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...

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 ...

Dell Acquires Wyse: The Software Company

Wyse??? I thought they made AS400 dump terminals.!?!?!Dell's intent to acquire Wyse has the potential to be a great investment for Dell. I have watched Wyse over the last 5 years make an impressive showing at end-user events and...

Cloud is Really a Service Disguised as a Solution

Companies are desperate for knowledge when it comes to cloud. Executives want it and IT frankly is struggling with the best way to go about it or whether it even makes sense to adopt it. On the consumer side, I find myself moving...

Fire Up Your Laptop?

“Fire up your laptop”!?!?!? I’ve lost count of how many times I have heard this expression and remain baffled by how end-users have become accustomed to and accept the fact that it can take minutes, many minutes in some cases, before...

Get Out of the Data Center Business

I just spoke with an IT executive at a large marketing and advertising firm. He has completely moved his data center to a local colocation facility. He has two cages at the facility. One cage is dedicated to the IBM Mainframe and the...

ROBOs Present Golden Opportunity for Desktop Virtualization

ESG recently completed research of 454 IT professionals responsible for supporting IT requirements at their organization’s ROBO (remote office branch office)sites. The research was focused on both midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and...

VMworld 2011: The Momentum Continues

Cloud remains the predominant marketing term in the IT industry. In one sense I like how it sparks innovation and new IT thinking but on the other hand it makes my stomach turn every time I hear it. I just completed a week in Las...

Oracle VM 3.0 Launch

My colleague Brian Babineau had the opportunity to attend the Oracle VM 3.0 launch where the company outlined its “Application-Driven Virtualization” strategy and solution portfolio. Although I personally have not dug into the...

Dell Adds Integrated Computing Platform: vStart

Put the key in and take it for a ride--that is value Dell plans to deliver with vStart. A recent brief I wrote on the offering goes in to more detail, but perhaps the most compelling part is that Dell is well positioned to address...

Top 5 Considerations When Purchasing Integrated Computing Platforms

If you had a chance to look at the ESG Research Brief, Integrated Computing Trends (requires an ESG subscription), you saw that although only 10% of organizations have already deployed integrated computing platforms, two-thirds...

SaaS Rising with VMware Horizon

Being tethered to a device is soon to be a burden of the future and strategies such as those incorporated into VMware App Manager start to unlock users from devices and enable device-independent access to applications. One of the...

Microsoft TechEd 2011

When attending TechEd, it's difficult to leave with a single takeaway since Microsoft covers such a broad spectrum of products and strategies at the event. Here are a few highlights that rose to the top: Moving to the cloud is...

Virtualization Capacity Planning and Rightsizing

With an initial server virtualization implementation, it's relatively simple to get to the point where you see the value and want to do more, but planning for that next phase is difficult. IT professionals attending ESG's Ahead of...

Dell vStart Validates New Unit of Consumption

ESG recently published a Research Brief focusing on integrated computing trends which reveals that 2011 will likely see an uptick in the number of organizations committing IT budget to the purchase of integrated computing solutions....

Dell Stacks Up Desktop Virtualization Solutions

Server virtualization is relatively simple compared to desktop virtualization implementations. The DIY method that worked well with server virtualization takes a entirely new meaning and heroic efforts to successfully roll out...

Trade VMware View for Quest vWorkspace?

That is what Quest Software would like to see you do. They are helping influence the decision by offering a Trade-In Program. Current VMware View users can trade in up to 250 VMware View licenses for Quest vWorkspace at no...

VMware View for the iPad

Device flexibility, mobility, and a potential trend toward alternative endpoint computing devices has led VMware to announce a View for the iPad. While this is a welcome addition to VMware's portfolio, VMware isn't the first to do...

VMware vCenter Operations

Today, VMware announced its strategy and solutions for vCenter Operations Management. Bob Laliberte and I composed an ESG Brief that covers vCenter Operations in more detail: vCenter Operations: Enabling Administrators to Morph into...

Don't Fear the Cloud

What's with all the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) circulating on cloud, fueling unrealistic fears? The cloud is a deployment choice that deserves the same risk management procedures you put in place for any other platform....

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