IT Infrastructure: It Isn’t Even about the Applications

BusinessAgilityFor those of us working in IT infrastructure, it is easy to lose sight of why we have a job. Any kind of infrastructure is doing its job best when it is invisible. Nobody comments that the light turned on when we flick the switch. Buses that turn up on time and are clean and comfortable are only noteworthy because it happens so seldom. We generally only notice infrastructure when it doesn’t do its job. IT infrastructure is the same. The business and its customers should not notice that we do our job well. The users of the systems we maintain will not notice or care when those systems work. What customers and business users do care about and notice is their data. Whether it is a salesperson’s CRM or a customers order, it is the data that counts. Our infrastructure and applications exist purely to deliver this data.

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It’s All about Microsegmentation

Network VirtualizationFor the last eighteen months, VMware has been pushing NSX as the third pillar of its software-defined data center (SDDC). NSX has three big selling points that VMware promotes: taking control of the network, automation and orchestration, and microsegmentation. The first two are standard SDDC fare: first, pull the function into software, abstract where necessary, and orchestrate to bring operational advantage; second, break down silos and allow a more agile approach. But the last, microsegmentation, is a good place to focus for a moment.

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Do You Have a Workspace?

DesktopVirtualizationWhat do you give to the person who has everything? You give them somewhere to keep it. In this post-PC era, we need to provide our users with one place to go to find all of their IT resources. Ten years ago, there were two things that were going to save IT: single sign-on and portals. Neither really did what we wanted, but times have changed. Now we have the workspace category, which combines the two. A workspace is really about bringing access to all your resources to wherever you happen to be.

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Citrix: The Impact of Bob Calderoni’s Operational Announcements

CloudComputingLate Tuesday, November 17, Citrix provided a public operational review update. The short summary is that the GoTo products will be spun off into an independent business, Citrix is focusing on its core competencies, and 1,000 people have been laid off. Having talked to a few people at Citrix, I know that these are challenging times.

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2016 Will Be the Year Your IT Business Case Matters Most

BusinessAgilityThe recent 2016 State of IT Report from Spiceworks reveals that IT budgets either are not increasing or are barely increasing from what they were in 2015. This has IT execs worried about how they will do more with less, not to mention helping the business drive top-line growth.

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Will 2016 Be the Year of VDI — Sorry, EUC?

DesktopVirtualizationWho or what is EUC? In an industry plagued by TLAs (three-letter acronyms), EUC, or end-user computing, is the new nomenclature for VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure. This is not just the emperor’s new clothes, but a redefinition of the paradigm of adopting a more inclusive view of the software, hardware, and processes that shore up the client side of corporate infrastructure.

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