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Business Technology and Software
Date  Report
Jun 20
C-Scape 2018 had Cisco focusing on expanding its developer community attracting integrators, ISVs and managed services providers to create new offerings based on Cisco hardware and software products. It’s a long term gambit that’s gaining traction.

Jun 20
Aruba launched its SD-Branch product that combines routing, SD-WAN, and security functions on its branch routers managed by Aruba Central. However, Aruba must catch up on key features to be competitive and even more to establish market leadership.

Jun 18
GlobalData Technology's IoT Watch for Q2 2018 features several vendors – and one industry standards body – pushing forward with efforts to ease real-world problems associated with enterprise IoT deployments, proof of a maturing landscape.

Jun 15
Palo Alto Networks is no longer content to be a next-generation firewall vendor. Its next goal is to become the world's top provider of security data and a facilitator of best-of-breed security, disrupting much of the market in the process.

Jun 14
Docker’s newest commercial release of the popular container and Kubernetes technology demonstrates its laser focus on addressing IT operations’ pain points around deploying containerized apps into production in multi-cloud environments.

Jun 14
Deep Security Smart Check, which conducts pre-deployment container image scanning, is the latest salvo in Trend Micro's battle with PaaS providers to own DevOps security and, in turn, maintain its stranglehold in hybrid cloud workload security.

Jun 14
Tableau has announced its intent to purchase MIT startup Empirical Systems in hopes of eventually equipping BI customers with an integrated, predictive insight engine that won’t impose any complex data preparation or modeling requirements.

Jun 12
Cisco announces DevNet Ecosystem Exchange, DevNet Code Exchange, and DevNet DNA Developer Center, new initiatives that provide developers with tools, sandbox, documentation, and exchanges to share code and promote DNA Center integrated applications.

Jun 13
What is the best approach when it comes to collaboration and communications software? It’s about choosing software that is open, interoperable, and fit for purpose, not pinning hopes and aspirations on one or many market-leading vendors.

Jun 11
NetApp and Cisco have announced additions to the FlexPod converged infrastructure (CI) portfolio, including a new Managed Private Cloud offering and the first of several vertical solutions that will target industry-specific use cases for CI.

Jun 7
Prominent APM vendors, including Instana, are heeding the call to provide DevOps with dynamic application performance monitoring technology following the shift from monolithic app development systems to modern microservices.

Jun 7
The latest enhancements to Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform family of converged, hyperconverged, and rack-scale systems will help Hitachi serve data center customers requiring support for more demanding workloads and multi-cloud enablement.

Jun 7
The Vancouver OpenStack Summit saw important progress for the OpenStack community’s engagement with other open source technologies, as well as with emerging use cases such as containers, edge computing, and CI/CD.

Jun 7
During its Sapphire Now user conference, SAP announced several new features and capabilities that help round out its AI platform.

Jun 6
Under SAP’s systems of intelligence initiative, SAP Leonardo Blockchain leverages machine learning to help enterprises tackle revamped supply chains within a data-driven model.

Jun 6
During its annual Sapphire Now user conference, SAP unveiled a number of enhancements to SAP Analytics Cloud that together position the product as a single, universal analytics user interface across its entire portfolio.

Jun 6
Bringing together several supportive products, SAP has launched HANA Data Management Suite, targeting customers seeking to manage data sources across cloud and premises as well as between disparate, public cloud platforms.

Jun 5
While acquiring a NAC vendor in 2018 seems questionable on its face, Fortinet's low-cost purchase of Bradford Networks enables the vendor to compete more effectively against key rival Cisco Systems for large, multiproduct deals involving NAC.

Jun 5
Microsoft’s ability to wrangle the industry’s most prominent group of elite developers is clearly a score, superseding rivals’ coding campaigns, but the move leaves many wondering how Microsoft will corral all that talent onto the Azure cloud.

Jun 5
When implementing AI solutions, businesses will achieve the best outcomes when their project teams draw from expertise across the organization.

Jun 5
Application platform providers launching elaborate campaigns to bulk up developer communities in an industry with dwindling talent felt a shockwave yesterday following Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub.

Jun 5
Arista Networks adds P4 programmability with the new 7170 switch family. Based on Barefoot Networks’ Tofino chipset, Arista and its customers can quickly add new network capabilities and protocol support by programming the pipeline.

Jun 4
Nikesh Arora, Palo Alto Networks' next CEO, is an experienced executive who knows how to help big companies grow even bigger, but he has no past experience in enterprise security and his actions at SoftBank rankled some of its investors.

Jun 1
Amazon is taking the idea of utility pricing to a new, low level with the introduction of pay-per-session pricing for its self-service business intelligence tool, Amazon QuickSight, maxing out at $5 dollars per month, per user.

May 30
The latest version of Inspur’s OpenStack cloud offers improved management and scalability for enterprises that need to scale across multiple locations, but Inspur faces rising competition from rival providers of OpenStack and non-OpenStack clouds.

May 25
Hexaware delivers value to its customers by emphasizing digital transformation. The systems integrator is placing its bets on solutions that help businesses migrate to cloud-based services, adopt automation, and improve the customer experience.

May 25
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) acquires a majority stake in Sipwise to add voice and telephony features to its Rainbow service; however, the vendor must tread carefully for fear of alienating or disintermediating its partners.

May 24
The hype associated with digital transformation should not scare enterprises into the adoption of new technology, wholesale. Companies should carefully consider new platforms in conjunction with existing tools to meet specific business objectives.

May 23
Pica8’s PicaPilot software creates a virtual chassis from PICOS switches simplifying deployment, management, and troubleshooting but it lacks fabric features found in competitive products. PicaPilot is an add-on license and is available today.

May 23
Informatica introduces Spring release, revealing both its continuing effort to reinvent itself and demonstrating a keen understanding of a market need for combined metadata, security/governance, DataOps, and machine learning capabilities.

May 23
Fortinet is bolstering integrations between its own product ecosystem and those of its technology partners, enabling tighter, more workflow-friendly integrations, but the program itself remains out of reach for too many small vendors.

May 21
SAP is working with Volvo Ocean Racing team AkzoNobel to instrument sailors as they compete in one of the world’s most grueling boat races, using the SAP Leonardo IoT platform, a little imagination, and a weatherproof Raspberry Pi.

May 18
Oracle’s acquisition of DataScience.com broadens its AI focus by adding machine learning management capabilities.

May 16
After investing heavily in blockchain for 18 months, IBM adds another compelling use case to its blockchain story in which it’s moving into the digital token space with an environmental technology start-up, Veridium Labs.

May 16
Aerohive enters the identity management space with A3, an authentication, authorization, and assessment product enhancing Aerohive’s wired and wireless solutions. Missing is support for its cloud service and PPSK, both of which are on the roadmap.

May 16
BlackBerry is building an increasingly compelling software portfolio as it looks toward an IoT-centric future. The vendor, however, must still add missing pieces, hasten portfolio integration, and commit to redefining itself in the marketplace.

May 15
Red Hat’s latest set of developer tools supporting reactive microservices, Istio and Envoy integration, and serverless computing will help carry enterprise customers into the next phase of app development and deployment.

May 15
The 2018 Red Hat Summit elaborated on Red Hat’s approach to emerging DevOps modeled app platforms, including reactive microservices, serverless computing, container security, and low-code capabilities, most of which will be available by year-end.

May 14
The latest enhancements to Dell EMC’s VxRail and VxRack HCI solutions increase their ability to support more demanding workloads. However, Dell EMC is not the only HCI vendor now leveraging higher-performance technologies such as NVMe.

May 11
At the annual IT Security Analyst & CISO Forum in London, CISOs debunked conventional wisdom on cybersecurity hiring and simplicity, while several innovative vendors made the case as to why they're poised to disrupt existing market segments.

May 10
Nutanix has launched Nutanix Beam, which leverages recently-acquired Minjar’s Botmetric service and offers tools for managing and optimizing cloud consumption costs, security, and compliance. However, larger rivals are also targeting this market.

May 9
Google launched ML Kit, a toolset to help developers embed AI into mobile applications. Since developing AI-infused applications is a highly complex process, solutions that streamline the process are a welcome addition to developers’ toolkits.

May 9
Google announced its next generation of artificial intelligence-optimized TPUs, solidifying the company’s position as one of the leaders in the market when it comes to providing computational power in support of AI workloads.

May 9
At Google I/O 2018, CEO Sundar Pichai showed how Google Assistant could use AI to masquerade as a human, booking a haircut and making dinner reservations. What happens, then, if that assistant eventually learns how to pass itself off as you?

May 9
In this expanded report on Arista’s entry into campus networking with its Cognitive Cloud Networking launch, we dig into how it will impact the competitive landscape in campus networking and how to respond.

May 8
Enterprises struggle with the tools and tactics to find, fix, and prevent cybersecurity incidents. Vendors at RSA Conference 2018 touted security operations offerings not only to ease customer pain points, but also to position themselves as vital.

May 8
Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud, a collection of AI-informed PaaS capabilities spanning numerous products, together designed to speed time to market and lower long-term investment risks and costs.

May 8
Arista’s Cognitive Cloud Networking hits a home run with the versatility of its Extensible Operating System (EOS), and extensive automation and orchestration capabilities to the campus core and aggregation layers, but whiffs on the access layer.

May 7
Though last week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe conference demonstrated the continued ascendency of application performance management technology Kubernetes, don’t expect a serverless, developer-led, infrastructure-agnostic world anytime soon.

May 4
New Kubernetes support for AppDynamics and CloudCenter enhances Cisco’s competitiveness in the market for application platform management (APM), expands the capabilities of an expensive investment and targets growing customer demand for Kubernetes.

May 9
Operators are still scratching their heads over how to monetize 5G. Celebrities, sport stars and kids are playing Fortnite, and its success will attract more complex games on mobile. So, can gaming be the killer app for 5G monetization?

May 3
Huawei showcased its Video Cloud Platform at its recent analytic event, touting its application for public safety. The company pointed to widespread adoption in China, but can it find a market for its solution overseas?

May 2
Anuta Networks’ ATOM SaaS is a cloud-delivered SaaS offering that provides management, orchestration, telemetry, and analytics in a multivendor environment. ATOM SaaS has flexible deployment options and licensing.

May 2
Cisco’s acquisition of Accompany helps Cisco build out its Webex Graph by providing real-time insights on people and companies; however, as its use case appears limited to sales-related tasks, it has little benefit to Cisco in its current form.

May 2
VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network is an over-arching vision to connect any user to any workload at anytime with full integration of VeloCloud with NSX, NSX support for Kubernetes and Azure. Missing is a solution for the campus LAN.

May 1
Technology doesn’t transform businesses; people do. Collaborative solutions are only as good as the company culture that supports them. Businesses must identify and understand their organization’s culture or risk wasting their investment.

Apr 27
The 15th Huawei Analyst Summit expounded on Huawei’s vision of “boundless computing” and provided insight into its plans for edge computing and hybrid cloud enablement, but Huawei needs stronger articulation of existing and planned solutions.

Apr 27
Building on its 2017 move to a subscription-based model, Tableau has introduced a new user pricing plan and rolled out a long-awaited data preparation tool, both designed to broaden its reach across the enterprise.

Apr 26
Juniper enhanced its Contrail Enterprise Multicloud, adding policy management and performance monitoring to make it more attractive to enterprises. Product bundles of QFX, software, and professional services will jump-start enterprise deployments.

Apr 26
VMware says the AirWatch brand isn't being retired, but the elimination of AirWatch standalone product SKUs and the de-emphasis of the AirWatch name mean the end is likely near for a brand that essentially reinvented mobility management.

Apr 26
During this week’s user conference, Appian is introducing bold ideas where enterprises have a heavier reliance on low-code platforms, ideas which fly in the face of traditional app platforms providers.

Apr 26
GlobalData takes a closer look at Huawei’s new market messaging around the creation of an intelligent world and assess its impact on big data and IoT, artificial intelligence, edge computing, cloud computing, and data center technologies.

Apr 26
There are many AI-savvy chipsets on the market right now, each fine-tuned to support specific AI workloads, development frameworks, or vendor platforms. But, what if developers could flexibly combine AI-specific hardware on the fly?

Apr 25
How will Huawei make good on its new goal of creating an intelligent world? We think the key lies in the company’s efforts at seamlessly combining a wide array of fit-for-purpose AI-savvy chips within a single composable environment.

Apr 25
Mitel’s acquisition by Searchlight Capital Partners frees Mitel from the regulatory overhead associated with a publicly traded company; however, this transaction is unlikely to offer any immediate technical advantages or improved market benefits.

Apr 24
Cisco’s Collaboration Summit 2018 messaging was dominated by Webex Teams, the new name for Cisco Spark; however, Cisco’s video-first strategy placed more of an emphasis on unified communications rather than the potential of team collaboration.

Apr 23
The Cloud Foundry Foundation, overseer of the industry’s prominent PaaS open software standard, showcased innovative app development projects during its annual conference as the highly competitive platform services space heats up.

Apr 18
The blockchain buzz is reaching peak ridiculousness as both startup and established vendors race to attach blockchain to anything and everything. However, it’s simply not suitable for network management.

Apr 11
New SaaS and virtualized versions of Tetration make the hybrid cloud server workload management product more easily consumable. While viable as a security solution, Cisco must do more to bolster its value proposition for security teams.

Apr 11
Secdo not only gives Palo Alto Networks the EDR technology needed to further differentiate versus its network-centric rivals, but it also provides a rich new source of endpoint forensics data to feed its nascent cloud-delivered security platform.

Apr 9
Rather than run the current race to build the first general purpose quantum computer, IT services powerhouse Atos is instead courting the attention of what might just matter the most, namely the hearts and minds of future quantum developers.

Apr 9
Edge computing will transform the deployment and consumption of data center resources as well as the type of workloads data centers support, but in order to succeed, IT equipment vendors need to develop transparent strategies and solution sets.

Apr 6
While staying true to its mobile-first strategy, Aruba is beginning its foray into artificial intelligence, machine learning, and smart workplaces that adapt to workers' needs. The vendor faces a tough challenge, however, in regard to integration.

Apr 6
VMware is focused on optimizing cloud resource usage and empowering developers with its latest additions to vRealize Suite, but to unlock the release’s full benefits VMware must clarify its developer message and portfolio.

Apr 6
Amazon executives used this week’s AWS Summit to make its case to enterprise developers for why its cloud strength provides the perfect backdrop to sophisticated app development, including ML, microservices/containers, and serverless computing.

Apr 5
RSA's additions to its NetWitness portfolio, including UEBA via the acquisition of Fortscale, keep pace with market innovation, but the Dell business unit is still trying to advance a complex strategy linking IAM and security operations.

Apr 4
Pivot3’s new ‘Cloud Edition on AWS’ solution represents an important milestone for Pivot3’s hybrid cloud enablement strategy. However, the new solution will initially support only backup and disaster recovery, and only for the AWS public cloud.

Apr 4
In integrating JATP, acquired via Cyphort last year, with its NGFW and security management systems, Juniper Networks seeks to build and market a unified platform. It's unclear whether the solution set's ease of use and efficacy can match rivals.

Apr 2
IBM Think was promoted as an event that would bring together the greatest minds in AI. So did IBM move the proverbial needle when it comes to AI? An emphasis on helping companies get started with AI signals a resounding “yes” to that question.

Mar 30
If Salesforce can act on the behemoth integration tasks ahead, including its MuleSoft integration platform and Lightning low-code platform throughout its portfolio, it will raise its level of competitive threat.

Mar 30
Edge computing promises to transform data centers and support diverse use cases. However, despite a growing range of solutions that include edge servers and HCI for edge locations, IT vendor success depends on making important strategic choices.

Mar 30
Plantronics’s acquisition of Polycom will result in an extensive portfolio of complementary endpoints and a bigger total addressable market; however, this is likely to result in more defensive strategies and increased rivalry among competitors.

Mar 30
The Q1 2018 IoT Watch from GlobalData’s IT Technology and Software team analyzes some of the latest IoT technology initiatives from across the industry, with a focus on global technology solutions providers and IoT-focused industry associations.

Mar 29
The Q1 2018 IoT Watch from GlobalData’s IT Technology and Software practice analyzes IoT innovations from across the industry, including the launch of new IoT business divisions and moves to establish IoT security standards.

Mar 29
On day one of its annual developer’s conference, Salesforce rolled out its long-overdue integration strategy, based on its imminent acquisition of MuleSoft, along with its Lightning low-code platform and Einstein analytics.

Mar 29
VMware intends to add E8 Security's technology to Workspace One to better identify security events and automate responses. Strategically, the move helps VMware appeal to increasingly security-focused end-user computing technology buyers.

Mar 29
IBM’s private cloud story is presented as enabling modern application development, based on microservices inside the enterprise’s firewall, and enabled through IBM’s broad and mature portfolio of middleware and software.

Mar 29
Plantronics’s acquisition of Polycom will result in an extensive portfolio of complementary endpoints and a bigger total addressable market; however, this is likely to result in more defensive strategies and increased rivalry among competitors.

Mar 28
Aruba Networks announced its NetInsight AI-driven analytics cloud service, which collects and analyzes WiFi data and provides recommendations to optimize WiFi and quickly resolve issues. NetInsight is available today.

Mar 28
The era of unified communications appears to be coming to an end as vendors look to the next phase of its evolution. This report focuses on announcements and presentations made at Enterprise Connect 2018 in the context of digital transformation.

Mar 28
When it comes to swapping ones and zeros, quantum computing promises to outpace traditional processors in pure scale. Yet its true promise will play out when we learn how to invoke quantum phenomena in order to speed up artificial intelligence.

Mar 27
We surveyed enterprise IT customers about their SD-WAN plans and the response was clear. They are satisfied with their MPLS WAN but want to add lower cost, higher capacity WAN connections and use SD-WAN to reduce overhead and improve performance.

Mar 23
At its first annual Think Conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM unveiled a number of new capabilities and expanded partnerships, all centering around the importance of big data in supporting artificial intelligence (AI).

Mar 23
Dell EMCs Virtual Edge Platform 4600 offers some useful hardware acceleration capabilities for branch network functions virtualization, but by punting the software to partners, the platform is simply hardware in a commodity space.

Mar 22
Salesforce’s hefty $6.5 billion purchase of MuleSoft’s integration platform now begs the question: can MuleSoft maintain its value by remaining platform-neutral?

Mar 22
VMware's multifaceted Spring update to Workspace One adds numerous new features, but AirLift, which enables Workspace One to run alongside SCCM, will be a significant accelerator in the vendor's effort to win new UEM deals.

Mar 22
Pulse Secure updated its Services Director with enterprise management features and an application analytics package that relies on Splunk for storage and retrieval. The new features take advantage of the company’s pooled licensing.

Mar 21
Conventional wisdom is that only Apple is making money in tablets, but Samsung has found a lucrative niche in the enterprise, and the Tab Active2 is well designed – and well supported – to exploit it.

Mar 21
Advancing on many fronts, Fortinet is improving portfolio integration, building on its hardware performance advantage, and adding compelling software features like SD-WAN. Overall, the vendor has never been more broadly competitive.

Mar 21
Branch routers—independent from branch firewalls—are often either a hold-over from what is becoming an old architecture or a provider-supplied appliance outside the control of IT. SD-WAN doesn’t augment branch routing, it replaces it.

Mar 21
Gluware Config Modeling imports existing configurations from network devices, creates a model, and automates and orchestrates changes throughout the network. Being multivendor makes it a good fit for enterprises or an acquisition target.

Mar 20
Micro Focus CEO and renowned operations guru Chris Hsu resigned after the vendor's operational struggles post spin-merge, but the change represents an opportunity to refocus strategically on product integrations that solve tough customer problems.

Mar 19
Domo remains as flamboyant as ever in both how it goes to market and how it approaches BI as a business operating system. Yet, new messaging and a technical focus on scale hint at a newfound maturity for the cloud-first analytics vendor from Utah.

Mar 16
The next wave of low-code platforms is receiving unprecedented attention for its ability to address DevOps digital transformation objectives, including speeding the process of app development, integrations, and automating workflow controls.

Mar 16
Domo remains as flamboyant as ever in its approach to BI as a business operating system. Yet, new go-to-market messaging and a technical focus on scale and management hint at a newfound maturity for the cloud-first analytics vendor from Utah.

Mar 15
Pivot3’s new Acuity X3 Series will help it support the HCI deployment requirements of SMBs and ROBOs, and target opportunities in the growing market for edge computing. Nevertheless, many of Pivot3’s larger rivals already offer a similar solution.

Mar 14
Progress entered a saturated market for chatbots with the release of NativeChat. Though not a game changer, with NativeChat Progress offers businesses a compelling entry to AI, and a springboard to adoption of additional cognitive solutions.

Mar 14
Low-Code Is the New Programming - Market Advisory Report
Cloud providers are offering low-code platforms to help enterprises quickly build applications which engage customers through access to high-value services including analytics, IoT, and big data.

Mar 14
Many organizations are looking to adopt some form of AI technology over the next year. These businesses must ensure that their AI solutions do not contain unintentional biases that are at odds with established corporate ethics policies.

Mar 12
Nutanix has announced its intention to acquire Minjar in a move that, if completed successfully, will give Nutanix new technology for managing the multicloud costs, as well as a team of employees experienced in working with leading public clouds.

Mar 9
Nutanix aims to boost sales and build its cloud enablement credentials with new partner incentives and expanded HCI software license options. However, it would benefit from a stronger message about the links between HCI and cloud enablement.

Mar 8
RingCentral combines contact center and team messaging as the Collaborative Contact Center. Persistent communications across agents, enterprise experts, and customers streamline issue resolution, while monitoring tools add real-time visibility.

Mar 8
Although additions to VMware Cloud Services and the expansion of VMware Cloud on AWS will strengthen the competitiveness of VMware’s hybrid cloud offerings, the appeal and benefits are likely to be restricted to existing vSphere users.

Mar 6
Salesforce has made Einstein Analytics more accessible by enabling users to work with data using natural language queries and chart type recommendations. Though not a game changer, the new capabilities improve ease of use for non-IT professionals.

Mar 5
Software reliability engineers (SREs) are playing an increasingly important role in DevOps initiatives where the success of the application lifecycle hinges on close collaborations between ops and developers.

Mar 5
Red Hat has enhanced the tools it provides for managing complex hybrid IT environments, which now include new IT automation capabilities. However, to maximize the market opportunity, Red Hat needs to elaborate on the full range of benefits offered.

Mar 5
Encrypted Traffic Analytics is a potentially revolutionary solution for inspecting encrypted network traffic without the need to decrypt packets. It may have significant competitive ramifications on the enterprise security appliance market.

Mar 2
The Internet of Things is not only changing how consumers interact with the world around them; it is also driving a tectonic shift in how companies process and analyze device data. Forget big data warehouses; the edge is where it’s at.

Mar 1
The partnership announced last week between IBM and Unity has implications that extend far beyond gaming; by exposing a larger audience to the capabilities of AI, the two companies are driving AI adoption in other areas as well.

Mar 1
The Queens release of OpenStack helps integrate the cloud platform with emerging technologies such as containers, NFV, edge computing and machine learning. But, the full impact of Queens depends on building momentum around its various initiatives.

Feb 28
Internet of Things adoption is certainly being driven by the promise of data and analytics at scale, but its ultimate feasibility still depends on something much more mundane, namely how efficiently it can move data across the network.

Feb 28
The $350 million acquisition not only enables Splunk to combine its big data and machine learning capabilities with Phantom's security orchestration offering, but also may be the first of several such acquisitions by SIEM vendors.

Feb 28
Updates to its flagship OS, Security Fabric integration framework, and partner program are important for Fortinet, but for the first time, the technology-centric vendor risks being out-innovated by its top rivals.

Feb 22
Google has struggled somewhat in the enterprise with OS fragmentation and security, so the creation of the Android Enterprise Recommended program is welcome. However, Google is fighting Samsung, which is pushing into the enterprise on its own.

Feb 21
Palo Alto Networks' software and hardware updates are geared around three key objectives – automation, innovation, and efficacy – but significant technical details may hint at underlying complexity and efficacy challenges.

Feb 21
Ruckus Networks launched its access points and modules supporting LTE for in-building use. It’s a novel approach to wireless networking with strong potential, but without a list of tested and validated products by Ruckus, the launch falls flat.

Feb 21
Many organizations are unsure of how to best incorporate AI to meet their industry-specific challenges – often because use case options are so varied. Mid-sized companies, in particular, should explore options offered by their telecom providers.

Feb 16
Juniper announced a number of new switches for the data center and campus. Juniper also expanded its NFX virtual services family with the NFX150 for small branch and remote offices.

Feb 16
Dell EMC’s new CI solution, VxBlock 1000, offers users increased scalability and flexibility compared with earlier VxBlocks, but Dell EMC will need to educate some customers about the advantages of VxBlock 1000 compared with HCI alternatives.

Feb 14
Oracle is addressing enterprises’ labor-intensive processes in customer support, chatbots, and integration via cognitive optimization enabled through cloud services.

Feb 14
Dell EMC’s VxBlock 1000 offering is effectively a composable infrastructure solution that allows users to choose from a range of storage and server options, and provides simpler management and improved scalability compared with earlier VxBlocks.

Feb 9
At Engage 2018 Avaya showed its willingness to utilize some of its unlevered free cash, post-Chapter 11, to optimize and grow its business by acquiring Spoken; however, the vendor still needs to rationalize and simplify its as-a-Service portfolio.

Feb 8
Already predictive analytics and AI are coming together to solve big data quality problems. Now Sisense is adding its own innovative twist to this mix, applying advanced design and visualization concepts to the task of data preparation.

Feb 8
Check Point's effort to build a broad, cloud-centric solution set under the new CloudGuard brand is admirable, but it is late to the crowded CASB segment, and a rebranded vSEC solution doesn't reduce its inherent complexity.

Feb 8
RapidMiner has introduced Auto Model, a new tool for RapidMiner Studio, which speeds the creation of predictive data models through the application of machine learning itself, but the biggest improvements target basic lifecycle requirements.

Feb 8
The Aerohive Atom is a small, dual-radio, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access device that plugs into a standard U.S. outlet and can connect to an Aerohive network via either wireless mesh or an Ethernet connection.

Feb 7
Palo Alto Networks' latest updates increase usability of its virtual appliances and increase its competitiveness in cloud workload security, but the vendor's strategy to appeal to cloud app architects while shortchanging DevOps is a curious one.

Feb 6
Fortinet's pair of high-end edge network NGFWs not only debut a more powerful processor architecture, but also boost encrypted traffic inspection performance well beyond what its competitors can offer in a single appliance.

Feb 2
The new Cisco Container Platform enforces Cisco’s multi-cloud strategy by offering customers a consistent way of running containers across both on-premises environments and public clouds, although initial use will be limited to Google’s Cloud.

Feb 1
By acquiring CoreOS, Red Hat deepened its role as a leading player in the growing container services market, helping to automate DevOps’ task in packaging, managing, and deploying modern enterprise applications.

Feb 1
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are making their way into networking and network management products, but before you buy, there are some critical questions that need to be answered.

Jan 31
Underscoring its inclination toward specialization, SAS has introduced SAS Visual Text Analytics, a new solution geared toward the analysis of unstructured text with features including sentiment analysis, text mining, and contextual extraction.

Jan 31
GlobalData’s recent survey reveals that the promise of new capabilities and the ability to improve the customer experience are the top benefits driving artificial intelligence adoption.

Jan 30
Cisco announced its Network Assurance Engine is expanding its intent-based networking by closing the cycle between the intended network and the actual network. Network Assurance Engine also streamlines troubleshooting and monitoring.

Jan 30
Cisco’s DNA Center Assurance offers deep insights into the campus network with contextually relevant event and network state correlation and forms a foundation for Cisco to build broader automation capabilities into DNA Center.

Jan 30
Wireless vendor Mist Systems’ new Virtual Network Assistance relies on diverse data collection and artificial intelligence to make sense from a chaos of network generated data.

Jan 29
Demand for agile web, mobile, and IoT app development platforms prompted IBM to expand its Mendix partnership, ultimately enabling enterprises to access IBM Cloud’s advanced platform services including Watson IoT and AI more easily.

Jan 26
Check Point's trio of fifth-generation management appliances are faster and store more data while easing policy management via a single interface, but lack innovation in a time when rivals are beginning to transition management to the cloud.

Jan 26
Enhancements to the HyperFlex HCI solution will significantly boost Cisco’s ability to target enterprises requiring a platform for multi-cloud deployments and on-premises container management, but Cisco faces rising competition in this market segment.

Jan 25
The surprise launch of Chronicle, Alphabet's new cybersecurity spinout, proves the huge innovation opportunity in security analytics and threat detection. Can the vendor audaciously find a solution to a problem that has eluded an entire industry?

Jan 25
With its acquisition of Skyport, Cisco aims to add enhanced workload security capabilities to its HCI portfolio to support enterprise hybrid cloud initiatives. However, Cisco needs a plan for integrating and commercializing Skyport’s technology.

Jan 24
In rebranding and revamping its LightCyber behavioral analytics acquisition, Palo Alto Networks says Magnifier can prevent cyberattacks, but it requires a sizable commitment to the vendor's ecosystem and lacks necessary third-party integration.

Jan 23
Sky Enterprise, Juniper's new SaaS-based network device management service, doesn't fully replace its management appliances, but shows competitors that it intends to compete on ease of deployment and management and is making measureable progress.

Jan 23
Network function virtualization and technologies like SD-WAN are compelling by themselves, but there’s something more that enterprises want that no one is addressing.

Jan 18
With a trio of new cloud offerings, Palo Alto Networks is poised to disrupt the status quo in network security, security logging, and even how security products are purchased and deployed, if it can answer questions about execution and ROI.

Jan 18
The cloud era’s evolving app development technologies have presented new competitive opportunities for IT market leaders to help enterprises orchestrate the entire application and platform ecosystem of technologies across the entire lifecycle.

Jan 18
MicroStrategy promoted a new analytics platform release (version 10.10) at its annual customer event in Las Vegas, emphasizing the opportunities inherent in blending insight with governance across user, department and company.

Jan 18
Google hopes to widen the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, specifically machine learning (ML), through the introduction of AutoML, a drag-and-drop ML data modelling tool specific to the problem of image recognition.

Jan 17
WatchGuard's purchase of Percipient Networks adds DNS-layer filtering to its cloud-based security services, future-proofing its strategy to move beyond the midmarket to pursue more Fortune 2000 customers.

Jan 12
Enterprise buyers looking to simplify their data integration woes through centralization are missing the value inherent in diversity, namely the opportunity hidden within the metadata shared across disparate cloud and premises data stores.

Jan 5
Following a year of significant progress in innovations supporting microservices and serverless architectures, attention to operational deployment needs will be the dominant theme among application platforms vendors in 2018.

Jan 3
Amidst its 50 qubit quantum leap, IBM makes a call to action among the best and brightest of computational minds to design intelligent apps running atop the IBM Cloud.

Dec 22 2017
New app development technologies in a cloud era have created a significant competitive opportunity for IT market leaders to help enterprises orchestrate the whole application and platform ecosystem of technologies across the entire lifecycle.

Dec 22 2017
Our top predictions for 2018 tackle enterprise challenges including the ever-growing use of public cloud computing, the need to manage disparate cloud platforms, and a desire to reinvent DevOps for continuous integration and delivery.

Dec 22 2017
In 2017 the enterprise data and analytics vendor community emphasized opportunity. In the coming year we expect to see a shift towards quality, solving problems such as data governance, and putting AI to work within tactical business workflows.


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