HPE Discover-ing Its True Identity

This month saw the US version of HPE Discover in jolly old Vegas. Apparently – with apologies to R.L.Stevenson – Jekyll and Hyde are alive and well and embodied in Hewlett and Packard! Because, boy is it hard to figure things out as far as this venerable corporate IT behemoth goes. In my “ESG On Location” video from the event I try to get to an insight about HPE that is more nuanced than merely a summary of the contemporary newsfeed; I should ask you to view that video first to get a flavor of things in Vegas and then I will add a few more explanatory comments….. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Data Center Transformation, Powered by NetApp Transformation

It’s no secret that NetApp has had a tough go of things these past few years, but I’ve just returned from its annual industry analyst meeting and it was clear to me during this full day discussion that NetApp today is not the NetApp of yesterday. In our internal discussions these past few years, we acknowledged that it had an excellent technology foundation, had made some good acquisitions but executed bad integrations, and needed a significant overhaul – a transformation, if you will – including getting beyond selling storage boxes. For example: up leveling the discussion rather than selling speeds and feeds; expanding the portfolio beyond storage to deliver more value; ridding itself of the antibodies that prevented acquired technology from thriving; and being bold(er) in its marketing. NetApp was famous for technology innovations it never told anyone about (while other, bolder vendors claimed first mover advantage!) In the past two years, it has transformed to the point that the discussions we are having with it today are completely different than those we have had in the past. It is certainly not your father’s NetApp! To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Think Economics, Not Features, When Evaluating Big Data Value

Traditional enterprise data warehouse solutions helped to open the eyes of many organizations to the value of their data. Although these are significant systems, organizations quickly learned to monetize the actionable insight extracted from these systems, which led the rampant growth of the industry. Big data did not get big just from data growth. It got big because of its potential value, opportunities, and savings. The more cost-efficiently you can capture a lot of data, plus the number of ways you can analyze it, equals the more worthwhile all that data could become. Value is results divided by costs. These (pseudo-)equations of big data value now extend not only to the disruptive power of transformative technologies like Hadoop, but also to increasingly popular cloud services for databases and data warehouses. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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NetApp Looking Good For Its Age! (Video)

Warmer weather in the US also means the heating up of what we often call “show season.” While it was intentionally not a big audience (after all it was just analysts rather than an end-user event), the NetApp event this week in Boulder, Colorado was certainly engaging. Fresh off of some much-improved business results, the NetApp team was justifiably proud of where it is today. And that’s not just about its revenues and finances, it’s also about vision and execution. And those things – together with a willingness to embrace change – are what enable organizations to achieve longevity. With NetApp celebrating its 25 year anniversary, knowing the ingredients to a long life is especially vital. After all the average life of Fortune 500 organizations is only somewhere between 40 and 50 years….and roughly 50% of the 1999 Fortune 500 was gone within a decade! After, admittedly, some tough times, NetApp has now moved beyond stabilization to show renewed vigor together with relevance to where IT is now, and where it is headed as we speak. Whether it is NetApp’s already-way-more-real-than-you-imagined Data Fabric, whether it’s the increasing pragmatism within its sales model and focus brought be a new Cloud BU, or whether it’s the pleasing clarity of its new “Data Driven” tagline, NetApp is portraying a purpose and vitality that seemed lost just a few years back. We shot a short video at the event to give you our insights: in this video we highlight the newly announced NetApp HCI (with a little help from Dale Degen of NetApp). Of course there were many other news items (indeed, just a day after the event, NetApp’s enhanced relationship with Microsoft Azure also became public) but HCI had represented a clear gap in the portfolio so we decided to give it the spotlight for today. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors…

If the words that follow seem more than a tad familiar to those of you that saw the first installment on this topic, I am thrilled that you pay such close attention! Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here, while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report. The immense breadth of the data can become somewhat beguiling in and of itself, so in a pair of ESG Video Capsules, I want to parse out a few key research nuggets and expand on what they mean for infrastructure vendors. Part 1 was posted last week (the link was given above) and here, as promised, is Part 2. The intent of these brief pieces is to outline colloquially and briefly what certain findings from that ESG research mean for the infrastructure vendor community: The first video covered cybersecurity and the cloud; this second one looks at the top business initiatives driving IT investment, as well as the extent of user movement into the Internet of Things and where those users turn for help….both areas reveal important lessons for the infrastructure vendor community; lessons that, as with those in the first installment, seem simple-bordering-on-obvious, but lessons that vendors ignore all too often. Thanks for watching. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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