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Augmented Hardware and the Future of Software-Defined Storage

One of the most exciting announcements at VMworld this year was Project Monterey. Long story short, VMware wants to offload some high-demand activities to smart network interface cards (SmartNICs) and other types of accelerators. By doing so, the virtualization stack will become more efficient and feature-rich, while enabling resource disaggregation...

Win-Win: Tallying the Benefits of a Cloud Application Migration

GigaOm last week updated a benchmark report we had published in August titled, “Costs and Benefits of .NET Application Migration to the Cloud,” authored by GigaOm Analyst Ned Bellavance. That report detailed some of the dynamics and decision making behind a cloud application migration effort, and helped lay out the costs and value that IT organizations...

Who is NetApp?

At Cloud Field Day 9 Netapp presented some of its cloud solutions. This comes on the heels of NetApp Insight, the annual corporate event that should give its user base not just new products but also a general overview of the company strategy for the future. NetApp presented a lot of interesting news and projects around multi-cloud data and system management....

Phish Fight: Securing Enterprise Communications

Yes, much of the world may have moved on from email to social media and culturally dubious TikTok dances, yet traditional electronic mail remains a foundation of business communication. And sadly, it remains a prime vector for malware, data leakage, and phishing attacks that can undermine enterprise protections. It doesn’t have to be that way. In a...

Lights Out: Why Your Next Data Center May Be Hands-Free

Could we be entering an era of hands-free data centers, where remote software and robotics handle tasks that until now have fallen to human technicians? That prospect may not be as far off as you think, according to a recent InformationWeek article by John Edwards that explores the push to make data centers autonomous. As Edwards reports, the COVID-19...

When Is a DevSecOps Vendor Not a DevSecOps Vendor?

DevOps’ general aim is to enable a more efficient process for producing software and technology solutions and bringing stakeholders together to speed up delivery. But we know from experience that this inherently creative, outcome-driven approach often forgets about one thing until too late in the process—security. Too often, security is brought into...

Courting Visibility: Value Stream Management

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” It’s an old management saw, but one rooted in truth, especially in the arena of software development where establishing a common vision and language of success can be so important. DevOps practices have for years given organizations a model for linking and streamlining processes, enabling both continuous...

Application Modernization: A GigaOm Field Test

So-called legacy software gets that name for a reason—it’s done enough for the organization over the years to earn a legacy enabling the business. But as GigaOm Analyst Ned Bellavance notes in a recently published GigaOm benchmark report (“Costs and Benefits of .NET Application Migration to the Cloud”), aging on-premises applications and infrastructure...

DevOps’ Next Level: Value Stream Management

DevOps’ Next Level: Value Stream Management Faster isn’t better when you’re running full speed the wrong way. That’s the message coming from the nascent discipline of value stream management (VSM), which seeks to refine and improve the efforts of DevOps teams steeped in the Agile culture of sprints and rapid releases. VSM tools help managers look beyond...

The Future of Unstructured Data Management

One of the most interesting and successful research projects I’ve worked on lately was the one about unstructured data management. Our clients loved the Key Criteria and Radar reports, and I had many fascinating conversations with vendors and users about what is coming next in this space. Why Unstructured Data Management First, let’s be clear here—explosive...

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