December 04, 2014

Juniper Unbundles Switch Hardware, Software
Combining Junos with OCP hardware removes the burden of support, installation and maintenance from cloud providers and places it squarely on the vendor – in this case, Juniper. Juniper has not yet announced pricing for the OCX1100 hardware, but customers buying in large volumes will “be pleased,” says Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager for Juniper’s Security, Switching and Solutions Business Unit. Smaller-volume purchases will be priced comparably to Juniper’s internally designed top-of-rack switches, Davidson says.

Colo Business Thrives as Enterprises Move to Cloud
“The relative spend on (and prospects for) colocation, enterprise data centers, and cloud are all intertwined,” said Dinsdale. “Clearly enterprises are pushing more and more IT workloads onto the cloud, which diminishes their potential spend on their own data centers. Colocation is in an interesting middle ground. The growth of cloud is a big driver for colocation growth while trends in the enterprise are inhibiting growth in enterprise spend on colocation.” Most of the spend on retail colocation doesn’t come directly from enterprises, but from various types of service providers such as cloud, IT, telcos, and content providers.

The Power of Transformational Feedback – Entering the ZOUD
It might sound like something out of science-fiction, but the ZOUD – the “zone of uncomfortable debate” is a pithy phrase first coined by Professor Cliff Bowman as part of his research at Cranfield School of Management into the nature of high performing teams. It describes the area of creative tension that exists in any conversation that is more than a social chat and which needs to be penetrated if we’re going to be able to deliver the message we need to get across. For most of us entering the ZOUD does not come naturally since we have learnt the skills of comfortable debate and we have learnt to prize rapport highly in our everyday relationships.

6 Things Slowing Down Big Data
Organizations also gather data in bulk from other sources, namely sensor networks, remote sensing via satellites, vehicle diagnostic data and point-of-sale terminals. This trend of automated data collection has the potential to drive a radical transformation in how enterprises research, innovate, market and ultimately grow. While one would think this glut of information collected by machines would be a boon for enterprise users of Big Data, it has become apparent that it is a victim of its own success. While Big Data can be very useful to an organization, there are six issues that currently hinder the progress of the field.

COBIT 5 Advantages for Small Enterprises
The process of implementing this principle—and the other core COBIT principles—can be managed as simply or with as much detail as the enterprise deems appropriate. It is sensible to ensure that COBIT is properly consumed and understood, of course, but even taking a basic approach is likely to provide the organisation with tangible benefits when properly considered. COBIT 5 Implementation provides a good high-level overview of the principles and how they relate to the life cycle. It also provides a more granular description of how these principles can be applied in practice.

Operational Intelligence: The Next-Generation of Business Intelligence
With the emergence of the Internet of Things and the demand for greater customer personalization, companies are increasingly striving to quickly make sense of their data as it changes. Operational intelligence – the ability to analyze live, fast-changing data and provide immediate feedback – takes business intelligence to the next level and creates amazing new opportunities. Using in-memory computing technology allows live, fast-changing data to be stored, updated and analyzed continuously. Ever changing data streams enriched with historical data and then analyzed in parallel provide powerful feedback on the fly. The benefits of operational intelligence are far-reaching and applicable to a wide range of industries, Tincluding manufacturing, cable, and retail.

How Global Enterprises are Grappling with New Data Protection Demands
Yes, disruptions in protection will continue to limit product and service development. Yes, downtime will continue to take a bite out of revenue. And yes, incremental business opportunities, customer acquisition and repeat business will continue to be affected by the way we protect our data. But the bigger issue – the one that global enterprises of all sizes will really want to pay attention to – is how data protection will affect new business opportunities and revenue streams going forward. That’s why we’ll likely see these types of business consequences, along with a loss in market value, move to the top of the disruption list.

Around the World With BYOD
BYOD is stalling in Europe, too, according to an IDC Europe report earlier this year. One reason is that employees simply expect the company to provide a mobile device for work. "There's a cultural expectation here that your employer will provide you with the tools you need to do your job," says John Delaney, associate vice president of mobility at IDC. "You don't expect to have to buy it yourself." In Brazil, workplace regulations require corporations to provide all required technology to employees, according to the Dell study. In terms of IT maturity, many Brazilian companies lack the infrastructure and security requirements to easily integrate BYOD. As a result, BYOD hasn't taken off there.

Microsoft's microservices vision for Azure starts taking shape
Vanhoutte also said that the new BizTalk Micro Services platform will be available through Microsoft's Azure Pack, which will allow customers to run the service "in the cloud of their choice." According to another attendee, @phidiax, a platform preview of Azure BizTalk Microservices is due in the first quarter of 2015. "BizTalk Micro Services will all run in their own scalable container (similar to Azure web sites) and that the communication engine seems to be following the lightweight HTTP approach," Vanhoutte blogged.

NexGen Cloud: Pressure To Adopt Software-defined Data Center Tech Mounting
"There are tremendous pressures causing data center administrators to consolidate," he said. "Now they're talking about looking at new ways to do it." Some industries such as networking and storage are still basically stuck in the past, which is unlike server virtualization which has exploded since 2005 to offer customers flexibility, efficiency and the ability to decouple apps from the server hardware, Elliot said. "Now we're seeing similar trend lines across networking and storage ... When you think about networking and storage industries, these businesses are ripe for disruption," he said.

Quote for the day:

"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." -- Thomas Paine

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