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Data Center Dialog

Blog on those big data center issues, including cloud computing, automation, IT consumerization and other things IT ops cares about

Updated: 2018-04-19T02:36:59.655-07:00


Bi-Modal IT: Gartner Endorses Both Disruptive and Conservative Approaches to Technology


Who doesn’t want to have their cake and eat it too? Last week, attendees of Gartner’s IT Infrastructure and Operations Management (IOM) Summit got the recipe in regard to managing their IT systems. Analysts Debra Curtis and Ronni Colville introduced the theme of “bi-modal IT” in their keynote and it popped up over and over again at the conference. Put simply, I took “bi-modal IT” to be a

Framehawk is a Gartner 'Cool Vendor'


The enterprise client computing landscape includes a “cool” new player now:  us.  Gartner has named Framehawk a Cool Vendor for Client Computing 2013. The write-up highlights four core things for an enterprise’s client computing initiatives:  productivity, cost reduction, risk mitigation, and user flexibility. Says Gartner, “the current technologies available to IT organizations can fall

What if the killer app for enterprise mobility and tablets is actually access to multiple apps?


For every new technology, the holy grail is always to find the “killer app.”  That phrase existed long before “app” referred to a little beveled square on your iPad. The killer app for the PC was arguably two:  word processing and spreadsheets.  (Anyone remember WordStar or Visicalc?)  For the Internet, it was email, later enabled by a notable app of its own: the web browser. So, what’s the

What you need to know about using tablets as clients for enterprise applications


The flurry of new mobile devices continues.  Consumers (who look a lot like your employees) love them.  And they naturally want to use them in their (er, your) enterprise IT environment.  And that’s where the problems start. It seems like it would be simple to introduce tablets and other mobile devices into the enterprise.  But here’s the worst-kept secret in IT today: it’s not. And this is a

Want to avoid data leakage from mobile enterprise apps? Use the cloud


You know the conventional wisdom:  if you’re using mobile devices, the best way to secure enterprise application data is some combination of locked-down devices and strong data security measures. However, both IT and users know the truth that comes with these approaches:  they ratchet up hidden costs while killing user experience and productivity, all in the name of avoiding data leakage. So

Making mobile user experience ‘tablet-y’ for enterprise applications


We’ve been checking off the various dos & don’t for bringing enterprise applications to iPads and other mobile devices.  There are a lot of them.  So many that our CTO Stephen Vilke did an entire webcast about the topic (summarized in this white paper). Last week I brought up mobile security.  The issue that goes hand-in-hand with that is user experience (UX).  In fact, mobile user experience

On second thought, maybe Microsoft Surface is worth a look for enterprises


Our CEO Peter Badger had a chance to play with a Microsoft Surface tablet the day they announced it.  As we noted here and on Twitter, he wasn’t impressed. However, that didn’t stop him from buying one and running it through his paces alongside his other tablets here in the Framehawk office “proving ground” (AKA Peter’s desk). But here’s the interesting part of the story.  After spending some

What last year tells us about enterprise mobility in 2013


People turn to vastly different sources to predict the future.  A crystal ball.  Tea leaves.  The Mayan calendar.  Industry analysts.  Those sorts of things. For IT trends, I like to look at patterns from the past year.  It may not be 100% foolproof, but we all know how the predicted Mayan end-of-the-world thing turned out, so I figure it’s worth a shot. Here are some things we wrote about in

One thing enterprises can't compromise on: mobile security


The latest in our series of 7 dos & don’ts for bringing enterprise applications to iPads is likely so self-evident – and important – that it probably should have been listed first. The topic is mobile security.  No surprise.  In fact, not thinking about how to avoid unauthorized access and data breaches would indeed be a serious (and job-threatening) confession from anyone in IT related to a

A BYOD Christmas Carol: "Bah humbug" is not an option


The ghost suddenly appeared from behind the bed curtains, rattling the old Ethernet cables dangling from its arms. “Wh-who-who are you?” Scrooge gasped. “I am your old IT guy, Jacob Marley.  The one who left to take a job at that hot start-up…” “What are you doing here?” “I’m here to warn you, Scrooge,” the ghost moaned emphatically.  “You must see the error of your ways.  Your hardworking

It’s not about the desktop anymore: the new role of workspace aggregators in enterprise mobility


If there’s one thing that the proliferation of the iPad, Microsoft Surface, and other tablets has proved, it’s that the place people do their work is no longer limited to their physical desktop. That now goes for your computing desktop, too.  The mobilization of enterprise applications means metaphors are shifting fast and furiously and IT orgs and the users they support should take note.

A different type of growth for this start-up for Movember


Sure, the Framehawk team is working hard on our software, bringing mobility to enterprise applications.  What you might not know (without being here in our San Francisco offices) is that we’re also working equally hard on something else at the same time: Our mustaches. Yes, we are once again proudly participating in Movember – the international effort to raise money for men’s cancer

For mobile enterprise applications, perfect is the enemy of done


The pressure for IT to enable enterprise application access for iPads and the like is immediate and immense.  The problem with trying to do something fast, however, is it often requires a great deal of that IT budget of yours…which truthfully wasn’t built with many of the costs to mobilize applications in mind. How do you balance speed and cost when it comes to enterprise mobility?  Here’s

Impact of iPad Mini: Apple as follower and the new shape of BYOD


Apple announced exactly what everyone thought they would a few weeks back: the iPad Mini.  But what does it mean for the iPad to suddenly have a new little brother on the block? Apple’s marketing materials don’t call it a “shrunken-down iPad,” but rather a “concentrated” version – everything you had before, but in a smaller package.  One industry pundit, Rob Enderle, said the price and size

One initial reaction to Microsoft Surface: it’s not what consumers (or the enterprise) want


Our CEO Peter Badger was on the road in New York during the recent new tablet announcementpalooza.  On Tuesday of that week came the iPad Mini and a fourth-generation regular-sized iPad (though a lot of people missed that second one entirely). Then on Friday of that same week, to much/some/a bit of fanfare, the Microsoft Surface arrived on the scene. At Framehawk, we’re definitely gadget

What are your dos & don’ts for bringing enterprise apps to the iPad?


In technologies areas that are as new as the push to use iPads with enterprise applications, the experiences of peers are often the best guide to success.  Or at least in helping you steer clear of strategic errors.  And chances to share those experiences are sometimes few and far between. I'm expecting Wednesday to be one of those chances. With the help of InformationWeek, Wednesday's the

Confessions of a CTO: focus can be the biggest enemy of enterprise mobility


As tablets appear in the enterprise, the pressure is on IT.  Sure, there are a bunch of clear and compelling reasons to officially bring tablets into the enterprise application environment (like, say, because your employees love to use them enough to buy iPads themselves). However, employee interest and the resulting “bring your own device” (BYOD) phenomenon are putting increasing pressure on

HTML 5 takes a beating from Facebook, boost from


And you thought it had been a rough few months for Facebook.  The past few weeks have been HTML 5’s turn. As you probably heard, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a few minutes out from his newly public company’s on-going Wall Street woes to take a few potshots at HTML 5 at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. ‘Biggest mistake’ "I think the biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too

iPhone 5 and the era of incremental innovation for mobile devices


The iPhone 5 arrived at last yesterday, with both a bang and a whimper. There will absolutely be lines of expectant buyers streaming into Apple Stores come September 21.  The Apple fan boys will certainly be there.  As will those with older iPhones that are just barely hanging on.   In fact, I think I heard the phrase “my iPhone is on its last legs, but I’m holding out until the iPhone 5

Does the new Amazon Kindle Fire mean the end of BYOD?


Amazon set the tablet market buzzing last week with the announcement of its new line of 7-inch and 9-inch Kindle Fires.  As with the Microsoft Surface announcement earlier in the year, the news got me thinking about the impact of these new devices on the enterprise. The logical answer is that the more devices there are, the more different devices that consumers are going to have.  And, since

UBS garners CIO 100 Award for FA Mobile iPad project with Framehawk


Congratulations are definitely in order for Framehawk customer UBS. At CIO Magazine’s annual recognition event last week, that publication honored UBS with a 2012 CIO 100 Award for its groundbreaking FA Mobile iPad project. And we’re proud to note that Framehawk is playing a key role in that project. The CIO 100 Awards themselves are kind of a big deal, established to “showcase the

Mobile document and data security: avoiding the Big Work-Around


A week or two back, the Ponemon Institute released some survey data about just how frequently employees in large enterprises are using external, cloud-based services to store and send critical data. The answer?  Quite a lot. Penny Crossman of American Banker termed the usage of these services a “huge security hole” in her article on the survey (with the slightly unsettling headline: “Are

On the Surface, Microsoft has good news enterprise


There are plenty of reasons to question Microsoft’s move this week to launch a tablet – and to launch their Microsoft Surface tablet the way they did.  But likely enterprise interest is not one of them. You could definitely question why they would decide to go against their normal ecosystem of partners – those who provide hardware while Microsoft provides the software.  You could also

With tablets, do you 'pave the cow path' or rethink IT?


I just saw a nice think piece by Dion Hinchcliffe posted at ZDNet talking about the profound impact of tablets on IT. His premise is that these devices are so revolutionary that IT shouldn’t keep doing things the same way. In fact, he believes that the rise of the tablet means that we actually can’t, even if we tried. It’s an interesting thought, for sure. I think the real question that

BYOD risk management: a new extreme sport?


We’ve all been hearing dire warnings about the problems with a “bring your own device” policy in and around the halls of IT. You might get the impression that BYOD is a new extreme sport.  Or as scary as being handed the CEO job of the world’s #3 Internet search firm. In other words, you had better have a net and all sorts of safety gear. Or your resume up-to-date. (Ahem.) In my view, the