SN blogs: Is IBM the next storage leader?

SN blogs: This week, analysts discuss IBM's future storage capabilities, voice verification and fraud detection and Juniper's MX960.

Is IBM the next storage leader?

Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Mark Peters says that after attending International Business Machines' (IBM) Edge Conference, he is confident that it will be a real storage leader during the next phase of the IT industry. Peters says that IBM is still working on a new strategy after selling its low-end server unit to Lenovo and thus is in the midst of delivering a "cohesive message" to increase its market share. Even with all these challenges, Peters says that IBM has a software defined strategy, economy and open-ness, the three things needed for storage. He believes it has the foundation to be a heavy hitter in the industry; it's only going to depend on the strategy Big Blue devises to support its storage marketing efforts.  

Watch the video that Peters produced from the Edge conference.

Voice verification and fraud detection: a step forward for security

Current Analysis analyst Ken Landoline says that the combination of voice verification and fraud detection is a growing trend in IT security. Being able to match a person's voice to a prerecording has proven to be successful in various types of companies, including banks. Landoline says, however, that even though voice verification has its benefits, it cannot stand alone. Landoline reminds readers that even one fraudster who penetrates security could cost a company both dollars and reputation.  Right now, vendors are selling voice verification and fraud detection separately. Landoline suggests that companies ask for a bundled option to lower the price.

Read why Landoline says you can't only rely on voice verification for security.

Juniper MX960 easing network complexity

ACG Research blogger Michael Kennedy says that the MX960, Juniper Networks 3D universal edge router, can help solve some of the complexity that increases as a network's scale and services grow. Kennedy cites an ACG survey that compared a traditional appliance-based edge network device and one that uses a converged edge approach, which the MX960 employs. Kennedy writes that the MX960 platform yields up to a 49%lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and 64% fewer environmental emissions than a traditional appliance-based service delivery method.

Read the rest of the results from ACG's survey.

Virtualizing the network from a business perspective

Virtualized Geek blogger Keith Townsend talks about business benefits of software defined networking (SDN). Despite some of the doubts and uncertainties surrounding SDN, from a business perspective, the enterprise network could benefit from adding SDN, he writes. His rationale: It is bad news if a business has to wait for a physical architecture to be constructed to support the delivery of an application that gives the company a competitive advantage. For a truly virtualized approach, Townsend says to go with VMware's NSX platform. If you prefer working with an application performance interface, he suggests Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure. By virtualizing the network, the application is given control. When the application has control over the network, Townsend says, the business is able to move as fast as its ideas.

Read why Townsend says the network benefits from an application-centered strategy.

This was first published in June 2014

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