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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Data Center Technology
Date  Report
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 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 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 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 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.

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
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 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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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.


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