Virtual Instruments Acquires Xangati…

Almost two years ago we wrote our first report on Virtual Instruments (VI), a fast growing, analytics-driven performance management company with a strong focus on making infrastructure more efficient. We described the VI product portfolio which included “VirtualWisdom,” the company’s infrastructure performance management platform, and associated hardware and software offerings known as “Probes” (ProbeVM, ProbeSW, Probe FC and Probe NTAP). We also observed that the company was using “advanced correlation techniques, analytics and visualization to provide definitive and actionable insights on infrastructure/application behavior” using hardware appliances to offload systems from having to burn precious cycles gathering monitoring information. In essence, VI had created a separate performance monitoring/availability management/utilization optimization environment that has a very low impact on system operation and latency. Last year, we reported that Virtual Instruments had merged with Load DynamiX – adding a performance testing, validation and change management environment to its analytics-driven infrastructure management portfolio. With these combined facilities, customers are better able to understand and test application/infrastructure relationships – enabling them to significantly improve application performance, particularly as it relates to Fibre Channel storage. Since that acquisition, Virtual Instruments has expanded Load DynamiX functionality into network-attached storage with its new NAS Performance Probe – and will soon introduce and iSCSI Probe. VI customers have reacted favorably to this acquisition: for 2016 year to date, Virtual Instruments revenues are running at 122% of plan. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…IBM and IBM Customers “All In” on Hybrid Cloud

This year’s theme at IBM InterConnect was “Outthink Limits” and business transformation — with hybrid cloud as the innovation platform. According to IBM, 85% of business leaders believe that hybrid cloud is accelerating digital transformation, with hybrid cloud growing faster than the public cloud. The hybrid model allows customers to integrate rather than migrate, extending current investments to extract value. IBM has made significant progress this year, with 100% of relevant software now available in the cloud, 200 new and enhanced cloud services, and eight new SoftLayer data centers. One of the other messages was “Customer Focus”. Robert LeBlanc described InterConnect 2016 as a conference “for customers and by customers” where attendees had many opportunities to share information and experiences with peers. To that end, each day’s General Session was introduced by a customer. On Day One, Richard Holmes, General Manager Infrastructure and Operations at Westpac (a leading Australian bank) started things off. He shared Westpac’s experience with hybrid cloud (now deployed across 70% of the organization) reporting that he has reduced provisioning times from 84 days to minutes. On Day Two, we heard from MarK Keller, Principal Solutions & Enterprise Architect at WPP Coretech, who described his experience with IBM’s recent acquisition, Cleversafe object storage (more on this later). In addition, half of IBM’s 1500 break-out sessions were led by customers. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…Oracle Snags Ravello Systems

The hybrid cloud gods of acquisition have admitted two new players into their gilded digital halls — Ravello Systems and CliQr. Larry Ellison and his cohorts at Oracle threw half a billion at Ravello, and Chuck Robbins and company at Cisco lavished $256 million for snatching up CliQr. Personally, I think these were two very shrewd moves by two of the industry’s dominant players. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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IBM: Simplifying the Journey to Hybrid Cloud

Given the depth of its experience in enterprise-class computing, IBM well understands its customers’ current and prospective business and IT requirements. During the past 24 months, those organizations have made a profound shift toward hybrid cloud computing and services. IBM is ideally positioned to help them understand the likely benefits and struggles that await them on the journey to hybrid cloud. Along with sharing its hybrid cloud experience and expertise, IBM is also actively developing solutions to make that journey simpler, safer and successful. The company’s four new Cloud Data Service offerings are all practical examples of what it aims to deliver. Leveraging both deeply evolved and recently acquired technologies, the new services stand out individually but also deepen IBM’s portfolio of hybrid cloud services and solutions. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits
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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 scale object and HDFS storage platform which has the ability to store billions of objects, while delivering data anywhere to any device (a comprehensive, on-premise object storage platform that delivers a 65% lower TCO than public cloud providers). In other news, EMC also announced the results of a hybrid cloud study. Starting life as Project Nile, ECS was unveiled in May 2014, offering a mere 9-28% TCO advantage over public cloud. New and enhanced features in v2.2 include: -Software Defined Storage: deploy ECS on certified hardware, or as a turnkey appliance; -a multipurpose platform: native support for multiple protocols (like AWS S3, OpenStack, Swift, HDFS), and native NFS to support file data without the need of a gateway; -smart storage: you can search metadata across petabytes of data without a dedicated database; -low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): this release further lowers the storage overhead for cold archive scenarios; a new single pane of glass view provides complete system health to help reduce operational costs; and, -data at rest encryption support to protect business-critical data; ECS also fully complies with SEC 17 a-4(f) and CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) regulations. “The main thing to know: as far as object storage systems go… we have every kind of feature that every one of the object systems might have,” Manuvir Das, SVP, Advance Software Division, EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division, told IT Trends & Analysis. Then there are the capabilities like NFS that are unique and raise the bar for the competition… “you get all the benefits of object storage for free.” Cloud spending is dominating most of the current research headlines, and with numbers like these, it’s easy to understand why: -worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 16.5% in 2016 to total $204 billion, up from $175 billion in 2015; -the highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services (infrastructure as a service [IaaS]), which is projected to grow 38.4%; -cloud advertising, the largest segment of the global cloud services market, is expected to grow 13.6% to reach $90.3 billion; -public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% annual rate over the next five years, from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019 (six times the growth rate...

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