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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Data Center Technology
Date  Report
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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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.

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 20 2017
The IoT market is presenting broader opportunities among IT leaders in the form of innovative development, security, streaming analytics and open source IoT operating system, all dispensed via cloud offerings.

Dec 19 2017
In 2018, data center technology vendors will, through partnerships and new solutions, target the need for hybrid, and increasingly distributed and intelligent IT environments, along with simpler ways of procuring, deploying and consuming IT.

Dec 12 2017
In 2018, the data center technology market will be shaped by a growing focus on hybrid cloud, hyperconvergence and the edge, but data center transformation will often be gradual, thanks to legacy processes and a maze of options facing enterprises.

Dec 8 2017
It’s almost 2018 and SD-WAN and campus automation will be driving factors in enterprise product selection, with vendors bringing differentiated products to market. SD-WAN is poised to rocket while campus automation will be a slow burn.

Dec 8 2017
HPE has done much to strengthen the narratives about its recent acquisitions and their relationship with its wider strategy, but it now needs to build awareness of new brands such as OneSphere and GreenLake, and to address apparent overlaps.

Dec 6 2017
Aerohive is attempting to attract customers with branch offices by adding an SD-WAN product to its cloud and on-premises managed LAN and WLAN product sets. It should increase stickiness with its customers and open opportunities for new ones.

Dec 6 2017
VMware tightened integration between its virtual networking stack, NSX, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry with integration for NSX-T 2.1. The integration streamlines workflows for administrators and developers alike.

Dec 6 2017
To ensure the continued success of the OpenStack platform, the OpenStack community needs to demonstrate momentum around several new initiatives announced in Sydney, including a focus on improved support for containers and edge environments.

Dec 5 2017
Outgoing HPE CEO, Meg Whitman, has encouraged new CEO, Antonio Negi, to be bold and take risks. Under his leadership HPE will strengthen its focus on IoT, the edge and intelligent IT and even plans to extend edge connectivity to outer space.

Dec 1 2017
The integration of new PowerEdge servers with Dell EMC’s HCI solutions boosts their ability to support mission-critical applications within core data centers, but Dell EMC’s HCI business is vulnerable to a change in its relationship with Nutanix.

Nov 28 2017
This month’s OpenStack Summit highlighted concerns about the cloud infrastructure’s limitations and inability to interoperate with necessary technologies to support operational requirements.

Nov 28 2017
HPE’s new SaaS-based multi-cloud management solution, OneSphere, will simplify the deployment and management of cloud resources for IT ops teams and developers, but the vendor may need to manage confusion related to its evolving cloud strategy.

Nov 27 2017
VeloCloud promises ‘Outcome-Driven Networking’ but falls a tad short, with gaps in self-learning occurring in the branch. However, new features such as segments and distributed service insertion are a big step forward for the product.

Nov 3 2017
IBM Cloud Private is a hybrid cloud play with an emphasis on equipping developers with tools and capabilities for managing applications in multi-cloud contexts, but IBM needs a bolder and more joined-up approach to marketing its cloud solutions.

Nov 3 2017
IBM Cloud Private is a hybrid cloud play with an emphasis on equipping developers with tools and capabilities for deploying and managing applications in multi-cloud contexts, but IBM will face strong competition in this segment from a host rivals.

Nov 2 2017
VMware has announced its intention to acquire SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud. The move expands VMware’s ability to integrate networking wherever workloads reside and apply a seamless, consistent policy. The acquisition increases competition with Cisco.

Oct 31 2017
Key themes of the 2017 Open Source Summit Europe included the continued ascendency of Kubernetes, which has fast become the most popular container management platform, and the support Kubernetes is receiving from vendors like Microsoft and Docker.

Oct 26 2017
A new Cisco-Google alliance will enhance both companies’ ability to offer hybrid cloud solutions to enterprises and advance the use of Kubernetes for container orchestration, but AWS could yet thwart Google’s bid for hybrid cloud supremacy.

Oct 17 2017
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 13 2017
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 4 2017
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.

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

Sep 29 2017
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 2017
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 22 2017
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 21 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 18 2017
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 2017
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 12 2017
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 2017
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 6 2017
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 2017
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 1 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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.


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