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2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

This is a continuation of ten 2015 trends which I started in my last post . These three post refer to three key enablers for Business Defined It. 2. New Capabilities Accelerate Adoption of Converged and Hyper-converged Platforms A key enabler for Business Defined IT are converged solutions that are integrated with the systems and [...]

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Business Defined IT Will Drive the IT Trends in 2015

For the past several years I have published top ten IT trends for the coming year, based up on my observations of the current year. Next year the trends will be an extension of this year’s trends, but with more clarity and urgency. You have already seen disruption in the market place as vendors struggle [...]

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Focus on Reducing Unit Costs of IT

Over the years I have written a lot of material around cost reduction tactics. As I look at unit costs of storage, VM, cloud, big data and long-term digital preservation, we see patterns of success across IT organizations in different vertical markets. These patterns are significant, since these general investments are much more than individual [...]

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Social Innovation with Public Safety Solutions

On Monday, April 15th of last year, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring hundreds. The FBI immediately set up a command center and began scanning every available video of the target area. They located two suspects in the videos, but could not get a clear, frontal picture that they [...]

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High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams [...]

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At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, [...]


VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as [...]

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Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card [...]

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