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The relatively new HCS market is awash with potential, and there are a number of new companies looking to share the wealth of a market that’s projected to jump into the billions by the end of the decade. But big fish tend to eat little fish.
VMware’s updated vCloud Suite (vCS) 6.0 provides a rich set of private cloud features for vSphere customers and offers improved support for larger, scale-up and scale-out applications via rapid ‘Instant Clone’ capabilities for additional nodes.
Traditional communication silos are transforming into pervasive layers of rich collaboration; however, the successful adoption of social collaboration platforms is driven by the right mix of technology and a supportive corporate culture.
ALE is evolving its networking product line with Intelligent Fabric, a new high-density data center switch, and demonstrating interoperability with NSX and other SDN protocols, but ALE still suffers from low brand awareness.
OmniPCX Enterprise is a key component of OpenTouch, a comprehensive communication and collaboration suite. However, its value as a standalone product diminishes as the market moves towards integrated communication and collaboration services.
With a solid WLAN foundation, Cisco continues to fill out its product line with a new 802.11ac Wave 2 AP, Mobility Express for small offices, and BLE support. It is also targeting CMX to the SMB with a version that’s simple to acquire and install.
IBM has continued its forward momentum as a leader in the SOA space by updating IBM WebSphere software through platform services that simplify enterprise application development via self-service middleware and hybrid cloud.
Oracle SOA Suite 12c focuses on DevOps productivity through runtime optimization and a single platform for quickly downloading Oracle’s entire developer stack, alongside increased attention on cloud, mobile, and IoT integration.
While the impact of IoT on the network is overstated, there are a number of opportunities for networking vendors to add value and bring meaningful differentiation to the market. It’s about filling gaps that cannot otherwise be filled.
Dell’s new C9010 chassis switch replaces the C7000 family and adds a port extension to ease management. Dell is also offering a new ToR/MoR data center switch with multi-gig capabilities. Both are key for Dell to stay competitive.
By enabling smoother integration with third-party security vendors, AirWatch – backed by new resources from VMware – has designs on being the dominant player in management for all endpoints, not just mobile ones.
HP is doubling down on ArcSight, pledging to refresh the product and deliver new value via cloud-based add-ons. Investing in a product that’s hardly beloved seems risky, but it’s a remarkably sound strategy that hinges on HP’s ability to execute.
Think there are too many networking standards? Take a peek at the 19 (and counting) radio protocols used in the home, office, and industrial IoT. Stitching the products together will happen at the application layer via APIs.
Aruba, an HP company, continues to add new APs to its WLAN solutions, including integration with Microsoft Skype for Business, along with Mobile Engagement (including location services) and new security features for its ClearPass Policy Manager.
Building on a solid foundation of familiarity and self-service, Microsoft has re-invented its lightweight, cloud-based data visualization service featuring a freemium business model, a focus on mobility, hybrid deployment options, and a new desktop app.
Brocade’s SDN Controller is a solid OpenDaylight controller that fits well with the company’s product family. Integration between Brocade’s VDX, ICX, and MLXe hardware and software from VMware’s NSX, OpenStack, and Open vSwitch shows versatility.
Check Point is refreshing its sandboxing technology with SandBlast, which provides CPU-level analysis that spots shellcode before it takes hold. A new feature, file deconstruction and sanitization, augments the time-consuming sandbox analysis.
Salesforce.com is building an event processing engine and broader IoT cloud platform to convert devices sensor data into line of business oriented analytical insights. But don’t look for this new service until late 2016.
Mid-2015, HP replaced its initial EVO:RAIL offering in favor of the new, HP-centric ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual hyperconverged platform. This has freed HP up to offer a far greater number of processor and memory options than previously available.