VMware sees software defined data centre as the future for IT as a service

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Ovum ITThe recent VMware Forum 2013 in London provided a platform for VMware EMEA chief technologist, Joe Baguley, to reveal how VMware is addressing the challenges of transforming IT to an as-a-service paradigm. This transformation is based on three key pillars. First, it is about making the entire data center more agile, and the software-defined data center (SDDC) is the vehicle that VMware sees as being a major disruptive technology to enable the delivery of IT in this way. Second, it is about open...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hybrid, Private, Public, VMware.

Actian goes on a Big Data acquisition spree

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Actian, the vendor formerly known as Ingres, has suddenly put itself on the map through rapid-fire acquisitions of Pervasive Software, ParAccel, and Versant Software. The die was cast more than two years ago with its acquisition of Vectorwise, a fast, single-node analytic database. Actian’s goal is to assemble a mini-stack that includes a data integration engine and different data platforms for different transactional and analytic use cases. With the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, M&A.

Big data must become a first-class citizen in the enterprise

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise SolutionsFew topics have lately drawn more hype and scrutiny than Big Data. Having originated with Internet firms, Big Data has captured enterprise attention with examples that show how organizations, from public sector to financial services firms, telcos, and media derived insights that improved customer retention, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. Big Data has drawn media attention with examples that touch people’s lives, such as the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

Advanced analytics and data storage: You can’t use what you can’t see

There is currently quite a buzz around the concept of advanced analytics, as organisations look to predict future outcomes more effectively, based on a detailed understanding of what has actually happened in the past rather than testing theoretical hypotheses based on statistical analysis.

Put simply, the better the analysis, the better-informed decisions will be around anticipating – and responding effectively to - future demand.      

Like many emerging management tools,...

By Alistair Mackenzie, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, CRM, Data & Analytics.

Cloud and data explosion among big trends for enterprise IT, says survey

The latest cloud computing survey, this time from NaviSite, has examined enterprise IT’s strategies, in particular for coping with an increasingly data-heavy ecosystem, and found that cloud is at the forefront of the data strategy for IT execs.

The report interviewed more than 500 IT professionals from companies with more than 200 employees, and found intriguing trends in the enterprise space.

Cloud computing is one of the biggest trends facing enterprise IT departments today, according to a quarter of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage, Trends.

BI bites into a bigger slice of Oracle’s Red Stack

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently held its third annual Industry Analyst World conference at its Redwood Shores headquarters, and it came as no surprise to Ovum that business analytics featured as one of six major track themes (aligning nicely with our Big Data and Analytics Super Theme for 2013). Oracle’s business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance (EPM) portfolio is undoubtedly impressive in both breadth and depth. Having spent much time and effort rationalizing and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Are we misjudging the cloud’s environmental impact?

A whitepaper from Melbourne’s Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has cast doubt on traditional thinking regarding the energy consumption of cloud computing.

“Previous analysis and industry focus has missed the point,” blistered the Power of Wireless Cloud report to open its executive summary. “Access networks, not data centres, are the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services.”

As...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Research.

Spring cleaning and CRM: It's time to organise your business

Excel is not a CRM!

Customer relationship management (CRM) systems are a major player in helping manage a company’s interactions with current and prospective customers.

Using technology to organise, automate, and synchronise sales, marketing, customer service and technical support can seem daunting, which leads to many professionals using excel as a CRM system. 

However daunting it may seem, the CRM software market is healthy and growing, which means your competitors are likely using a CRM...

By Cloudy Cumulus, 15 April 2013, 4 comments. Categories: Big Data, CRM.

Private cloud drives data centre expansion, says survey

Half of those polled in the latest cloudy survey have said they will “definitely” look to expand their data centres in the coming year, with the vast majority of remaining respondents claiming they will expand in 2014.

The survey, commissioned by data centre services provider Digital Realty Trust and conducted by Campos Research and Analysis, spoke to 300 IT execs and concluded that this explosion in data centre usage was primarily down to the proliferation...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Security.

Big data: Visualising the strategic business imperative

The term Big Data is going to become a key part of the forward-looking business technology debate among informed, proactive and ICT savvy executives. But what's really driving the growing demand for meaningful solutions? While most companies are collecting, storing and analysing data, they continue to struggle with both the business and IT challenges of Big Data -- more data is not necessarily better. Enormous amounts of data are being generated daily by smartphones, sensors, video cameras, smart meters, and other connected devices, adding to the huge...

By David H Deans, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.