HP Continues Cisco Crusade With Switches, SDN Blitz
Apr27

HP Continues Cisco Crusade With Switches, SDN Blitz

Even as we edge closer to the big split (November), and concerns continue to circulate about the wisdom behind that upcoming bifurcation, it’s business as usual for HP, with a set of new Cisco killers for the campus networking market. The 5400R zl2 Switch Series v3 Modules, which will ship on Friday, and the HP Network Visualizer SDN App, due out in June, ‘lay the foundation for simplified enterprise networks engineered for performance, security, visibility, and optimization of the digital enterprise.’ “This is by far the best switch in its class in the market,” said Michael Dickman, Global Product Line Management for Campus, Branch and Small Business, HP Networking. He told IT Trends & Analysis that is almost half the TCO of the competition (Cisco), and on a switch basis, is clearly the best in the market. However the new enhancements go beyond that, with higher throughput, connect over existing cabling, and handle more clients with more bandwidth. According to HP, the new modules provide: more than 4.8 times better performance; 3.6 times lower latency; with the ability to process up to 24 more times the packets than Cisco’s Catalyst 4507RE. The switches, priced from $3,299 to $6,799, provide a 46% lower total cost of ownership than Cisco. It’s also scalable and features new models around Software Defined Networks, said Dickman. “We’re really thinking about this as a campus system… optimized around mobility… rather than a switch… [that is also] future proof”. Other than saying demand has exceeded expectations, he wouldn’t say how well the switch has done since initially launched last June as the ‘Cisco Catalyst 4500E Killer.’ HP said the original 5400 zl Switch Series, introduced in 2006, has over 10,000 customers and more than 20 million ports shipped. Targeted at midsize and large enterprises, Dickman said the greatest traction has come from the midmarket. According to Infonetics Research, ‘heavyweight Cisco continued its recovery, growing Ethernet switch sales 1% sequentially in 4Q14 and clinging to small year-over-year growth’ in this segment. Overall, the market was up 5% from 2013, to $21.7 billion for 2014. Even more interesting – at least from a future’s perspective – is a new Infonetics study that shows that 72% of North American businesses plan to have SDN live in the LAN by 2017. “Expectations for software-defined networking in the campus LAN are clear,” said Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., Infonetics’ research director for data center, cloud and SDN. “Businesses taking part in our study want SDN to provide operational cost savings by integrating with existing networks, delivering better security, simplifying management and improving application performance. And they want all this without network interruptions.” HP...

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CA: Life After (And/Or With) The Mainframe
Nov21

CA: Life After (And/Or With) The Mainframe

CA Technologies continues to struggle to transition from its legacy mainframe past – and the business segment delivering most of its margins – to the emerging application economy powered by such new(ish) technologies as cloud, analytics, mobile and the not-so-new-but-becoming-more-significant security (CAMS). For its latest quarter, 2QFY15, revenues ($1.08 billion), non-GAAP EPS and cash flow were all down, although Enterprise Solutions new sales were up for the second consecutive quarter, stated CEO Mike Gregoire. CA is a software company, but according to the vendor, every company is now a software company. During his keynote at last week’s CA World 2014, CTO John Michelsen outlined the 5 truths of the application economy, where JP Morgan Chase has more software developers than Google and more technologists than Microsoft: -Every business is in the software business. -DevOps should be your new best practice. -Security should enable the business, not just protect it. -Your infrastructure is transforming like never before. -Mobile-to-mainframe is now your killer app. That last truth is important to CA, with mainframe revenues accounting for $610 million last quarter, or more than 60% of total revenues. “The mainframe is at the heart of billions of transactions and powers the backend of the application economy, said CA’s Michael Madden, GM, Mainframe. According to estimates, there are 10,000 mainframe customers globally, and CA (and IBM) believes the mainframe future is looking brighter, after years of steadily declining sales. Last year IBM sold 2,700 mainframes for $4.3 billion. “People say the mainframe is dead,” said Vernon Turner, an analyst at IDC, “but we say, hmmm, that’s a $4.5 billion tombstone.” In BMC Software’s 9th annual survey of nearly 1,200 mainframe customers, released at the end of October, 91% of all respondents consider the mainframe to be a long-term strategic platform, with 61% expecting growth in their environment in the next two years. Reducing software spending (more than 70%) was the top priority, followed by application availability (52%), application modernization (48%) and data privacy (47%). In an April article on the 50th anniversary of the IBM mainframe analyst Joe Clabby, Clabby Analytics, said the future of the mainframe is secure. “No worries,” he said. “A huge portion of the world already runs mainframes in places where there’s no other system that can do that job.” Banking, financial, retail, government and academia are the big client bases for his mainframe sales, said Patrick Toole Jr., GM of IBM’s System z. “What it always has been is high-volume secure transaction processing.” IBM has been telling conferences that mobile, the rising use of smartphones and portable digital devices, will be good for the mainframe, said Clabby. “With mobile...

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Securing Hybrid Cloud Environments: Manage Access…

Last month Clabby Analytics presented our analysis of the findings of an IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study entitled “The IT infrastructure conversation: new content, new participants, new tone”. In short, the survey indicated that most enterprise executives lack confidence that their existing information infrastructures (systems, storage, and networks) are prepared to handle new mobile, social, Big Data, analytics and cloud workloads. The survey further indicated that respondents plan to spend more on infrastructure projects to rectify this situation. But this survey also contained one surprising finding: that 50% of organizations are more concerned about internal security as compared with external security, with threats specific to cloud computing ranking as the lowest concern among survey participants. We considered this finding an anomaly – and promised to present our thoughts on cloud security in a subsequent blog. This is that blog. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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CA Tools Up For The Application Economy
Nov10

CA Tools Up For The Application Economy

LAS VEGAS:  Approaching its 40th anniversary (nee 1976), CA Technologies appears to be heading in the right direction as it evolves from its mainframe software roots to an application-centric focus that embraces the new technologies — cloud, mobile, social and security — that are transforming IT and the business world. “The Application Economy is tearing down old notions; breaking apart yesterday’s models; reshaping the landscape,” said CEO Mike Gregoire in his CA World ’14 (4,000 IT pros in attendance) keynote. “In every market and in every industry, customers are looking at their business in new ways: leveraging the power of software to reinvent, create advantage, and drive growth. We now live in a world where customers are no longer just loyal to the brand or product or service. Instead, they are loyal to the complete experience a brand delivers. And that experience is delivered by software. Software is the business. We are on the verge of a shift. Not a gentle evolution but a fundamental transformation of business, of society and life.” To help drive this evolution — and turn around its sagging fortunes — the company made a number of announcements at this week’s event, including: –CA Application Lifecycle Conductor, a lifecycle management solution that automates and manages application development spanning mobile to mainframe environments – from the initial service desk ticket to deployment in production; –CA Mobile API Gateway delivers end-to-end mobile app security solution that gives Samsung KNOX enterprise users mobile app single sign-on (SSO) while controlling app access to the enterprise API; –Management Cloud – a portfolio of cloud-delivered CA applications that save time and money with simple, fast deployment, management and upgrades; -new and expanded API management solutions that accelerate mobile and web application delivery, improve customer engagements with frictionless access, and open new revenue channels and opportunities; and, -new DevOps solutions and enhancements that further unify IT development and operations teams to drive faster and more effective development, deployment and management of applications. Gregoire said the new API offerings allow customers to “open your Enterprise to the Internet of Things. To meet customer demand. Innovate with confidence. Monetize with speed.” CA built the Management Cloud to transform today‘s IT complexity into business opportunity, he said, to help customers take control of this environment. John Michelsen, CA’s CTO, said management cloud is like the company’s other cloud offerings, but instead about running “IT like a business.” The DevOps announcements extend the company’s leadership, added Gregoire. “CA DevOps portfolio is driving faster, higher quality application development, deployment and management by effectively unifying IT development and operations teams.” Working in the office of the CTO, CA’s...

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… The Cloud/Analytics/Watson Conference (2of3)

“Insight” is the new name for IBM’s former Information-on-Demand conference – an event that had been dedicated to data related topics such as data management, data bases, data governance and Big Data analysis. Insight, however, expands beyond data to cover other IBM strategic initiatives including cloud and cognitive computing. So picture this: 12,000 people with varied interest attending an IBM trade show on advanced technologies. These 12,000 included IBM customers (business executives, line-of-business managers, developers, database administrators, IT managers, and more); press/analysts; IBMers (sales people, product managers, educators, and executive management); and IBM business partners (offering solutions in security, enterprise content management, analytics, cloud and more). In other words, Insight attracted a gigantic crowd with a wide variety of interests. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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