Why Network Managers should care about VMs

The last couple of weeks have produced a number of announcements indicating how the worlds of networking and virtual servers are coming closer and closer together, and how network management is adapting to the new challenges this...

Cisco UCS: The morning after

So here we are, two days after Cisco has made their big announcement, and the mud-slinging is in full blossom. Juniper, HP, and BLADE Technologies (the blade switching vendor that HP and IBM sell via OEM) have taken their shots,...

BMC: Cisco UCS's Management Secret Sauce

My last entry gave an intro to what the Cisco UCS launch means for networking, but there are also specific implications from this announcement affecting how physical and virtual servers will be managed in an integrated fashion...

Cisco's Big Blade Splash: Ripples Go Far and Wide

Today, Cisco ended the suspense and launched its entry into the data center blade computing market, with the announcement of the Unified Computing System (UCS). Ok, there was really very little suspense, since this had been leaking...

Guest Post: Making Things Work Together Again, and Again, and Again...

(Author's Note: This entry submitted by Dennis Drogseth, VP of Research for EMA.) I remember when I worked with Cabletron SPECTRUM 13 years ago – it was “Cabletron” not CA or Aprisma back then, which was one of our problems (SW...

What Will Video Conferencing Mean to Your Network?

Slowly, almost quietly, it’s growing - video traffic on your network. I’m not talking about streaming video, webcasting, or YouTube surfing. I’m talking about a different beast – two-way video conferencing. The guys in the corner...

Vegas in Blue (& Green)

I’ve just returned from the IBM Tivoli Pulse conference in Las Vegas – a meeting of over 4000 customers, partners, and IBM employees. IBM made lots of announcements this year, many of which are stretching the envelope of what we can...

Bringing Flow to New Places

At EMA, we’ve been pushing application awareness as the path to service-savvy enlightenment for network engineering and operations professionals. And yet, one of the big challenges is finding application activity details from the...

A Different View of Progress

A fish out of water - that's what I should have been feeling like when I went to Progress Software's analyst day in Boston last week. And yet, I felt strangely at home. Progress offers a broad collection of middleware technologies,...

Management a Good Port in the Storm

The hits just keep on rolling. I posted a while back that I was seeing silver linings in the current economy for management tools vendors, and I keep seeing more reinforcements. Within the past two weeks, we've seen bullish results...

The Quest for Visibilty - Riverbed Nabs Mazu

Yesterday, Riverbed made it's first official acquisition, snagging Mazu Networks for a bargain price of $25M (versus the $50M that Mazu had raised in venture funding over the years). Riverbed claims the driving rationale was...

The "NOC" on Security Management, part 2

There are many examples of multi-discipline solutions coming from the vendor community in response to the technology overlap between network visibility for performance management and security management. Few start out trying to do...

The "NOC" on Security Management

In the “EMA on Management” column series, I covered the fact that our recent research revealed many network operators are taking on responsibility for systems management as part of their day-to-day. This phenomenon also applies to...

Polishing the Silver - Managing the Cost of Network Management

Call me the optimist, but I can’t help seeing a silver lining for the IT industry within the massive economic storm. Consider this – while there have been many headlines about how this or that industry monitoring group is cutting...

Welcome to the 21st Century

Hello, and welcome to 21st Century Management. This reason behind this blog is simple – to discuss common sense issues about managing networks so they can fulfill the essential role they play in our everyday lives. While my...

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