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Infrastructure 2.0

In my last blog, I looked at the evolution of technology as we move to virtualization. What will this new development mean for business models, industry developments and industry players? Virtualization means that everything will run on commodity hardware – the same as the rest of the...
A converged infrastructure should incorporate a release certification matrix that validates all of the patches, maintenance and upgrades of all of the product’s components throughout its lifecycle. Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems. As a result...
With the growing number of applications in use in today’s enterprises, you as a network administrator are surely noticing some new challenges. Many IT professionals responsible for supporting applications in data center and cloud environments continue to see growth in the number of app...
Considering most organisations have still not fully virtualized or moved towards a true Private Cloud model, SDDC is still in its infancy in terms of mainstream adoption and certainly won't be an overnight process. While typical early adopters are advancing quickly down the software-de...
The Bloomberg Agile Architecture™ (BAA) Technique offers a way of thinking about and doing architecture that is laser-focused on business agility as the fundamental business driver. Yet while the BAA Technique is an approach to Enterprise Architecture, it’s not a framework or a methodo...
New Ariba spot-buying service allows companies to bring "emergency" or small purchases under control. It remains one of the last bastions of enterprise spend over which companies have little or no control. Yet companies have been loathe to tamper with how their employers and managers ...
Good optimization best practice can help a CIO to lower operating costs, increase asset utilization and employee productivity Somewhere back in the mid-nineties we started talking about optimization (or optimisation if you prefer) as if it were some part of the de facto terminology th...
A global asset management company needed to accelerate testing for parallel and Agile development. Learn how service virtualization and API test automation resulted in a 20X reduction in testing time. Ignis Asset Management is a global asset management company, headquartered in London...
Companies are quickly finding new and innovative ways to recognize value by integrating real time mapping applications into their business processes. Real-time mapping is the GIS process of tracking changes on the earth’s surface and displaying that information on a computer screen. Th...
Recently Google acquired the home automation company Nest. Nest is a company that sells IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices that allow homeowners to control the temperature of their homes through their smartphones, plus it sends notifications if it detects dangerous levels of smok...
A recent post by John Wilmes on the TM Forum website caught my eye for drawing a parallel between the Uber car service business model and the telecom service provider business model as network functions virtualization (NFV) becomes a reality. Wilmes uses this metaphor to remind us of t...
For an example of just how dramatically storage has changed over the past fifteen years, consider your music collection. At one point, you had a collection of cassettes that stored the song files on tape. As the years went on, your hairstyle changed and you bought a CD player that used...
There seems to be two main groups of thought as to when wearable technology will become mainstream. The first group are those that believe that wearable technology is here today and are engaging both hobbyists and future entrepreneurs in building all parts of the ecosystem now. These p...
In previous articles I predicted that wearable technology would be powered by light-weight operating systems, citing Samsung’s decision to go with Tizen instead of Android. This decision was apparently based on battery life and user interface considerations. However, just after the art...
My colleague, mobility and IoT (Internet of Things) guru Peter Rogers has written one of the first articles I have ever read that explains how consulting companies and developers can truly design, implement and support the Internet of Things ecosystem. Mark your calendars with this hi...
The term "software defined" has taken many forms in recent months from Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) to even component vendors adopting the tagline to exalt their own agenda with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Software Defined Storage ...
It is quite commonly observed now-a-days as a common practice; most of the companies invest a lot of time in engaging consultants & designers and spending colossal amounts of money in capacity planning to size the infrastructure for their specific needs. Not denying the fact that peopl...
According to a prediction made by IDC back in 2010, 70 percent of servers would be virtual by 2014. Gartner now estimates Windows being at between 60 and 70 percent virtualized and Linux being at between 35 and 45 percent virtualized, making IDC's largely accurate. In addition, very fe...
As companies produce an ever-increasing amount of data that’s pushing network and bandwidth capacity to its extremes, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is becoming a popular solution to these concerns and as an effective platform for a BYOD policy. During the recent bout of intense...
Did you miss any of the top Service Virtualization resources from 2013? See which case studies, reports, papers, and videos were most popular. In 2013, Parasoft saw a tremendous level of interest in Service Virtualization across a broad spectrum of industries (including retail, financ...
In my first blog Act 1 – The What and Why I talked about the benefits and some risks around using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Today I will cover some details around some common misunderstandings regarding how to monitor CDNs and explain the right monitoring strategy. Which monit...
Virtual servers are rapidly becoming more popular than physical dedicated servers for a variety of reasons. A virtual private server (VPS) acts like a dedicated server in all respects on a software level while allowing multiple servers to be run on a single physical machine. Since most...
As an industry, information technology is fond of relabeling, reclassifying and renaming things. Part of the art of innovation is the reinvention of those things that we know we need to fix. But true innovation is argued to be the reinvention of those things that we don’t think we ne...
German telco EWE TEL has solved performance complexity across an extended enterprise billing process by using service virtualization, which improved applications performance and gained predictive insights into composite application services behavior. To learn more about how EWE is lev...
Companies don't want enterprise mobility. They want increased sales, lower expenses, better products, improved customer service and more profits. They want to be a survivor during this period of massive digital transformations. What do I mean by digital transformation? I mean the f...
In my last blog, I discussed how the Internet of Things is really developing into what can more accurately be called the Internet of Agents. These connections and multi-agent systems are resulting in an increasing number of highly applicable, value-added bundled and branded services. T...
Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use,...
Faced with competitive pressures demanding increased IT agility, Line-of-Business (LOB) managers have been increasingly relying on virtualized infrastructures to accelerate deployment of critical application workloads. Server virtualization has rapidly become the default platform for m...
Learn why Service Virtualization is a must-have for accelerating the SDLC and bringing higher quality functionality to the market faster—at a lower cost. No matter what industry you're in, software is increasingly becoming the interface to your business. Organizations that are able to...
We're in the middle of another major shift in computing and IT: the decline of the hard disk and the rise of solid-state memory. Solid-state has been around for a while, but it's always been expensive, volatile and low capacity. That's changing, and it's changing IT as well. Computing...
It's common enough to be expected, but the IT world is continually undergoing all kinds of restructuring, remodeling and rethinking when it comes to approaching day-to-day tasks and challenges, both typical and atypical. A requirement of today's IT professional is to not only be fully ...
Let's start at... the beginning. What is the in-memory computing? Kirill Sheynkman from RTP Ventures gave the following crisp definition which I like very much: "In-Memory Computing is based on a memory-first principle utilizing high-performance, integrated, distributed main memory sy...
Traditional BYOD policies had two main concerns: Companies worried about security; employees worried about privacy. VDIs are almost perfectly suited to solve these BYOD issues. Bring Your Own Device policies have fascinated both the corporate world and the tech world for some time now...
What's the value of Service Virtualization? Learn how it speeds innovation, accelerates time to market, and reduces application development risks. With today's interconnected applications, a complete and realistic test environment is nearly impossible to stage. However, without reliab...
You may not realize it, but your house is getting smarter. Devices that were once entirely manually controlled, whether it’s your thermostat, the locks on your doors, or your porch lights, are now entering an era of autonomy, and the list of devices in the home automation spectrum is c...
I have been writing about the Network Centric Operations approach to mobile field services for the past couple of years and plan to continue with even more enthusiasm. The mobile devices, mobile platforms, communication networks and integration frameworks exists today to revolutionize ...
When you haven't got time to cook a meal there really is nothing like the convenience of picking up the phone and dialing for a home delivery kebab. You go online choose the meal deal you want and 30 minutes later there's a ring at your doorbell. So when one of our customers asked if V...
A middle-of-the-road solution between dedicated servers and shared hosting is a balance that makes a lot of sense for many businesses. Such a service exists and is called a virtual private server (or VPS). VPS offers webmasters a way to host their own server, but without the higher cos...
Enterprise applications are increasing in complexity, with multi-tier and distributed applications being the new standards for dealing with high-volume, high-scale requirements. In many development environments, the ideal scenario is to enable DevOps teams to manage dev/test environmen...
It’s hard to implement an effective, scalable search system, which is why Apache Solr is probably the most popular ‘black box’ in web app infrastructure. Your site is indexed on Google, but that doesn't mean you're done with search. Content-rich websites provide native search functio...