Looking Ahead to Dell Technologies World (Video)

When spring arrives, so does the start of IT vendors show season. First up this year is one of the biggest and most important shows, Dell Technologies World, or DTW.

DTW is one of the key events of the year in our industry, not just in the depth of impact but the breadth of companies that are part of Dell Technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMware. With almost every company in the world touched by Dell Technologies, this is one show to keep an eye on. In this video blog, I touch just a little bit on some key ideas that I'm looking forward to at DTW.

Topics: Data Protection dell-emc Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

Systems Management With Today’s Security Threats

With the rise in security threats, like cyberattacks and malware, enterprise IT needs to have comprehensive systems management. The needs for a systems management solution are these three key attributes:

Topics: Systems Management

Meltdown and Spectre Shine a Light on the Multiple Facets of Systems Management

The impact of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is having a reach that exceeds any of recent memory. From servers to desktops, tablets to phones, and Intel to AMD & ARM, these security vulnerabilities impact systems and devices across the entire spectrum of computing.

Topics: Systems Management meltdown spectre

2018 Predictions for Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps (Video)

As we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, it's time again for my yearly predictions for Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps. I've posted a video with my predictions below but here are the key points that I talk about in the video.

  • Continued growth in how systems management teams and large vendors approach hybrid cloud - As I discussed in my 2017 video, we can approach hybrid cloud from an infrastructure up or a cloud down orientation. Choosing an approach radically changes how system management is done and both customers and vendors have to make some decisions on how they approach hybrid.
Topics: platform-as-a-service DevOps Systems Management 2018 Predictions

DevOps Myths and Realities: Why the Key to DevOps is Understanding What it is First (Video)

Now more than ever, the IT world is a giant game of buzzword bingo, where vendors are adopting hot buzzwords for their products like they are writing a online dating profile. One of the biggest buzzwords that I run into is DevOps. There probably isn't an application or management product out there that doesn't claim to be DevOps or enable DevOps.

Topics: DevOps Systems Management

Understanding The Hype Around Hyperconverged Infrastructure

There is a lot of hype around hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All the big vendors and a number of lesser-known smaller ones are in the game. Dell EMC has doubled down on its HCI portfolio investments; NetApp is entering the market leveraging its Solidfire technology; HPE is investing in growing its SimpliVity line; Cisco acquired Springpath so it could offer its own line, but it also partners with Nutanix, HPE and just about everyone else! Speaking of Nutanix, it was a category pioneer (along with SimpliVity) and its Dell EMC branded business is still growing, even though Dell EMC has somewhat competing products with VxRack and VxRail (the 3 HCI products serve different use cases - a topic for another blog!). Nutanix is also doing a healthy business through Lenovo and its channel partners and it has an agreement with IBM to offer its HCI on Power systems. Lesser-known (but fast growing) Pivot3 just announced 50% growth in bookings! Hitachi Vantara has a product it is also leveraging for Lumada IoT, and VMware sells vSAN for HCI use cases. I'm still just scratching the surface- I know I've left some vendors out - it's a long list!

Topics: Storage HCI Systems Management hyperconverged infastructure

Data Protection Is (or Should Be) Increasingly Part of a Systems Management Strategy (Video)

Think about it. If I’m an IT Operations team member:

  • I provision new servers (usually VMs), but some physical and some cloud-based.
  • I patch and maintain those servers.
  • I provide or rescind access to the applications on those servers.
  • I monitor those servers for performance and uptime.
  • And when those servers go down, I am the first one who gets called.
Topics: Data Protection Jason Buffington Systems Management hyperconverged infrastructure Edwin Yuen

Veritas Vision Recap: Leveraging Data for Multi-Cloud (Video)

I've just come back from Veritas Vision 2017 and my colleague Mark Peters and I shot an ESG On Location video report from the show. Now, traditionally, Veritas has been known only for their backup and data protection solutions like Backup Exec and NetBackup. The changes for Veritas have been coming since their spinoff from Symantec last year.

This year, we saw a continued rebirth of Veritas, with a strong positioning of itself beyond simply being a data custodian and manager to being a data insights provider. Veritas is strongly embracing a multi-cloud, hyperscale product portfolio, with new products centered around data access and data management. This is an extremely smart move on Veritas' part, leveraging the strong access they have to data, across on- and off-premises, to transform themselves into providers of that data access. 

Topics: Multi-Cloud Veritas Systems Management Vision 2017

What to Watch About Systems Management & DevOps @ VMworld 2017

It's always an exciting time as we start looking at the end of summer and the approach of VMworld. This year will be 10 years since I went to my first VMworld. I've seen VMworld grow massive over the years and shift venues back and forth from San Francisco to Vegas, back to SF, then back to Vegas. I know I'll always miss Cannes, although the Palais des Festivals wasn't the roomiest venue. The show is now tougher for me as my kids are now going to school and I have to miss the first day of the year.

Topics: VMworld DevOps Systems Management

Applications Drive Hybrid Cloud, With On-Premises Being the Key to Hybrid, Not Public Cloud (Video)

Terri McClure, ESG's Senior Analyst for Cloud Infrastructure, and I did an ESG 360 video about the hybrid cloud research that I have conducted.  Two key points that came out of that research were the following:

  • Hybrid cloud is about applications and the infrastructure that supports them, not just about infrastructure, servers, and VMs. An application-centric view is the cornerstone of hybrid cloud and vendors need to recognize and adjust for this. This doesn't mean that infrastructure doesn't matter anymore, but the management and optimization of hybrid cloud workloads needs to be done at the application level, not the infrastructure.
Topics: hybrid cloud public cloud Systems Management on-premises