Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #31 - IT Trends, Gartner, VMware & Verizon, Tivoli, IPv6

Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of October 17th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!


IT’s Big Five trends – are we asking the right questions? by Christine Wolff

IT companies often stumble over themselves to reactively address their clients’ requirements. Evolution of their products and services is critical to business success and yet, according to Dion Hinchcliffe’s article – How IT can evolve to meet the Big Five – many IT departments still struggle with innovation and business leadership within their own business. Hinchcliffe’s article discusses whether IT departments will take the “big leap” to address the deeply transformational nature of the way their internal customers consume and capitalise on trends such as mobile, social, cloud, consumerisation, and big data. That’s an issue most of us confront daily, but are we asking the right questions?

3 key reasons for enterprise cloud services by Christian Verstraete

I would say that an Enterprise Cloud is a public cloud addressing the specific concerns of enterprises. So, where the public cloud is geared towards SMB’s, developers and consumers, the enterprise cloud focuses on the execution of more business critical tasks. But what concerns are being addressed by these enterprise cloud services? I count three key ones.

Gartner: IT's Top 10 Technology Trends by Michael J. Miller

In a session at Gartner Symposium yesterday, Gartner’s David Cearley listed the top ten strategic technology trends that the research and advisory company think will impact IT departments most of the next year.

Flat IT funding threatens cloud, mobile computing initiatives by Nicole Blake Johnson

Federal information technology spending is expected to remain mostly flat over the next five years, with agencies receiving little or no additional funding for administration priorities like cloud computing and data center consolidation, according to a new IT spending forecast by TechAmerica Foundation.

10 Questions to Ask Before Storing Data on the Cloud by Lizetta Staplefoote

Enterprises are finding more and more reasons to consider the cloud for storage and other data retention purposes. Often, CIO’s point to performance optimization, risk reduction, and cost efficiency as major drivers for considering the cloud. If you’re exploring the cloud for data storage, here are ten things to ask of your organization and of a prospective provider before handing over your data.

IBM's Tivoli Tries To Change With The Times by Paul Korzeniowski

In 1996, IBM purchased Tivoli Systems to bolster its systems and network management capabilities. Since then, the vendor has used acquisitions and internal development to create a comprehensive product line, garnered a significant following among large enterprises and emerged as a top tier supplier. "IBM is IBM. It is a significant force in the network and systems management market," says Jean-Pierre Garbani, VP at Forrester Research.Yet, the vendor faces various challenges.

How IPv6 and the Cloud Will Help Us be More Secure by Craig S. Wright

We are starting to move to IPv6 and the cloud. Right now, the uptake is minimal at best with very few early adopters for all of the hype. That stated, the climate is changing. Soon, IP addresses will be on everything.

Re-defining Fabric Scale: Thinking Beyond the “Box” by Shashi Kiran

We are making a significant announcement with several new innovations across our data center and switching portfolio that showcase how our customers can build large scale-up and scale-out data center networks.  While the press release does a great job (thanks Lee!) of highlighting all the innovations across the Nexus Unified Fabric portfolio and the new ASA 1000v, two aspects of the announcement stand out quite prominently:

Beyond the Cloud Vapor: Gartner Analysts Pinpoint IT Cloud Strategy by Michael J. Miller

For the last several years, Gartner’s Daryl Plummer and David Mitchell Smith have presented "the cloud scenario," at the company’s annual Symposium. What struck me this year, however, is that much of the discussion has moved from defining cloud computing toward specific models of implementing cloud computing that will differ for each organization.


And a few more honorable mentions...






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