Essential Guide

Legacy IT vendors transform to survive the mobile, cloud evolution

Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft and other IT providers with a legacy in data centers may be unrecognizable in a few years.

Introduction

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 2.0

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.

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BlackBerry's resurgence hinges on innovation, enterprise acceptance

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

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A new BlackBerry business focus could right its device wrongs

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

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BlackBerry Foxconn play may be a wise move

BlackBerry offloaded some manufacturing to Foxconn Technology Group, an Apple device supplier. Is this the first step for BlackBerry in moving away from making mobile devices to focus on software and services for enterprise? Continue Reading

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Can a new BlackBerry CEO and $1 billion cash renew enterprise customer optimism?

Can BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, get the right chairs on the deck to move the company forward? Continue Reading

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BlackBerry EM software in focus with CEO letter, BES 10.2

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

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.

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Can Dell software division rescue its spiraling hardware sales?

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

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Dell continues its extreme makeover for cloud, BYOD and services

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

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Dell's software and services ambitions hinge on new cloud partnerships

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

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Dell shuffles cloud computing cards with Enstratius buy

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

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As Dell exits, VMware charges into public cloud IaaS fray

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-

Hewlett-Packard

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.

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Hewlett-Packard recommits to PCs in a mobile device world

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

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HP Moonshot and Dell microservers mark the next wave of IT innovation

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

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Large and small enterprises pushed to consider converged platform

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

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HP OpenStack IaaS price undercuts Rackspace

While AWS still offers the best deal, HP's cloud pricing might attract Rackspace customers. Continue Reading

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HP nudges customers to cloud deployments with new package

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

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.

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IBM cloud efforts intensify as System z, Power hardware revenues tank

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

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As IBM cuts bait on Intel server line, Lenovo bites

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

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IBM targets cloud, big data with upcoming x86 systems

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

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IBM SoftLayer vital to company's software, hardware success

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

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Lower price for cloud apps, data analytics reinvigorates IBM legacy systems

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

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CSL International acquisition simplifies mainframe management

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 2.0

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.

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IT pros size up new Microsoft CEO Nadella

Sataya Nadella's background as an engineer and cloud technology strategist brings a new line of thinking to the CEO position previously held by Steve Ballmer, who had a business background. Continue Reading

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Cloud, mobile strategy hold key to transforming Microsoft's future

IT pros wonder how Microsoft will reconcile its legacy in Windows software with its broad mobility and cloud service ambitions. Continue Reading

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Microsoft's cloud initiative and efficient transition gives hope

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

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Threats from competitors bring discounts for Microsoft cloud

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

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Ballmer confesses Microsoft mobile missteps in final financial call

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

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Reorganization may have long-term impact on IT, systems

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

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Microsoft Azure management, software-defined networking plan advances

Microsoft has delivered more Windows Azure management services and set its sights on software-defined networking. Continue Reading

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The greening of Windows Azure: Microsoft takes on AWS

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

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Is a subscription for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus too much change?

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

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Microsoft hints at Windows Blue agenda, speeds Windows updates

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

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.

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VMware vCHS growth hinges on upcoming hybrid cloud services

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

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Can VMware's vCloud service reach beyond virtualization users?

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

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With its AirWatch buy, VMware leaps into enterprise mobility management

VMware spent a record amount of money to acquire the missing piece of its mobile suite. Will the investment pay off? Continue Reading

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VMware EUC strategies on track, but desktop legacy could derail it

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

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VMware hires SAP's Poonen to run end user computing department

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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EUC group replaces CTO, poaches two from Citrix

Something has to change in VMware's end user computing division for the company to succeed. That change starts with firing the top brass and hiring successful competitor's executives. Continue Reading

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