…Buyers & Sellers Must Learn to Compete in the Amazon…

Premise: Amazon has turned the data center into an API. This trend is having profound impacts on enterprise IT customers. In particular, the economics of infrastructure outsourcing (i.e. deployment, provisioning, management and orchestration), which formerly had negative economies of scale at volume, are beginning to track software marginal economics – i.e. incremental costs go to $0. To compete with these cost structures, IT...

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Evaluating Hadoop Vendor Partnership Strategies

Look at the data management architecture and technology portfolio of any large enterprise and you will more than likely find a heterogeneous collection of databases, data warehouses, data integration tools and business intelligence applications from multiple vendors. Over the years, most large enterprises have spent multiple-millions of dollars procuring, deploying and operating these data management technologies, which today support...

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Catalog Software Solves Copy Chaos

One of the greatest operational challenges in modern data centers is copy management. The number of copies of data is proliferating. Part of the reason is the availability on all storage array platforms of snapshot, in particular space efficient snapshots. The space efficient snapshots were first introduced by NetApp, and are logical copies of data based on metadata held in WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout). By taking just the delta...

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VCE returns to EMC as a full member of the Federation

The joint venture between Cisco and EMC to create and sell Vblock converged infrastructure, now known as VCE, formerly Acadia, the VCE Coalition and the VCE Company, has been difficult to fully understand. A Vblock takes the pieces from the parent companies, integrates them and wraps them with software and services to deliver a solution that simplifies IT. The money trail between the parent companies, funding salaries of more than...

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Evaluation Hybrid Cloud Strategic Options For…

Recently Wikibon looked at the state of play for hybrid clouds in a research posting called “Beyond Virtualization: from Consolidation to Orchestration and Automation”. The general conclusions were: The key business driver behind a hybrid cloud strategy is to increase the value of applications to the end-user and the business. As a consequence, hybrid cloud projects require: Buy-in and leadership as business-led initiatives, with an...

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