08 Oct2013 China’s OPPO, Not Google, Will Ship The First MEMS-Based Smartphone Camera

There was a lot of speculation last week on Google‘s Nexus 5 and whether it included a MEMS (micro-electromechanical system)-based camera. Documentation indicated that the Nexus 5 camera used a Sony image sensor, specifically the IMX179.  DigitalOptics Corp., the maker of mems|cam, was then linked to the the Sony IMX179 through a simple Google search, connected to the Nexus 5 and […]

03 Oct2013 RESEARCH NOTE: Understanding Lenovo’s Server Position

In today’s server market, there is much focus on the big three, Dell, HP and IBM, who collectively hold approximately 70% of the unit shipments (68.4% in Q2 2013 according to IDC).  The top two, Dell and HP truly control the market volume with IBM holding a very distant third, having declined over the last […]

30 Sep2013 Can Lenovo Repeat What They’ve Done With PCs In Datacenter Servers?

Lenovo has been on quite a roll lately in PCs and phones.  They recently took the #1 global PC spot from Hewlett-Packard and have the #2 smartphone share in China.  As a company, Lenovo is very interested in driving revenue beyond the PC, and while its smartphone business has received a lot of attention, their server […]

29 Sep2013 Sync Burn Fitness Band Goes Against The Watch Grain And Wins

Smart watches, fitness devices, and the consumer internet of  things (IoT) are all the rage these days.  Everyone is in on the consumer mobile IoT action including large companies like Sony (Smartwatch), Samsung (Gear),Qualcomm (Toq), Intel , Motorola (MotoActv) and smaller companies like Fitbit, Jawbone, and Pebble. I’m an avid Fitbit, Pebble and Polar user, have used Toq, MotoACTV, Pebble, and recently had […]

29 Sep2013 Does FitBit Portend To Future Fitness Implants?

When technologists and pundits weigh in on technology trends and products, we are always quick to point out that technology needs to meld with our lives as opposed to us changing to fit the device.  In most cases that is true… but not all.  My FitBit experience was different from many I’ve had in that I […]

29 Sep2013 Pebble Watch Is Your Classic ‘Tweener’

The Pebble watch started as a Kickstarter project  that exceeded their $100K funding goal by over $10M over a year ago in May, 2012.  The watch is currently shipping directly from Pebble and you can also buy it at Best Buy for $149.99.  Pebble supports basic peer-to-peer functionality for Android and iOS phones and sports a low res […]

26 Sep2013 The Problem With Home Automation’s Internet Of Things (IoT)

Home automation for years has been the domain of home installers outfitting wealthy consumers with $10,000- $100,000 setups to control lights, home theater, security, air conditioning, and home audio.  After many fits and starts, more mainstream home automation appears to be growing out of that rich niche as evidenced by all the DIY (do it […]

25 Sep2013 Dell’s Oracle OpenWorld Announcement Portends To A Very Close Future

Today, Michael Dell announced in San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld that Dell and Oracle are once again deepening their business relationship.  I will outline what these announcements are below, but the most interesting thing about today’s announcement is about what this could mean in the future.  It seems that with every successive Dell-Oracle announcement, the relationship gets deeper and wider.  Oracle and […]

20 Sep2013 Apple’s iPhone 5s A7 Chip Is A Benchmarking Beast

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There has been a lot of press and analyst hand wringing about Apple’s new flagship SOC for their new iPhones 5s, dubbed the “Apple A7”.  I participated in the speculative A7 run-up by answering various press questions onthe A7, and the conversations invariably led to a discussion about 64-bits.  I answered the 64-bit question, but my […]

09 Sep2013 Intel IDF 2013: Does vPro Turn The IT Department From Zero To Hero?

If you’ve ever worked in a business or organization with 100 people or more, there’s probably an “IT guy/girl” or an entire IT department. As part of the IT department, there’s a person or a team dedicated to keeping the PCs,tablets, and phones running.  When you ask end users what they think about the “client […]

09 Sep2013 VMware NSX: A ‘Slam Dunk’, Really?

When the Chicago Bulls ruled the court in the 1990’s they had two big weapons: Michael Jordan, and an extremely solid team behind him, because basketball is a team sport.  Two weeks ago VMware hit the court with their new network virtualization product VMware NSX, and while this may potentially be a star, it is not clear that all of other pieces […]

07 Sep2013 VMware NSX: Is it too Soon to Claim Victory?

This past week VMware made their new virtual networking product, VMware NSX, the star of VMworld, their premier North America event. But as VMware flexes its muscle at VMworld both excitement and apprehension surround the announcements and their plans for future leadership in network virtualization. We believe that those who claim VMware delivered a solid […]

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04 Sep2013 Qualcomm’s Strategic Pillar To Win In Mobile: Heterogeneous Computing

Today, Qualcomm kicked off “Uplinq”, its annual developer conference, in sunny San Diego. Thousands of attendees from the mobile ecosystem listened to CEO, Paul Jacobsand QMC’s Co-President, Murthy Renduchintala give opening keynotes.  Murthy’s opening speech was solid, and he laid down a gauntlet to the industry and its competitors.  What’s apparent now is that one way Qualcomm […]

04 Sep2013 Motorola’s Confusing “X8 Computing System” Actually Qualcomm and TI Silicon

Two weeks ago, I penned the Forbes column, “Google’s Motorola Confuses Everyone With Its ‘X8 Computing System.‘ “My intention was not to ridicule or embarrass anyone, but to point out just how important it is to be factual and precise during product launches and communications.  Trust me, I have empathy as I have launched hundreds of […]

28 Aug2013 ARM-Based Processors In Storage Servers: Why Would Anyone Do That?

If you’re listening to VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger at VMWorld yesterday, the question of whether ARM-based processors might fit well into storage servers boils down to a straight-up processor performance and drivercompatibility issue.  As reported yesterday, Gelsinger reportedly says, “Even if you reduced the power consumption of ARM CPUs to zero,” x86 will still win”.  First, is […]

28 Aug2013 RESEARCH NOTE: Are Wimpy Cores Good for Brawny Storage?

When could “wimpy” cores beat brawny ones? They have potential to do so in large-scale distributed storage deployments. This paper explores performance and resiliency tradeoffs enabled by using Calxeda’s ARM-based EnergyCore processors and their fabric-based system level architecture as the underpinning for a Ceph distributed object store implementation. Calxeda, Inktank, and Penguin announced a partnership […]

27 Aug2013 The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking […]

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27 Aug2013 RESEARCH PAPER: The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking […]

27 Aug2013 The Anatomy of an Iconic CEO Firing

Unless you were on vacation in Alaska last week, you know that Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire in 12 months and that a special board committee had been formed to find his replacement.  The departure was positioned as voluntary, but there has been a lot of pontification and doubt about that claim.  […]

25 Aug2013 Dell’s Oracle OpenWorld Announcement Portends To A Very Close Future

Today, Michael Dell announced in San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld that Dell and Oracle are once again deepening their business relationship.  I will outline what these announcements are below, but the most interesting thing about today’s announcement is about what this could mean in the future.  It seems that with every successive Dell-Oracle announcement, the relationship gets deeper and wider.  Oracle and […]