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fluidOps launches its platform and updates the applications built on top of it
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
The company aims to provide cloud and data management for complex virtual and physical enterprise application environments. It got its break by building virtual 'landscapes' to underpin SAP deployments, and its technology has expanded from there.
Hybrid cloud management is highly ScienceLogic-al
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
ScienceLogic's service management views display service levels, health, availability and risk no matter where the resources in question happen to reside.
Microsoft shows off its Columbia datacenters in Quincy, WA
MIS User Deployment Report - May, 2013
As Windows Azure Infrastructure Services spin up, demand for Microsoft's cloud offerings – already growing fast – have increased. Microsoft's Global Foundation Services must build facilities to underpin them all. We toured its Columbia facility.
BMC agrees to be acquired by private equity consortium for $6.9bn
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2013
After months of speculation about its future, BMC Software has agreed to sell itself for $6.9bn to a group of PE firms led by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital.
Centrix makes System Center Configuration Manager smarter about application usage
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
Building on its well-regarded WorkSpace platform, the British invader can now display usage intelligence within Configuration Manager. That should help administrators be smarter about how they use licenses, and how they migrate.
OpenStack: It's not just for Rackspace anymore
HITS Insight - April, 2013
OpenStack has grown and evolved. That was the clear takeaway from a packed Summit in Portland, Oregon, at which startlingly candid enterprise users of the cloud-enabling platform compared notes on what works and what has to be fixed.
OpenStack: It's not just for Rackspace anymore
MIS Spotlight - April, 2013
OpenStack has grown and evolved. That was the clear takeaway from a packed Summit in Portland, Oregon, at which startlingly candid enterprise users of the cloud-enabling platform compared notes on what works and what has to be fixed.
CA Technologies acquires API-ary Layer 7 for some Internet of Things buzz
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2013
Citing the 'appification of the economy,' CA Technologies has acquired Layer 7 Technologies, a provider of application programming interface management and security services.
CA Technologies rolls in more automation and devops with Nolio buy
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2013
Integration and increasing M&A continue around devops with CA's purchase of release automation vendor Nolio. What will the latest consolidation mean for the enterprise devops market?
Windows administrators ask themselves, do I feel lucky? Well, do you Splunk?
MIS Impact Report - April, 2013
Splunk announced version 5.0 of its App for Windows with enterprise-class monitoring for Microsoft Windows Server.
CumuLogic reboots with a focus on modular cloud services
MIS Impact Report - April, 2013
The stronghold of Sun Java veterans originally planned to bring Java PaaS to the enterprise, but along the way encountered an even greater need. Enterprises want to give their coders the modular services that today only AWS can provide.
After acquisitions of cloud vendors Cloupia, Gale, ManageIQ and Nimbula, who will be next?
HITS Insight - April, 2013
The checkbooks are out for cloud management, automation and orchestration vendors that might help traditional enterprise systems software companies retool their product lines to appeal to the Amazon generation.
After acquisitions of cloud vendors Cloupia, Gale, ManageIQ and Nimbula, who will be next?
TDM Sector IQ - April, 2013
The checkbooks are out for cloud management, automation and orchestration vendors that might help traditional enterprise systems software companies retool their product lines to appeal to the Amazon generation.
The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and EVRYTHNG
MIS Impact Report - April, 2013
EVRYTHNG is a software company that aims to make inanimate objects smarter by connecting them to the Web. Its organizing principle is the Internet of Things, but its engineering model is Facebook.
Manufacturer Flextronics builds platform-agnostic digital infrastructure
MIS User Deployment Report - April, 2013
Former CIO Dave Smoley is convinced that it is a mistake to believe, as many companies do, that infrastructure capability is routine, boring or monotonous. To Flextronics, it is the key to competitive advantage.
HyTrust chalks up fresh funding, more and bigger deals for its policy management
MIS Impact Report - April, 2013
The company has been awarded three patents for its virtualization security and adaptive configuration management systems. VMware has come in as an investor and HyTrust's customer numbers and deal values are growing.
BlueStacks builds out distribution channel for its Android App Player
MIS Impact Report - March, 2013
Surging Android usage saw the company's App Player downloaded five million times in its first eight months of life. That figure doesn't include preloads from OEM partners like Asus and AMD, which are rolling out more than 100 million units.
BMC wins cloud and ITSM customers, but even that may not be enough
MIS Impact Report - March, 2013
The heat is back on BMC as its standstill deal with activist hedge fund Elliott Management comes to an end. Pressure is on management to either demonstrate real growth or broker a quick sale.
Another look at the big four (or five) hypervisors – with one surprising conclusion
MIS Spotlight - March, 2013
In the two years since our long-form report 'The Big Four Hypervisors and their Ecosystems,' the market has moved on – in some surprising ways. The future is not only hypervisor heterogeneity, but the mainstreaming of enterprise hybrid cloud.
Nimbula, the nimble child of Amazon's EC2, sees a bright future as part of Oracle
HITS Insight - March, 2013
Oracle has agreed to acquire cloud management software vendor Nimbula, which was founded by two of the original designers of Amazon's EC2. The deal size has not been disclosed, and details so far are scant.
Ninja Blocks makes a stealthy play to rule connected devices
MIS Impact Report - March, 2013
Now shipping the third run of its next-generation hardware, the company is one of an emerging set of Internet of Things ventures. Cute as its industrial design is, it's just a foot in the door for Ninja Blocks' ambitious platform.
Nimbula, the nimble child of Amazon's EC2, sees a bright future as part of Oracle
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2013
Oracle has agreed to acquire cloud management software vendor Nimbula, which was founded by two of the original designers of Amazon's EC2. The deal size has not been disclosed, and details so far are scant.
Equinix unifies infrastructure monitoring to help its employees do their jobs
MIS User Deployment Report - March, 2013
The global datacenter provider, most famous for its meet-me rooms, has pulled together what was a hodgepodge of monitoring tools into a unified ScienceLogic deployment. Still to come: monitoring everything from desktops to datacenters.
ServiceMesh Agility Platform 9.0 includes blueprint designer, configuration and more
HITS Insight - March, 2013
Aimed at enterprises that are combining expertise from application development and IT operations into devops teams, ServiceMesh Agility Platform 9.0 adds a blueprint designer and a configuration manager to ease new code into production.
ServiceMesh Agility Platform 9.0 includes blueprint designer, configuration and more
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
Aimed at enterprises that are combining expertise from application development and IT operations into devops teams, ServiceMesh Agility Platform 9.0 adds a blueprint designer and a configuration manager to ease new code into production.
Biomni aims to help corporate IT end users help themselves
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
Call it IT self-service, call it an enterprise app store, call it a service catalog... just don't call it late for dinner. With its Front Office software, Biomni hopes to provide a uniform consumption point for all IT interactions.
AppZero takes Windows application migration up to 11 (or, more precisely, Win12)
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
The company sees itself as the fastest and easiest way to move server applications from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. The thing is, the same technology can be used to move applications from old operating systems to new ones.
Cloudmunch has an appetite for cloud-based application lifecycle orchestration
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
The startup aims to simplify software delivery for product companies and Internet businesses by giving them an easier way to build, test, run and manage cloud applications. Its tagline for developers: 'Focus on code. Cloudmunch the rest.'
VMware moves to address storage performance challenges with Virsto buy
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2013
VMware's purchase of the storage software startup highlights the issues that organizations are facing in cost-effectively solving IOPS challenges around VDI deployments in particular.
Splunk puts on its headlamp and dives into VMware's depths
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
By popular demand, Splunk has announced Splunk App for VMware. With it, customers should be able to understand the connections between application issues and the underpinning server, storage, network or virtualization resources.
Anuta Networks aims to speed cloud deployments by simplifying network service
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
Fresh out of stealth, Anuta Networks has unveiled network service virtualization technology for complex, heterogeneous physical and virtual infrastructure. The company says it's enabling agile cloud deployments and laying the groundwork for SDN.
HotLink announces v2 of flagship product SuperVISOR for VMware vCenter
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
Now in v2.0, HotLink's SuperVISOR for VMware vCenter extends the virtualization console to manage Hyper-V, XenServer and KVM virtual machines alongside their vSphere equivalents.
Enterprise cloud provider Skytap offers new service based on Cloudera Hadoop
HITS Insight - January, 2013
The Cloudera service won't necessarily make Skytap rich, but it may well make it stickier. With it, the company says, its customers should be able to create and scale out virtual Hadoop clusters in less than 10 minutes.
2013 M&A Outlook – Software
TDM Others - January, 2013
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2012 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the software sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
Enterprise cloud provider Skytap offers new service based on Cloudera Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The Cloudera service won't necessarily make Skytap rich, but it may well make it stickier. With it, the company says, its customers should be able to create and scale out virtual Hadoop clusters in less than 10 minutes.
Flexiant raises money, releases Cloud Orchestrator v3 with app provisioning
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The company's combination of cloud enablement with management and orchestration obviously resonates with even the most highly technical service providers. Flexiant has won 100 customers and just raised another funding round.
Skytap adds features to AutoNetworks for SDN, CloudControl for scheduling
HITS Insight - January, 2013
The company's customers should now have even more flexibility to bridge on-premises and cloud resources in multiple geographic locations serving multiple teams – and all without requiring staff to obtain Ph.D. equivalents in networking.
Automation nation: a year in managing and orchestrating the cloud
HITS Insight - January, 2013
These days, the presence of some infrastructure as a service is pretty much a given. The question for IT organizations is not whether to adopt cloud services, but how to cope with them once they've arrived.
2013 preview – Infrastructure software and cloud enablement
HITS Insight - January, 2013
Here we highlight the major areas in infrastructure software and cloud enablement that we expect to be driving industry innovation in 2013.
Skytap adds features to AutoNetworks for SDN, CloudControl for scheduling
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The company's customers should now have even more flexibility to bridge on-premises and cloud resources in multiple geographic locations serving multiple teams – and all without requiring staff to obtain Ph.D. equivalents in networking.
Automation nation: a year in managing and orchestrating the cloud
MIS Spotlight - December, 2012
These days, the presence of some infrastructure as a service is pretty much a given. The question for IT organizations is not whether to adopt cloud services, but how to cope with them once they've arrived.
2013 preview – Infrastructure software and cloud enablement
MIS Reviews / Previews - December, 2012
Here we highlight the major areas in infrastructure software and cloud enablement that we expect to be driving industry innovation in 2013.
With Smarts, EMC combines availability, performance and configuration management
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The 9.1 release of EMC's Smarts software for service assurance has four focus areas: virtual datacenter management, consolidated operations, TCO and networking.
How Microsoft sees the future of cloud-to-device content delivery: Is M&A in the cards?
TDM Acquirer IQ - December, 2012
Virtualization, the cloud and the consumerization of IT have seen the use of mobile devices explode even as Windows PC growth flattens out or goes into slight decline. But Microsoft can read the writing on the wall as well as anyone, and it is ready.
CloudShare expands integration with Microsoft, adds support for SAP HANA
HITS Insight - December, 2012
Though it's been some time since we caught up with the pioneering preproduction cloud company, CloudShare has gone from strength to strength, raising new capital, shoring up a key partnership with Microsoft and moving into the 'big data' world.
CloudShare expands integration with Microsoft, adds support for SAP HANA
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
Though it's been some time since we caught up with the pioneering preproduction cloud company, CloudShare has gone from strength to strength, raising new capital, shoring up a key partnership with Microsoft and moving into the 'big data' world.
Panaya offers cloud-based testing and upgrade automation for ERP applications
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The company has identified complex, fragile ERP applications as an opportunity for its automated testing. A new Enterprise Edition of its SaaS offering reflects the success of Panaya's approach.
In buying Cloupia, Cisco outlines its vision for a software-defined datacenter
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2012
Cisco is acquiring Cloupia for $125m in an all-cash deal. The target's software lets its enterprise and service-provider customers deploy and configure physical and virtual resources from a single console.
With Service Catalog, Ensim's Automation Suite takes aim at service providers, enterprises
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
Earlier this year, the company added a Service Catalog to its Automation Suite. The software has proved popular with enterprises and service providers – especially telcos – that are looking for a self-service portal for on-demand cloud provisioning.
Ten-year-old AWS alternative Blue Box closes $3.5m in series A funding
HITS Insight - November, 2012
The company aims to apply knowledge gleaned from its years as a high-touch managed service provider to the cloud and PaaS markets. Its ultra-modern software layer combines OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and Chef.

 

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