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Posted by Jon Toigo on October 11, 2017
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An under-reported trend in storage these days is the mounting dissatisfaction with server-centric storage infrastructure as conceived by proprietary server hypervisor vendors and implemented as exclusive software-defined storage stacks.  A few years ago, the hypervisor vendors seized on consumer anger around overpriced “value-add” storage arrays to insert a “new” modality of storage, so-called software-defined storage, into the IT lexicon.  Touted as a solution for everything that ailed storage – and as a way to improve virtual machine performance in the process – SDS and hyper-converged infrastructure did rather well in the market.  However, the downside of creating silo’ed storage behind server hosts was that storage efficiency declined by 10 percent or more on an enterprise-wide basis; companies were realizing less bang for the buck with software-defined storage than with the enterprise storage platforms they were replacing.

Shared and Silo'ed storages' components

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Azure Stack in GA. Part II: Deployment Models and How Much is Going to Cost
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 8, 2017
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I’ve recently covered in my previous post about Azure Stack being finally released to the Integration Systems (Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo). We covered in the article the clarification of what Azure Stack actually means, features and functionalities available. In this second part will go beyond, reviewing how much is going to cost, deployment alternatives, Azure integration, and the disconnected scenario.

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Azure Monitor Goes Live in General Availability
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on April 3, 2017
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Microsoft has just released to the public, and with a stable version (preview was announced in September 2016), Azure Monitor. This platform represents a set of features and capabilities within Azure to provide detail logs, metrics and diagnostic about the workloads in the Microsoft public cloud.

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How the IT and Cloud Spending is Going to Look Like in 2017?
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on November 14, 2016
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What’s the impact for IT regarding the US Presidential Election or Brexit? How is the world economy going to be affected in 2017 for the IT world? Where do we stand regarding private, hybrid and public clouds consumption? Will companies put IT jobs in danger by migrating massively to the public cloud in the next couple of years? Those are some of the big questions a lot of people are asking right now.

Even though we can never know for sure, we can start analyzing and make some conjectures using some of the reports provided by companies that focus their jobs on doing that. Let’s take a look to some of the key research items available.

IT Spending Will Grow 2.9% Compared to 2016

Gartner report says we need to expect that the companies’ budget will spend 2.9% more in 2017 compared to 2016. Hitting a grand total of $3.5 trillion for the upcoming year.

Worldwide IT Spending

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