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TheInfoPro Servers & Virtualization service provides market data on technologies, industry opportunities and trends in the servers and virtualization market.  The source of the market intelligence is a series of one-on-one interviews with pre-screened decision-makers spanning the Global 2000 and MSEs. This service is designed to help today’s IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors make informed decisions to improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses. Learn More...

Advisory Reports

TIP Insight / Servers: April 9, 2014
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Enterprises are continuing the journey to cloud-based architectures, but concerns of data privacy and sensitivity are causing many to consider private clouds for some workloads, leaving other categories as better opportunities for public cloud providers.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: February 27, 2014
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Poor performance of IBM's x86 server unit has been evident, but it's more intriguing to watch how the unit performs under Lenovo following the acquisition last January. Lenovo has yet to establish adequate support for enterprise-grade servers.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Insight / Servers: January 23, 2014
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Successfully delivering IT as a service will require the ability monitor and measure service levels. Interest and adoption of service-level monitoring tools is growing steadily, creating a modest opportunity for a variety of vendors.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: November 11, 2013
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As the server virtualization market commoditizes, VMware spending is flattening. To maintain growth, the company needs revenue from management and cloud markets where the company will face significant competition. The outcome is far from certain.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: September 12, 2013
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Integrated infrastructure offerings are designed to streamline the deployment of virtualization by reducing the required level of internal expertise and by simplifying complexity.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Insight / Servers: September 11, 2013
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In the era of cloud computing, 'Are you being served?' is a question most CIOs should be asking their users. Armies of admins are not an effective response to the growing volume of user requests, but emerging vendors are delivering graceful solutions.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: July 11, 2013
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Virtualization and the cloud redefine the economics of IT service delivery with multimillion-dollar savings for large enterprises. That is the first wave. Optimization will add further reductions, but which vendors are poised to lead the second wave?
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: May 22, 2013
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Cloud computing is about delivering IT as a service, regardless of who owns the infrastructure and where the service is delivered from. As organizations move toward private and public cloud deployments, service-level monitoring is becoming a hot topic.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: March 28, 2013
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Almost everybody loves x86 hypervisors, and VMware is still almost everybody's darling, but how long can that situation last? It is the nature of IT organizations to prefer heterogeneous relationships. Will VMware users remain faithful?
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: January 31, 2013
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Datacenters are being re-architected to be ready for cloud computing environments, changing the technology landscape and the future opportunity for system vendors as Unix gives way to Linux for enterprise applications.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: November 20, 2012
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Everybody likes to pontificate about whether market leaders are heading for a fall, and VMware is no exception. Pretenders to the throne are gathering, but VMware spending remains strong, and those considering alternatives are proceeding with caution.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Insight / Servers: October 25, 2012
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The 'bring your own device' (BYOD) philosophy is causing organizations to rethink client computing strategies, further delaying client virtualization adoption and changing the landscape for vendors vying for competitive advantage.
Peter ffoulkes     

Thursday's TIPs

TIP Thursday / Servers - April 17, 2014
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While charge-back is the obvious choice for public cloud services, the choice for private clouds is not so clear-cut. As with many things that are cloud related, cultural issues far outweigh technology concerns.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - April 3, 2014
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Although initially received with skepticism by some vendors, Cisco's move into the world of x86-based 'industry standard servers' was a harbinger of change in the transformation of IT toward the software-defined datacenter and a cloudy future.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - March 20, 2014
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A decline is emerging in large and midsize enterprise perception of lock-in strength for Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. However, positive feedback for Citrix and SolarWinds shows that high lock-in strength is not a critical success factor.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Thursday / Servers - March 6, 2014
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If cloud computing is the future of IT, then the choice of cloud platform will be a critical decision that will have significant future implications for the degrees of freedom available around technology and service provider choices.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - February 20, 2014
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Supported by leading x86 server vendors Cisco, Dell, HP and IBM – soon to be known as Lenovo – Intel introduced its latest high-end CPU family, the Xeon Processor E7 v2, at a San Francisco event.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - February 6, 2014
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The first problem for Microsoft to address is to convince the market that it has a role to play in the future that is not anchored in its past market dominance.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - January 23, 2014
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The results from the Wave 13 study show that large and midsize enterprises perceive Oracle to have the highest lock-in strength and Dell the least among hardware-centric server and virtualization vendors.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Thursday / Servers - January 9, 2014
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Oracle wants to believe that it can return its hardware business to growth. Perhaps it is time to call upon Oracle's executive triumvirate to define what growth actually means in a measurable and accountable way.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - December 19, 2013
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CEO Michael Dell used his keynote at Dell World last week to talk enthusiastically about Dell now being 'the world's largest startup.' The company now faces the challenges that test and sometimes sink startups regardless of scale.
Peter ffoulkes     
TIP Thursday / Servers - December 5, 2013
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Of the differing efficiency metrics cited by survey respondents, the top three were about time: time to provision (22%), time to issue resolution (21%) and uptime (17%).
Peter ffoulkes     

Reference Reports

TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  October 28, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
Capturing IT professionals' adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers 11 hardware and two related software technologies including: x86 rack/blade servers, micro servers, Linux OS, converged infrastructure, database, business analytics and cloud appliances. This report was previously called the Server Hardware Technology Roadmap.
Peter ffoulkes     

TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  October 28, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
Capturing IT professionals' adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers 19 software technologies including: system monitoring, VM monitoring, CMDB, policy-based provisioning, service catalogs and commercial or open source cloud orchestration stack.
Peter ffoulkes     

TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  October 28, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
Allowing comparison of all 30 technologies tracked in the study, this high-level reference contains the Technology Heat Index, the Adoption Index, leading vendor tables, overall technology roadmap and spending charts. It also indicates what is included in the more detailed reports based on each technology segment covered in the study.
Peter ffoulkes     


TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  November 13, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
Summarizing IT professionals' assessments for each of eight vendors, this report profiles individual vendors based on spending, vulnerability, and ratings on 14 categories. Time series are included.
Peter ffoulkes     

TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  October 31, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
This report allows you to compare IT professionals' spending intentions and loyalty ratings for 11 vendors.
Peter ffoulkes     

TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  October 31, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
TheInfoPro's unique Market Window uses IT professionals' ratings of vendors on 14 separate criteria to calculate scores for Vendor Promise and Vendor Fulfillment, allowing comparison of vendors' effectiveness at strategy, marketing, delivery and execution.
Peter ffoulkes     


TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  October 15, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
In the 2013/2014 Servers and Virtualization Outlook, IT professionals describe how 2013 and 2014 look for budgets, projects and pain points, with time series charts to give perspective to the coming year. The Servers and Virtualization Metrics report contains metrics about the number of internal employees, IT structure changes, and how efficiency is measured.
Peter ffoulkes     


TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  November 13, 2013
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Compiling open-ended commentary from in-depth interviews with IT professionals, you hear the direct 'voice of the customer' discussing technology, their industry and the future of this sector.
Peter ffoulkes     


TheInfoPro Servers and Virtualization:  November 20, 2013
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Designed for IT professionals, this report captures highlights from the complete study, and provides business intelligence in the form of technological roadmaps, budget trends, voice-of-the-customer narratives and vendor spending plans and performance ratings.
Peter ffoulkes     

 

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