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NickWood | 04 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Software defined storage (SDS) is a term that seems to have spread like wildfire in the last few months. But what actually is it and what are the benefits of it? In this post, I share my thoughts based on current research and conversations with peers.

SDS feels very much feels like a marketing term at the moment - used by vendors to capture mindshare and attachment to the broader topic of software-defined datacentre - a term popularized by VMware last year. For further reading on software-defined datacentre implementations, please review the following VMware case study that features Symantec’s recent internal transformation.

SDS, rather than being an actual product, is really an architectural outcome for next generation storage designs. Founded on storage virtualization, SDS uses abstraction to pool storage from commodity hardware to provide flexible,...

petergrimmond | 07 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

In my previous blog, I outlined how unmanaged information growth is becoming unacceptable for enterprises.  The risks and costs associated with the growth and proliferation of unstructured data are becoming too great.  And businesses are failing to exploit the value of information assets effectively.

So, given the sheer volume of information involved, how should an enterprise embark on an Information Governance programme? 

Step 1: Reduce data loss from the enterprise perimeter

For many organisations, the greatest information governance fear is that critical information will leak out into hostile hands.  The consequences of data loss can be catastrophic: Symantec and Ponemon Institute’s report on the Cost of a Data Breach puts the average cost to an enterprise at £1.75m in the UK and $5.5m in the US.

Given these potentially...

petergrimmond | 02 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

For many enterprises, managing the growing volumes of data is becoming a major challenge.  Data centre storage volumes continue to grow in excess of 40% per annum.  And this is only the tip of the iceberg: ever more enterprise data is now found not only outside of the datacentre, but outside of the physical boundaries of the enterprise - on laptops, tablets and smartphones - as well as in the Cloud.

Many enterprises now consider unmanaged data growth to be simply unacceptable.  This is evident from the number that are embarking on Information Governance projects.  According to the recent Symantec 2012 State of the Data Center Survey, over 90% of organisations are either actively discussing information governance or have implemented trials or actual governance programs.  In addition, about one-third have already implemented information governance solutions.

But what is driving this focus on information governance?  From my discussions with...

NickWood | 28 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

As I meet with customers and partners and keep abreast of IT related news in the media, I see a number of commonly repeated business and IT related challenges - cost containment (reduce CAPEX or move it to OPEX), improved IT agility and better alignment with the business, enhanced information security and governance requirements, and how to meet increased resilience objectives.

Many of these are fairly well known challenges and no single solution appears to exist that address them all. The cloud conversation tends to come up pretty quickly as one of the “ways forward”. In this short l blog I will share with you my thoughts on other ways I see businesses reviewing and implementing strategies to transform their IT delivery platform.

Commoditisation: as components and services become less easy to distinguish between they become commoditised. To an extent we’ve seen with ERP/CRM systems, where previously huge expense in hardware and...

fbunn | 11 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

The Cloud Services market is already a big battlefield. As Forrester forecasts that the global market for cloud computing will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020, more and more companies are entering this market in order to get a BIG piece of the cake.

Of course Cloud represents a significant opportunity for Telcos and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) as well. Their traditional voice revenue is flat or even declining for sometime and cloud services offered to their customers can promise a turnaround. Indeed CSPs are in a superb position to add cloud services to their existing portfolio. Their huge customer base, the IT infrastructure based on data centers, customer care centers and billing systems, their networks and a great services roadmap starting from their traditional communication business provide an excellent starting point. One of their biggest advantages is the trust they have built in the past with strong Service Level...

Robert Mol | 15 May 2012 | 0 comments

 

The more I'm on the road meeting with customers, partners and industry colleagues, the more I'm convinced we've come to a crossroads, where traditional client server IT is now finally giving way to a more flexible and accessible information-driven alternative.

This may be familiar to many already; however there’s no doubt that a sea change is taking place in the conversations on this subject from a year ago compared with where we are today. The underpinnings of that change are not entirely driven by technology but by the world of the Digital Native. The Digital Native was born into a world of Internet, readily available access to all information and having an "always connected" lens on the world. The Digital Native uses his or her social networks to communicate, is open about it, and only engages with the enterprise if enabled to interact in this relatively new form. 

Why, you might think is this relevant to a discussion...