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RESEARCH PAPER: OpenStack Network Maturity

The maturity of OpenStack is accelerating the move to cloud technology, enabling businesses to stand up their own private clouds as well as allowing telecom and cloud service providers (CSPs) to expand their public cloud offerings more easily. While networking was often cited as an OpenStack inhibitor in the past, we increasingly see improvements and alternatives that are …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Dell Bets on Intelligent Automation for Converged Systems Strategy

Converged Systems are an increasingly important segment of IT Infrastructure, as they provide increased agility and time-to-market for delivering private clouds. Moor Insights & Strategy (MI&S) sees the infrastructure market transitioning from a hardware-centric deployment and management approach to an approach that is defined by the services that are being delivered by the cloud. One of the key enablers …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Service-Defined Infrastructure Will Shape Future Converged Systems

Many view a hybrid cloud deployment model as the path to the flexibility for both traditional and cloud-native workloads. On the private cloud side, converged systems have emerged as an approach for IT to improve efficiencies and lower overall costs. On the public cloud side, IT organizations value the ability to stand up infrastructure in minutes without worrying about …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Dell Streamlines Converged Systems Business to Align with Market Needs

IT organizations are quickly increasing their scope to provide applications and services that drive competitive differentiation for the business. Many IT organizations see the hybrid cloud as the path to stay on pace with market requirements and help drive long-term business growth. This change in IT requirements is driving a shift in the market to infrastructure that is …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Software-Defined Network Orchestration Arrives

Business transformation is happening as companies exploit technology to drive a competitive edge. But manually managing the pace of change in today’s constrained networks is breaking the business model and holding companies back from the innovation they seek. To be more agile, businesses need to address their network orchestration with tools that can automate the management and configurations of …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Campus Networking Transformation

Every business today, small to large, is compelled to be more agile and flexible in order to respond to business changes. Mid-market businesses—the medium-sized part of the market that is both large and fast growing—face a particular challenge in the campus networks that connect all of the end users in their workspaces throughout the organization, due to the complexity …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Apstra’s AOS: Distributed Network OS

Networks today are struggling under the weight of 25 years of proprietary technology and manual processes. Customers either have been tied down to a single vendor in order to ensure interoperability or have been forced into integrating and maintaining multiple vendors’ equipment on their own, with plenty of headaches and finger pointing when things do not run as anticipated. …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Dell’s Liquid Cooling Innovation for Scale-Out Datacenter Environments

Achieving the best total cost of ownership (TCO) requires delivery of the highest possible performance at the lowest possible cost. For CPU-intensive workloads, this generally means operating the CPU at the highest achievable frequency. Heat generated by the CPU is usually the key limiter. Dell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group has been working with hyperscale customers on customized liquid …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Spring 2016 ONUG Meeting Highlights

This spring, the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) acknowledged the contribution of West Coast customers by moving their spring user group meeting to California. There was a strong turnout, including some new names that had not participated in East Coast events, and the message was clear: ONUG is having an impact on the market in terms of establishing some …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Why the Dell / EMC Combination Makes Sense for Customers

One of the biggest technology deals in history at over $60 billion is about to unfold as Dell prepares to buy EMC. At EMC World in May 2016, Michael Dell made this acquisition more real than ever when he announced the new entity’s name, Dell Technologies, which will be an umbrella brand for the collection of companies that …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Bridges Traditional and New IT with Composable Infrastructure

IT is undergoing a significant transformation as businesses look to streamline costs and roll out a new class of cloud-based applications driven by a changing digital economy. The IT infrastructure as we know it today is not well equipped to improve on the cost structure for traditional workloads nor handle the velocity demands of a new generation of workloads …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Open Compute Project Provides Inspiration, but Delivery is Unclear

The Open Compute Project (OCP) was developed by Facebook and other hyperscale computing leaders in 2011 to help the datacenter hardware community embrace open, efficient, and cost-optimized design principles. Since then, other industry leaders such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, financial services firms, and telecomm providers have joined OCP to take part in the collaboration and community efforts. One of …

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RESEARCH PAPER: OpenStack is Now Ready for the Enterprise

The OpenStack cloud operating system is becoming a strong alternative to traditional IT service delivery models for large enterprises. In addition to replacing traditional models, OpenStack is establishing itself as an accelerator towards efficient and credible onpremise and hybrid cloud alternatives to remote-only cloud services (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Engine, and Microsoft Azure).The OpenStack …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Business Value of Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting

Businesses face an almost overwhelming number of options for moving to “the cloud” to modernize IT capabilities and expand beyond traditional service models. Options include a combination of traditional on-premises datacenter capabilities and a wide range of cloud services deployment models. When evaluating the available options, IT should look beyond initial hardware and software expenses, as they are just …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Open Networking Continues Momentum

Technology has fueled much of the business acceleration in recent years, but in many cases it is also holding businesses back. In today’s data-driven world, companies are finding that to be competitive they must move quickly, maneuver ahead of the competition, and use information to help them stay ahead. Unfortunately, as many find, being that adept and agile might …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Everspan Changes Archiving

The combination of increasing regulatory accountability and significantly larger data sets is driving enterprises and service providers to rethink their storage archiving. Existing methods of archiving—via tape or even hard drives—are starting to show their limitations as the realities of today’s needs poke holes in those approaches. Data today is being generated in significantly greater amounts and needs to …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Technical Review of Xiaomi’s New Redmi Note 3 Smartphone for India

The midrange smartphone market is experiencing huge growth, especially in China and India. The midrange has become a focal point for many smartphone vendors and the chipmakers that supply them. Companies like Xiaomi are launching devices with help from chip vendors like Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, featuring the new Snapdragon 650 SoC, is optimized for …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Choosing Chromebooks for Education

A broadening trend in K-12 education is the use of Chromebooks, driven by digitization of educational tools and materials. The heart of Chromebooks, Google’s Chrome OS, is a free operating system, which is maintained and updated by Google over the cloud and helps lower acquisition costs for school districts. According to Google, Chromebooks give “students, teachers, and administrators a …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Hardened Multi-Factor Authentication Increases Enterprise PC Security

The internet and mobility have made enterprise security monumentally more difficult. Employees can take mobile devices with them everywhere they go, but these smartphones, tablets, and notebooks vary wildly in terms of security features to prevent unauthorized access. Increasing numbers of endpoints became convenient targets of hackers looking to gain access to enterprise data. Many major hacks in the …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Zebra Technologies: Driving Chip-to-Cloud Standards-Based IoT Cloud Service

For most organizations around the world, comprehending the Internet of Things (IoT) is a daunting task. Some have already jumped headlong into deploying IoT systems and are using newly collected data from a wide range of devices to adjust and optimize their operations.Most, however, are stuck on first. They realize they have systems that need to be optimized and …

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