Dell’s Clean Slate Approach to Enterprise IT

By Torsten Volk on May 8, 2013 7:22:09 PM

Breaking News: Dell Acquires Enstratius to Further Complete Its Cloud Story

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Dell’s Clean Slate Approach to Enterprise IT

By Torsten Volk on May 3, 2013 12:05:21 PM

Breaking News: Dell Acquires Enstratius to Further Complete Its Cloud Story

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The Software-Defined Datacenter: Part 2 of 4 – Core Components

By Torsten Volk on Aug 23, 2012 10:42:54 AM

In part 1 of this series of four posts, we examined the grand vision of the software-defined datacenter (SDD). In this second post of the series, we will take a look at the core components of the SDD (see Figure 1) and provide a brief evaluation of how mature these components currently are.

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The Software-Defined Datacenter: Part 1 of 4 – The Basics

By Torsten Volk on Aug 16, 2012 6:00:58 PM

The ultimate goal of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDD), a term coined only a few months ago by VMware’s Steve Herrod, is to centrally control all aspects of the data center – compute, networking, storage – through hardware-independent management and virtualization software. This software will also provide the advanced features that currently constitute the main differentiators for most hardware vendors. The following quote by Steve Herrord succinctly sums up the bad news that VMware is delivering to many of these vendors: “If you’re a company building very specialized hardware … you’re probably not going to love this message.”

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EMA Radar for Workload Automation 2012 – Key Findings

By Torsten Volk on Jun 14, 2012 12:38:37 PM

During this year’s research for the 2012 EMA Workload Automation (WLA) Radar Report, we encountered a number of very interesting core findings. These research results mostly originated from dozens of conversations with end customers, who have been using WLA software for many years and sometimes even for decades. WLA, by definition, is a mature discipline, as it started during the beginning of mainframe times, then became more complex when organizations adopted distributed computing, and today is faced with a new challenge: the cloud. Please take a look at what our research showed as the most important aspects of a modern WLA solution. The following vendors were included in the report: Arcana, ASCI, ASG, BMC, CA Technologies, Cisco, Flux, MVP Systems, Network Automation, ORSYP, Stonebranch, UC4.

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Workload Automation: A Future Outlook

By Torsten Volk on Nov 7, 2011 1:20:24 PM

Almost all of today’s business processes are supported and complemented by enterprise IT applications. These applications are often business-critical and therefore tied to strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Most enterprises utilize sophisticated monitoring tools to track system health on the application, operating system, hypervisor, hardware, network resources, and storage levels. These health monitoring tools send out alerts to the administrator if any of the warning lights turn yellow or red. When all lights are green, there should be no problem.

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Workload Automation: A Future Outlook

By Torsten Volk on Nov 7, 2011 8:16:10 AM

Almost all of today's business processes are supported and complemented by enterprise IT applications. These applications are often business-critical and therefore tied to strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Most enterprises utilize sophisticated monitoring tools to track system health on the application, operating system, hypervisor, hardware, network resources, and storage levels. These health monitoring tools send out alerts to the administrator if any of the warning lights turn yellow or red. When all lights are green, there should be no problem.

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