Kurt Marko, May 2, 2013
Have your engineers caught software-defined networking fever yet? While SDN is currently most appropriate for test labs or tech-savvy cloud operators like Google and Facebook, that’s poised to change. As the technology matures and products proliferate, enterprise IT executives need a grasp of the potential benefits.
Kurt Marko, Feb 19, 2013
A burst of innovation in storage hardware and software means better performance and integration. Some highlights: Ethernet is taking off, with a combined year-over-year boost of 20 points in iSCSI and FCoE; 60% now encrypt at least some stored data; and good help is hard to find, as 26% cite insufficient staffing as a top concern, up from 19% in 2012.
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Kurt Marko, Oct 19, 2011
Server VMs create new switching and security problems.
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Kurt Marko, Oct 8, 2011
Why are 29% of our 676 respondents demanding upwards of 65 GB of memory capacity in their typical x86 servers? Maybe because virtualization means each box is potentially home to dozens of applications. We’ll take the temperature of the server market: What are the 37% who are buying more servers really looking for, what’s new and what’s shaking with each major subsystem? Hint: It’s likely not unified stacks, which are in use by a rarefied 12% of respondents.
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Kurt Marko, Sep 27, 2011
Most companies don't have a strategy to deal with increasing volumes of digital information. Time for a content management plan.
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Kurt Marko, Sep 20, 2011
Organizations are drowning in email, Office files, PDFs and more. All this unstructured information is expensive to store, hard to search, and may have regulatory or compliance requirements. Enterprise content management aims to help bring structure to data chaos, but it’s not a panacea. It requires a strategy and backing from the business. Our research looks at the state of ECM, describes challenges and offers a six-point plan to help you tame the data beast.
Kurt Marko, Sep 13, 2011
New SaaS productivity apps combine the best of browser access and traditional clients. Here's how to find the best fit for your company.
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Kurt Marko, Aug 31, 2011
Google is aggressively pushing its productivity apps as an alternative to Microsoft’s Office/Exchange/SharePoint troika. Microsoft has responded with Office 365, a service that blends online and native apps. Adobe, Zoho and others also offer options. Is any SaaS office suite robust enough to meet your company’s needs? If so, what’s your best bet: browser-based, native or a mix? We help you find an answer, and provide pricing info.
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Kurt Marko, Jun 28, 2011
Hardware vendors are competing to build integrated systems of servers, edge networks and pooled storage for virtualized workloads. IBM's aptly named entrée into the world of unified computing stacks is distinguished by application provisioning and service management software worthy of the cloud appellation.
Kurt Marko, Jun 20, 2011
Automation is notoriously complex, manual IT isn't scalable, and demand for new services is growing. Now what?
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Kurt Marko, Jun 6, 2011
IT’s juggling frantically to keep current services running even as business customers pile on new requests. Automation is an important tool in helping us shift focus toward meeting unique business needs, but it should be coupled with judicious use of external services and portfolio management.
Kurt Marko, May 6, 2011
A service catalog is pivotal in moving IT from an unresponsive mass of corporate overhead to an agile business partner. Services enable usage-based pricing, which gives business units greater visibility and control over their technology budgets, while helping channel IT resources to activities with the greatest financial impact.
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