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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Business Technology and Software
Date  Report
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.

Apr 24
MuleSoft Anypoint has matured to make APIs and integration more consumable through development technologies such as an improved UI and reusable APIs which are auto-populated.

Apr 24
Huawei recently unveiled the international expansion of its public cloud platform and a plan to target emerging markets, but in promoting its public cloud offering Huawei must not underestimate the demand for private and hybrid cloud solutions.

Apr 21
While positioned as a product portfolio unification, Check Point Infinity is little more than a new go-to-market message. It's an attempt to mimic security integration leaders, but without producing significant new portfolio integrations.

Apr 20
Discussion at this week's DockerCon proved containers have become serious business within a new highly charged, competitive cloud landscape as CXOs get on board.

Apr 20
Enterprises seeking better guidance for bringing containerized apps to production had PaaS rivals jockeying for mind share during DockerCon amidst container/microservices related announcements.

Apr 18
Contact center solution providers are refining ways to engage with customers, improving real-time analytics, increasing the sophistication of conversations, and making those conversations more contextual over a broader range of devices.

Apr 13
Huawei Analyst Summit 2017: When it comes to big data, Huawei is looking beyond its sizable hardware portfolio, offering instead a cloud platform built on established open source standards augmented by partners focused on select vertical markets.

Apr 12
Fortinet’s cloud security announcements, including a new CASB, faster virtual firewall performance, and on-demand virtual firewall licensing for AWS and Azure, are part of an ongoing effort to bolster its cloud-delivered enterprise security.

Apr 11
IBM’s perplexing IPS rebrand produces more problems than it solves, namely risking confusion among customers, fostering the appearance of a detection-centric strategy, and admitting tacitly that it may not be keeping pace with IPS rivals.

Apr 11
Aerohive’s MSP platform is a combination of new licensing options for the channel as well as changes to how entitlements can be applied to Aerohive hardware and software. Launching with a North American distributor is a solid proof point.

Apr 6
Tableau has moved to a subscription license model based on named users rather than server cores, opening up new opportunities with larger, company-wide deployments, but this move will also constrain Tableau’s ability to handle customer diversity.

Apr 5
Forcepoint’s new cloud-based malware sandbox means it is no longer reliant on a partnership with McAfee and will be more competitive in NGFW deals. But the sandboxing release was a long time coming, and offers little differentiation versus rivals.

Apr 5
Although the sale of vCloud Air potentially helps VMware remove some of the ambiguity and overlap that has characterized its cloud strategy, the long-term success of the vendor’s recent hybrid cloud initiatives is far from given.

Apr 4
Now an independent company separate from Intel, McAfee is positioning itself as a more focused, nimble company capable of buying, building or integrating the technologies its customers need. Bolstering the McAfee brand, however, may not be easy.

Apr 4
Enterprise Connect 2017 focused around three common themes: cloud, collaboration as-a-service (CPaaS) and team collaboration apps; however, IT needs to act as ambassadors for their users to counter the potential issues associated with shadow IT.

Apr 3
Containerization’s ability to bridge application development platforms and data center infrastructure has made it cloud’s most important current technology craze.

Mar 31
Containerization is at the intersection of application development and a data center's infrastructure, serving as the foundation for enterprise cloud strategies and innovative services among vendors from PaaS to infrastructure providers.

Mar 31
The seemingly immutable law of data gravity, which has kept massive data stores behind the corporate firewall, is no more. Platform providers are actively redefining such laws, showing that even the largest data lake can live in the clouds.

Mar 30
The IoT market continues to attract increased investment and innovation from equipment and solutions vendors, with a specific focus on micro data centers, application platforms, big data solutions, IoT security and retail-focused IoT initiatives.

Mar 30
It is hard to underestimate how important the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are to Samsung. The form factor is radical enough to ensure solid sales, but Samsung is leaving Apple and Google a lot of room to compete.

Mar 30
Domo recently held its third annual Domopalooza user conference, treating more than 3,000 attendees to a three day musical ski party; we dig into the method behind this madness, assessing Domo’s go-to-market strategy and its long term objectives.

Mar 28
MicroStrategy’s latest BI platform update adds integration with external NLG providers and introduces new APIs, which together promise to help business users gain direct access to and derive a clear understanding of business insights.

Mar 24
At IBM InterConnect 2017, IBM emphasized the competitiveness of its Watson-backed IBM Cloud, while also launching several new solutions to support enterprise hybrid cloud initiatives. IBM will not be alone in targeting hybrid cloud opportunities.

Mar 23
Domopalooza 2017: Domo showed its commitment to self-service BI, adding easily consumed services covering embedded analytics, chart annotations, alerting, pre-built dashboards, and data governance.

Mar 23
This week IBM unleashed a barrage of DevOps methodologies, consolidated cloud services, and complex emerging architectures, including serverless computing and container/orchestration. Following is a summary of the top five DevOps takeaways.

Mar 22
Although IBM has announced new solutions to help enterprises manage data and workloads in complex hybrid, multi-cloud environments, the announcement was relatively subdued and disjointed, and competition in this sector is both intense and growing.

Mar 22
By allowing enterprises to use IBM's private cloud to run their Red Hat OpenStack platform, a new strategic collaboration between IBM and Red Hat creates new opportunities for both companies and for the OpenStack platform.

Mar 21
IBM released a string of DevOps tools to ease development and deployment around advanced apps, simplifying access to cognitive and security services and highlighting IBM’s enterprise-scale differentiators.

Mar 21
Suite or best-of-breed? As organizations look to simplify their IT environments a ‘best-of-suites’ approach is likely to dominate until vendors can eliminate redundant functionality and provide better integration within their own offering.

Mar 15
BOARD International has added conversational intelligence to its BI, discovery and planning platform with natural language processing that can both interpret questions and annotate results.

Mar 13
The redesign of Google Hangouts signifies a significant strategic shift within Alphabet to focus on the enterprise segment; however, this move serves to validate many of its competitor’s strategies in this burgeoning and highly contested market.

Mar 10
Google spent the week trying to sway CIOs from AWS and Azure to Google Cloud, emphasizing its ability to invest in innovation. Following is a recap of the top five DevOps takeaways enterprises need to know.

Mar 10
Google is making its case for having the enterprise-grade goods to convert AWS and Azure users to GCP, rolling out new container build tools, serverless computing and mobile services that build on App Engine and Kubernetes.

Mar 10
The redesign of Google Hangouts represents a significant strategic shift within Alphabet to focus on the enterprise segment; however, this move serves to validate many of its competitors’ strategies in this burgeoning and highly contested market.

Mar 10
Will Google’s growing emphasis on machine-based insight and open source software be enough to displace rivals Amazon and Microsoft in the enterprise?

Mar 9
Google wants to democratize AI and operationalize machine learning (ML) by building developer-friendly APIs and pre-trained data models, but what the company really needs is a new breed of developer.

Mar 9
8x8 builds upon its open, integrated and interoperable messaging through the acquisition of LeChat Inc.’s Sameroom service to make people more connected; however, it could be argued Sameroom perpetuates the shadow IT problem rather than solves it.

Mar 7
Salesforce.com has partnered with IBM to infuse its CRM software with technology from IBM Watson, bringing into sharp relief the importance of surfacing business insights within line-of-business apps.

Mar 7
Cisco Debuts HyperFlex Enhancements, Keeping Pace in Hotly Contested Hyper-Converged Market

Mar 6
BlackBerry is now an enterprise software company focusing on secure mobility, collaboration and IoT. Its challenges are to grow its new solutions before the legacy ones dry up and to convince the world its radical business transformation can work.

Mar 3
Cisco’s strategic alliance with Docker boosts its competitiveness in the busy market for containers and application management; however, actual demand is unclear and further clarification is needed on how the duo will manage joint sales and support.

Mar 3
Though only an incremental upgrade in terms of versioning, Tableau’s 10.2 release of its flagship data discovery tool introduces a substantial step forward in handling complex datasets directly within the product.

Mar 1
Late to the game, SAP adds big data and analytics technologies to its PaaS offering, which has also been rebranded to better reflect its broader solutions for addressing intelligent IoT and mobile apps.

Mar 1
In buying LightCyber for a palatable $105 million, Palo Alto Networks gains much-needed machine learning technology to detect malicious east-west traffic inside enterprise networks. It now must play catch-up to rivals with similar offerings.

Feb 28
Enterprises need better tools to investigate security events, and vendors are finally starting to deliver. Also: opportunity for SMB NGFW vendors; Symantec’s small steps; rivals team up on threat data sharing; and Cylance draws the ire of rivals.

Feb 28
The BIG Show is all about using technology products and services to generate sales by attracting and retaining customers. Interactive displays, cameras, location devices, and RFID will demand quick and capable networking.

Feb 27
After showing off prototypes at CES, TCL has provided naming, specs, pricing, and availability details for the first BlackBerry smartphone it designed and will sell itself. TCL still has a lot of work to do.

Feb 24
At Cisco Live! EMEA 2017, Cisco Systems demonstrated how it is transforming into a complete enterprise IoT solutions provider. The implications of this transformation for Cisco’s networking and data center solutions are wide-ranging.

Feb 24
Currently in private preview, Watson Workspace is late to market; however, late movers can redefine market categories on their terms. Will competitors leverage Watson Workspace Services to their advantage and should this ultimately matter to IBM?

Feb 23
The upcoming release of IBM Connections 6 will be the last of its kind. From that point on, IBM will completely reinvent its collaboration platform, throwing aside internal obligations, existing software investments and technical dependencies.

Feb 23
MobileIron has joined its EMM rivals in pursuing IoT security offerings for devices and data. Its existing product architecture is a great fit for IoT, but it’s unclear how it plans to differentiate competitively.

Feb 22
Cisco’s new midrange NGFWs are a significant competitive boost to what’s arguably been a weakening solution set versus high-growth rivals Palo Alto and Fortinet. New management and threat intelligence features help ease other solution shortcomings.

Feb 22
WSO2’s new integration PaaS packaging will help brace the company for a maturing competitive landscape, which includes traditional application platforms rivals and increasingly comprehensive alternatives in Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Feb 21
Assuming Avaya exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the next few months, what should the company do to succeed going forward? We entertain five changes we feel necessary for Avaya not just to continue, but to thrive within the rapidly changing UCC market.

Feb 22
Dell EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail solution will help it target enterprises that need a simpler and less risky way of deploying a hybrid cloud. However, it could upset partner Nutanix and will have limited appeal to non-VMware users.

Feb 17
Dell EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail solution will help it target enterprises that need a simpler and less risky way of deploying a hybrid cloud. However, it could upset partner Nutanix and will have limited appeal to non-VMware users.

Feb 17
IBM has introduced a new private cloud rendition of its vaunted Watson machine learning service, extending the company’s analytical modeling reach into the very heart of big business, namely the IBM z/OS mainframe.

Feb 15
In its last set of major updates before its impending spinout, Intel Security overhauled its SIEM UI, added virtual IPS support for AWS and OpenStack, bolstered its OpenDXL SPIF and committed $1 million to the Cyber Threat Alliance.

Feb 15
Despite Amazon’s late entry into a crowded marketplace, its competitive pricing, post-meeting features (i.e., persistent team spaces), low cost and the potential for bundling with WorkMail and WorkDocs make Amazon Chime and AWS a strategic threat.

Feb 14
Riverbed is offering a consolidated SteelHead WAN optimization product with its SteelConnect SD-WAN on a single SteelHead SD family of appliances aimed for the remote office. Riverbed also announced one-click SteelConnect in Azure.

Feb 14
Avaya has expanded its partnership with Spoken Communications to create a co-developed solution which melds Avaya’s customer engagement software with Spoken’s CCaaS platform, giving Avaya instant, global multitenant cloud capabilities.

Feb 14
Avaya demonstrates further momentum in its transition to a software and services company; however, the introduction of additional communications platforms adds further confusion to a complex portfolio of premises- and cloud-based solutions.

Feb 10
Box’s partnership with RAD provider Mendix adds a modern alternative to enterprise content management, addressing enterprises’ need for both security/governance and rapid application development.

Feb 10
Themes to watch for at RSA Conference 2017 include the emerging markets for serverless security and security product integration frameworks, as well as signs of new life for a legacy product segment seen as over the hill.

Feb 10
Cisco’s new hybrid cloud infrastructure solution, created in partnership with Microsoft Azure, has potential to boost the vendor’s competitiveness in a busy market, while giving its hybrid cloud strategy much-needed clarity and focus.

Feb 9
By acquiring Skyfence from Imperva, Forcepoint gains established CASB technology that it is already familiar with, but the deal further burdens a company already challenged to integrate technologies from Stonesoft, Websense, and Raytheon.

Feb 8
HPE is throwing its weight, and money, behind the Mesosphere orchestration management technology, but the causal connection to PaaS technology partner Micro Focus is unclear.

Feb 8
Palo Alto Networks’ hardware and software refresh offers notable across-the-board advances, especially network-level credential theft detection and policy-based adaptive authentication, but between the lines, the vendor’s shortcomings are apparent.

Feb 7
Trend Micro has announced a new version of its Deep Security server workload protection solution, and is adding its XGen multifaceted threat detection technology to both Deep Security and the TippingPoint IPS line.

Feb 2
Fortinet’s new top marketing executive plans to build a program tailored to Fortinet’s unique assets and corporate culture, but it is unclear whether she can overcome the same pitfalls that recently doomed her two predecessors.

Feb 2
Cisco’s Tetration 2.0 adds application segmentation based on discovered events orchestrating policy application and enforcement on its software agents. Cisco also released a smaller Tetration-M and a virtual version for AWS.

Feb 1
Fortinet is poised to be enterprise security’s next dominant force, if it can get out of its own way. Despite strong technology and leadership, stumbles in sales, management software, and integration threaten to limit Fortinet’s potential.

Feb 1
Big Switch has been busy with Big Cloud Fabric 4.0 adding new capabilities for cloud networking with VMware’s vSAN, Horizon, and vSphere 6.5 as well as tech demos with container platforms from Kubernetes, Mesosphere DC/OS, and Red Hat OpenShift.

Feb 1
Aerohive Connect is a new cloud-managed service aimed at easy-to-use AP management with no recurring management costs. Connect is supported with the new AP122 and existing AP130 and comes with community support and optional telephone support.

Jan 31
Serverless computing is poised to extend and evolve the ideas of microservices, containerization tools, and cloud-oriented software development.

Jan 31
Serverless computing’s ability to strip away next-gen app develop/deploy complexities will usher in a number of cloud service rollouts this year. The question is: when should DevOps adopt this approach which builds on containers and microservices?

Jan 31
Juniper’s Unite Cloud manifests with a new QFX 5110 ToR switch, enhancements to Network Director 3.0 including support for data center interconnect and Junos Fusion, and new professional services jumpstarts for Contrail.

Jan 30
Despite delivering an upbeat assessment of its hybrid cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure businesses in its Q4 and full-year 2016 results announcement, VMware must be mindful of rapidly changing market dynamics to safeguard future growth.

Jan 27
Cisco’s surprise acquisition of application performance management leader NetDynamics paves the way for the company build a literal bridge between operational and business analytics; but is Cisco ready to deliver end-to-end business optimization to its core networking customers?

Jan 27
With the centerpiece of MobileIron’s EMM solution quietly moving to the cloud, the vendor finally has a fully cloud-based EMM solution that can effectively compete with key EMM rivals VMware AirWatch and Microsoft.

Jan 25
Cisco launches Spark Board and improves its Spark service in a move to increase revenue in the nascent collaborative teamspace market; however, a $199 monthly software maintenance subscription may be a barrier for budget-conscious customers.

Jan 25
BlackBerry wants to put its intelligent mobile device expertise to work within the ultra-competitive IoT marketplace; the trick will be to build an end-to-end platform that works with, not against, established enterprise IoT platform players.

Jan 25
Cisco Systems’ pxGrid, the security product integration framework built into Identity Services Engine, now has 50 technology partners and improved usability, but it is a lackluster response to Intel Security’s disruptive OpenDXL.

Jan 20
RAD’s recent innovations have the high-productivity platform poised to be an important component of the cloud development stack.

Jan 20
RAD innovations coupled with the emergence of new development architectures and cloud infrastructures have prompted a heightened sense of urgency among cloud players to include the low-code development platforms within their stacks.

Jan 20
The acquisition of SimpliVity by Hewlett Packard Enterprise has potential to transform the market for hyper-converged solutions and unlock new commercial opportunities for both companies, but it also faces several challenges and uncertainties.

Jan 20
Having failed to restructure its balance sheet, Avaya have finally filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. With continuing plans to transition to a software and services company, control over major decisions is now relinquished to the bankruptcy court.

Jan 19
The latest version of Red Hat’s container application platform, OpenShift Container Platform 3.4, offers developers new container management capabilities, but to remain competitive the vendor must further innovate and refine its message.

Jan 18
The National Retail Federation’s 2017 Big Show was a hit in NYC, filling up the Javits convention center. One common theme was understanding the customer, but tracking people is less effective than tracking products.

Jan 18
Although HPE’s acquisition of SimpliVity consolidates the market for hyper-converged solutions and increases HPE’s competitive position, the relatively low price paid for SimpliVity betrays a conservative expectation of future market growth.

Jan 18
Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Database Cloud Service not just within a VM but also on bare metal, creating a comprehensive onramp to the cloud for on premises customers in need of both high performance and consistent management.

Jan 17
Forcepoint is incorporating its venerable Stonesoft NGFW technology into a broad enterprise security platform, but in doing so, it risks jeopardizing the product capabilities it champions as differentiators and the brand identity it seeks to build.

Jan 17
Although the latest version of Red Hat’s hybrid cloud management solution offers customers new capabilities for managing workloads and containers in complex hybrid cloud environments, the vendor must work on its market message to stay competitive.

Jan 11
The latest version of Fortinet’s FortiOS offers more detail on the vendor’s vision-heavy Security Fabric effort. Meanwhile, its repackaged management software now features a full-blown SIEM, but glazes over its increased complexity.

Jan 10
The new 100 Gbps TippingPoint 7600NX IPS is merely a commercialized version of a long-time custom offering, but is expected to mark the beginning of an overdue hardware refresh after years of minimal product development under former owner HPE.

Dec 30 2016
As we exit 2016 and enter a new year in communications and collaboration, the two key trends for vendors and customers to pay attention to are the move from unified communications to integrated communications and the internalization of digital transformation.

Dec 30 2016
In 2016 nearly all the major IT vendors declared some sort of a commitment to helping enterprise customers build and operate hybrid clouds. In 2017 expect more focused hybrid cloud strategies and the further refinement of solution capabilities.

Dec 28 2016
We look forward with our top 2017 predictions, uncovering a rapidly changing landscape for IT professionals, who will see vendors move further away from products as discrete entities, and toward extensible, orchestrated, cloud-savvy services.

Dec 28 2016
Despite launching new Dell Technologies group solutions, Dell EMC will continue partnering with competitors such as Cisco and Nutanix to maximize customer choice and succeed in the growing market for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure.

Dec 28 2016
Key themes for hyper-converged infrastructure in 2017 include specialization, looming market consolidation, increasing choice for enterprises, the move to all-flash storage and continued coopetition between the hardware and software vendors.


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