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Cloud-Based Predictive Analytics Bandwagon Growing

By Eric Burgener

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.


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Application modernization with Enterprise Linux

By Ashish Nadkarni

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.


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In a word, yes. Find out why I think so in this blog...


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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.


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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.


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Thoughts on the Net Promoter Score (Blog #2)

By Eric Burgener

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


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Thoughts On the Net Promoter Score (Blog #1)

By Eric Burgener

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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