The technology industry is still buzzing with the news of Dell’s acquisition of EMC. It is the largest tech acquisition in history, and everyone is still trying to digest the information and understand what it might mean to them. While it’s impossible to know with any certainty what will transpire, I wanted to offer Sigma’s perspective on the deal.
In part 1 of this post, I discussed how data reduction technologies enable organizations to better manage high data volume and reduce storage costs. Once reserved for backup and archival, data reduction is now primarily performed when data is read or written in order to optimize storage environments. De-duplication eliminates redundant data and compression reduces the size of data blocks, while thin provisioning allows for dynamic, on-demand storage allocation.
Thanks in large part to virtualization and big data, the amount of data being created, transmitted, stored and backed up is growing exponentially. At the same time, backup windows are shrinking, data recovery timeframes are accelerating, and stiffer legal and regulatory requirements mandate that data be retained for longer periods of time. However, IT departments and budgets aren’t growing at the same pace, so adding storage and personnel to manage the environment isn’t a viable or economically feasible solution.
On November 1, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Meg Whitman will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Publicly, this will signal the official split of HP into two Fortune 50 companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc. Internally, the two companies began operating independently on August 1. The split, first announced in April, follows increasing pressure on HP from industry and financial analysts to focus more on the enterprise side of its business. The goal is to improve agility, accelerate decision-making and simplify the organizational structure of both companies.
For several years, industry analysts have been heralding the arrival of the post-PC era. Sales of desktop and laptop computers have been in the doldrums for years as more users rely primarily upon smaller, more mobile devices. And now the launch of Intel’s new 6th Generation Intel Core processor family is expected to further diversify end-users’ tech choices.
Organizations that use Oracle software are often asked to show compliance with Oracle license requirements. This process, known as an Oracle license review, is designed to confirm how many and what type of Oracle products are licensed and reconcile the organization’s Oracle software usage with the license entitlements. Organizations may be selected for license review by Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) at three- or four-year intervals, or if they suspect noncompliance.
In my last post I discussed how threat intelligence is emerging as a central element of an enterprise security strategy. Threat intelligence solutions collect data about security threats and provide sophisticated tools to help organizations assess the risk level of each threat and prioritize efforts to address vulnerabilities.
While many organizations view technology as a mechanism for improving operational efficiency and supporting business goals, not enough emphasis is placed on the user experience. Whether they’re working in the office or remotely, employees expect to be able to seamlessly transition between mobile and desktop devices with a consistent user environment and no loss of performance, functionality, security or control.
Software-defined networking (SDN) has been generating a lot of buzz in the IT industry. As organizations virtualize more and more workloads, they are finding that manual network configuration processes create bottlenecks that impede service delivery. The SDN model promises to improve IT agility by automating the provisioning of network resources and enabling IT to centrally manage the delivery of applications and services across the network.
In a previous post, we discussed how organizations are responding to increasing user demand for content, especially video, by deploying content delivery networks (CDNs). A CDN is an integrated system of strategically located servers that dynamically delivers digital content based on the geographic origin of the request.