, the solution is intended to address the critical need for a consistent and enjoyable app experience, said Genefa Murphy, Sr. Director, Application Delivery Management HP Software. “Only HP can deliver a unique blend of domain expertise, big data analytics, and seamless integration with an overall application lifecycle management suite to enable mobile DevOps teams to predict how an application will respond in the real world, no matter the device, OS or context,” she said in a prepared statement. We want to help out customers essentially extend best practices to mobile devices, “because there are so many nuances that come about on the real device,” she told IT Trends & Analysis in a phone briefing. “We’re bringing in the real device element and making sure the app is going to behave in the real world as you expect”. Mobile Center is replacing HP Unified Functional Testing (HP UFT) software, formerly known as QuickTest Professional, which will stop shipping in January 2015. Charlie Dai, Principal Consultant, Forrester Research, think it’s time for technology decision-makers and enterprise architects to seriously consider adopting mobile app delivery management solutions and to evaluate HP for that purpose. Although his new blog was targeted at the Chinese networking market, where HP is rumored to be looking to sell at least 51% of its corporate-networking business in the country, H3C Technologies Co, he said HP’s portfolio now covers the entire mobile app life cycle, from app design, development, and optimization to distribution and monitoring. ‘At the mobile app optimization stage, HP’s Mobile Center uses a comprehensive approach to functionality, interoperability, usability, performance, and security to consolidate and automate mobile testing.’ He noted from an interoperability perspective, the product can simulate exceptional conditions such as voice or SMS interruptions and resource conflicts with camera or GPS apps. It also supports peripheral testing of components including near field communication, Bluetooth, and iBeacon. According to a recent SolarWinds survey, application performance matters. “It’s no longer just about if an application working, it’s about that application working to end user expectations,” said SolarWinds Products and Markets EVP Suaad Sait. “These survey results should be a wakeup call for IT pros everywhere.” Key findings included: -93% of business end users said application performance and...

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