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Infrastructure 2.0

Can a postmortem review help foster a curiosity for innovative possibilities to make application performance better? Blue-sky thinkers may not want to deal with the myriad of details on how to manage the events being generated operationally, but could learn something from this exercise...
Companies that until recently had never heard of the Internet of things (IoT) are now excited to find that they’ve been IoT players all along. Businesses involved in home automation, security services, vehicle tracking and health monitoring to name a few have been around for a while. T...
Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use,...
I just read through “The New Kingmakers,” a thought-provoking book by Stephen O'Grady of the small, but influential, analyst firm Redmonk. The thesis of the book is straightforward: technology changes have moved developers, previously of little importance within the world of IT, to a c...
Enterprise applications are increasing in complexity, with multi-tier and distributed applications being the new standards for dealing with high-volume, high-scale requirements. In many development environments, the ideal scenario is to enable DevOps teams to manage dev/test environmen...
The cloud is proving to be a useful tool for businesses both large and small. What started out as an innovative idea has quickly transformed into a vital component of many business practices. As time goes on, demand for cloud storage has only increased with each passing year as more an...
The IT infrastructure of modern businesses require a number of seemingly never-ending cycles to track assets. As these assets go through different stages of usefulness or functionality, IT teams must constantly manage the process, which takes them away from other more important tasks a...
In 2013, there was increasing demand for cloud computing, with enterprise after enterprise committing to a rapid and vigorous redeployment of resources toward cloud-based solutions. Gigaom Research conducted surveys of both mainstream and leading-edge users in the second quarter of 201...
When should High-Performance Computing (HPC) be considered an integral and essential part of the so-called ‘business transformation’ process? This is not a question often posed. We normally center our fascination with the business transformation process around any given firm’s path t...
In 2012, an IDG survey of enterprise cloud computing adoption showed that 70 percent of respondents said security was among their top three concerns, and two years later, not much has changed. The Everest Group Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey released in March of 2014 shows that 70 pe...
In a hybrid world where will have some private-cloud solutions and multiple public clouds, the challenge is to have the right level of governance, and to be in a position to move the workloads, and adjust the workloads with the needs. The old model of just being an outsourcer or on-pr...
Digital transformation is often unnerving. Our morning newspaper shifts to the iPad. Our coffee is paid for on a mobile app. Our taxis are hailed via mobile apps. Our cars talk to us. Our jobs and careers change as a result of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) solutions. How s...
This month, we released our latest MetraNet® 8.0 software. What makes this release particularly exciting is that it bridges the gap between the complex business models and customer and partner empowerment that is unique to MetraTech with the user experience typically found in consumer ...
In this part of the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, we are focusing on of the great solutions we introduced with Windows Server 2012 and improved in Window Server 2012 R2, Storage Spaces. In Windows Server 2012 Storage became a first class citizen, from storage de...
The cloud plays an integral role in enabling the agility required to take advantage of new business models and to do so in a very convenient and cost-effective way. However, this also means that more personal information and business data will exist in the cloud and be passed back and ...
With an ear to the ground and an eye on the sky, Gigaom's Barb Darrow chronicles the competitive factors shaping the bumpy journey that is cloud computing among the superpowers (AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing). Wherever you st...
Is it just me, or has there been an explosion of buzz words lately? Don’t get me wrong, the IT industry innovates at a crazy pace normally, but it seems that things have been evolving faster than ever and that a fundamental change in the way things are done is underway. We can attribut...
Transaction management is not just for technical geeks; it is very much a subject that ‘business suits’ should be focused on. But should it be seen as a business issue for technologists or a technology issue for business people? Or doesn’t it matter and should transaction management...
Martin Heisig, Senior Vice President of Cloud and Infrastructure Delivery at SAP SE, is responsible for SAP’s global IT infrastructure including the operation of SAP’s external cloud offerings. The mega trends real-time platforms – Big Data, cloud, enterprise mobility as well as socia...
Virtualization has almost become a no-brainer for most major companies out there. The added benefits of greater efficiency and lower energy costs are certainly excellent reasons for adopting a virtualization strategy and the vast majority of big businesses are taking advantage of it. T...
Ever since Eric Schmidt, the Chief Executive of Google Inc. mentioned the magical term - “Cloud Computing” - in the year 2006, a gale has been crowding over the Silicon Valley. Companies across the IT industry are competing against each other to associate themselves with the cloud comp...
We all feel it, data use and growth is explosive. Individuals and businesses are consuming -- and generating - more data every day. The challenges are common for nearly all businesses operating in every industry: ingest all the data, analyze it as fast as possible, make good sense o...
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although f...
In Part 6, we dove into the Nagle algorithm – perhaps (or hopefully) something you’ll never see. In Part VII, we get back to “pure” network and TCP roots as we examine how the TCP receive window interacts with WAN links. Each node participating in a TCP connection advertises its avail...
The telecommunication service-provider industry is gaining new business analytic value and strategic return through the better use and refinement of their big data assets. It’s no secret that communication service providers (CSPs) are under a lot of pressure as they make massive inves...
NNIT uses HP Cloud Service Automation to improve their deployment of IT applications and data, and to provide higher overall service delivery speed and efficiency. As a provider of both application development management and infrastructure outsourcing, Denmark-based NNIT needed a bett...
Even Cloud-driven transformation isn’t the end of the story. The move to Agile Architecture is a move to continuous business transformation – where the organization is as agile as it wants to be, and is able to deal with change as a routine part of how it does business. Continuous busi...
It’s certainly no secret that cloud solutions have become an important and increasingly necessary part of how companies do business today. For enterprises, implementing cloud-based services can help boost productivity, enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Private cloud solutions take ...
By adopting HP Vertica, Systems Mechanics improved how their products best deliver business intelligence, analytics streaming, and data analysis. Three years ago, Systems Mechanics Limited used relational databases to assemble and analyze some 20 different data sources in near real-ti...
Sharing data is a cornerstone of the scientific method because it makes it possible to replicate work. That foundation is mostly absent from data science, which makes obtaining and reusing knowledge more difficult than it should be. Job postings for data scientists increased 15,000 pe...
Despite all the news about hackers infiltrating major corporations, most businesses continue to leave themselves woefully unprotected. Some surveys estimate more than 70% of businesses perform vulnerability tests on less than 10% of their cloud, mobile and web applications. A majority ...
Followers of the Enterprise File Share and Sync Market (EFSS) will have noticed a flurry of announcements in the last few weeks. In particular: SAP and OpenText collaborated with Tempo Box; Egnyte outlined it would leverage Google's Storage; Box purchased Stream as well as announcing ...
Like most maturing industries, standards are required to achieve broad adoption and maximum value. For the cloud, in particular cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud, it’s time for a standard method for presenting these services...
An expected deluge of data and information about patients, providers, outcomes, and needed efficiencies is pushing the healthcare industry to re-evaluate interoperability, security and the ability to adapt rapidly to the lessons in the data. The means of enabling Boundaryless Informat...
When Swedish communications services provider TDC needed network infrastructure improvements from their disparate networks across several Nordic countries, they needed both simplicity in execution and agility in performance. Our next innovation case study interview therefore highlight...
The introduction of the Cloud has enabled the fast and agile data recovery process which is effectively more efficient than restoring data from physical drives as was the former practice. How does this impact Backup & Recovery, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity initiatives? Cl...
What inspired this piece is “Complicating the Cloud,” a recent, insightful article by industry guru Jeff Kaplan. Kaplan makes a number of trenchant points, many of them coalescing around the idea that the vendor community has a vested interest in complexity. That meshes with my beli...
Windows XP is living on borrowed time: Microsoft officially ended extended support for it on 8 April 2014. It was inevitable, but now many companies and organizations across the world face the unenviable task of removing XP from their organizations without disrupting regular business a...
We know that losing packets is not a good thing; retransmissions cause delays. We also know that TCP ensures reliable data delivery, masking the impact of packet loss. So why are some applications seemingly unaffected by the same packet loss rate that seems to cripple others? From a pe...
When we think of application performance problems that are network-related, we often immediately think of bandwidth and congestion as likely culprits; faster speeds and less traffic will solve everything, right? This is reminiscent of recent ISP wars; which is better, DSL or cable mode...