Server virtualization is a technology that has taken hold with amazing speed and is now firmly entrenched with overwhelming success in many data centers. This perspective document recaps why you should be moving ahead quickly with virtualization (if you haven’t already done so), what the implications are for IT and the business, and what the future holds as the ramifications of virtualization become apparent.
Most large enterprises have launched an initiative to adopt service-oriented architecture (SOA), but SOA is not a solution that comes in a tidy little box. SOA is a new way to design systems, and it is more about culture than it is about technology. SOA will impact many aspects of an organization—from software development and operations to accounting and incentive systems. Governance is critical.
Increasing power demands and space limitations in the data center have begun to transition server virtualization technologies from luxuries to necessities. Server virtualization provides a path toward server consolidation that results in significant power and space savings, while also offering high availability and system portability. Today, vendors are building hardware and software platforms that can deliver virtualization solutions at near-native performance.
Industry debate about the relative merits of OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Ecma 376 Office Open XML (OOXML) highlights the significance of the productivity application market shift from binary and proprietary file formats to vendor- and product-independent Extensible Markup Language (XML) models. The competitive stakes are huge, and the related political posturing is sometimes perplexing.
In this Methodologies and Best Practices document, Burton Group Research Director Daniel Blum recounts customer perspectives on the anti-malware battlefield playing out at the enterprise level. The document explores lessons learned, and what keeps customers awake at night even after good defensive strategies are in place. The Reference RFI alone is valuable for those switching anti-malware products, or seeking new ones.
While many enterprise architecture (EA) programs may be less than effective or threatened by extinction, the EA discipline is still an important set of skills and processes that improve IT decision-making and CIO effectiveness. Yet, after decades of architecting systems, the advent of several EA frameworks, and the many definitions available for the term EA, we still strive to understand what EA is, what it does, and what it looks like when it is successful.
Data modeling has evolved from an arcane technique for database designers into an entire family of interrelated techniques that serves many constituencies, including techno-phobic business stakeholders and users. The new maturity of modeling tools and techniques arrives in the nick of time, because new technical and regulatory realities demand that enterprises maintain scrupulous awareness of their data and how it is used. Data modeling is no longer for databases only, no longer for technologists only, and no longer optional.
The identity federation market enjoys an exceptional supply of products. With well over a dozen products available to enterprise customers, most architects have more choices than time will allow for evaluation. This abundance of products is partly the result of the inherent difficulty of developing a truly multipurpose federation server. Although federation products are similar in name, each has its own personality and idiosyncrasies that make it suitable for certain environments but insufficient in others.
Discover the hidden dangers posed by privileged users and the damages they have caused. This webcast features two senior analysts from Burton Group Identity and Privacy Strategies, as well as IBM identity and access management solutions address this security and compliance challenge.
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