Lenovo, NetApp… Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships are common cause in the IT industry. There are numerous practical reasons for this, including the inherent complexity of modern computing solutions, and single vendors’ inability to effectively address the subtleties of myriad specific markets. But however well-intentioned, the fact is that some of these efforts fail utterly. Why so? Some are built on faulty assumptions or are ineffectively crafted. Others...

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HCI: A Cure For IT Complexity?
Feb08

HCI: A Cure For IT Complexity?

All-in-one computing, or IT in a box, is experiencing huge growth under the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) label, but while it has quickly moved from hype to mainstream, it still has a long way to go before the software-centric architecture – that integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system, typically x86 hardware – becomes the preferred way to build your IT infrastructure. HCI first showed up on...

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Showdown At The DCIM Corral
Oct08

Showdown At The DCIM Corral

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) specialist Nlyte Software, which just announced the integration of its data center service management (DCSM) solution with Tableau, believes its time the data center got its services act together. “The data center in many ways is sort of a cowboy going its own way,” said CMO Mark Gaydos. When it comes to ITSM the data center is the last frontier, he said. In a lot of places data center...

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SDN/NVF A Work In Progress… And What Progress!
Jul28

SDN/NVF A Work In Progress… And What Progress!

The math is simple: mobility plus Big Data plus the Internet of Things/Everything plus analytics mean networks – datacenter, cloud and at the edge – must handle bigger workloads faster, and IT budgets can’t even come close to addressing these requirements with current technologies. Which brings us to this week’s OpenDaylight Summit, where software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) will be...

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SAP TechEd 2014 – Taking HANA Further Into the Market

IT solutions seldom follow an entirely linear path, either technologically or commercially. Instead, they proceed in fits and spurts – overcoming points of resistance, adding key new features and innovations, adapting to marketplace dynamics and pursuing new opportunities when and where they emerge. These points were on clear display at SAP’s recent TechEd 2014 conference, the company’s annual get together for technically-inclined...

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