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    Report The Software-Defined Data Center Comes Of Age

    Landscape: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    October 30, 2017 | Richard Fichera, Chris Gardner

    Traditional data center thinking has ended. Better automation tools, container abstractions, software-defined networks (SDNs), and composable infrastructure have ushered in unprecedented...

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    Report Rumors Of VMware's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

    VMware Faces Great Challenges But Keeps Delivering Growth, Defying Its Critics

    VMware, for years one of Silicon Valley's darlings, has struggled to find its place in the new world of cloud computing. Skepticism over its long-term viability continues because of unprecedented...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Software-Defined Data Centers

    The SDDC Is Still A Work In Progress, But Progress Is Swift
    September 1, 2016 | Robert Stroud, Richard Fichera

    To meet needs arising from the unprecedented acceleration of the digital business, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are shifting their attention from physical infrastructure to...

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    Report TechRadar™: BT Infrastructure, Q2 2016

    May 9, 2016 | Andre Kindness, Robert Stroud, J. P. Gownder

    Software has turned the infrastructure world upside down. Hardware speeds and feeds no longer dominate infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals' criteria; they know that the fastest...

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    Report Brief: VMworld 2015 Reveals A Disruptor In Transition

    VMware Woos Cloud-Native Developers In Its Quest To Overcome Its Innovator's Dilemma

    VMware recently revealed the direction that it's heading at its annual VMworld conference. In 2013, VMware announced its pursuit of three complementary product strategies for the BT agenda: 1)...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI), Q3 2015

    The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    September 18, 2015 | David K. Johnson

    In Forrester's 26-criteria evaluation of server-hosted virtual desktop vendors, we identified the seven most significant software providers — Citrix, Dell, Listeq, Microsoft, Nimboxx, Oracle, and...

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    Report Automate I&O To Answer Digital Disruption

    Part 1 Of The Automation Manifesto Series
    August 6, 2015 | Jean-Pierre Garbani, Amy DeMartine, Michele Pelino

    Before commercial computing became the norm in enterprises, manufacturing companies implemented industrial process control solutions based on analog and then digital computers to automate processes...

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    Report Simplify And Accelerate Your Infrastructure With Hyperconvergence

    Hyperconverged Systems Will Become The New Standard For Infrastructure-As-A-Service Deployments
    March 18, 2015 | Richard Fichera, Henry Baltazar

    The core infrastructure of enterprises and service providers has become successively more virtualized. However, supporting technologies have failed to keep pace in key places, particularly in the...

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    Report Brief: The Virtualization Conundrum — Don't Plan On Getting Rid Of Your Physical Servers

    Your BT Agenda Will Still Rely On Nonvirtualized Infrastructure
    December 11, 2014 | Richard Fichera

    Server virtualization has become a technology behind nearly everyone's business technology (BT) agenda. As an infrastructure and operations (I&O) professional, you likely found virtualization to be...

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    Report Customer-Centric Strategies Require Business-Centric Network Hardware

    White-Box Network Hardware Will Be One Option Of Many Choices
    December 9, 2014 | Andre Kindness

    "Don't get too attached to your specialized network hardware — you're not going to need it in the future," said Steve Riley, chief technology officer of Riverbed Technology, during his speech at...

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    Report Quick Take: Dell's FX Architecture Holds Promise To Power Modern Services

    Infrastructure Architectures For Massive Systems Of Engagement Are Changing, And Dell FX Points The Way
    November 5, 2014 | Richard Fichera

    Everything you need to do to apply technology, systems, and processes to win, serve, and retain customers — which Forrester calls your BT agenda — is built on the shoulders of infrastructure. Your...

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    Report Quick Take: Breaking Down VMworld 2014

    Can The Virtual Powerhouse Power Virtually Everything?
    September 2, 2014 | Dave Bartoletti, Henry Baltazar, Richard Fichera

    Last week, VMware presented its latest corporate and product strategy and developments at the annual VMworld conference. The three pillars of VMware's strategy are the software-defined data center...

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    Report Brief: The Software-Defined Data Center Is Still A Work In Progress

    Four Recommendations For Embarking On Your SDDC Journey
    August 27, 2014 | Richard Fichera

    To accelerate business growth, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must understand and ultimately master four key I&O-related trends: 1) continually consolidate and optimize the...

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    Report Brief: The Top Four Server Virtualization Trends In China For 2014 And 2015

    Optimizing IT To Better Support BT Transformation
    July 1, 2014 | Frank Liu

    Chinese organizations are shifting budget from traditional information technology (IT) to business technology (BT) in the age of the customer. However, the level of server virtualization in Chinese...

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    Report Key I&O Technology Trends To Watch In 2014, Part 2

    Embrace New Approaches To Radically Transform Business Resiliency
    May 14, 2014 | Sudhanshu Bhandari

    To accelerate business growth, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals in Asia Pacific (AP) must understand and ultimately master four key I&O-related trends: 1) Continually consolidate...

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    Report Brief: S&R Pros Remain Unprepared To Address Virtualization And Cloud Security Risks

    S&R Pros Must Accelerate Their Knowledge, Skills, And Approach To Avoid Failure
    May 2, 2014 | Rick Holland, Kelley Mak

    For years, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders have embraced virtualization as a means to achieve consolidation and cost savings. Today, virtualization offers more than just cost savings:...

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    Report Strategic Benchmarks 2014: Server Virtualization

    March 6, 2014 | Dave Bartoletti

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their engineering teams often ask Forrester two questions about server virtualization: Have we virtualized as many workloads as our peers, and how...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

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    Report Key Emerging Technologies Bring Opportunity To Chinese Businesses

    Chinese Enterprise Architects Must Lead Tech Research And Guide Usage To Realize Business Benefits
    February 4, 2014 | Charlie Dai

    Emerging technologies such as big data, mobility, and cloud are powering the age of the customer and creating a market where innovators disrupt traditional leaders and startups have greater...

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    Report Predictions For 2014: Private Cloud Management And Infrastructure

    January 24, 2014 | Lauren E. Nelson, Richard Fichera

    In 2013, over half of enterprises stated that in 2014, they will be prioritizing building a private cloud, when it was only introduced less than five years ago. Although enterprises have quickly...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Case Study: News UK Transformed Its Data Center To Become More Agile

    December 6, 2013 | Sudhanshu Bhandari

    In the past decade, news media companies have witnessed substantial disruptive changes in their marketplace, spurring them to significantly accelerate their IT transformation initiatives. As we...

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    Report Predictions For 2014: Cloud Computing

    Cloud Formally Joins The IT Portfolio — Whether IT Likes It Or Not
    December 4, 2013 | James Staten, Dave Bartoletti, Andras Cser

    As we head into 2014, cloud computing is no longer a "future" but a "now." Investments are up, enterprise use is widespread, and the hybrid cloud model has arrived. While the bulk of cloud...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report TechRadar™: Business Technology Monitoring, Q3 2013, Part 4 Of 5

    Analysis Of Business Monitoring Technologies In The "Growth" Ecosystem Phase
    November 27, 2013 | John Rakowski

    In Part 4 of Forrester's TechRadar™ series on business technology (BT) monitoring, we examine four technologies in the "Growth" ecosystem phase: application and middleware monitoring, configuration...

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

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    Report Quick Take: HyTrust Acquires HighCloud To Strengthen Its Cloud Management And Security

    Acquisition Is A Harbinger Of A Cloud Security Feeding Frenzy
    November 13, 2013 | Rick Holland, Dave Bartoletti, John Kindervag

    On November 7, 2013, HyTrust, best known as a virtualization security and compliance specialist, announced its acquisition of HighCloud Security, a cloud encryption provider, for an undisclosed...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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    Report Four Common Private Cloud Strategies

    Align Your Expectations With Your Strategy
    October 28, 2013 | Lauren E. Nelson

    From surveys, interviews, and inquiry calls, Forrester is seeing an emergence of four private cloud approaches that are driven by very different strategies and thus have variant scope and results....

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    Report Quick Take: Breaking Down VMworld 2013

    VMware Delivers A Strong SDDC Message, An Incremental Cloud Story, And A Relatively Weak End User Computing Message
    September 19, 2013 | Dave Bartoletti, Rachel A. Dines, David K. Johnson

    Is the traditional data center about to be disrupted by the cloud? Not if VMware can help it. Last week's annual VMworld conference in San Francisco drew over 20,000 infrastructure and operations...

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