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Bolstered by the recent announcement of a cloud-based predictive analytics platform from Veritas (Predictive Insights), the momentum around these types of platforms continues to grow in enterprise storage. To date, these platforms have been announced by enterprise storage vendors shipping external storage arrays. Veritas' introduction is notable since they are primarily a software provider, although the announcement is associated with the NetBackup appliances customers can buy from Veritas channel partners. This article provides a quick introduction to these types of platforms, what makes them different from traditional remote monitoring systems, and provides a bit of a market update on this space.
On November 23, 2018, Veritas announced the launch of Predictive Insights, a cloud-based platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to deliver an improved support model for Veritas NetBackup customers. This platform hits the ground running because it uses years of encrypted event data from thousands of Veritas NBU appliances which have already been collected (but were stored in a private database). In their press release, Veritas notes that Predictive Insights…
Linux and especially Enterprise Linux is a crucial component of a modern application portfolio. The choice of an appropriate OSE like Linux is essential for consolidating and modernizing the current-generation of applications, while also supporting the development and delivery of new-generation applications. The more versatile the OSE, the easier it is to repackage, replatform and refactor the entire application stack, including its data management and analytics components. A commercial Linux distribution accelerates database consolidation, application modernization, development and packaging initiatives.
Applications are crucial to the functioning of a modern enterprise. Firms that constantly evolve and update their application strategy are the ones that are successful at expanding their competitive differentiation in the digital economy. They infuse their applications portfolio with new-generation applications that run in the cloud, are delivered as microservices, leverage open-source technologies, and are increasingly (infrastructure) platform independent. During application design, the…
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There are clearly workloads that really do need NVMe performance today, but customers whose general-purpose enterprise storage platforms are coming up for technology refresh are also asking this. We've just completed a major primary research project into NVMe usage and released three documents based around it (a write-up on a series on in-depth interviews with customers already using NVMe, a worldwide NVMe survey (again, focused around those already using it), and a five-year revenue forecast…
Edge Computing is one of the top areas of IT investments, especially in the light of companywide digital transformation initiatives such as the internet of things (IoT). Computing technologies that enable the delivery and analysis of data and resources to people and things in a timely fashion are collectively referred to as Edge Computing. Edge Computing is the moving of compute to where the data is generated, and therefore aids in reducing the "time to value" i.e., the insight gleaned from it.
At first glance, Edge Computing appears very homogeneous, and includes all activities that are performed outside of the "Core", which could be the location of the primary corporatewide IT (Information Technologies) infrastructure. In fact, Edge Computing is a multitiered mix of assets arranged in a use-case and workload centric fashion. An "intelligent" Edge Tier is a crucial link between the Core and Endpoints, that provides a distributed compute, data persistence and network aggregation…
Digital transformation (referred to as DX, for short) is a journey that most organizations have to undertake in order to future-proof their existence. For these organizations, cloud is a crucial foundation for their DX initiatives. Cloud shapes enterprise IT service strategies, and, therefore, influences the outcome of DX initiatives. Organizations that fully embrace the distributed infrastructure model supported by cloud and hybrid IT treat IT as a core competency – one that drives new sources of competitive differentiation, while also supporting ongoing business processes.
Digital transformation (referred to as DX, for short) is a journey that most organizations have to undertake in order to future-proof their existence.Organizations embark on DX initiatives to achieve business growth, gain competitive advantage and deliver improved customer experiences.For many organizations, applications and workloads are at the center of their DX efforts, given that so much of their business is conducted and enhanced via applications.
For these organizations, cloud is a crucial…
This is a series of blogs that explore the use of NPS and address some of the criticisms that have been leveled against it over the years. NPS can be an effective tool in an enterprise storage vendor's arsenal, but how effectively a vendor designs and implements their "NPS program" will determine their success with it
More reaction to criticisms leveled against the use of NPS to evaluate customer experience…
Experience and NPS score rarely match. For an NPS score (or any tool, for that matter) to have predictive value it should consistently forecast some outcome. With NPS, the assumption is that a high number indicates lots of happy customers, and prospective customers looking at that might expect that if they purchase the product or service, they will also become happy customers. I don't know that I would…
This is a series of blogs that explore the use of NPS and address some of the criticisms that have been leveled against it over the years. NPS can be an effective tool in an enterprise storage vendor's arsenal, but how effectively a vendor designs and implements their "NPS program" will determine their success with it.
Over the last several years, there have been several startup enterprise storage vendors that have built a program around the Net Promoter Score (NPS) customer satisfaction metric that has generated a significantly differentiated customer experience. Early vendors to use this metric very successfully were Nimble Storage (now HPE), Nutanix, and Pure Storage. I looked at the NPS metric back in 2016 with a document entitled Why Enterprise Storage Managers Need to Understand the Net Promoter Score (I…
The IDC AFA MarketScape evaluated 10 vendors' enterprise storage platforms on their ability to meet requirements for dense mixed workload consolidation that includes at least some mission-critical applications. In this rapidly maturing market, there is still much to differentiate vendors. This document should provide food for thought for both customers and vendors alike.
In mid-December, IDC released the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide All-Flash Array 2017 Vendor Assessment (IDC, December 2017). Given the state of market maturity in the AFA space, it was necessary to narrowly focus assessment to arrays that were specifically sold for dense mixed workload consolidation that included at least some mission-critical applications. Many AFA vendors now have a broad portfolio of AFA platforms, targeting each at different types of workloads and customers. Other…
I had a chance to spend a few days at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara this year, and this blog highlights some of the recent announcements in the AFA space from the show. NVMe was a major theme of the show, and we are seeing more enterprise storage vendors announce NVMe-based features, products and roadmaps.
At the Flash Memory Summit at the Santa Clara Convention Center this year, NVMe technology was a mainstream theme. IDC research indicates that 48% of enterprises already have NVMe deployed in some manner in their IT shops, but 99%+ of this is as local storage that was purchased after market and configured into PCIe slots on commodity x86 servers. While there were several rack scale flash vendors at the show (Apeiron Data Systems, E8 Storage, Excelero), the rack scale flash market is still an…
Last week, I explored some of the key issues and core benefits that are prompting enterprises to move to more flexible and cost-effective composable infrastructures. As I pointed out in Part 1 of this blog, composable infrastructure technologies from vendors like TidalScale are designed to address many of the most pressing issues in today’s data centers, such as the rapid growth of data, the challenges of accommodating unpredictable workloads with traditional servers and rack systems, and the inherent inefficiency and outright waste that comes from provisioning servers that cannot address the needs of new-generation applications and those that are dedicated to running just one application. In this part, l will review the role of software-defined resources in ensuring that composable data centers are a realistic and cost-effective end goal for enterprise digital transformation.
How essential are software-defined resources to the composable data center?
A self-imposed incentive by most industries to transform themselves digitally is fueling the demand for a new infrastructure architecture. Lines of businesses are mandating IT organizations adopt a software-defined and service-centric approach to speed up IT provisioning, optimize application performance, and increase IT efficiency. The endgame will be to run the business with processes and operations that are…
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