Management Frameworks Will Die

BlindDinosaurWe are at an unprecedented place in the history of the computer industry. Both technical and economic forces are at work to drive innovation at an unprecedented rate and scale. These forces are creating new types of uses of IT services, new applications, new platforms, new infrastructures, and new models for selling and buying management software. Any form of management software that cannot address these new environments, and keep up with rate of change will die. It is therefore inevitable that management frameworks will die. Continue reading Management Frameworks Will Die

Infinio Accelerator

InfinioWith SSD, RAM, and flash prices falling but storage vendors maintaining their margins on array hardware there is an increasing niche for flash-based caching solutions. These solutions promise better performance at lower costs than retrofitting your legacy arrays and are becoming quite a market, especially for virtualization infrastructure. Infinio is one startup that is competing in this space. Continue reading Infinio Accelerator

Passwords Are Dead or Dying

VirtualizationSecurityPasswords are dead or dying:  According to Google security executive Heather Adkins, Passwords are dead for Google and warned that any startups that will rely on passwords are going to be dead in the water. Heather Adkins did not offer any real specifics on how Google is going to innovate tomorrow’s security but did hint that Google is experimenting with hardware-based tokens as well as something that Motorola has created that authenticated users by having them touch a device to something embedded. Continue reading Passwords Are Dead or Dying

VMware Rejoins the Automated Service Assurance Debate

PerformanceManagementAt VMworld 2013, one of the three imperatives for IT was to “Replace Management with Automation”.  This builds upon some things that VMware has been doing for quite some time, and restarts an initiative that was first kicked off by Paul Maritz a few years ago. One the one hand VMware has been replacing manual management with automation for quite some time. On the other hand, VMware has talked about automated problem resolution in the past but never delivered. All of this inevitably leads to the notion of automated service assurance. Continue reading VMware Rejoins the Automated Service Assurance Debate

Red Bend – Mobile Device Virtualization for the Enterprise

The mobile device management market has exploded over the past five years with solutions coming from “traditional” mobile management, security and specialty software vendors and fueled by the rapid consumer and corporate adoption of smartphones and tablets.  Followers of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) space are tracking companies such as AirWatch, MobileIron, Citrix, Good Technology, SAP and nearly three dozen other vendors who provide competing products.  Corporate implementers are trying to find the right balance between allowing individuality of a users owned device and the security of corporate data that may be accessed on it.  The majority of solutions provide a secure layer, or container, for which the corporate data resides.  These layers can, and do, have an effect on the usability of the devices. Continue reading Red Bend – Mobile Device Virtualization for the Enterprise

Traditional Security Lagging against the Scale of the Cloud

VirtualizationSecurityI came away from HP Protect 2013 wondering if current security sold by the traditional security players will actually scale to the hybrid cloud. Are these security tools still system-centric, or are they changing to be data-, user-, and app-centric? I feel that this move has started but has far to go. I do not think many of the current batch of traditional security services implemented in data centers today can scale properly. In order to understand the scale of the cloud, we first should give some basic numbers: Continue reading Traditional Security Lagging against the Scale of the Cloud

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