"We are not a product, we are a movement!" VMware evangelist, Orlando, FL 2009.
Despite three years of noise, x86 hypervisor-based server virtualization still hasn't taken off as expected. Analysts say that only 15 to 20% of servers are virtual today. So, what's holding up the revolution?
Once pronounced dead by pundits and analysts, the mainframe is back.
But what can be done to address the looming issue - a lack of qualified folks to fill staff positions? Can we change the mainframe experience?
Do more with less has translated into do more with systems. Downtime is not an option.
Dependency on automation translates into vulnerability for companies to even short term outages. Are we any closer to building in disaster recovery capabilities to our systems and networks?
Is the distributed computing industry throwing in the towel and returning to mainframe-style architecture?
We are watching with awe as the big vendors announce their own proprietary hardware/software stacks to build "mainframe mini-me" computing platforms. Will this strategy succeed in the long term, or just lock in unsuspecting consumers wooed with promises of stability and lower OPEX?
Cloud computing chatter is reaching a deafening pitch. Is it a real strategy or just a lot of hot air?
Is cloud just a rehash of failed Application Service Provider and Storage Service Provider (ASP/SSP) models from the late 1990s. Absent security, enforceable SLAs, and interoperability standards, should we trust our data to the cloud?
"The data explosion is leading to a storage gap." "There are no effective archive solutions."
Analysts have been pushing this grindhouse double-feature for a couple of years. We agree that data is mismanaged, but do companies need to rush out and buy more disk storage? We have our doubts, and so should you.
Are your front and back offices working together? Addressing the all-too-common business/IT rift is a priority.
The mean season is here - economic & environmental. Are you ready to weather the storm? Data management is key.
Vendor management is key. Those aren't gremlins breaking your IT budget.
Standards count...on the bottom line. Are you prioritizing standards in your purchasing?
Building Infrastructure to Match Business Needs.
One size does not fit all. Sensible IT matches the right services and resources to the right business need.
Intelligent Infrastructure Management Needed.
Management needs to be prioritized in the selection of infrastructure components. Ideally, application-centric management.
Intelligent Data Management is the Biggest Determinant of Strategic Success.
Electronic data is the currency of business and an asset that must be understood, monitored and managed.
Managing Hardware with Open W3C Standards.
The vision of unified infrastructure management has come closer to reality with the introduction of the ISE storage array from Xiotech.
Storage Virtualization is Evolutionary.
Says CTO Ziya Aral of Datacore Software, storage (and server) virtualization is inevitable as hardware is commoditized.
Intelligent Archive is Core to Data Management.
The value of intelligent data archiving has never been more obvious than it is in today's budget-constrained and increasingly-regulated business.
IT-Sense is a work in progress.
Keep coming back for perspectives and facts you may be missing from vendor-driven trade press and analyst papers.
IT-Sense perspectives elsewhere on the Web.
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MakingITMatter.com: Part blog, part blook.
A practical business IT strategy guide for contemporary firms is in development. Visit the site to read chapters as they are posted.
What's the C4 Project?
C4 is shorthand for cost-containment, compliance, continuity and carbon footprint reduction - the four challenges confronting every business today.