Unifying My Thoughts on Hitachi's HUS Announcement

Just this past week, HDS announced its new 'Hitachi Unified Storage' or HUS for short. That's HUS, not Hu's by the way- it's not that Hu Yoshida, HDS's long term CTO, is now having products named after him! I think...!?

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Thursday Thoughts on Friday

Mostly because I forget to hit send before I headed out last night.

IBM Acquires Vivisimo as Big Data Search Buys Heat Up

IBM announced plans to buy enterprise search company Vivisimo today. According to statements from Big Blue, the acquisition is aimed at bolstering IBM's already sizeable investment in Big Data analytics with Vivisimo's added federation capabilities.

Topics: Data Protection

Hacktivism and Cyber Crime Pose The Biggest Threat to Enterprise Organizations

With all of the cybersecurity legislation activity in Washington, GAO Director of Information Security Issues, Gregory Wilshusen, testified before the Homeland Security Committee in the House of Representatives this week. Director Wilshusen described sources of cyber threats including botnet operators, criminal groups, hackers, insiders, and nations.

Topics: Cybersecurity

The Changing Face of the CRM World

I suddenly feel like Rip Van Winkle. Having been involved in the initial wave of Customer Relationship Management software back in the 1990s, I can't get over how much CRM has changed. Back then, the simple act of knowing your customers and prospects and imposing some process on how they were managed was revolutionary. This week, attending SugarCon 2012 in San Francisco, looking at the vendors here, and talking to the people who are deploying modern CRM solutions, that past time seems almost primitive. It's as if we were recording customer interactions on papyrus using hieroglyphics.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

New Years Resolution on Backup part 2 - Getting Started with Asigra backups

As stated earlier, one of my New Year Resolutions was to back up my own stuff better. While my work laptop gets an image-based backup of its OS/Apps and my data is stored in a cloud-based sharing solution, my home machines are less rigorously protected. The irony is that I would be much more upset to lose last year's Christmas photos than I would be to have to re-create a PowerPoint deck -- mainly because I could recreate a document, but not a memory.

Topics: Data Protection

NetApp's Purchase of Engenio: One Year On

Part One: Scorecard & Logic

As NetApp's 'Array Product Group' (or APG, the artist formerly mainly known as Engenio!) made its first major program release today since the purchase of the division, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the experience to date, since it's about a year since this happened. For the anally retentive, the announcement that NetApp was to buy the Engenio external storage systems business of LSI was made on 3/9/11, and the purchase was completed on 5/9/12. Since then the business unit seems to have been doing well for NetApp. In earnings calls it is referred to as 'our E-Series OEM' business and in August of last year (after its first full quarter at NetApp) the company declared it "well above plan at $157 million"; the following quarter was "stellar....well ahead of plan, with 11% sequential growth"; and just this February NetApp said that the "business remains very robust, and after three quarters, we are now at $509 million in revenue, against the $600 million full year target we communicated at the time of the acquisition." So, revenue has accelerated somewhat since the first quarter of ownership; more significant perhaps is that the all-cash deal went down for $480M, meaning that - even guessing conservatively - NetApp is likely to clear $200M more revenue in its first full year than it spent on the business.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Vendor Synergies Drive Next Gen of NetApp FlexPod

Some may see the latest FlexPod from Netapp as another arrow in their quiver and the next generation of a solution that supports Microsoft System Center 2012. It is, but I see something way more interesting. It is difficult in any partnership to get two teams to work collaboratively, share a common vision and strategy, and successfully execute together. NetApp's latest announcement includes the collaboration and cooperation of FOUR vendors - FOUR! This is not an easy feat.

Topics: IT Infrastructure

Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 Shared Nothing Live Migration

Now that Microsoft Windows Server 2012 has been officially named, it is time to start homing in on what's new and what matters. One of the features sure to get plenty of early attention is Shared Nothing Live Migration. A common observation and rising challenge IT pros share with me is the sheer cost and volume of storage that server virtualization is creating. Couple that with the fact that the majority of their implementations are focused on cost reduction and resource containment and it makes for some serious head scratching. Virtualization leaders are less likely to be facing this challenge, but they also make up the smallest portion of the market. So here comes Microsoft with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V 3.0 arming IT pros with an alternative to investing in networked storage, still have live migration and remain focused on the number one benefit of virtualization - cost reduction and resource consolidation. Here's what it looks like:

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

Lab Report: Content Raven - A Simple, Secure Service

Content Raven just released a new version of their Content Control and Analytics service this week. ESG Lab recently tested the new solution an released our findings here. Three things I really like about it:

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility

Hurd It On The Oracle-vine

To talk publicly or not to talk publicly: both can work in surprising ways, and that is the irony of Oracle's grapevine. Let me explain...

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

My Take On The Security IPOs: Infoblox, Palo Alto Networks, and Splunk

Splunk (SPLK) went public this week and both Infoblox and Palo Alto Networks will soon follow. This could be the start of a security IPO run moving forward. Why? Status quo security defenses aren't working so there is a burgeoning market for next-generation security technologies. This market opportunity has driven M&A activities for years but we've recently seen far broader interest in security. HP grabbed ArcSight and started a security business unit. IBM acquired Q1 Labs and did the same. Dell purchased SecureWorks and SonicWall. Investment is pouring into the security sector driving innovation and a present and future wave of IPOs.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Microsoft MVPs talk about System Center 2012

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Data Protection Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

How Does the Social Enterprise Help Customers?

Next week is SugarCon in San Francisco. As the name suggests, it is a conference run by SugarCRM which brings together IT professionals, third-party developers, and partners to talk about customer relationship management. For three days, a whole lot of people will be talking about customers and how to use technology to interact with them in a more meaningful manner. Social enterprise technology will be a big part of that discussion.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

Open Networking Summit 2012 Plays to a Packed House

This week I attended the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara with 900 of my closest friends. Okay, maybe I am contributing to the hype around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with a statement like that. It wasn't 900, there were only 899 in attendance (over 100 on a waiting list) and they were not all my friends, but I did meet a lot of really smart people and had a lot of great conversations. Those in attendance ranged from network engineers from large health care providers, senior executives from large service providers, hardware and software vendors, and more than a few venture capital and money management firms. The show seemed to be a good mix of speaking sessions that covered existing implementations, tools, vision for the future etc., as well as expo/demo time to review offerings and better understand the current state of commercially available solutions.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking

Cisco UCS solutions for Microsoft Private Cloud

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

We Need Security Standards like Mitre's Common Event Expression (CEE)

Over the past few years, I've been involved with a number of ESG Research projects all pointing to a few common problems. Even in the most sophisticated shops, security teams struggle to collect the avalanche of security data generated from different log files and tools, analyze this data in a proactive manner, or find the proverbial needle in the haystack indicating anomalous behavior.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Veeam announces VMware management for System Center 2012

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking ESG on Location Cloud Services & Orchestration

HP VS3 announced at MMS 2012

Today, HP announced the newest offering in its VirtualSystem for Microsoft solutions family - the VS3, leveraging HP hardware that has been assembled and optimized to deliver the entire Microsoft Private Cloud stack, including:

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track at MMS 2012

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program puts the best practices and private cloud experience of Microsoft into an IT architecture that provides consistency and flexibility in the Microsoft stack, while still enabling its hardware partners to bring their own expertise and differentiated components together for customers benefit.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

Hyper-V: Hyper Adoption

I'm attending Microsoft Management Summit 2012 this week and had an interesting observation in one of my sessions. I always ask (and make a little joke out of asking) "Who is using VMware?" and as you would expect, the majority of the room raise their hand. No surprise. I asked the same question during one of my sessions at MMS and I received the same result. I then asked the obvious next question, "Who is using Hyper-V?" In the past at a Microsoft-focused event such as MMS, I would honestly get a healthy showing of hands and I would use that as a good indicator that there is some pickup with Hyper-V. This time when I asked about Hyper-V usage, nearly the entire room raised their hand! Now I understand, yes, this is a Microsoft crowd, but wow, that is impressive.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

Wanna Sweet Deal On Storage?

As my regular readers (thanks Mom!) will know, I'm a stickler for semantic accuracy....or at least I try to be [and it's mortifying when I make the sorts of simple mistakes that I'm constantly warning others of - like a particularly interesting e-mail exchange I'm having right now on the meaning of SSD, which I hope is the exception that proves the rule!]. I also like the weird and/or arcane real world parallels that help us all to remember important lessons. I was struck by one last week - by chance it was at SNW, but (as you'll see) it could have been any number of places.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Document-based Security Standards: The Time is Now

I first heard the term de-perimeterization years ago from my friends at the Jericho Forum, a UK-based organization of security professionals. Back then the focus was on securing IT when it crossed organizational boundaries. In other words, a highly-secure network perimeter offers little protection if my business applications, services, and sensitive data are consumed by users working at other organizations, with different security policies and controls, residing outside the firewall.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Enterprise Mobility

A New Menu Item - EMC VSPEX

EMC VSPEX is further evidence that the IT infrastructure consumption model is changing. VSPEX is ultimately a new menu item for select EMC partners. From the outside, VSPEX has a consistent look of a packaged solution, but it is what is available on the inside that gets interesting. A customer will be able to customize a VSPEX based on hypervisor preference (Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware), Cisco servers, Cisco or Brocade networking, and multiple flavors of EMC storage. The partner will base the menu choices off EMC proven infrastructure solutions and deliver a single packaged unit to the customer.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

IT Chasms, Gaps, and A New World Order

I went to dinner last night with my pal, EMC big wig Rich Napolitano, and a startup he knows called Plexxi. I've known Rich for many years since his startup Pirus (acquired by Sun for way too much money, god bless them).

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking

NetApp FlexPod Expands into the Midmarket

The way IT is accustomed to procuring and consuming virtual computing infrastructure is rapidly changing. Its traditional DIY (do it yourself) model is littered with risk and new integrated computing solutions take the guesswork out of infrastructure, remove the complexity, and ultimately arm IT with the ability to improve business process as opposed to spending a giant portion of their time maintaining infrastructure.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

What I Like About HP's Virtual Application Network (VAN) Announcement

Pity poor legacy networks. There's a tremendous amount of change going on with everything that connects to networks - mobile devices, virtual hosts, cloud computing applications- but networks have remained static, inflexible, and technically esoteric. This dichotomy leads to a situation that ESG calls "network discontinuity"-legacy networks just can't keep up with modern business and technical requirements.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

HP's Vision for Virtual Application Networks

With the Open Networking Summit and Interop just around the corner, HP unveiled the networking portion of its Converged Cloud initiative. The network portion is highlighted by the introduction of Virtual Application Networks, that build upon HP's FlexNetwork Architecture, and will cover data center, campus, and branch network environments to enable the rapid delivery of applications to end-users. Virtual Application Networks are logical, purpose-built virtual networks designed to connect users to applications and services, resulting in a scalable, agile, and secure network that streamlines operations.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

Cirque du Storage - Cool Acts from Drobo, NexGen and Symform

It's always interesting when you're made to re-evaluate and look at things differently. Cirque du Soleil has been doing that for years now; traditional 'circus' acts became fascinating entertainment that could make us stroke our chins or drop our jaws. In other words, something you thought you knew was presented in a new light. And yet the underpinnings of what Cirque does are not brand new - it did not invent the wheel or discover fire; instead, it took elements that existed already, and did something that no one had seen before. In other words it represents invention rather than discovery, but nonetheless it has created something compelling....not to mention the fact that it's generated a ton of revenue, spin-offs, and imitations.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection

More Thoughts on Software-Defined Networking

In preparation for the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in a few weeks, ESG networking guru Bob Laliberte and I have been talking to networking vendors, end-users, VCs, even actual OpenFlow shops. Here's what I'm thinking at this point.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking

Dell Acquires Wyse: The Software Company

Wyse??? I thought they made AS400 dump terminals.!?!?!

Topics: IT Infrastructure

Stuff I saw at SNW 2012 Dallas

It's been a few years since I came to SNW - and while, the number of end-users appears to be dropping (my perception vs. recollection), the types of end-users appear to be exactly the right kind of audience that SNW was built for: storage savvy IT stakeholders looking for education on technology evolutions. I do wish that SNW would lessen its restrictions or allow a defined percentage of its sessions to actually mention products, as I heard some veiled sales pitches where the 'evolution trends' discussed by the 'experts' were coincidentally only manifested by that particular expert's product-line. Enabling some sessions to be product-informational might breathe some new life into that program.

Topics: Storage

Live at the E-discovery Witch Trials

Judge Peck filed an order yesterday in response to the plaintiff's request for his recusal in the Da Silva Moore case. In it he defends his earlier opinion and his reputation, closing with a call for a return to civility.

Endpoint Security: The Next Generation

When you mention endpoint security in conversation, it's not unusual to get some type of visceral response - eyes rolling, sighs, etc. Security professionals and the industry at large think of endpoint security as a commodity or "necessary evil." Some of my fellow analysts have gone so far to say that endpoint security as a category is dead (that's an old analyst trick for declaring that you've come up with some new model).

Topics: Cybersecurity