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The next BriefingsDirect cloud efficiency case study examines how a world-class private cloud project evolved in the financial sector.   We’ll now learn how public cloud-like experiences, agility, and cost structures are being delivered via a strictly on-premises model built on hyper-converged infrastructure for a risk-sensitive financial services company.   Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy.   Jim McKittrick joins to help explore the potential for cloud benefits when retaining control over the data center is a critical requirement. He is Senior Account Manager at Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) in Huntington Beach, California. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.   Here are some excerpts:   Gardner: Many enterprises want a private cloud fo... (more)

As enterprises face mounting hybrid IT complexity, new management solutions beckon

The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Analyst interview examines how new machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities are being applied to hybrid IT complexity challenges.   We'll explore how mounting complexity and a lack of multi-cloud services management maturity must be solved in order for businesses to grow and thrive as digital enterprises.   Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy.   Here to report on how companies and IT leaders are seeking new means to manage an increasingly complex transition to sustainable hybrid IT is Paul Teich, Principal Analyst at TIRIAS Research in Austin, Texas. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts:   Gardner: Paul, there’s a lot of evidence that businesses are adopting cloud ... (more)

Announcing @DasherTech to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #AI #DX #Serverless #DataCenter

SYS-CON Events announced today that Dasher Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dasher Technologies, Inc. ® is a premier IT solution provider that delivers expert technical resources along with trusted account executives to architect and deliver complete IT solutions and services to help our clients execute their goals, plans and objectives. Since 1999, we've helped public, private and nonprofit organizations implement technology solutions that speed and simplify their operations. As one of the fastest growing IT solution providers in the country, we have gained a reputation for effortless implementations with relentless follow-through and enduring support. Our strong technical expertise and vendor independence allow us to integra... (more)

HP Offers Flexible Infrastructure Solutions By @Dana_Gardner | @CloudExpo @HP #Cloud

HP today announced the new HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250), a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) based on HP's new ProLiant Apollo 2000 server and HP StoreVirtual software-defined storage (SDS) technology. Built on up-to-date HP, Intel, and VMware technologies, the CS 250 combines a virtual server and storage infrastructure that HP says is configurable in minutes for nearly half the price of competitive systems. It is designed for virtual desktops and remote office productivity, as well as  to provide a flexible path to hybrid cloud. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect.] Designed to attract customers on a tight budget, the HP CS 250 includes a new three-node configuration that is up to 49 percent more cost effective than comparable configurations from Nutanix, SimpliVity and other competitors, says HP. Because HP's StoreVir... (more)

An Introduction to Abbot

Graphical user interface (GUI) testing is a potentially problematic area because constructing effective test cases is more difficult than the corresponding application logic. The roadblocks to effective functional GUI testing are: Traditional test coverage criteria like "80% coverage of the lines of code" may not be sufficient to trap all the user interaction scenarios. End users often use a different user task interaction model than the one conceived by the development team. Functional GUI testing needs to deal with GUI events as well as the effects of the underlying application logic that results in changes to the data and presentation. The common methods for functional GUI testing are the "record and execute" script technique and writing test programs for different scenarios. In the "record and execute," the test designer interacts with the GUI and all the eve... (more)

SOA & Virtualization: The Secret Inside HP's Quiet Little Billion-Dollar "Semantic Document" Acquisition

HP said Tuesday that it was buying Exstream Software LLC, a privately held, 300-man, enterprise ISV whose widgetry creates personalized documents from diverse data sources, both structured and unstructured, for mass mailings online or in print. Now, HP didn't say how much it's paying private equity house American Capital Strategies for Exstream but the property reportedly brings in about $100 million in revenue and counts 400 major companies, including all of Wall Street, as customers. The Wall Street Journal figures HP must have paid around a billion dollars. We should find out exactly how much from American Capital when it files its quarterly results in a couple of weeks but it bought 60% of the company last year for $548 million, putting a valuation of roughly $913 million on it. When one of our own spends a billion dollars we ought to sit up. From the outside th... (more)

HP Extends Software to Meet Requirements for Mainstream SOA Adoption

HP introduced new and enhanced quality and management software designed to increase the success of mainstream deployment of service-oriented architectures (SOA) by businesses. SOA is an approach to delivering IT services in a secure and manageable way that uses loosely connected, reusable and standards-based technology that can be aligned to changing business needs. For SOA to be broadly adopted and deliver business value, an entire organization must have confidence that the services it provides function correctly, scale as demand increases and meet operational requirements. To make certain that services meet all functional and performance objectives and are ready for production deployment, HP introduced new versions of its market-leading SOA testing products, HP Service Test and HP Service Test Management. “Customers who want to scale their SOA-based deployme... (more)

HP Virtualization to Field Cloud Storage

HP is racing to the rescue of those threatening to drown in their own data, but that Web 2.0 lot had better be able to hold on until the fourth quarter when HP can deliver what it calls “Extreme” storage, the NAS-style ExDS9100. It’s a 10U BladeSystem that can hold 820TB of SATA-based data and through the wonders of HP’s PolyServe clustering can be strung together into a multi-petabyte system – along the lines of what EMC is promising to do with Hulk and Maui widgetry – that can be managed by a single administrator. Its $2-a-gigabyte cost sounds utterly reasonable until you do the math. A full-fledged system will run you north of $1.5 million. One saves on the cost of, say, administrators. The applications accessing the data run on the blades, eliminating a software tier. HP says the box was designed to provision performance and capacity independently for greater f... (more)

HP Tipped To Buy EDS To Level Playing Field with IBM

Hewlett-Packard is supposed to be this close to buying Electronic Data Systems for somewhere in the heady neighborhood of $12 billion-$13 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal, a pretty premium over its $9.5 billion market cap Friday. The paper thinks there could be an announcement on Tuesday. Buying the consultant is meant to help HP compete on the services side against rival IBM. HP did about $16.6 billion in services last year and earned $1.8 billion on it. EDS had revenues of $5.8 billion. IBM did about $57 billion in services, earning $5.6 billion. HP hasn’t spent the kind of money they’re talking about since it bought Compaq for $20 billion. It would be CEO Mark Hurd’s biggest buy since he arrived at HP. The company bought Mercury Interactive for $4.5 billion in 2006. During her sojourn at HP, Carly Fiorina tried to PriceWaterh... (more)

HP Wants To Be a Cloud Builder

HP’s latest answer to scale-out, which it interprets as clouds, grids, compute farms, Web 2.0 and HPC, is the BL2x220c G5, which it says is the world’s first two-in-one server, offering the highest compute density in the industry or more than three times the density of traditional 1U rack-mounts. HP doesn’t want to rent out its cloud; it wants to be the equipment under other people’s clouds. The gismo puts two independent servers in a single blade enclosure to double performance and reduce real estate requirements. That means 32 server nodes per enclosure, each capable of supporting two quad-core Xeons (or alternately dual-cores) and up to 16 GB of DDR2 RAM. Altogether that works out to 1,024 cores, 128 servers and two terabytes of RAM in a 42U rack or 12.3 teraflops per rack. The widgetry comes standard with two gigabit Ethernet ports per nod... (more)

VMware Announces vCloud Initiative for Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing With Support From Industry Leaders BT, Rackspace, SAVVIS, Sungard, T-Systems, Verizon Business and Others

VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, announced its vCloud Initiative, with support from 100+ partners, to deliver enterprise-class cloud computing, by federating compute capacity on demand between virtual datacenters and cloud service providers to support existing and new application loads. By enlisting broad support from partners across the industry, including BT, Rackspace, SAVVIS, Sungard, T-Systems, and Verizon Business, the VMware vCloud Initiative is aimed at helping companies both large and small safely tap compute capacity inside and outside their firewalls – how they want, when they want, and as much as they want – to ensure quality of service for any application they want to run, internally or as a service. Today VMware Infrastructure is broadly used by businesses to operate internal I... (more)