11 Jul RESEARCH PAPER: Service-Defined Infrastructure Will Shape Future Converged Systems

Many view a hybrid cloud deployment model as the path to the flexibility for both traditional and cloud-native workloads. On the private cloud side, converged systems have emerged as an approach for IT to improve efficiencies and lower overall costs. On the public cloud side, IT organizations value the ability to stand up infrastructure in minutes without worrying about […]

11 Jul RESEARCH PAPER: Dell Streamlines Converged Systems Business to Align with Market Needs

IT organizations are quickly increasing their scope to provide applications and services that drive competitive differentiation for the business. Many IT organizations see the hybrid cloud as the path to stay on pace with market requirements and help drive long-term business growth. This change in IT requirements is driving a shift in the market to infrastructure that is […]

02 Jun Dell’s Cooling Innovation For Scale-Out Computing

At Dell’s Enterprise Innovation Days conference, Dell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group publicly unveiled their new liquid cooling solution, ‘Triton’. Let’s dive into what this could mean for some of Dell’s scale-out datacenter customers. The ‘Triton’ design represents the culmination of more than 6 years of design and evolution; ‘Triton’ achieves a performance level for […]

08 Mar Sony’s Optical Archive Could Kill Tape Data Archiving

Tape had always been the preferred medium for datacenter archive, even though it could be difficult to deal with and was a medium that (because it literally touched the recording head) degraded every time you recorded or read the tape. Plenty of enterprise information is archived on tape, but that is about to change. We […]

08 Mar RESEARCH PAPER: Everspan Changes Archiving

The combination of increasing regulatory accountability and significantly larger data sets is driving enterprises and service providers to rethink their storage archiving. Existing methods of archiving—via tape or even hard drives—are starting to show their limitations as the realities of today’s needs poke holes in those approaches. Data today is being generated in significantly greater amounts and needs to […]

12 Jan Is Amazon The Next Big Silicon Vendor Or The Next Broadband Provider?

When Amazon.com started selling books online, bookstores were worried but not many others really seemed to to care. Music and video followed, and suddenly people buy everything from Amazon. Businesses even host their IT on Amazon’s servers while entire industries have blossomed around the vendor. Previously Amazon quietly entered the CPU business through their acquisition of Annapurna […]

23 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: The Journey to Composable Infrastructure

Today’s digital economy is driving IT as a focal point for competitive differentiation. But siloed, traditional IT architectures often are not equipped to provide the flexibility that today’s business-critical applications require. In addition, many IT organizations are transitioning to a DevOps methodology for application development which involves continuous integration, automation, and measurement throughout the process. DevOps requires an agile infrastructure […]

08 Oct RESEARCH BRIEF: Has Optical Archiving Come of Age?

Data capacity requirements continue to ratchet upwards because of both new applications that demand massive data sets as well as increasing demands for regulation and accountability. Businesses are required to store more data than ever before; some data sets may be huge but used only once or twice, and much of the data may never need to be accessed […]

26 Sep RESEARCH BRIEF: Smart Packaging and the Future of Brands

Technology innovation and the Internet of Things (IoT) are forcing companies to adopt perpetual change. No industry, segment, or market is immune. Consumers are forcing both brands and the packaging industry to evolve to focus on bringing products to the market that reduce costs and increase revenues…while driving brand awareness, sustainability, competitiveness, food safety, shelf life, and consistency. Further, […]

10 Sep Intel IDF: High Risk, High Reward — Intel Steps Up Its Game

Source: Christoper R. Wilder At A High-Level Two weeks ago my colleagues, Patrick Moorhead (@patrickmoorhead), Jimmy Pike (@SR_fellow), and I (@skydevr) attended the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). This show is the place where hardware and software developers go to gaze upon new technologies, platforms, and solutions coming out of Intel. Like most vendor conferences, there was considerable […]

08 Sep The Future Of The Storage Business

An acquaintance recently asked me where I thought the storage business was going. I thought this was a great question, and I am going to share my thoughts here as well. If we look at what has been occurring in the industry, the first thing we see is that crucial executives have been leaving EMC in […]

29 Jul Information, Intelligence, And The Internet Of Things Are Fundamentally Changing The Supply Chain

(Photo credit: Christopher R. Wilder) The digital economy is changing the game for supply chain customers. Value chains are shifting rapidly, while technology advancements are disrupting old-style operations. Additionally, traditional value chains are also on the move. Hardware Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are moving to capitalize on software and services models. Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) […]

23 Jun Hewlett-Packard Elevated The Enterprise Conversation At Discover 2015

Hewlett-Packard is becoming two different companies on November 1, and what will be known as ‘Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’ is looking to address the criticisms that it isn’t really a solutions company. Some of the criticism is actually created by many of its competitors like IBM and Oracle Corporation based on what Hewlett-Packard markets, messages and sells, but ironically, driven […]

03 Jun Offshore Cloud Provider Calligo Leverages Old School Fundamentals to Compete in the New Economy: Nefarious Characters Need not Apply

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Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Julian Box, CEO of Calligo Limited. Calligo is an upcoming cloud provider based on the Isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands off the Coast of France.  Many people think that doing business in the Channel Islands means tax-shelters and nefarious characters.  Some of this may be […]

03 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: Spring 2015 ONUG Meeting Highlights

Today’s networking world is complex, antiquated and full of proprietary products. The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) was built by end users around the idea that open networking is essential to helping business by providing agility and flexibility. Unlike many other consortiums, ONUG is driven by the end customers, not the vendors. ONUG members put together the […]

28 Apr Decoding HP’s “Compute” Call To Server Arms

Hewlett-Packard currently holds the #1 worldwide market share in servers in terms of revenue and units, so when the #1 guy stands up and makes technology and market declarations for IT, the industry should probably pay attention. This is true for what Hewlett-Packard calls “Compute”, which is the company’s take on how IT needs to be […]

28 Apr RESEARCH PAPER: HP’s Vision for Tomorrow’s IT

The forces of mobility, cloud, security, and big data are driving a sea change in the role of IT. Their combined impact is creating new business opportunities while simultaneously transforming the customer engagement model. Faced with this environment, today’s traditional hardware-centric view of IT and slow pace of innovation cannot meet future business requirements in a […]

27 Apr RESEARCH BRIEF: Fifty Shades of Open Networking

Most networking vendors are getting on the “open networking” bandwagon, but unfortunately many appear to be approaching it defensively with a foot in both the proprietary and open camps. They see open networking as a hedge against a market that is pushing towards more openness, while they hope to keep selling proprietary products. The continuum of offerings […]

08 Apr RESEARCH PAPER: Datacenter Memory and Storage: Past, Present, Future

The server industry is in the middle of a once-every-20-years shift. What has happened in the past is a good indicator of what is about to happen. Given radical past transitions, it is very likely that many of today’s key technologies probably will fade out of the market by the year 2020. This paper focuses on server […]

03 Mar MWC: Intel Helping Service Providers To Optimize End-To-End IoT Value Chains

IT is in the crosshairs of a major data center architecture transition driven by a phenomenal rise in factors including Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and real-time analytics, finding a deeper relevance in the current business landscape. Over the last year, Intel developed the concept of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) as the next step in datacenter transformation. One of […]