Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning…

The traction over the last few years in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) space is remarkable, and I’m not just talking about consumer-based products like self-driving cars, or virtual assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri. While those products get the headlines, AI/ML is rapidly spreading across the enterprise IT space. I feel like I can’t go a day without a company mentioning AI or ML as part of their product or forward-looking strategy. It’s not just for crazy, sci-fi predictive analytics projects in a bunker somewhere. While that definitely still happens, AI and ML (and deep learning too) are being used across all aspects of IT: big data, cloud, IoT, security, infrastructure, systems management, etc.While AI/ML is a top priority for businesses that expect it to have a significant (positive) business impact as they continue to digitally transform, investments remain modest because of its sheer impact on all aspects of the infrastructure. Challenges associated with infrastructure cost, lack of in-house expertise, and insufficient data quality are just the start. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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What to Expect at RSA Conference USA 2018

The theme for RSA Conference 2018 USA is “Now Matters.” No more clever themes like ancient stone tablets, which I really miss…but I digress. What the theme “Now Matters” means is that “urgency and pressure” are being felt in the IT community. So what if you chose to upgrade a server or a switch a bit later than anticipated? Sure, you may lose some opportunity costs of additional performance that could have been achieved, but the world is not going to end. There are special cases like end-of-support or lack of firmware upgrades for older equipment, but they are predictable and can be dealt with ahead of time. But if you ignore the “now” in security and leave an attack surface unattended, you may experience negative consequences. This is an issue that matters to areas of infrastructure such as networking and cloud computing platforms, which I cover. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…On-premises Infrastructure Spending Trends…

ESG conducted research on the spending intentions of 651 IT decision makers to determine how 2018 may differ from previous years. We found out that the majority of organizations were largely going to keep their infrastructure spend flat or even reduce the amount they spend on infrastructure. For many organizations this can be attributed to two initiatives – Hyperconverged and Cloud.As more organizations drive more applications to hyperconverged environments and cloud-based platforms, less on-premises infrastructure will be required. In fact, when asked where organizations felt they could streamline infrastructure and reduce costs, server, storage and networking topped the list. The video below also identifies the direct correlation of increased cloud usage to reduced infrastructure spending. Watch the video for more details. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…Converged and Hyperconverged – Predictions for 2018

I was waiting on releasing my 2018 predictions for converged and hyperconverged infrastrucuture because I wanted to leverage a key data point from our recent spending intentions research. From an IT infrastructure standpoint, this year’s data had some particularly compelling data points regarding areas of opportunity where senior IT decision makers feel they can significantly streamline costs. More than half of organizations (54%) feel their on-premises storage and/or networking infrastructure is where their costs can be streamlined. My colleague Mark Peters recently wrote a great brief on the subject, but here is my quick take… This data can be interpreted differently, but here is my take. There is an immediate interpretation of streamlining costs by simply eliminating those costs – moving some infrastructure to the cloud, which can offer both CapEx and OpEx savings. It should be noted that in many cases, an on-premises infrastructure still exists, but it doesn’t have to be as large as it used to be. Looking just at the on-prem side of the hybrid approach, organizations will want to consolidate their physical footprint and they’ll want to make sure they do it cost-effectively while still meeting their application requirements. A bonus would be delivering a cloud-like experience so organizations can have a similar consumption model on-prem or in the cloud. What technology helps to fit the bill? Converged and hyperconverged infrastructures. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Making Infrastructure Less Visible Shines a Light…

In my recent blog and video covering my predictions for infrastructure in 2018, I promised to return to the key themes, saying that I thought their simplicity could obfuscate their importance. So, here goes on adding a little more color to the first one. The onward march from IT as infrastructure technology [back] to IT as information technology makes for memorable semantic fun…but it covers way more than that. Yes, it’s important to have IT focused on the overall delivery model, SLAs and – most important of all – the achievement of relevant business outcomes. However, the move of individual infrastructure elements somewhat out of the immediate spotlight and more into the (literal and figurative) IT shadows should never be interpreted as any lessening of the value associated with, or attributed to, these elements. Quite the reverse. As we increasingly rely on more integrated IT systems – convergence, cloud services, and software-defined being three common contemporary manifestations – so we inevitably also increasingly rely on those systems being “better.” In this context “better” does not necessarily mean things like price-performance – which remain nice-to-haves of course – but absolutely means things like reliability, ease of use, automation, and interoperability. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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