BriefingsDirect by Dana Gardner
Analyst Dana Gardner hosts conversations with the doers and innovators—data scientists, developers, application QAers, IT operation managers, chief information security officers and start-up founders who use technology to improve the way we live, work and play.

New levels of automation and precision needed to optimize backup and recovery for virtualization

Virtualization provides an excellent on-ramp to improved data lifecycle benefits and efficiencies. What's more, the elevation of data to the lifecycle efficiency level also forces a rethinking of the culture of data, of who owns data, and when, and who is responsible for managing it in a total lifecycle.

Want client virtualization? Time then to get your back-end infrastructure act together

When you look at desktop virtualization, whether it’s a server-based computing environment, where you are delivering applications, or if you are delivering the whole desktop, as in VDI, to get started you really have to take a look at your whole environment.

HP product barrage uses integration, low-cost, simplicity to bring IT advances to global SMBs

The slew of value-oriented offerings is also designed to give HPs various global channel partners a new horse to ride into town on as the SMBs look beyond recession-reckoning for how to grow their operations while becoming more productive.

Process automation elevates virtualization use while transforming IT's function to service broker

Automation, policy-driven processes and best practices are offering more opportunities for optimizing virtualization so that server, storage, and network virtualization can move from points of progress into more holistic levels of adoption.

Modern data centers require efficiency-oriented changes in networking with eye on simplicity

The increasingly essential role of networking in data center transformation (DCT) needs to stop being a speed bump and instead cut complexity while spurring on adaptability and flexibility.
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  • Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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