Posted on 28 February 2011
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Trend No. 4 “Server-centric to Service-centric”, predicts that architecture will shift from in-house servers to a distributed model in order to separate infrastructure, systems, applications and businesses processes from one another. Take a look at the seven other trends Accenture says will continue to transform the technology landscape in 2011 and beyond.
“The role of technol0gy is changing: it is no longer in a support role. Instead, it is front and center driving business performance and enriching people’s lives like never before.” The real value of the report lies with insights on taking advantage of these technology shifts to gain business intelligence and business value. Review full report…
Posted on 23 February 2011
The Hub Commentary
We’ve all experienced moments when we had to eat our words or perhaps wish we could stop time and take something back that we said. Well, these high profile personalities don’t often have that luxury since virtually everything they say goes into print and is broadcast immediately for all the world to see. Take a look at some of the most prophetic blunders in high tech history…
The epic history of technology is littered with some incredibly lousy prophecies, often made by some very smart, very successful — and very wealthy — executives. We trolled the timeline of technology to find the most misguided — and in some cases just plain crazy –calls in the industry’s storied past, from the telephone to television to YouTube. Read full article…
Posted on 06 January 2011
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I tend to agree with the increased focus on performance and end-user monitoring and believe it will be driven by the requirement to monitor the service providers as cloud services are incorporated. Controlled change management with an end-to-end view of the complex infrastructure will work to mitigate risk and both will rely on an integration platform and strategy.
Open Source monitoring for the commodity will also rise in popularity and implementation, but I don’t agree with building more into the monitoring tools or waiting for one vendor to build a single framework. A single vendor framework is and has never been built ground up to monitor and manage the data center. The big four all grow through acquisition of many technologies and cobble them together through data layer integrations. No offense to my vendor friends, I’ve been a product manager for one of them and did exactly the same thing after an acquisition was made – it’s the quickest way to claim integration victory.
I believe we will see data centers leveraging Open Source, Cloud services for both Services (commodity management – ala ITSM tools) and Infrastructure (to test out excess capacity and demand flexibility options); rise in both availability and performance monitoring for new technology and delivery methods; and end-to-end visibility requirements to mitigate risk and speed restoration time. All of this is solved and future proofs the data center by considering a sound integration platform and strategy pulling together the physical, virtual, cloud environment into a single view for monitoring, managing and measuring.
Push your suppliers to build the best monitoring/management tools possible and leverage an integration platform to bring the best of your investments together to transform your data center into a service provider. Oh yeah, 2011 will be the tipping for data center transformation into a service provider – not technology manager.
Depending on where they stand in the overall environment, network and systems management companies hear different concerns from their enterprise IT clientele. Here’s a look at how the year will shake out in a number of different areas … (read full article…)
Posted on 29 December 2010
It’s been an incredibly interesting, exciting, and tumultuous year for cloud computing. But, as the saying goes, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Next year will be one in which the pedal hits the metal, resulting in enormous acceleration for cloud computing. (read more …)