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Converged and Hyper-converged – We’ve Got It Covered

Posted: December 12, 2014   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Private Cloud Infrastructure, Mark Bowker, integrated computing platform, ESG Lab, integrated infrastructure, Hyper-converged, Converged

In the last few years, we’ve seen a major boom in the converged infrastructure space. This coincides with ESG research findings, where more than 50% of respondents said they currently or plan to utilize a converged solution in their IT environments. We’re not at all surprised, since they make infrastructure tasks significantly easier for IT pros – easier to plan, easier to configure, and easier to grow. By deploying a converged solution, companies have realized gains across all facets of IT, from faster deployment times and improved service and support, to ease of management and improved TCO, scalability, and agility.

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NetApp Stakes Its Claims (with video)

Posted: June 17, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, Netapp, Mark Peters, Mark Bowker, Terri McClure

NetApp recently held its annual Analyst Summit. As one might expect from a company constantly ranked as a good place to work, there was plenty of open-ness and a frank appraisal of where stumbles had occurred in recent years – the combination of delays in getting to clustered ONTAP, a massive government IT spending squeeze (significant for NetApp as it does a huge amount of government work), and the recent general softening of the overall storage industry had hardly been conducive to great times for this industry icon of ‘up and to the right.' CEO Tom Georgens summarized it simply by pointing out that there has to come a time when you simply “shut up and fix it." Well, apparently that work is essentially done, and so the Analyst Summit was in many respects a coming-out party. How did NetApp do? There’s some more written commentary below, but first here’s a 6 minute overview video with insights from my colleagues Terri McClure, Kevin Rhone, and Mark Bowker as well as me, and also discussions of the key takeaways that senior NetApp Executives (Tom Georgens, George Kurian, and Jullie Parrish) wanted to implant in the heads of the attendees and thence users and prospects.

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Video Blog: What Does HP Stand For These Days?

Posted: March 20, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Hewlett-Packard, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Information and Risk Management, HP, Mark Peters, Mark Bowker, data storage, Terri McClure

Analyst events are about many things - strategy, product details, tactics, competitive actions, user stories, and corporate measurement statistics, just to give a few examples. Those are some of the factual aspects....but there's also another side to things which is very important. Big events such as this are also about setting a tone, and communicating an attitude.

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Impressions From VMworld '13 (Includes Video)

Posted: August 30, 2013   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, End-User Computing, Endpoint & Application Virtualization, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Mark Peters, Compute, Jason Buffington, VMworld, Mark Bowker, Terri McClure

Mentioning that VMware held its annual VMworld get-together in San Francisco this week is likely to not be news to anyone! After all VMware is one of the most widely-used and integrated vendors in this space. And the event has become a major IT ecosystem show - indeed arguably, looked at through my myopic spectacles, it's also one of the biggest storage shows there is out there. But of course the impact of VMware has gradually been expanding – it’s not just about server virtualization, or even my beloved storage. Years ago I remember Paul Maritz saying that VMware was building a “software mainframe”…..despite that only truly resonating with people of a certain age (those who actually remember mainframes!), this year’s event struck me as the year that VMware really put that intention as a line the sand. From networking to storage to data protection, and from data centers to the palm of your hand, VMware wants to be a part of things.

That was the story this week – under the banner of “Defy Convention” (I loved the – unintended? - irony of promoting that phrase everywhere at a convention!!) VMware revealed more intent than content; but the intent looks big. Essentially it was a declaration that just about all those with whom VMware co-operates today, should be prepared for the balance to shift inexorably to competition over the coming years. It’s going to be a fascinating ride – after all, the entire IT industry is locked into a maelstrom of convergence, cloud, virtualization, integration, and mobility…and VMware is already “meshed” into that in a big way. So, realistically, we know VMware is already a key element for many users at the center of that; there’s one small issue, of course….and that is that there’s also competition for VMware. The likes of Microsoft, Cisco, Amazon and Google - together with all the traditional specialist infrastructure vendors – are not going to simply sit around and watch VMware take over. For users, this burgeoning battle might need sides to be picked in the short term, but should ultimately deliver a few good choices….and I suggest everyone learns to spell ‘co-opetition.’

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