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    Report Rumors Of VMware's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

    VMware Faces Great Challenges But Keeps Delivering Growth, Defying Its Critics
    July 12, 2017 | Chris Gardner, Dave Bartoletti

    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 Embrace Cloud Economics For On-Premises Enterprise Storage

    Business Case: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    May 18, 2017 | Richard Fichera

    Cloud storage isn't a panacea, considering enterprises' concerns about privacy, governance, availability, and unpredictable costs, but the basic opex cost model is extremely attractive. Enterprises...

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    Report Hybrid Cloud Is The Foundation For Storage Agility And Economics

    Proper Utilization Of Cloud And Enterprise Storage Will Dictate BT Success
    April 28, 2017 | Richard Fichera

    Hybrid clouds are the future state of compute and storage for enterprises in the age of the customer. Hybrid cloud storage can now blend on-premises storage infrastructure with public and hosted...

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    Report Hyperconverged Infrastructure And You

    Understanding Workloads, Data Services, And Costs Will Yield Optimal Decisions
    March 8, 2017 | Richard Fichera

    To support a business technology (BT) agenda, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must factor critical aspects of their own environments into their decisions and understand how these...

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    Report Edge Computing: IoT Will Spawn A New Infrastructure Market

    The Internet Of Things Demands A Different Design Mindset

    Internet of things (IoT) is the latest transformational technology, extending ubiquitous connectivity and control to the physical world. The applications are limited only by our imagination and our...

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    Report Scoring Forrester's 2016 Cloud Predictions

    We Were Spot On For Most, Developing On Others, And Wrong On One
    December 22, 2016 | Lauren E. Nelson, Dave Bartoletti

    Every year, Forrester predicts what lies ahead for cloud in the year to come. In late 2015, we predicted the rise of hybrid cloud managers, the consolidation of cloud vendors, the movement of...

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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 Evolve Or Crumble: Prepare For The Fate Of The Hardware Incumbents

    Traditional Infrastructure Players Evolve Their Strategies To Compete In A Cloud-First World
    August 29, 2016 | Sophia I. Vargas, Richard Fichera

    The cloud is driving increasingly customer-centric and data-rich services, and this infrastructure shift continues to transform and cannibalize hardware markets. The major technology incumbents...

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    Report Develop Infrastructure Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    August 19, 2016 | Richard Fichera, Sophia I. Vargas

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for developing effective objectives and metrics to transform your infrastructure practice in the service of your business technology (BT) agenda. A...

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016

    August 16, 2016 | Richard Fichera, Naveen Chhabra

    In our 28-criteria evaluation of hyperconverged system providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Atlantis Computing, Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei, HyperGrid...

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    Report TechRadar™: BT Infrastructure, Q2 2016

    Road Map: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    May 9, 2016 | Andre Kindness, Robert Stroud

    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 TechRadar™: Continuous Deployment, Q2 2016

    Road Map: The Modern Service Delivery Playbook
    May 3, 2016 | Amy DeMartine, Robert Stroud

    Digital businesses are the new norm, and to compete in this new digital market, software applications and products must contain new sources of customer value while at the same time adopting new...

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    Report Composable Infrastructure: A Hardware Foundation For Extreme Service Agility

    Cloud-Like Speed And Flexibility Finally Arrive At The Hardware Level
    April 14, 2016 | Richard Fichera

    As enterprises drive new technology innovations to fuel a customer-obsessed service delivery model, many legacy technologies are proving too rigid in their configurations. New business technology...

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    Report Use An I&O Road Map To Lead I&O Into The Future

    Road Map: The I&O Transformation Playbook
    April 5, 2016 | Jean-Pierre Garbani, Richard Fichera

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros must architect, implement, and operate the production engine that supports — and preferably anticipates — the business' various applications and service...

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    Report The Software-Defined Data Center Is The Future Of Infrastructure Architecture

    Landscape: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook
    March 18, 2016 | Richard Fichera, Robert Stroud

    Traditional data center thinking must end. Better automation tools, container abstractions, software-defined networks, and composable infrastructure stacks have ushered in a software-defined data...

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    Report Evolve Your I&O Focus Now Or Be Left Behind

    Landscape: The I&O Transformation Playbook
    March 14, 2016 | Jean-Pierre Garbani, Richard Fichera

    To answer the growing needs of business technology and survive the onslaught of services directly sourced by the business, operations must adopt a radically different model. Infrastructure and...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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    Report Brief: Apache Spark On IBM Z Systems Can Reveal Immediate Insights From Transactions

    February 11, 2016 | Mike Gualtieri, Richard Fichera

    Apache Spark aficionados are in for a real shock. Wait for it . . . Apache Spark now runs on IBM's z Systems mainframe computer. That means Spark runs on the same place as many of the world's...

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    Report Building The Always-On, Always-Available Digital Enterprise

    Three Steps To Get You On The Path To Running 24x365 Services
    February 9, 2016 | Stephanie Balaouras, Richard Fichera

    Your digital business ecosystem consists of customers, partners, suppliers, and employees. Each expects your services to be available 24x365 in a seamless fashion. But running an always-on,...

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    Report Brief: Storage Wars Will Deliver Extreme Speed Sooner Than Expected

    Storage-Class Memory Becomes A Major Horse Race
    January 26, 2016 | Richard Fichera

    Your business technology agenda requires extreme performance for ever more demanding applications and customer experiences. Storage issues, often the biggest performance bottleneck, will soon be...

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    Report Brief: Cloud File Services Fill An Enterprise Storage Gap

    Cloud Cannot Live On Blocks And Objects Alone
    January 6, 2016 | Richard Fichera

    Hyperscale public cloud services providers' primary design choice is object storage. While sensible for them, this choice harms enterprise applications built on standardized file services such as...

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    Report Cloud Service Provider Categories Are Shifting: Here's Your Guide

    Forrester's External Computing Service Model Definitions And Assessment
    December 1, 2015 | John R. Rymer, Dave Bartoletti

    If you're confused about the proliferation of externally hosted computing services labeled cloud, read this report. We introduce a new set of definitions to describe cloud-based services —...

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    Report Predictions 2016: Automation Drives Growth

    How I&O Pros Will Accelerate BT Agenda Execution With Software-Defined And Agile Everything
    November 19, 2015 | Jean-Pierre Garbani, Amy DeMartine

    In 2015, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders and their teams laid foundations for and shifted some investment to the business technology (BT) agenda — the to-do list for applying...

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    Report Brief: Supercharge Systems Of Insight With New Infrastructure Architectures

    Better Analysis Methods And Their Increased Use In Critical Business Processes Drive Changes In Supporting Infrastructure
    November 5, 2015 | Richard Fichera

    Customer-facing, data-intensive systems are central to the BT agenda and have catalyzed the deployment of big data environments for systems of insight. I&O pros now know how to configure and manage...

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    Report Why Overlays Are Getting The Most Attention In The Software-Defined Network Market

    The Taxonomy And Benefits Of The Software-Defined Network Overlay Market
    November 3, 2015 | Andre Kindness, Richard Fichera

    It will be another five years before software-defined networking (SDN) becomes a mainstream foundation of the business technology (BT) that can be applied across the entire network. However,...

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    Report Vendor Landscape: Private Cloud Overview

    October 29, 2015 | Lauren E. Nelson, Richard Fichera

    Forrester has been tracking almost 50 private cloud service providers that deliver products or services to enterprises. This report refreshes Forrester's high-level overview of this landscape for...

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