Today in Cloud

The partnership between NetApp and BMC Software is indicative of a growing trend among storage companies to integrate systems management into what they do. This is important not only in “cloud” environments, which appears the focus of this announcement, but in any type of dynamic data center. Really, integrating management is no different than integrating networking and computing, like Cisco is doing with its UCS. It simply is too difficult to achieve necessary levels of performance and efficiency when there is too much complexity and too much disconnection between closely related pieces.