Frost & Sullivan May 9 announced its new white paper, Virtualization for Midsize Businesses: Keep Your Foot on the Accelerator. It identifies the benefits midsize businesses gain through holistic adoption of virtualization technologies. According to the paper, to overcome the many recurring challenges pertaining to data centers, there are streams of benefits virtualization across servers, storage, networks, and desktops can deliver, especially for midsize businesses with heightened strategic priorities in innovation and revenue growth. This shift to virtualization increases capacity and improves effectiveness with greater speed, flexibility and reliability than possible in non-virtualized environments. “Devising and following a server upgrade plan to support virtualization will not only stretch existing data center space further, but will also produce incremental gains in energy efficiency,” said Michael Suby, vice president of research at Frost & Sullivan. Selecting a virtualization partner is equally important, says Frost & Sullivan, IT managers should consider the partner’s effectiveness in managing virtualization technologies while also integrating complementary technologies and extending them into other areas of business needs. This white paper addresses the criteria to consider in designing a virtualization strategy and in selecting a virtualization partner. Additional information about the white paper is available on the Frost & Sullivan website and the company will be hosting a complimentary webinar discussing an overview of the white paper and customer case studies May 24, 2012. (Frost & Sullivan, 210-247-3870, www.frost.com.)
Gartner May 9 announced that it will be addressing the crucial discipline of mobile device management (MDM) at this year’s Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit 2012. The Summit will be held at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida June 5-7 and in Frankfurt, Germany June 12-13. According to Gartner, MDM has become increasingly important for IT departments due to the growing number of smartphones and media tablets used within organizations. “The era of fully supporting company-owned devices is giving way to an era of managed diversity in which tiered support for employee-owned, consumer-class devices is the norm,” said Terrence Cosgrove, research director at Gartner. With the unabated growth of consumerization, IT leaders need to implement MDM to manage corporate- and employee-owned devices, and assign responsibilities inside IT departments for the service, application and security of all these devices.” MDM requires tight coordination between security and operations. The measures organizations take to implement mobile device security are mostly about ensuring that device configurations match corporate policy. According to Gartner, organizations are moving from a single-standard approach to controlling mobility to a more flexible approach, which Gartner calls “managed diversity”, which supports the variety of mobile devices found in the organization. Without managed diversity, organizations are likely to face increased costs. Additional information about the Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit 2012 is available from Gartner’s website.
(Gartner, Inc.,408-468-8312, www.gartner.com.)
The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) manufacturing vertical market shows greatest maturity in cloud adoption to date and the most significant plans to invest in cloud computing, according to an IDC survey released May 10. Forty-four percent of respondents in the manufacturing sector said that some part of their IT budget was now dedicated to cloud, while 40 percent indicated their cloud budget would increase in the next three years. Craig Simpson, senior research analyst for IDC Manufacturing Insights CEMA, said, “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cloud computing for manufacturers. Manufacturers in CEE are beginning to understand this, and it is reflected in their cautious approach to cloud computing. They have concentrated on non-business critical processes first, while we are now beginning to see examples of business critical processes moving onto the cloud, as well.” Additional findings of the survey include the following: cloud is expected to solve these top non-IT business issues: operational performance, sales and marketing, and customer relationship management. According to IDC, the market for cloud computing among CEE manufacturers is beginning to grow, but security is the greatest roadblock ahead. “Security is merely a perceived risk for the cloud. Unfortunately, a number of high profile security breaches relating to the cloud have been highly publicized, often distorting the reality of the situation. More often than not, cloud providers offer a highly level of security than clients implement on their own in-house systems,” said Simpson. Additional information regarding the study is available from IDC.
(IDC,+420 221 423 140, www.idc.com.)
As rapid growth in the use of apps and services introduces a new paradigm for how people store, synchronize, share and stream content, the personal cloud will eclipse the PC as the center of consumers’ digital lives by 2014, Gartner says. In a new report, “Competitive Landscape: Consumer Personal Cloud”, Gartner analyzed the factors fueling this shift and how vendors can stay ahead of the trend. Michael Gartenberg, a research director at Gartner, said, “The personal cloud isn’t a single offering, but a reflection of consumers’ expectation that their content will flow seamlessly as the result of a combination of services that overlap the consumer, business and government domains. It encompasses content storage, synchronization, sharing and streaming, as well as context-based access.” While personal cloud encompasses business, consumer and government services, at present, there is no single company with all-encompassing dominance. The stakes are high for this market as large vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Google try to claim multiple aspects of the cloud, and smaller vendors strive to capture parts of the consumer experience with offerings, such as digital storage and streaming accessible across particular platforms and devices. According to Gartner, competition in the personal cloud market to grow in the following areas: Mobility and Location, Platform Independence, and Seamless Synchronization. Additional information on the report is available from Gartner’s website.
(Gartner, Inc.,+91 22 67092031, www.gartner.com.)
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