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Cloud Management

Includes Cloud Infrastructure Management, encompassing Operations, Automation and Orchestration and Business/Financial Management; Virtual Infrastructure Management (monitoring, optimization and performance); Virtualized Datacenter Operations and strategies (automation and cloud computing); and Legacy Infrastructure Management.

This practice covers all forms of technologies and capabilities that impact and enable cloud and on-premises infrastructure management, including operational management; automation and orchestration; business management and cloud costing. This category also includes management of virtual infrastructure and traditional, non-virtualized on-premises environments. As on-premises infrastructure and apps transition to cloud, new management challenges arise, such as around workload mobility and migration, security and availability.

We track and examine these management challenges in the context of hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and identify opportunities for both vendors and end users to optimize their cloud management platforms and approaches.

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Cloverleaf Delivers Muscle To Storage Integrators - Opinion

Though it may hurt the brain to contemplate, the mission-critical design requirements of the enterprise storage integrator exceed those of the individual enterprise data center by several magnitudes. The reason is simple: With dozens or hundreds of customer environments at any given time, economic success depends on bullet-proofing all aspects of the storage architecture against random acts of unreliability.

 

Publish date: 10/01/03
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Cloverleaf Intelligent Storage Networking System - Product Profile

Over the course of 2003, the concept of placing “intelligent” storage management in the heart of the networked fabric has shifted from longstanding industry pipedream into deployed reality. On the end user side, this long-awaited reality is driven largely by an unprecedented requirement to get control over heterogeneous environments and budget-busting management inefficiencies.

 

Publish date: 10/01/03
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Server Blades - Technology In Depth

Blade servers are a next generation, modular computing architecture aimed at driving operational efficiencies by reducing overall management and physical data center costs. The first generation of blades, geared towards edgeapplications, promised to deliver savings through their ultra-dense, low power consumption design.

 

Publish date: 10/01/03
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McData Acquires Sanera Nishan - Opinion

On August 25, 2003, McData announced its intentions to acquire Nishan Systems for $83M in cash (plus $2M in debt) and Sanera for $102M in cash. McData also announced that they have invested $6M in Aarohi Communications, a storage networking chip vendor.

 

Publish date: 09/01/03
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MaXXan ships MVX320 - Company Profile

MaXXan this month became the first vendor to actually GA an intelligent director class product. While the architecture is sound and the product has most of the required features for such a product, and the use of standard OTS network processors, rather than custom designed ASICs gives them the ability to upgrade and ship faster than others, MaXXan finds itself in a very interesting position.

 

Publish date: 08/01/03
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IBM Makes the V-word Respectable Again - Opinion

The word “virtualization” came into vogue a few years ago with the usual fanfare, hype and the expectation that it would solve all the horrendous storage management problems the industry was facing. Virtualization was to be the cure for all ills.

 

Publish date: 06/01/03
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