DTW18 & Connecting The DoTs (Part 3 of 3)

LAS VEGAS: Of all the leading IT vendors, Dell has done the best job of ‘keeping it simple’, and ruthlessly embracing that mantra in everything it does, and the product launches at last week’s Dell Technologies World 2018 were no exception. Given its major brands — Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware — and leadership in 22 product categories, the opportunity was there to release a flood of new and enhanced products and services, but KISS prevailed. Here’s the abbreviated version of the product — and company — news just announced by Dell Technologies: –Dell Technologies Capital emerged from stealth, and announced that it has completed 24 investments in the last year, with one third of new investments focused on AI/ML and the remaining focused on security, next-gen infrastructure and developer ecosystem, including DocuSign, MongoDB and Zscaler; -updated VDI portfolio includes adding the Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation infrastructure and simplified configuration options to the Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions, and the Dell Wyse 5070 thin client, the company’s most versatile and scalable thin client platform; -AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) initiatives, including expanding the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio to accelerate AI-driven workloads, analytics, deployment and efficiency, deeper relationships with Intel, and Dell Precision Optimizer 5.0 enhanced with machine learning algorithms, intelligently tunes the speed and productivity of Dell Precision workstations; -additions to the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure portfolio, including a simplified path to VMware-based clouds, and enhancements to VxRail and VxRack SDDC; –Dell EMC PowerMax, engineered with end-to-end NVMe, ready for Storage Class Memory (SCM) and NVMe over Fabrics, making it the world’s fastest storage array built for mission-critical applications of today and tomorrow, as well as Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 support for end-to-end NVMe with PowerMax, native replication and a new entry point X-Brick system Dell EMC XtremIO, and a sneak peak at Dell EMC PowerEdge MX infrastructure, which is scheduled to be released later this year; -collaboration with Microsoft to build a secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud IoT solution featuring Dell Edge Gateways, VMware Pulse IoT Center and Microsoft Azure IoT Edge; and, -the next generation of Virtustream Viewtrust, its risk management and continuous compliance monitoring solution that offers enhanced scalability, performance, and serviceability to enterprises and public sector organizations with new SaaS capabilities. For more information on DTW18, check out Connecting The DoTs Part 1-Dell and digital transformation and Part 2-analysts’ insights. DISCLAIMER: I hold shares in many of the companies referenced in this article, and Dell looked after airfare and hotel while I was at Dell Technologies World....

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dinCloud Continues to Forge a Path in Hosted Workplaces

The “cloud” continues to manifest itself in a very wide range of incarnations and use cases. Specialty clouds in the form of [whatever]-as-a-service address special purpose needs. For example, Los Angeles-based dinCloud plays in the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) arena as part of its larger focus on hosted workspaces and cloud infrastructure services. Hosted Workspaces: Offering VDI as DaaS In essence, DaaS is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hosted as a cloud service. DaaS has found its greatest success in small to medium businesses (SMBs) so dinCloud targets the mid-market of say 100 to 700 users where the IT staff is typically very small, but the targeted businesses have to have the same requirements as much larger organizations. With VDI, a desktop operating system is hosted on a virtual machine (VM) that runs on a centralized server where all processes, applications and data reside and run. The primary benefits for customers are in reduced administrative burdens as trying to upgrade, provision and manage a large number of devices — not only desktops, but other devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones in a BYOD (bring-your-own-device) world — can be a real headache. The challenges that face VDI from an IT perspective are maintaining security, avoiding downtime, and the general complexities and high initial costs of VDI purchase and deployment. In contrast to on-premises offerings, a cloud-hosted VDI solution can provide the necessary security, high levels of uptime and greatly reduce complexity, while at the same time providing economic benefits. A roll-your-own VDI infrastructure also tends to be CAPEX (capital expense) heavy whereas a DaaS solution contained within a hosted workspaces cloud is OPEX (operating expense) friendly, with a monthly subscription fee per user model. Organizations can thus easily plan their monthly expenses and alter them to account for unexpected changes in headcount which is always desirable. In its hosted workspaces model, dinCloud includes not only DaaS per se, but also the data and the applications — most notably Microsoft applications, such as Office 365 (which is also subscription-based). But dinCloud does not stop there as it wants to further leverage its cloud-based environments to offer more services to its hosted workspaces customers, as well as provide potential services to non-DaaS customers. It does so under the label of cloud infrastructure, including dinServer (hosted virtual server) and dinSQL (SQL database-as-a-service), To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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HP Crashes Microsoft’s Cloud Party
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HP Crashes Microsoft’s Cloud Party

HP has announced that the Community Editions of its’ performance engineering software suite are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace online store. In addition, StormRunner Load (and LoadRunner), first announced last September to address the needs of Agile development teams looking to apply smarter testing techniques into development, have been enhanced and pre-configured for Azure environments, ‘providing organizations access to cloud-based tools on demand for faster and easier application performance and load testing.’ According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites, which was revised just after HP first released StormRunner Load, the testing market has been ‘steadily maturing’, yet it also continues to evolve as agile practices, mobile computing and cloud platforms complicate matters for testers and test managers. In addition to HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Soasta and Borland were included in the Leaders category, or almost half the 14 vendors that were analyzed in the report. While recommending HP for those seeking a ‘comprehensive portfolio of integrated products’, Gartner also cautioned that it has become ‘more of a fast follower than an innovator, leveraging partners to fill gaps until the market settles.’ Kelly Emo, Director, Lifecycle and Quality Product Marketing, HP, holds a different view, especially for developers looking to move extremely fast without sacrificing quality. “You don’t want to see speed at the expense of everything else,” she told IT Trends & Analysis. Emo said the announcements are a couple of examples, the types of opportunities vendors have to put in operation things to support what customers are facing moving to the cloud. “The idea is how do you enable the agile teams… that will enable them to see that performance early in the development cycle.” Emo said support for Amazon ECS and Helion were included in the original release of StormRunner Load, but HP will continue to expand to other platforms. Initial demand has come from customers grappling with legacy backend systems and the rapidly changing demand for fluid designs for users. “The simplicity of the StormRunner model… really appeal to those kinds of application teams.” Looking ahead, she said the focus will continue on this integrated tool chain, what HP calls “continuous integrating and testing”. “It’s those integrations where we’re putting a lot of the investments.” The demand for speed and quality is “absolutely significant,” said Emo. Customers have the quality side down, but they struggle with the velocity. “When you see announcements like this one, it’s all about bringing across the value chain all the capabilities… an example of the kinds of things our customers are asking for and you’ll see more from us.” In other cloud news from HP, the...

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The Face of the New Backup

Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity have changed quite a bit over the years, and they will continue to change into the future as more capability, analytics, and functionality are added to the general family of data protection tools. As we launch ourselves into the clouds, we need to perhaps rethink how we do data protection, what tools are available for data protection, and how to use our older tools to accomplish the same goals. We need an integrated data protection plan that not only accounts for cloud or data center failures but also accounts for the need to run within the cloud. There is always the need to get your data there and back again. Solving this problem has been an interesting quest for many. I have seen parts of it solved by many, but few have the entire picture covered. Here is an entire picture of a possible backup scenario: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Monitoring for Agile Operations

In “Agile Without Ops Is Not Really Agile,” Mike Kavis points out that the Agile Development process and the DevOps support process must culminate with a situation where operations has the tools and uses the processes required for operations itself to be agile. Therefore, Agile Operations should be the natural consequence of agility in development and support, but often this is not the case. This post is about how the right monitoring tools can be used to help operations become agile. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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