How The Data Center Is Becoming Software-Defined

How pervasive is the concept of software-defined? In mid 2012 VMware CTO Steve Herrod and others began to articulate the concept of the software-defined data center. This concept was just as often received as a marketing position from vendors as an observation about the evolution of the data … READ MORE

Mark Prahl April 5th, 2013

EMC Data Protection Advisor For As-A-Service Cloud Environments

What can you do to ensure data protection as you move to cloud? Services-based storage, infrastructure, and data protection trends and technologies are recurring topics in this blog. Awhile back I wrote a post about enabling data protection as-a-service discussing the need for centralized management at cloud-scale, multiple … READ MORE

Mark Prahl March 15th, 2013

Keeping The Lights On In An SAP Environment

How do you keep your SAP costs under control in the modern data center? As much as vendors like to think you spend all of your time planning architectural changes and your next purchase, the reality is more mundane. Mostly, data center personnel work around the clock to … READ MORE

Mark Prahl March 8th, 2013

EMC VMAX Cloud Edition Speeds Storage Service Delivery

What if you could get proven enterprise-class storage in cloud-ready configurations? IT infrastructure is acquired to meet the demands of the business it supports. For years the approach has been either turnkey involving mostly the purchase of server resources to support specific applications augmented by storage or a … READ MORE

Mark Prahl February 26th, 2013

Service Providers’ Role In Providing Higher Value Services

Service providers or carriers own the network infrastructure that supports the Internet, and are well-positioned for cloud computing. I addressed some of the opportunities and challenges service providers face in an earlier post about carriers and clouds. Interestingly, though these businesses have a service-orientation in the front-office, they … READ MORE

Mark Prahl February 15th, 2013

Keeping People At The Center Of The Data Center

How do you keep the human element in tech? Trying to prevent user problems is the primary job of user experience design teams at technology firms. Among the unsung heroes of tech, design teams are responsible for generating intuitive user interfaces. Lost in that purgatory between social and … READ MORE

Mark Prahl February 8th, 2013

Platform-As-A-Service For The Enterprise

Is platform-as-a-service (PaaS) relevant to the enterprise? Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offers small organizations compute, network, and storage resources on par with the IT capabilities afforded previously to only larger, well-capitalized organizations. Now, PaaS has the potential of taking this IT on-demand concept a step further with applications and services. … READ MORE

Mark Prahl February 1st, 2013

Service Outage Hits Home for Cloud Provider

Are there blind spots in your service assurance approach? Netflix, a provider of online streaming media, made news over the holidays when customers experienced a service outage on Christmas Eve.  Imagine taking the wrapping off of your new mobile device and deciding to try it out to stream … READ MORE

Mark Prahl January 18th, 2013

Balance Social Media and Business With EMC Elect

What if you could leverage your online social activities to more business benefits? Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have really taken off in the past five years or so. What sets these latest destinations apart from online forums of the past, however, is how quickly they … READ MORE

Mark Prahl January 11th, 2013

Storage Resource Management Without Spreadsheets

When did Excel spreadsheets become storage management software? Excel spreadsheets were not intended for storage administrators tracking capacity utilization and needs, but targeted rather towards accountants and others working with numbers.  Out of necessity, however, spreadsheets have become the tool of the trade for understanding the storage landscape. … READ MORE

Mark Prahl January 4th, 2013

Five IT Storage Infrastructure Predictions For 2013

What is the future for storage infrastructure? It is not uncommon at this time of year to see predications on a variety of subjects for the coming year.  While nobody has a crystal ball, knowledge and experience can lead to insight. To this end, I polled a number … READ MORE

Mark Prahl December 21st, 2012

Extend Virtual Data Center Visibility With EMC Smarts

Have you ever wished you had a better way to fix a problem? Writing this post made me think about my meeting today with a data center manager who was looking for a better way to manage his pre-packaged VCE Vblock systems with his non-Vblock VMware environment. He … READ MORE

Mark Prahl December 12th, 2012
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