VCE is delivering a new deployment model for virtual computing infrastructures that is flipping the OPEX/CAPEX dynamic by providing engineered solutions designed for integration with existing investments. The company is expanding its portfolio of products enabling existing customers to extend VCE standardization across their organizations and deliver benefits beyond their current investment. A renewed focus on management equips Vblocks with VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software that acts as a mediation layer between existing management frameworks and Vblock.
NetScout has announced the nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch—a high-density modular switching chassis optimized for 10 and 40 GbE—and nGenius PFS Management software with unified management for large-scale deployments. The new products expand upon NetScout’s entry into the network visibility market with the nGenius 1500 series packet flow switch, and enable large enterprises and service providers to close the gap between network speeds and visibility tools.
Big Switch has come out of stealth mode and released an open software-defined networking (SDN) product suite centered around an OpenFlow Controller. Leveraging an open architecture, the suite takes advantage of a broad ecosystem of both northbound and southbound partners, which offer a wide range of deployment options. These commercially available, open SDN solutions represent a potential opportunity to accelerate OpenFlow adoption.
The WAN optimization landscape is rapidly changing as new drivers, technologies, and consumption models are appearing. While traditional use cases are still valid, a host of new uses should drive widespread adoption of the technology. Aryaka is helping to accelerate WAN optimization adoption by offering WAN optimization as a service, available as an alternative to organizations having to purchase and deploy hardware at every site.
NetApp and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are joining forces to deliver NetApp Private Storage for AWS, which combines the performance, security, and compliance of dedicated storage with the economics and agility of public cloud. The solution, which offers a new tier of storage for AWS users, enables bi-directional data mobility for existing NetApp customers between on-premises storage and NetApp Storage residing in a Direct Connect co-location facility. The partnership extends how organizations can leverage the scalability and reliability of AWS—in its own right, as backup, as a test/dev environment, or as an innovative extension to their on-premises IT infrastructure.
Riverbed recently announced the acquisition of OPNET to enhance its Cascade business unit. By integrating the newly acquired technology, Riverbed will be able to bring a converged application performance management (APM) and network performance management (NPM) solution to the market. In the rapidly evolving APM/NPM market, Riverbed is well positioned to accelerate sales and optimize application performance for a highly virtualized/cloud computing era.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is becoming an increasingly popular topic for IT networking administrators. Because vendors are beginning to innovate solutions around Open Flow and SDN, ESG sampled enterprise customers to gauge their familiarity with the technology as well as any future plans for deployment.
Early server virtualization implementations were driven predominantly by consolidation and cost containment initiatives. However, organizations looking to extend beyond the core benefits of server virtualization are starting to transform their highly virtualized data centers into private cloud infrastructures. By harnessing advanced capabilities like elasticity, management automation, and usage-based tracking, organizations, especially those with larger and more sophisticated IT environments, are beginning to change the way in which IT delivers services.
Cisco Live saw, among many things, the announcement of Cisco’s Open Network Environment approach to network programmability and emerging software-defined networking models. Called Cisco ONE, it will address a number of approaches for deploying an SDN through One Platform Kit, controller software and OpenFlow Agents, and virtual overlay networks. Cisco intends to phase its solutions into the market.
Driven by data center consolidation, server virtualization, and increased use of web applications, data centers and their networks are scaling at an unprecedented rate. The rate of scale has challenged network administrators working with legacy networks and processes to keep pace. Software-defined networking (SDN)-such as the OpenFlow protocol-which centralizes the controller, opens, and utilizes software to program the network, offers a promising solution.
Consumerization of IT and corporate adoption of various application- and desktop-delivery models create complexity and manageability issues for IT professionals. As a result, organizations seek a consolidated platform for mixed applications that aggregates hybrid delivery environments and centralizes services. Centrix WorkSpace offers unified delivery of applications, desktops, and content to end-users and provides analytics for improved provisioning and management of resources.
Ensuring the performance of browsing and buying is paramount for this online purveyor of millions of home furnishings. Leveraging rapid technology and engineering development as a means to create a competitive advantage, the Wayfair.com team had to find a better way to guarantee performance. Choosing BMC APM to deliver proactive management allowed Wayfair.com to optimize its development efforts.
The idea that virtualization technologies are revolutionizing the market is no longer novel. Though the conversation has shifted toward cloud computing, server virtualization remains the foundation. Driven by numerous benefits including lower capital and operational costs, greater IT efficiency and agility, and improved application performance, server virtualization is being deployed rapidly and near-universally by large midmarket and enterprise organizations. These benefits, realized by neophyte adopters, are merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg; organizations with more extensive deployments have realized improvements in application provisioning, automation of IT tasks, application availability, disaster recovery, business continuity, and application development.
Recent ESG research indicates that the remote worker population will grow significantly over the next three years. Why? Organizations see ROI on remote worker programs in terms of cost reduction, higher employee morale, and improved productivity. While these are attractive benefits, ESG believes that today’s laissez-faire remote worker programs have plenty of room for improvement from both a business and technology perspective.
Cisco recently unveiled its next-generation Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) solutions, delivering a significant upgrade over its previous versions. The improvements address the demand for a WAN solution capable of scaling to deliver web-based software applications and rich media content across networks with improved performance. In order to realize market traction, Cisco will need to drive awareness of WAAS's new capabilities to its customers and educate its sales and channel partners on the improvements.
Perry Laberis is an ESG senior research associate focused on conducting primary and secondary market research, developing market sizing models and forecasts, and creating and producing ESG reports and briefs. Perry supports research project requirements across coverage areas encompassing virtualization, security, networking, cloud computing, and more.
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