Talking IT Evolution (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, Steve Duplessie and I consider the dramatic shifts that have occurred in the nature of IT in the last few years. What was once an industry dominated by technology - its attributes, shortfalls and specializations - has shifted to one where the outcome is king. As entire organizations have digitized, so the internal lines-of-business are increasingly the decision makers. IT, and its foundational technologies, is demonstrably more important than ever, but it serves horizontally as opposed to being master of a vertical domain.  

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure IT Transformation ESG 360 Video Series

Making Infrastructure Less Visible Shines a Light on Other Issues

In my recent blog and video covering my predictions for infrastructure in 2018, I promised to return to the key themes, saying that I thought their simplicity could obfuscate their importance. So, here goes on adding a little more color to the first one.

The onward march from IT as infrastructure technology [back] to IT as information technology makes for memorable semantic fun…but it covers way more than that. Yes, it’s important to have IT focused on the overall delivery model, SLAs and – most important of all – the achievement of relevant business outcomes. However, the move of individual infrastructure elements somewhat out of the immediate spotlight and more into the (literal and figurative) IT shadows should never be interpreted as any lessening of the value associated with, or attributed to, these elements. Quite the reverse. As we increasingly rely on more integrated IT systems – convergence, cloud services, and software-defined being three common contemporary manifestations – so we inevitably also increasingly rely on those systems being “better.” In this context “better” does not necessarily mean things like price-performance – which remain nice-to-haves of course – but absolutely means things like reliability, ease of use, automation, and interoperability.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Infrastructure Predictions 2018 - includes video

So, with the Christmas presents unwrapped, and yet with New Year resolutions still to be self-negotiated, it's about time for me to put forth my predictions for infrastructure in 2018.  

Topics: IT Infrastructure 2018 Predictions

What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors in Recent ESG Research (Video, Part 2 of 2)

If the words that follow seem more than a tad familiar to those of you that saw the first installment on this topic,  I am thrilled that you pay such close attention!

Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here, while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.

Topics: Storage Internet of Things IT Infrastructure IoT business initiatives 2017 IT Spending Intentions Survey

What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors In Recent ESG Research (Part 1 of 2)

Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.

Topics: Cloud Computing Storage Cybersecurity IT Infrastructure

The Contemporary Opportunity for Traditional IT Hardware (Video)

Despite the fact that most things in the big wide world of infrastructure actually change relatively slowly in the practical air of data centers, we nonetheless love to talk about actual and impending changes in far more hyperbolic and dramatic ways. I guess cataclysmic statements are more exciting than pragmatic progress!?

Anyhow, while I am certainly a believer in the value of many, varied types of cloud deployments, I am certainly not a believer in the meteor-hits-earth type of prognostications about the end of on-premises infrastructure, neither by type nor location! Traditional hardware is not going away - at least not for the foreseeable future.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

“Discover”ing HPE in London (includes video)

A few months ago, HP (sic) held its US Discover conference in Las Vegas; the European version of the same happened early this month….only this time it was HPE that was holding the event. It’s fair to say that the name does not yet roll easily off the tongues of long-established [ex-] HP personnel, but I don’t think it was the new moniker or even the new green rectangle logo that had the interest of attendees at the conference in London’s Docklands. What mattered was whether HPE could bring something to the contemporary party.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

IBM Edge "Is Breadth Manifest" (Includes Video)

The 2015 edition of IBM’s Edge conference recently took place in Las Vegas. While it lacked some of the showbiz sheen of other big industry events, the feeling of being at a cult reunion was just as strong; and any lack of hype was more than balanced by the focus on links to real world business/societal outcomes that permeated everything. There’s a telling irony in that comment: while many vendors declare lofty goals in their conference descriptors that are sometimes based on spurious - or at best strained – links to eventual value, and then actually talk about products, IBM (as so often) treads a different path: It actually declares that the conference is indeed about infrastructure, but then wraps that iron fist of infrastructure in a beguiling and compelling velvet glove of end-user achievement and proven value. 

Topics: IBM Storage IT Infrastructure IBM Edge storage virtualization

Yet Another Proof Point for Network and Endpoint Security Integration

As I’ve mentioned many times in my blog, there is a lot of evidence suggesting a trend toward the amalgamation of endpoint and network security.

Here’s another recent data point that supports this further. ESG recently published a new research report titled Network Security Trends in the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing. The report is based upon a survey of security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees). ESG asked them: “Is your organization engaged in any type of project to integrate anti-malware and analytics technologies on networks and endpoints?” Nearly one-quarter (22%) said, “yes, extensively,” while another 39% responded, “yes, somewhat.”

Topics: Information Security End-User Computing IT Infrastructure network Networking Information and Risk Management endpoint Security and Privacy

How to Protect an EVO RAIL (video series)

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners. But how do you protect that all-in-one solution?

Topics: EMC EVO IT Infrastructure Data Protection JBuff VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management HP Dell