Cloud Systems Management

April 15, 2020 ServiceNow’s Orlando Release Focuses on AI With Now Intelligence

ServiceNow’s Orlando release introduced Now Intelligence, a set of features that strengthen ServiceNow’s lead in the AI-powered IT service management (ITSM) and digital transformation space.

January 28, 2020 Microsoft Self-Service Purchasing in Office 365

Microsoft has announced self-service purchasing, the ability for any O365 user to buy Power Platform products directly through their corporate O365 tenant. This raises numerous concerns with IT leaders and O365 administrators.

January 07, 2020 ServiceNow New York is Here

ServiceNow version New York has entered General Availability. These features should delight high-maturity IT departments but are mostly worthless for low-maturity groups.

November 21, 2019 Quest On Demand Adds Office 365 License Management

Quest On Demand has added two new features to help organizations further streamline Office 365 management and potentially reduce costs.

October 30, 2019 Technology’s New Morality Play – Time to Throw Out the Script and Start Improvising

VMware challenges IT to be more than it may be comfortable with: technologists as members of an elite caste charged with the moral use of technology and guarding the uninitiated against negative consequences.

October 30, 2019 VMware CEO Shows Why Citizen Developers Are the Inevitable Result of Cloud Growth

Analysts make their bones on prognostication and prediction, and the imminent demise of any given technology is a mainstay of their subject matter. San Francisco-based VMware has made its sacrificial offerings but for two different auguries. First the place and dominance of public cloud as the center of the enterprise IT activity and work. Secondly, and more importantly, the enduring importance of self-service, elasticity, measure service, broad network access, and pooled resources.

September 17, 2019 VMware Acquires Carbon Black for $2.1 Billion

VMware acquires Carbon Black, a cloud-based endpoint protection solution, at $26 per share, representing an enterprise value of $2.1 billion.

August 30, 2019 AWS Improves Container Monitoring, Part 1: Observability

AWS is previewing new services that aim to make it easier for customers to monitor containerized applications built using microservice architectures. This should help simplify container operations in the cloud for AWS users.

August 30, 2019 AWS Improves Container Monitoring, Part 2: Container Insights

AWS is previewing Container Insights, a CloudWatch component that allows for greater visibility into containerized applications using microservice architectures.

August 30, 2019 AWS Improves Container Monitoring, Part 3: Anomaly Detection

AWS is previewing Anomaly Detection, a CloudWatch component that allows for greater visibility into containerized applications using microservice architectures.

August 21, 2019 Microsoft to Discontinue Internal Use Rights for Partners

Microsoft has just announced that effective July 1, 2020, Microsoft Partners will lose their Internal Use Rights (IUR) to use Microsoft products at no charge. The IUR benefit is easily the most valuable partner benefit and is currently received as a component of the Microsoft Action Pack.

August 13, 2019 Capital One’s Cloud Custodian: A Surprising Answer to Governance Questions

Capital One’s Cloud Custodian is an open source governance, security, and compliance engine for cloud services that will give users the tools necessary to enforce cloud governance – a necessity in highly regulated industries like finance.

July 22, 2019 ServiceNow and Microsoft Partnership: Great for ServiceNow and Microsoft Customers, Great for Vendor Lock-In

ServiceNow and Microsoft are furthering their partnership by hosting the Now platform in the Azure-trusted cloud. These features and integrations are powerful, but comes at the price of vendor lock-in.

April 25, 2019 VMware RA Combines Workspace ONE and Horizon

VMware’s end-user computing team unveiled the latest reference architecture (RA) for Workspace ONE and Horizon. Use it to kick-start a continual improvement program.

April 22, 2019 Spirion Swipes Cybersecurity Gold for Data Classification

At the RSA Conference earlier this month, Spirion announced it had won the Gold Cybersecurity Excellence Product Award in the Data Classification category.

April 15, 2019 "We Won't Lock You In, We Promise": Google's Anthos Platform

Google touts the avoidance of vendor lock-in as a key benefit of its new Anthos platform.

April 05, 2019 The Intelligence Cloud? The US Intelligence Community (IC) Announces Multi-Cloud Push

The US Intelligence Community (IC), including the CIA and NSA, has an obvious need for the latest analytical technology. That exists in the public cloud. The IC recognizes this and will procure “tens of billions” of dollars in public cloud services by 2021.

March 25, 2019 Google Bets Its Chrome-Based Cloud Gaming Service Will Change the Game

Google Stadia is mainstreaming the “everything-as-a-service” model already familiar to many consumers and businesses. As such, it is a frontal assault on one of the last bastions of traditional software distribution.

March 22, 2019 Windows 10 Multi-Session Is Now in Azure

Microsoft has finally released the public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop. Before you make a large end-user computing investment, give it a try.

March 20, 2019 VMware Cloud on AWS Now Available in Canada

VMware Cloud on AWS is now available on Amazon’s Canadian (central region) data centers. VMware-invested Canadian organizations with large-scale cloud migration plans – but concerns about data location in Canada – should welcome the move.

March 01, 2019 The XebiaLabs Application Release Automation Tool, “XL Release,” Gains ServiceNow Certification

XebiaLabs has announced that it has received certification of its new XL Release app integrating ServiceNow and the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform. The integration enables shift-left agility, governance, and visibility for DevOps and Continuous Delivery, and is available for free from the ServiceNow Store.