EMC and VMware – Sharpening the Hyperconverged Edge

Developing enterprise-class computing solutions for use by small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) and similar use cases has been common for years among enterprise IT vendors. But there are bad and good ways to approach the process. In the former case, products are little more than stripped-down versions of the originals – smaller in size, of course, but utilizing software and management tools that are often missing key components and...

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EMC: Bringing Hyperconvergence To The Masses
Feb16

EMC: Bringing Hyperconvergence To The Masses

EMC may be busy figuring out its pending future with Dell, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that while the overall IT market is inching along at 0.6% growth this year (albeit to $3.54 trillion), the converged infrastructure (CI) market is growing at 10X — 6.2% year-over-year (to $2.5 billion), and the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market is growing at 258X, with sales shooting up 155.3% (to $278.8...

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EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits
Jan27

EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits

EMC has introduced an updated version of its object storage offering  — which Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) defines as a storage architecture that manages data as objects, as opposed to other storage architectures like file systems, which manage data as a file hierarchy, and block storage, which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks — Elastic Cloud Storage (v2.2). EMC defines ECS as a software-defined, cloud...

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Dell Wants To Make VDI More Accessible

While waiting for the (IT) world as we know it to change — Dell buys EMC (expected to close in the next 4-6 months) — it’s business as usual for the former, making things easier for the mass market. In this case, it’s making VDI more attactive to the SMB market, while bringing Lync and Skype to millions of Wyse thin clients, all announced at this week’s Citrix Summit. The announcements span a number of products and...

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How to Protect an EVO RAIL (Video Series)

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners.  But how do you protect that all-in-one solution? For the next several weeks, ESG will be releasing a seven-part series of ESG Capsules, 2 minute video segments, where I’ll talk more about some of the protection possibilities and caveats in an EVO world. To read the...

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