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Bare Metal Clouds – Performance and Isolation Drive Consideration

Performance and Isolation Drive Consideration


Why use a bare-metal cloud if you are going to end up running your workloads on dedicated physical servers? Agiltiy is just one answer.

December 17, 2014 10:02:00 AM Read Full Post

The Data Digest: Five Urgent Truths About Wearables

Google Glass and Apple Watch are just the start

by Forrester Analysts

You don't need a wearables strategy that is independent from your mobile strategy, but you do need a wearables strategy....

December 09, 2014 12:18:00 PM Read Full Post

Cloud Becomes The Motivator In 2015

When Microsoft makes more profit from cloudthan on premises software, you had better be ready

by Forrester Analysts

We’ve been seeing for years in our surveys, that business users and application developers are the primary consumers of cloud services. SaaS and cloud platforms are not infrastructure or alternatives to the corporate data center but are instead application services your organization leverages to create new user experiences and greater efficiencies that maximize profitability and derive trends that result in business insights.

November 18, 2014 9:52:00 AM Read Full Post

As OpenStack Stabilises Big Questions Remain for the Foundation

Vendors have too loud a voice in the OpenStack community

by Forrester Analysts

At its Paris summit, the OpenStack community celebrated the 10th release of what has become the leading open source Infrastructure as a Service cloud platform software. What stood out about this latest iteration and the progress of its ever-growing ecosystem of vendors, users and service providers was the lack of excitement that comes with maturity.

November 12, 2014 9:31:00 AM Read Full Post

Microsoft and Dell change the private/hybrid cloud game with on-premise Azure

OpenStack is struggling for enterprise credibility, VMware is established but work in progress...

by Forrester Analysts

Microsoft quietly slipped in what looks like a potential game-changing announcement in the private/hybrid cloud world when, at TechEd, they rolled out Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), an integrated hardware/software system that combines an Azure-consistent on premise cloud with an optimized hardware stack from Dell.

October 30, 2014 9:55:00 AM Read Full Post

Docker will live up to the hype and containers will rule the cloud

Removing friction from the AppDev process

by Forrester Analysts

I've been on the road all month talking about business technology speed. The age of the customer is all about speed. Faster time to market, more frequent software releases, automated server deployments, instant cloud scaling … anything that removes friction from the app dev process is hot as we move into 2015.

October 24, 2014 9:11:00 AM Read Full Post

New ARM-based Moonshot servers from HP exemplify workload-specific computing

HP promises 35 percent cost savings for targeted workloads

by Forrester Analysts

One of the developing trends in computing, relevant to both enterprise and service providers alike, is the notion of workload-specific or application-centric computing architectures. These architectures, optimised for specific workloads, promise improved efficiencies for running their targeted workloads, and by extension the services that they support.

October 01, 2014 9:13:00 AM Read Full Post

Windows Server 2003 – a very unglamorous but really important problem

Nine million Windows Server 2003 systems running world wide, means a headache for IT

by Forrester Analysts

Very much in the shadows of all the press coverage and hysteria attendant on emerging cloud architectures and customer-facing systems of engagement are the nitty-gritty operational details that lurk like monsters in the swamp of legacy infrastructure, and some of them have teeth. And sometimes these teeth can really take a bite out of the posterior of an unprepared organisation.

September 23, 2014 9:28:00 AM Read Full Post

Taking stock of Linux – maturation continues

Little now distinguishes Linux from enterprise-grade UNIX variants such as Solaris and AIX

by Forrester Analysts

Having been away from the Linux scene for a while, I recently took a look at a newer version of Linux, SUSE Enterprise Linux Version 11.3, which is representative of the latest feature sets from the Linux 3.0 et seq kernel available to the entre Linux community, including SUSE, Red Hat, Canonical and others.

September 17, 2014 8:56:00 AM Read Full Post

New Xeon E5 v3 promises a respite for capacity planners

Intel Developer Forum announcement is a big deal for data centre operations

by Forrester Analysts

Intel Developer Forum is a major geekfest for the people interested in the guts of today’s computing infrastructure, and I want to call out the announcement there of the new Xeon E5.

September 12, 2014 9:05:00 AM Read Full Post

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