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APIs are transforming businesses to extend the reach of their information systems and data. In technical terms, APIs are rather finite, allowing two software applications to exchange data and execute procedures. Yet their business impact is so great that API management requires a far f...
A tag-team of service and network virtualization for testing has emerged just as the mobile and cloud era requires unprecedented focus on DevOps benefits and rapid quality assurance.
Virtualized and private cloud infrastructures are all about sharing resources – compute, storage and network. Optimizing these environments comes down to the ability to properly balance capacity supply and application demand. In practical terms, this means allocating the right amount o...
Just by its mere name, virtualization conjures up images of expensive, complicated technologies that for the most part only the largest companies can grasp, when in fact there are many benefits that virtualization can bring to small businesses, two being IT efficiency and cost savings....
Virtualization offers cost-value, performance and security benefits by reducing hardware costs, providing virtualized applications that you can reconfigure easily and meeting all regulatory and compliance guidelines. You don't need to make a prohibitive capital investment, and easy exp...
“Software-defined,” like any new trend that technology companies rush to attach to has suffered from marketing hype. Starting in mid-2012 with the acquisition of Nicera by VMware, most traditional infrastructure technology vendors across compute, networking, and storage have some messa...
The initial wave of data efficiency features for primary storage focus on silos of information organized in terms of individual file systems. Deduplication and compression features provided by some vendors are limited by the scalability of those underlying file systems, essentially the...
Worldwide IT spending is projected to rise US$3.8 trillion in 2014 according to recent Gartner research, a 3.1 percent increase from spending in 2013, which was $3.7 trillion. While not a huge jump in dollars, it does indicate that companies have been conserving cash over the past few ...
Virtualization can significantly reduce costs for organizations but to ensure that risk of outage and data loss is mitigated, organizations should ensure that their backup provider meets certain qualifications.
Internet of Things known as IoT is expected to gain momentum in the year 2014 and will continue to find a mainstream adoption in the coming years. From a definition perspective, IoT is about the integration of more devices that are already prevalent using the RFID and other kinds of ma...
Agile software development isn’t really a “new” trend anymore. I mean, the Agile Manifesto turns 13 years old next month and while that might be early adolescence in human years, it’s downright ancient as far as trends in IT are concerned. However, one area that has yet to fully mature...
The benefits of public and private clouds based on virtualization are varied and well known. In 2013, more than 40 percent of enterprises have or are adopting virtualized private clouds in the data center, and another 40 percent are evaluating virtualization solutions. Nevertheless, le...
As businesses look to leverage cloud technology to drive growth, many times the questions IT leaders within the company ask are: “Where do I start? What part of my infrastructure should I move into the cloud first?” IT leaders must pick a place to begin with cloud adoption. The decisio...
If last year underscored anything, it was the significant and far-reaching impact of breaches by trusted insiders – case in point, the Edward Snowden affair. What makes this such a critical trend for 2014 is the fact that as more and more organizations are adopting cloud strategies, th...
Introducing the concept of cloud computing into your existing environments can seem to be a daunting task. Cloud computing is the next generation of computing and taking your first step into the cloud can be revolutionary for you and your company. The question you need to ask yourself ...
While unprecedented technological advances have been made in healthcare in areas such as genomics, digital imaging and Health Information Systems, access to this information has been not been easy for both the healthcare provider and the patient themselves. Regulatory compliance and co...
As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalizati...
IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues t...
It’s a simple fact that the better sales reps understand their prospects’ intentions, preferences and pain points during calls, the more business they’ll close. Each day, as your prospects interact with websites and social media platforms, their behavioral data profile is expanding. It...
One key element that is often missing in the avid discussions on what’s keeping more enterprises out of the cloud is a common recognition that storage in the cloud is simply not what it should be. It may surprise you, but to a large degree the solution to some of the cloud’s biggest co...
Recently, I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) to take a look at cloud development concepts and see if there was any benefit for our development teams across the enterprise. After some investigation I could see that if all users/developers were on one server that co...
Over the last three years, the market has been abuzz with the news that deduplication technology was going to change the economics of flash-based storage systems forever. In fact just recently, in his article War Between SSDs and HDDs Will Escalate Through 2016, industry analyst Ben Wo...
Today’s software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualized networking solutions focus on virtualizing network functionality within the data center and the metropolitan area network (MAN). But for typical enterprises, and those managed and cloud service providers that cater to them, thes...
Faced with competitive pressures demanding increased IT agility, Line-of-Business (LOB) managers have been increasingly relying on virtualized infrastructures to accelerate deployment of critical application workloads. Server virtualization has rapidly become the default platform for m...
How Parasoft Service Virtualization helped Comcast increase the scope & accuracy of performance testing, slash testing costs and cut downtime by 60%. There were two primary issues that led Comcast to explore service virtualization. First, we wanted to increase the accuracy and consist...
It is hard to believe that there was a time when “the cloud” didn’t exist. Then, maybe 50 years ago, a lot of cloud-like things started to happen, such as remote computing, networked computing, resource sharing, virtual networks, and then, eventually, the Internet. But it still wasn’t ...
Forward-looking companies are now exploiting cloud efficiencies and agility to deliver applications better to their end users. The next VMworld innovator panel discussion focuses on how two companies are using aggressive cloud-computing strategies to deliver applications better to the...
I recently came across Gartner research authored by analyst Colin Fletcher about the emergence of Business Value Dashboards (BVDs) that are replacing today’s conventional executive dashboards. When analyst research mentions a developing IT trend, I take note. But I pay special attentio...
In my previous blog, I suggested that both Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), although arguably different in intent and in detail, are nevertheless both driving the evolution of network architecture in the same direction. Network functions are ab...
There’s a great management book called “The Other Guy Blinked” by the ex-CEO of Pepsi that describes the episode when Coke tried to change its formula and make its core product better. The company re-wrote its product recipe and tried to shake up the market. In the case of Coke, the c...
In a previous blog I took the opportunity to comment on the role of billing in a future of Software Driven Networks (SDN). However, before we get too caught up in the billing component, it might be worthwhile to discuss where SDN itself is going and to tease out some of the distinction...
The world runs on transactional database systems. Every business depends on them, and we each interact with them many times each day. Furthermore the world needs to build thousands more applications of transactional database systems to support the next-generation web. Nothing controver...
Let's start at... the beginning. What is the in-memory computing? Kirill Sheynkman from RTP Ventures gave the following crisp definition which I like very much: "In-Memory Computing is based on a memory-first principle utilizing high-performance, integrated, distributed main memory sy...
This article takes a look at the administrative overhead for implementing VDI in either a VMware or Microsoft environment. Number of admin touch points, upgrade considerations, complexity, and more. A little bit of history first. Virtual Desktop computing has been slowly etching its...
Is Service Virtualization is worth it? Consider the ROI opportunities: OpEx/CapEx reduction, risk reduction & incremental top-line revenue. Last week, we explored the business value of service virtualization: how service virtualization's simulated test environments speed innovation, a...
The Open Group asks the pertinent question: How prepared are you for the coming together of such growing technical phenomena as cloud, mobile, social computing, and big data? The convergence of technical phenomena such as cloud, mobile and social computing, big data analysis, and the ...
Increasing the I/O performance of next-generation data centers and cloud computing environments is essential for supporting enterprise e-commerce, database and email applications. To successfully deploy high-performance storage, it’s essential for storage appliance software to be flash...
Explore how the agility goal of real-time responses is no longer good enough. What’s apparent across more business ecosystems is that businesses must do even better, to become so data-driven that they extend their knowledge and ability to react well into the future. In other words, we'...
Over the past few years, the demand for applications that run on mobile devices has exploded and there is no sign of this demand decreasing anytime soon. This, coupled with the rapid growth of cloud computing, has resulted in a large number of business applications that live outside th...
Using HP Vertica, Guess, Inc. can increasingly predict how to satisfy its shopping customers. At the same time, Guess's IT organization came to grips with adopting and implementing a big-data platform to bring more of a democratization of data and better access to its employees. We'll...