As legacy IT vendors undergo extreme makeovers to survive the cloud and mobile era, their enterprise customers are asking how the new offerings fit with their data center. Here's how major technology companies are transforming to stay relevant and what IT buyers can expect from their suppliers.
1BlackBerry devices, software-
BlackBerry Limited can make a comeback if it successfully streamlines operations and manages to compete in the enterprise device market against Apple Inc. and Google Inc. But the struggling company has the cards stacked against it, and must deliver the next big thing in mobile devices to regain the spotlight among IT vendors.
BlackBerry devices and software are rooted in enterprises, but the company strayed into consumer territory, to its peril. Now it needs its "iPod moment" to rebound the way that Apple has. Continue Reading
BlackBerry's business success will be determined by corporate adoption, and some see glimmers of hope in the company's plan to nurture its enterprise roots. Continue Reading
Can BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, get the right chairs on the deck to move the company forward? Continue Reading
BlackBerry has taken steps to shore up its marketplace perception and mobile management software with BES 10 updates and promises from interim CEO John Chen. Continue Reading
2Dell software and services-
Dell Inc. has undergone some major changes recently. It went from being a public company under the watchful eye of investors to a private company with a number of acquired products to integrate and a new trajectory toward software and cloud services. Here's a look at Dell's hurdles and its transformation so far.
As Dell's PC sales decline, the company must become a soup-to-nuts technology supplier with a strong software and services portfolio. A number of challenges stand in the way of that goal. Continue Reading
Dell has more work ahead to convince IT shops that it will complete a successful transformation into a software and services company and not die of indigestion. Continue Reading
Dell has its sights set on cloud and hopes a new lineup of major IT vendor partners will make it a one-stop shop for all types of cloud software and services. Continue Reading
Dell's purchase of cloud management platform maker Enstratius could be the glue that holds together the company's disparate cloud products -- if tricky integration work is done right. Continue Reading
Dell discontinued its OpenStack and VMware vCloud-based public cloud in favor of products from other IT vendor partners and now focuses on multi-cloud management through Enstratius. Continue Reading
3HP hugs servers, PCs-
While IBM has sold off underperforming x86 servers and PCs and Dell moves toward becoming a software and services company, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) holds tight to its hardware assets. The company may be spreading itself thin, however, as it attempts to balance hardware priorities with its own cloud service ambitions.
HP reaffirmed its commitment to PCs last year and in the same breath said it will focus on access to information from anywhere, on any device. Continue Reading
HP delivered its first ProLiant Moonshot server powered by the Atom S1200 Centerton chip in 2013, with more coming this year. But is the value too niche for IT to invest? Continue Reading
HP's four converged systems target large and small data centers, with a focus on virtualization and specific initiative support, such as big data warehousing. Continue Reading
The company debuted software and services around its OpenStack-based Cloud OS technology at the annual HP Discover conference in 2013. Continue Reading
4Big Blue's Power lies in cloud-
IBM is undergoing a major transformation as it updates its mainframes for the cloud era, sells off underperforming Intel-based x86 servers and moves toward software and services. Here's the latest on changes to IBM's portfolio and its efforts to stay ahead of the curve.
The continued bleak outlook for IBM's hardware business increases pressure on the company to make a successful, and faster, transition to software and cloud services. Continue Reading
IBM has unloaded its low-end Intel-based System X servers to Lenovo for $2.3 billion, holding on to its Power Systems. The move may make perfect sense for both vendors and IT customers. Continue Reading
The new IBM X6 Architecture evolves the X5 architecture's concept of disaggregating processors from memory in large racks of servers -- a complete redesign of a traditional server rack with significantly increased density and server performance. Continue Reading
SoftLayer is the lynchpin that brought many of IBM's software acquisitions together. That cloud platform may also be the key to Big Blue's hardware future. Continue Reading
You have to admire IBM's dogged determination to keep mainframes relevant to corporate computing in the modern era. Here are the latest changes to Big Blue's legacy systems. Continue Reading
IBM strives to keep mainframe management simple and took a step in that direction recently with its acquisition of virtualization management technology provider CSL International. Continue Reading
5Microsoft 2014 and beyond-
Microsoft's cloud train has left the station and many legacy software tools have been cloudified.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is hard at work trying to compete with other IT vendors in the mobile space, and its new CEO is sure to have long-term impacts on the company's most widely used products. IT pros wonder whether on-premises versions of entrenched products, such as Exchange and Office, will lose priority.
IT pros wonder how Microsoft will reconcile its legacy in Windows software with its broad mobility and cloud service ambitions. Continue Reading
Microsoft's cloud initiative and transition into a streamlined organization continues, but enterprise IT may not commit to all of the software giant's changes. Continue Reading
In a ploy to lure more corporate users to its cloud environment, Microsoft extended discounts on its Azure cloud services starting November 1, 2013, to all those who have signed enterprise agreements. Continue Reading
In his final presentation before Wall Street analysts, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that his company missed a huge opportunity to be more competitive in the successful mobile market. Continue Reading
Microsoft's restructuring could bring long-term positive repercussions for enterprise IT as the engineering teams become streamlined. However, some question whether the sweeping reorganization will have the positive effects on quality that Microsoft purports it will. Continue Reading
Microsoft has delivered more Windows Azure management services and set its sights on software-defined networking. Continue Reading
After years of painstaking progress, Microsoft's Windows Azure has gained a degree of credibility among IT shops, many of which use the cloud platform to develop and deliver cloud services. Continue Reading
At the same time the company moved toward more cloud-based services, Microsoft launched versions of its Office applications suite available by subscription only. Continue Reading
Microsoft followed in Google's footsteps to deliver Windows updates at a faster pace through an initiative it calls "Windows Blue." Continue Reading
6Beyond server virtualization -
VMware Inc. made the server virtualization industry what it is today, but the company must grow its cloud and end user computing technologies to compete in these fast-growing segments of the IT vendors' market. Here's a look at some of the company's recent challenges, executive shakeups and where it stands with these technologies today.
VMware made its mark in technology history with server virtualization, but to succeed long term, the company needs to catch up to cloud competitors with services beyond basic infrastructure. Continue Reading
While IT pros that already use VMware's virtualization software see the vCloud Hybrid Service as a simple path to cloud, others see reason to use AWS or other more mature cloud options instead. Continue Reading
VMware spent a record amount of money to acquire the missing piece of its mobile suite. Will the investment pay off? Continue Reading
VMware's shakeup in its end-user computing division, followed by the $1.5 billion acquisition of AirWatch, put the company on the right enterprise mobility management track. But its push into mobility has had many fits and starts and its desktop virtualization legacy could get in the way. Continue Reading
VMware is banking on Sanjay Poonen's software industry experience to drive its growth in the end user computing business. Continue Reading
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