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Business Technology and Software
Date  Report
Oct 19
By integrating their respective SPIFs, DXL and pxGrid, McAfee and Cisco Systems have not only inked their first formal technology partnership, but also enabled customers to achieve unified, bidirectional network-endpoint security interoperability.

Oct 19
Artificial intelligence is an incredibly powerful tool, capable of predicting the future; but whether you’re predicting the weather or optimizing a delivery route, AI lives or dies according to the humans within whose care it finds itself.

Oct 18
Instana, a startup built by a group of APM vets, is taking on the competitive DevOps market segment by addressing key pain points, including the need for multi-language support and minimal configuration setup.

Oct 18
Huawei launched its flagship Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones with an emphasis on AI, custom silicon, and imaging capabilities. The Mate 10 Pro should make some inroads in Europe and be a big hit in China. No U.S. distribution was listed.

Oct 17
The transformation of NetApp’s business away from traditional storage and towards solutions that help enterprises manage and capitalize on data has resulted in an expansive set of brands that require careful marketing and management.

Oct 17
Alongside the rollout of its blockchain strategy this week, IBM’s professional group, GTS, announced two new cloud services aimed at helping enterprise IT operators migrate and deploy workloads from the data center into a hybrid cloud environment.

Oct 17
After absorbing HPE's software assets, Micro Focus instantly became one of the largest enterprise security software vendors. Its security strategy includes improving ArcSight and integrating it with its diverse portfolio, and growing even bigger.

Oct 13
Cisco has improved its ACI capabilities with multi-site management and Kubernetes integration for consistent workload policies. Its security enhancements, leading to more granular policy enforcement, are important for all enterprises.

Oct 13
At its 10th annual user conference, modern BI leader Tableau unveiled a means by which customers can embed business processes within the Tableau interface, effectively upending commonly accepted ideas about the role of analytics in business.

Oct 11
At its 10th annual user conference, Tableau announced the greatly anticipated beta of a new, in-memory data processing engine, promising both performance improvements and a seamless upgrade path for customers seeking large scale deployments.

Oct 11
Industry jargon obfuscates much more than it communicates. Shouldn’t collaboration and communication vendors resist jargon and focus on how technology can be a strategic asset that helps organizations meet their business objectives?

Oct 9
Microsoft Teams will eventually replace Skype for Business as the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365; however, without further rationalization, users may struggle to decide which tool is best for collaboration.

Oct 9
Oracle may be late to the cloud party, but its core integration and API platform serves as a strong foundation for its modern app development plans.

Oct 6
At its annual Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle made several enhancements to its Cloud Platform presenting enterprise developers with new opportunities around blockchain, mobility, and serverless computing via integration and API management innovations.

Oct 4
The release of Forcepoint NGFW 6.3 serves to further disentangle the product from former owner McAfee, but offers little in the way of new functionality that isn't merely catching up on features already offered by competitors.

Oct 4
At its annual user conference, Oracle introduced a series of comprehensive investments in AI spanning both operations and business requirements with mobile chatbots, AI-infused LoB apps and a full set of AI cloud platform services.

Oct 2
Application platform vendors are emphasizing a complete cloud stack through an end-to-end solution set which addresses intelligent, enterprise-grade applications and a broader role for operations and LoB users.

Sep 29
Just ahead of JavaOne, Oracle’s long-awaited Java 9 and Java EE 8 releases include key cloud and microservices updates alongside a revamped update cycle involving the open source community.

Sep 29
Enterprise IoT technology providers, in response to customer concerns over IoT costs and complexity, are taking matters into their own hands, creating prebuilt solutions specific to discrete IoT use cases and simplifying development processes.

Sep 29
NetApp Insight 2017: Solution Announcements Will Reinforce Strategy Success and Further Fuel Takeover Rumors

Sep 29
Dell EMC has broadened its support for Microsoft data center environments with updates to its cloud, server and hyperconverged infrastructure offerings, but the decision to combine them in a single announcement potentially weakens their impact.

Sep 29
SAP is combining its PaaS and business apps strengths, enhanced through cognitive intelligence and presented to enterprises as solutions. The analytics innovations, along with RAD tools, are being fulfilled via partner technologies.

Sep 29
To succeed with its plan to target industrial IoT growth opportunities, newly formed Hitachi Vantara must assert its core differentiators, including its extensive OT experience, “co-creation” approach and revamped Lumada IoT software.

Sep 28
Equifax, like many companies before, made mistakes that resulted in a high-profile data breach, but it has arguably received more scrutiny for its fumbled breach response. Here are three somewhat counterintuitive ways it could have been better.

Sep 27
During its annual SAP TechEd event in Las Vegas, SAP announced a new product and made several enhancements to its analytics portfolio with the intent of unifying hybrid cloud/premises analytics workloads and embracing disparate data sources.

Sep 22
Cisco’s Intersight offers users a more intuitive way of running server infrastructure compared with existing management tools, but many of its most useful ML-based capabilities won't be available until FY 2019 or FY 2020, limiting its short-term impact.

Sep 22
While the industry continues to talk up the CBRS opportunity, it’s clear that priority access licenses (a major CBRS innovation and selling point over unlicensed spectrum) won’t be available for some time. What does that mean for the band?

Sep 21
Hitachi Vantara’s Smart Data Center offers a holistic approach to managing IT by utilizing both predictive analytics and IoT, but Hitachi faces the challenge of communicating a new brand and the need to raise its data center solutions profile.

Sep 21
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise launched its Stellar WLAN offering along with unified wired and wireless management with the OmniVista 2500 Network Management System. ALE can lead with either Stellar or Aruba, but should focus on its own product.

Sep 21
Facebook is turning its focus on the business market; however, despite having around 14,000 companies around the globe using Workplace, Facebook still has a few areas that it needs to improve before it can be considered a viable commercial tool.

Sep 21
Hitachi Vantara’s new converged infrastructure systems offer a simpler and more efficient way of managing IT infrastructure, while supporting the company’s industrial IoT strategy, but the new brand and strategy must be carefully communicated.

Sep 20
Arista launched its Any Cloud Platform, which is its vEOS virtual router managed by CloudVision and can run in cloud services like AWS and Microsoft Azure as well as virtual servers from KVM, VMware, and soon, Microsoft.

Sep 19
What does Microsoft need to do to win in collaboration and communications? Consolidate and rationalize Office 365 to avoid the chaos of having too much choice in its service. Only then will Microsoft start delivering on its productivity promises.

Sep 18
SD-branch is more than an extension of SD-WAN or multi-function branch-in-a-box of years past. SD-branch encompasses the virtual environment, lifecycle management, and workflows for customers to optimize branch office software and services.

Sep 15
Extreme laid out its integration roadmap involving the Fabric Connect and Fabric Attach technology acquired from Avaya. It’s an ambitious plan. This expanded report provides more details and analysis.

Sep 15
The VMware-IBM collaboration will deliver new hybrid cloud services and capabilities to customers, while increasing the competitiveness of their offering relative to alternatives, but the partners have failed to specify a deployment timeframe.

Sep 14
Application platform providers have big plans for the IoT market segment, playing a crucial role in the ecosystem alongside partners that need core integration and messaging platforms.

Sep 13
Extreme laid out its integration roadmap involving the Fabric Connect and Fabric Attach technology acquired from Avaya, starting with integration with Extreme Management and extending Fabric Attach to EXOS and its 3900 AP. It’s an ambitious plan.

Sep 13
Despite the hype, artificial intelligence currently helps people to do their jobs better rather than providing meaningful insights, but many organizations will need to re-platform to take advantage of such augmented collaboration.

Sep 12
Partnerships with HyTrust, Veeam and Liquidware will bring new capabilities to Pivot3’s hyper-converged infrastructure platform, enhancing its utility and competitiveness, but Pivot3 will continue to face a tough and increasingly busy market.

Sep 8
OnApp has entered the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market with an appliance that is differentiated by built-in private and hybrid cloud management capabilities, but the new solution will have to compete against multiple HCI heavyweights.

Sep 7
Microsoft has moved to further container adoption via built-in image support for ASP.NET, now available on Linux.

Sep 6
VMware’s messaging from VMworld 2017 was very much about signaling its plans to manage enterprise workloads wherever they may reside. However, much of the product features are roadmap items showing VMware’s aspirations.

Sep 6
Facebook is going to monetize its WhatsApp acquisition by charging businesses for tools to better communicate with customers. Prepare for increased rivalry and decreased profit potential in the collaboration and communications market.

Sep 6
At its annual Connect conference, Huawei set down its plan to become one of the five dominant public cloud platform providers, but it intends to do so in a fairly unorthodox manner.

Sep 5
At its annual customer event, Huawei unveiled a new cloud artificial intelligence initiative that, while light on details and lacking in packaged solutions, will allow the company to make hay using its expertise in hardware.

Sep 5
Virtualization giant VMware demonstrated its might in addressing what’s become a key barrier of adoption: moving containerized apps into production. Now the question remains whether it can grasp equally important emerging DevOps issues.

Sep 1
Juniper's purchase of Cyphort accelerates its use of machine learning to identify never-before-seen threats from the web. Cyphort's heavy on-premises footprint and laborious configuration and management, however, are major drawbacks.

Sep 1
Oracle updated its IoT Cloud PaaS, adding a new digital twin capability, self-training AI models, supply chain integration services; the vendor also rolled out new pre-built IoT apps, amplifying its commitment to solutions over raw technologies.

Sep 1
With the launch of VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware and Amazon plan to dominate the hybrid cloud solutions market, but the duo must deal with Microsoft’s ‘VMware-killer’ Azure Stack offering, which will run on technology from VMware parent Dell EMC.

Aug 31
Digital assistants like Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa are a lot like people in that they are the most interesting and useful when they specialize, and when they become experts in a given field such as human resources.

Aug 31
The launch of several new and updated solutions to support data center modernization efforts reflects VMware’s holistic approach to addressing the changing needs of enterprise IT, but their relevance may be lost in this combined announcement.

Aug 30
VMware's VMworld 2017 announcements highlight the vendor's effort to extend its lead in unified endpoint management as well as extend its position into business analytics and endpoint compliance management.

Aug 30
The new joint VMware, Google, and Pivotal container service eases infrastructure configuration requirements, which have delayed adoption, leveraging VMware’s core competencies. Overall, however, it lacks a DevOps technology roadmap.

Aug 30
Jive’s new owner, Aurea, has a history of restructuring for profitability and long-term success; however, the divestment of Jive-x removes much of the potential Aurea inherited with Jive’s customer engagement portfolio.

Aug 30
Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software and its strategic alliance with Google represent a strong bid for market share in the hybrid cloud solutions market, but Nutanix and Google must both now build momentum and credibility for their strategy.

Aug 29
With the launch of VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware and Amazon will be able to tap growing enterprise demand for hybrid cloud solutions, but the partners need to move quickly to build momentum and credibility for their new solution in a busy market.

Aug 29
The acquisition of RedOwl will give Forcepoint a behavioral analytics capability not only to bolster its insider threat detection offerings, but also to serve as the analytics engine for the rest of its product portfolio.

Aug 24
Building on a two-year cloud partnership, Red Hat is bringing Microsoft Azure and SQL Server into the fold of its managed hybrid cloud via OpenShift container service and RHEL.

Aug 23
While VMware AirWatch gets to promote itself as the first UEM vendor capable of full Chromebook device management, its first-mover advantage likely won't last long, and the technical and cost details may dissuade key target customer segments.

Aug 22
Gluware, relaunched from Glue Networks, now offers a multi-vendor network automation and orchestration suite that aims to provide a feature-complete out-of-the-box experience. It’s a tall order, but if successful, it could change IT networking.

Aug 22
Google’s Chrome Enterprise OS launched today with links to Active Directory and AirWatch and covering Chrome and Android devices. The proposition could disintermediate network operators that offer enterprise mobility, and later IoT, services.

Aug 21
Although Cisco’s predicted acquisition of Springpath is unlikely to create immediate benefits for Cisco’s rapidly growing HyperFlex business, full ownership of Spingpath’s software platform may open up future product development opportunities.

Aug 16
Red Hat’s latest set of development tools is focused on integration with its JBoss products and support for Kompose, but details around other key Java EE and microservices capabilities are hazy.

Aug 16
IBM's surprise decision to exit the intrusion prevention appliance market and endorse former rival Cisco is not only an admission of its failed move to bolster the XGS line via QRadar, but also its waning focus on traditional network security.

Aug 11
Community projects looking to apply more agility to the Java EE space play increasingly important role. Look for more vendor collaboration during upcoming fall conferences.

Aug 10
Tableau has acquired natural language processing startup ClearGraph. The deal will give Tableau control over technology specific to an important emerging market trend, but also creates integration and rationalization issues for the company.

Aug 8
Lightweight middleware technologies have paved the way not only for platform services to support continuous and distributed apps, but also for SOA's reinvention as a more fine-grained, componentized set of microservices.

Aug 8
Avaya has filed a plan support agreement aiming to reduce its $6.3 billion Chapter 11 debt by more than $3 billion; however, the plan still needs permission from the court, and preliminary Q3 2017 results indicate continued financial difficulties.

Aug 7
Lumina Networks launched its company with people and software assets from Brocade’s SDN software suite. The new company, funded with $10 million, comes with 200 customers, a focus on service provider clients, and a high-touch approach.

Aug 4
Deceptive threat detection solutions identify and thwart the attacks that elude other enterprise security systems. It's a diverse, emerging market, but one that may eventually be absorbed by larger vendors with broad security solutions.

Aug 3
Quantifying human interactions in HR has been met with some skepticism by employees and employers alike, but AI-infused chatbots are changing that by serving as a scalable, adaptive, and trustworthy HR spokesperson.

Aug 2
FortiCloud 3.2 will enable full management of low-end FortiGate devices, increasing ease of deployment, configuration, and ongoing management for SMBs and MSSPs, but offers little to enterprises that increasingly also want cloud-based management.

Aug 2
Looker’s most recent update to its BI platform sustains the vendor’s rapid pace of innovation, with a focus on handling data pipeline issues at scale using new data caching, customizable report scheduling, and time zone support capabilities.

Aug 1
Microsoft has made a series of compelling moves as of late, embracing cloud standards, courting developers and previewing a new container service, part of an effort to position its platform services as more usable than AWS.

Jul 28
Mitel’s definitive agreement to acquire ShoreTel gives the vendor a broader portfolio and a new CPaaS platform to help it address the digital transformation trend; however, Mitel still faces difficult competition in a volatile, crowded market.

Jul 27
Although Microsoft has announced that Azure Stack-powered appliances from key manufacturer partners are now available for pre-ordering, Microsoft must address enduring concerns about its hybrid cloud offering while navigating rising competition.

Jul 26
With workers screening out distractions with their personal headphones and noisy workplaces accounting for as much as 86 minutes of lost personal productivity a day, soundscaping in open-plan offices may become the new sound of silence.

Jul 26
McAfee's new OpenDXL.com community website creates a long-awaited single, user-friendly hub to build a community around its nascent OpenDXL SPIF. But a website alone won't foster OpenDXL participation or match Cisco's more mature pxGrid community.

Jul 25
Despite perceived slow uptake and minimal awareness, VMware's End-User Computing group is positioning itself as both visionary and strategic, winning the largest deals because it solves IT's most complex business enablement problems.

Jul 21
In networking, as in other aspects of IT, simpler is better. Intent-based networking, while complex under the hood, offers IT simple approaches to network management, but only if it is fully embraced. Half-hearted commitment will set IT back.

Jul 20
Oracle expands its hybrid cloud offering as a unified platform, spanning PaaS and SaaS to better combat AWS and Azure.

Jul 19
Why are technology companies like IBM and SAP turning to a 50-year-old design and ideation methodology in order to innovate more rapidly and better respond to customer needs? The reason is simple: to find and then answer the right questions.

Jul 14
Unify introduces OpenScape Cloud, a flexible collaboration and communications service; However, it is not yet commercially available for customers and, unless carefully managed, partners may view Unify’s parent company, Atos, as a potential threat.

Jul 13
Although HPE and Microsoft’s new go-to-market alliance, formed through the Cloud28+ community, will create new sales and partnership opportunities for both companies, the competitive response from their major rivals will be strong and swift.

Jul 13
Viptela’s Cloud onRamp for IaaS offers the vEdge Cloud Router in AWS’s and Azure’s marketplace while Cloud onRamp for SaaS treats traffic similarly to other application traffic. Neither pushes the envelope but competitors will have to respond.

Jul 12
Red Hat has just made its OpenShift PaaS available to developers in 200 countries for public cloud access to the latest container-native and multitenant cloud platform.

Jul 12
At its first annual Leonardo Live event, SAP rolled out a series of enhancements to the Leonardo platform, demonstrating the company’s vertical business acumen and interest in exploring emerging technologies like blockchain.

Jul 11
Intent-based networking promises to change how IT manages the network, relying on automation and dynamic reaction to configuration requests. But don’t fire your network administrators just yet; the road to IBN is still long and bumpy.

Jul 10
InfoComm 2017’s exhibition floor mirrored the market demand for easy to deploy, high quality audio and video huddle room solutions that makes the meeting join experience easy for end users. This report explores the exemplars of this current trend.

Jul 10
MicroStrategy has introduced version 10.8 of its flagship analytics offering with streamlined support for R, direct provisioning on Amazon, better parity between iOS and Android, more user control of Hadoop, and new data connectors.

Jul 10
As Google and Nutanix join the list of vendors targeting rising enterprise demand for hybrid cloud solutions, competition will coalesce around several areas, namely the delivery of an effective hybrid and multi-cloud management experience.

Jul 10
Cisco's enterprise security product portfolio is growing broader and deeper. It has many untapped opportunities within its grasp, but it must build better integrations and go-to-market messaging focusing on customers' desired outcomes.

Jul 7
The developer-oriented Salesforce TrailheaDX conference helped demonstrate how new platforms continue to democratize app development, including advanced AI technologies for CRM apps.

Jul 6
Symantec is the perfect fit for Fireglass, as its web content sanitization technology was destined to be a secure web gateway feature. However, Symantec must ensure Fireglass can scale and be integrated with the former Blue Coat offerings.

Jun 30
Progress Software soundly rounds out its mobile offering, which is heavy on front-end tools, and addresses backend developers through its acquisition of leading backend-as-a-service player Kinvey.

Jun 30
Red Hat’s new hyper-converged infrastructure solution provides existing customers with an open source software-based offering for edge-of-network deployments. However, Red Hat needs to evolve the solution in order to achieve wider market impact.

Jun 29
Cisco’s new “The Network Intuitive” campaign calls for a major rethink of the network that promises self-aware infrastructure driven by business outcomes. But for that to work, Cisco will need to help customers reimagine app development itself.

Jun 28
With its new hyper-converged infrastructure solution NetApp will compete more directly against HPE and Dell EMC. However, it risks confusing potential customers with an expansive and evolving solutions portfolio for hybrid cloud data management.

Jun 28
The new TippingPoint Security Management System Threat Insights feature bolsters Trend Micro's host-based security assessment capabilities and fosters integration with the vendor's Advanced Threat Protection product family.

Jun 27
Application performance management is being reinvented to provide the window into the operations component of DevOps. Developers will have access to this advanced app performance technology via platform services in coming months.

Jun 27
Developers under pressure to push code faster through new forms of delivery pipelines are leaning heavily on APM for app visibility.

Jun 27
Security, interoperability, complexity and connectivity are issues inhibiting broader IoT adoption, but as businesses seek to roll-out their IoT applications, vendors are responding quickly to improve their products, partnerships and services.

Jun 26
The majority of IoT users rely upon basic reporting mechanisms as found in business intelligence (BI) systems when analyzing data; are enterprises setting the bar far too low when it comes to IoT?

Jun 26
AI is both the present and the future with a plethora of cloud-based cognitive services on offer, but can enterprise buyers make use of these powerful APIs and frameworks without employing an army of data scientists and mathematicians?

Jun 23
To remain competitive in the increasingly vibrant market for hybrid cloud management solutions, vendors need to expand the capabilities of their solutions, offer flexible delivery options and expand the range of cloud platforms they support.

Jun 22
BlackBerry has begun the arduous process of augmenting its EMM portfolio in areas like Office 365, analytics, and IoT, to better compete with its increasingly broad rivals, but the former handset maker has a long way to go.

Jun 22
Cisco announced its intent-based networking initiative with new software capabilities in DNA Center, a new Catalyst 9000 switch family, and developer support in Cisco DevNet. It's an ambitious launch that will impact customers and resellers.

Jun 20
Arista Networks new 7280R2, R2 line cards, and 16-slot 7500 chassis highlights what Arista does well: faster, denser switching and routing. Existing 7500 chassis customers can take advantage of R2 line cards as needed without a rip and replace.

Jun 19
CFF is broadening its technology focus to include more DevOps concerns, made evident by last week’s changing membership base and the highlighting of projects which address infrastructure provisioning.

Jun 19
Multi-cloud was of course the overriding theme at this year’s Cloud Foundry Summit, but there were also key indicators of a fast expanding ecosystem in light of DevOps’ growing importance throughout the ALM.

Jun 14
Palo Alto Networks is pushing deeper into cloud-based security with not only cloud-delivered NGFW services for distributed sites, but also a new framework service to provide integrated third-party cloud-based security applications.

Jun 13
Ruckus Networks, soon to be acquired by ARRIS, launched a new AP and access switch supporting multi-gig Ethernet and additional uplink ports. It’s a small launch, but sustains the Ruckus product roadmap during the acquisition.

Jun 13
Despite showing growing maturity and the emergence of new consumption models, OpenStack, a leading open source standard for cloud computing, faces a range of limitations and challenges, as well as emerging competition from Amazon and Microsoft.

Jun 12
Microsoft has made Power BI Premium generally available, allowing buyers to run it behind the firewall as well as bypass user licenses, storage limits, and refresh rates, all of which make Power BI a better fit for larger deployments and ISVs.

Jun 12
Overall, EMM/UEM vendor MobileIron is in a strong competitive position. Like competitors, it is also pushing into security for IoT devices and data. Its IoT strategy is measured and achievable, but success demands a focused, disciplined approach.

Jun 8
Utilizing IoT APIs that plug into its interaction engine and business rules engine, Mitel demonstrated at its Elite conference how the Internet of Things can be integrated with real-time communications to literally give IoT devices a voice.

Jun 7
Alteryx has introduced a new collaborative data exploration and data cataloging platform that seeks to encourage self-service without sacrificing trust in data, but leveraging its capabilities will require a full investment in the company.

Jun 6
Aruba Networks’ new asset tracking product line includes Bluetooth beacons, integrated BLE support in over ten Aruba APs, and integration with Aruba’s Meridian cloud service. It is a solid offering, but competition is fierce and varied.

Jun 5
VARs, integrators and managed service providers are all vying for your SD-WAN dollars, and that makes for a complicated, dynamic and highly competitive landscape.

Jun 5
The new 8400 core and aggregation switch from Aruba Networks, an HPE company, offers high-density core and aggregation switching, bolstered by the integration-friendly ArubaOS-CX featuring deep APIs and an on-board database.

Jun 2
Infor has completed its acquisition of cloud-savvy BI vendor Birst, setting the stage for a combined offering capable of meeting current market interest in embedding actionable BI insights with line of business processes.

Jun 2
Tableau’s 10.3 update goes beyond basic, iterative feature enhancements to directly answer earlier shortcomings through the introduction of AI-driven analytics and hybrid cloud/premises deployment capabilities.

Jun 1
The wide-ranging new security solution collaboration between IBM and Cisco will undoubtedly help their mutual customers, but it remains to be seen whether the duo can successfully sell, implement and support complex joint solutions.

Jun 1
Cisco’s Enterprise Agreement is a cross-catalog purchase agreement covering software, hardware, support and services and includes a 20% overage allowance and no charges in arrears. It’s intended to overcome competitive license and cost objections.

Jun 1
App platforms rivals, including IBM, Red Hat, and Oracle are contributing heavily to OSS communities as a way to supplement development tools and frameworks and significantly speed containerization/microservices adoption.

May 26
GlobalData primary research shows that the success or failure of an IoT project hinges on cost and complexity; using Cisco as an example, we define the three pillars of investment necessary to realize the potential of IoT itself.

May 26
Red Hat is delivering on its promise to support a browser-based working framework of pre-wired solutions for building lightweight cloud-native apps shored by key OSS technologies.

May 24
At its annual user conference, customer experience management player Genesys introduced Kate, an AI platform designed not to compete with the likes of IBM Watson or Salesforce.com Einstein, but instead to blend capabilities with those offerings.

May 19
The May 2017 OpenStack Summit highlighted the growing popularity of hosted private clouds based on OpenStack technology. This phenomenon reflects the many genuine attractions of OpenStack and its enduring problems, including its complexity.

May 18
Realizing the importance of multi-cloud support among enterprises, SAP is making its SCP PaaS offering available on popular public clouds, hoping to generate interest in high-value services within Leonardo.

May 17
Sencha’s enhancement of popular web toolkit, React, provides enterprise developers with comprehensive UI components, pulling from its mature Ext JS app development framework.

May 17
Array Networks joins competitors in SD-branch appliances with its own Network Functions Platform, which is a virtualization platform consolidating network functions. The platform supports pay-as-you-grow pricing and capacity reservation.

May 16
SAP has re-launched its SAP Leonardo as an “digital innovation system” intent on blending AI, IoT, big data and the cloud to operationalize advanced, machine learning (ML) capabilities and surface those within line of business workflows.

May 16
At its annual user conference, Informatica quietly introduced a new brand identity, which is designed to break with the past and target enterprise cloud data management with product and channel changes far beyond marketing and branding themselves.

May 15
Following what's believed to be the largest-ever ransomware attack, enterprises and vendors alike should realize the WannaCry ransomworm is likely a harbinger of more severe attacks yet to come.

May 12
Cisco plans to acquire advanced artificial intelligence startup MindMeld for $125 million to enhance its collaboration suite; however, IBM could see this acquisition as a potential threat, which could sour its current Cisco partnership.

May 11
Microsoft demonstrated numerous technologies at Build 2017, emphasizing the scale, openness and intelligence available to developers surrounding use cases such as IoT. Unfortunately, most of the offerings on display are still in private preview.

May 11
Versa’s Cloud IP Platform offers customers, MSPs, and channel partners with a versatile foundation to develop their own managed services. The new appliances with integrated WiFi, switching and LTE further streamline branch deployments.

May 11
New enhancements to Dell EMC’s hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio will strengthen its competitive position vis-à-vis key rivals, but the vendor must watch that its ever-expanding HCI portfolio does not become hard to manage and market.

May 10
Red Hat’s re-energized partnership with Amazon smartly emphasizes AI-driven IT automation as a way to root out the foibles of human decision-making; it also points to a future where operational and business analytics can at last intertwine.

May 10
Just a day after the quick, puzzling end to its TrustPoint OEM partnership with Tanium, VMware AirWatch announced integration with a comparable endpoint tool, Dell Client Command, offered by its parent company.

May 9
Dell EMC’s new Azure Stack offering will boost its position in the hybrid cloud solutions market and among Azure public cloud users. However, Dell EMC will need to manage an expansive portfolio and may face a price war with HPE, Cisco and Lenovo.

May 9
At JiveWorld17, Jive Software shared its current strategy as it competes in a challenging market; however, the vendor announced it will be acquired, and any cause for optimism applies only if Jive’s roadmap continues under its new stewardship.

May 5
Red Hat’s browser-based IDE preview and newly integrated AWS services are about on-ramping developers and keeping DevOps squarely focused on its containerization strategy amid a highly competitive market segment.

May 5
Red Hat’s integration of Ansible with its CloudForms cloud management solution will enhance the automation capabilities and competitiveness of CloudForms, but to succeed, the move needs to be backed by strong marketing focused on its benefits.

May 2
Cisco intends to acquire SD-WAN vendor Viptela for $610 million, but the competitive impact will take a year or more to be felt.

May 2
ESW Capital is acquiring Jive Software for $462 million and will add Jive to its Aurea portfolio. The anticipated Aurea re-architecting and re-engineering processes that follow introduce uncertainty and concern for clients and partners.

Apr 28
IBM’s progress around OpenWhisk serverless computing positions Bluemix cloud as a platform which abstracts infrastructure complexities that hinder DevOps’ early efforts developing IoT and cognitive solutions.

Apr 28
Microsoft stores in the U.S. are selling Samsung’s Galaxy S8 – an Android phone running software from Google and Samsung – but details on the program have been sparse. It’s actually a good idea, but execution has been dismal.

Apr 28
The manufacturing market is dominated by complex and costly ERP systems. An opportunity exists for team collaboration platform vendors to leverage business-to-business networks, to simplify global supply chains and disrupt this market adjacency.

Apr 26
Orchestrated, automated, high-efficacy multiproduct enterprise security architectures are not only possible, but also will soon be commonplace thanks to security product integration frameworks. This report details the SPIF landscape.


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