Hitachi Unified Compute Platform

ESG has been tracking, researching, and speaking with numerous IT customers and vendors about the transition in consumption model from DIY (do-it-yourself) to turnkey approach to infrastructure procurement. The benefits are hard to...

Dell VRTX Enables IT to Get Its House Back in Order

On June 4, 2013, Dell announced VRTX as a critical piece of IT infrastructure that is poised to alter the way IT consumes and deploys IT infrastructure and to bring some sanity back to IT management and daily operations. The tiers of...

What to do When an Integrated Computing Platform Breaks

ESG continues to research the interest in, advantages, and disadvantages of Integrated Computing Platforms (ICPs). As a quick review, ICP is the collapsing of server, storage, and networking infrastructure into a simple-to-consume,...

Microsoft Azure: Amazon Price Match with Service Consistency

The only constant in the cloud computing market is change, as Microsoft proved by advancing Azure IaaS from public preview to primetime public general availability, and Microsoft is price matching Amazon.I recently caught up with...

Microsoft Who? Top 4 Highlights of Microsoft Management Summit 2013

It's challenging to absorb everything Microsoft at the cadence they would like IT pros to keep pace with, but here are four areas to pay close attention to:The Microsoft Cloud OS strategy is a triangulation of on-premise private...

Moonshot Launch Poised to Rocket HP Beyond Company's Distress

If you haven't heard about HP Moonshot, besides being an exciting name that steps outside the comfort zone of standard HP product naming convention, Moonshot is a new class of servers engineered to address the IT challenges created...

Multiple Hypervisor Strategies

In 2013, ESG fully expects that server virtualization will remain a top priority of many IT organizations and of vendor go to market strategies. But, what was once a one horse hypervisor race has truly become a climb up a management...

Software Defined Doomed

The IT industry is littered with acronyms and buzz words that change at such a rapid pace that few can actually keep up with what they truly mean. Just as one settles in to our conversations, another one pops up to keep us on our...

VMworld 2012: VMware Faces Critical Turning Point

Great VMworld 2012! Please catch the highlights in a video blog highlighting some complexities that lie on the table and explore some of the market dynamics in an ESG research brief on private cloud usgae trends. Also had has great...

VMworld 2012: Has VMware Peaked?

IT is funny. They want all the features, functionality, and richness of software, but no one seems to want to pay for it. On the flip side the licensing models, schemas, and tracking methods require a full-time job in some cases just...

SimpliVity Sets Sail

IT Organizations are realizing benefits in terms of efficiency, cost, time, and resources by moving from the traditional DIY (do it yourself) approach to virtualizing their environments to one that leverages integrated and turnkey...

Windows 8 Looks to Ignite Developer Opportunity

If you haven't had a chance to look at or even try out Windows 8 Metro applications, you should. I have been running Windows 8 for a few months and while most of the application on the Windows Store are good demo apps and lack some...

Citrix, Microsoft, Dell, & VMware Reinvent Desktop Delivery

There are a few stars aligning that are about to make application and desktop delivery an interesting task for IT.1. Device proliferation - It's impossible to stop this and IT has to figure out how to change or risk productivity...

VMware Success Relies on Diversification

You can't debate the success VMware has had in the data center over the last 5 years, but they are now faced with how to scale the success they have had.  Just as any other large growing technology company, they need to think of...

Citrix Synergy 2012

Trying to explain to my friends and family what it is I do is always an interesting conversation, but every time I mention I work with companies like Citrix, they immediately reply "oh, the GoToMeeting company." While that is ...

VMware View: Not VDI

VMware coined the term VDI years ago when its virtual desktop product was so creatively named VMware VDI. Since then, VMware changed the product name to View and has been working hard to take advantage of its strong vSphere...

The IT Infrastructure Consumption Unit is Changing

IT will resist as long as they can, but when it comes to purchasing infrastructure for virtual computing environments and cloud computing initiatives, the do-it-yourself (DIY) model is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, the...

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 ...

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...

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...

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