19 Dec RESEARCH PAPER: Lenovo ThinkAgile CX Competes on Cost Economics & Time to Value

Converged systems are gaining traction with enterprise IT as a way to simplify operations, improve time to value, and lower costs over traditional infrastructure solutions. Lenovo entered the converged systems market in October 2016 with the launch of ThinkAgile CX, a rack scale solution that was jointly developed with Nimble Storage. Lenovo sees ThinkAgile CX providing an opportunity […]

07 Dec Does Qualcomm Have A Real Shot At Competing In The Datacenter?

The server processor market has been pretty boring to watch as Intel, the 800-pound gorilla in this space, has held onto more than 99% market share of unit shipments for the last several years. The industry has been begging for a viable competitor, and several have thrown their hats in the ring, including IBM with OpenPOWER […]

06 Dec HPE Discover London 2016: Company Did What They Needed To Do

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HPE, held their bi-annual Discover conference in London this past week, and I, along with other analysts and global press, was eager to see what’s next for the still relatively-new company. It’s been less than six months since HPE held Discover Las Vegas so this isn’t a one-shot deal where the company […]

02 Dec Hewlett Packard Enterprise Goes After Amazon Public Cloud In Enterprise Storage

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public cloud providers have permanently changed everything in the world of IT infrastructure. In the old days, IT organizations would work with their vendor of choice to buy and deploy new hardware in their own datacenters, paying a large up-front cost for the equipment. Today, the public cloud has removed […]

30 Nov Home Wi-Fi Is Broken, But Enterprise Technology Can Fix It

About once a week my wife utters those four special words to me: “Is the Internet broken?” What she means by this is that she is having a problem connecting to the Wi-Fi, mostly because she has been moving around the house with her devices. Years ago, families sat around the radio together in one […]

29 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: Predictive Maintenance: A Paradigm Shift

One of the keys to cost-effective and efficient operations for any business with a significant number of mechanical systems is its maintenance program. Programs vary widely depending on investment profile, but all have the singular objective of maximizing uptime and making operations as cost-effective as possible. You can download the paper here. Table of Contents Executive Summary Preventative […]

28 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: The Dell EMC Networking Strategy

Dell EMC holds a substantial portion of the enterprise IT market. The combined entity has a commanding lead in enterprise storage as well as a top spot in server shipments. To bridge these two islands of technology, the company offers many connectivity options for the wide range of workloads where Dell EMC provides solutions. Dell EMC delivers its own […]

21 Nov Mellanox & HDR InfiniBand

As SC16 has ended, I find myself recapping the many things I saw that are noteworthy. For those of you who are not heavily involved in High Performance Computing (HPC), SC or Super Computing is the premier event where the HPC segment of the industry “struts its stuff”. Most things were not a surprise, but […]

18 Nov Highlights From MI&S Analysts At #SC16

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High performance computing (HPC) is no longer the exclusive club for universities and national labs, it has extended to drug manufacturers, automakers, and now even the cloud giants like Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon AWS are getting into the action. The one show where everyone gets together to show off their HPC wares and research […]

18 Nov With PowerAI, IBM Will Likely Accelerate Enterprise AI Trial And Adoption #SC16

While AI (artificial intelligence) has been around since the 50’s, IBM was the pioneer in the latest AI cycle with their own custom solution dubbed Watson. Ever since the introduction of Watson and its ability to beat Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings, the company has been increasing its investment in the space. IBM Watson is now […]

18 Nov What Does The Future Hold For NetApp?

The enterprise storage market is changing at a rapid pace. New technology inflection points such as flash-based arrays and software-defined storage have emerged to address the changing needs of today’s data-intensive workloads. In addition, public cloud-based storage offerings from vendors like Amazon.com, Microsoft and Google are making a permanent impact on enterprise storage economics and consumption models. […]

15 Nov ONUG Provides A Front Line View In The War On Stagnant Networking

Twice a year the largest companies get together to help plot out the future. Businesses are now talking about digital transformation, changing their IT to adapt to the new age of digital information, analytics and cloud technologies. But their traditional networks are holding them back. Network innovation is starting to be driven by the buyers—not […]

15 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: Fall 2016 ONUG Meeting Highlights

Every six months, the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) gathers to discuss developments in open networking and focus on the work of their respective project teams. Each meeting brings ONUG closer to the goal of driving open networking requirements back to the market through a concerted effort to map user input and feedback into specific use cases that vendors […]

03 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: Speed, Efficiency, & Scale for Data-Intensive Workloads

The way companies think about data is changing dramatically—from exponential increases in the amount of available data to the way in which it is structured and used. How effectively a company turns its data into actionable insights is now seen as a competitive differentiator. A new class of data-intensive applications has emerged to allow organizations […]

24 Oct 3 Reasons Why An OpenStack Private Cloud May Cost You Less Than Amazon Web Services (AWS)

IT organizations are moving to the public cloud in droves to take advantage of cost savings and efficiency improvements over traditional on premise datacenters. The public cloud offers the promise of on-demand self-service for developers and business owners, pooling of resources to improve utilization and the ability to scale applications very quickly. Companies like Amazon.com, […]

21 Oct Dell EMC World 2016: Industry Analysts Weigh In With Their Quick Takes

The first Dell EMC World concluded yesterday in Austin, Texas, and the Moor Insights & Strategy team, who were on-site at the event, wanted to provide their very quick take on the event. Dell EMC World was the first major conference where Dell and EMC presented themselves as one organization, Dell EMC, and all customer, […]

20 Oct Software-Defined Networking: Not Just For Datacenters Anymore

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization have promised to revolutionize the datacenter. SDN breaks the tight connection between the forwarding plane (moving data from point A to point B) and the control plane (the rules that dictate how applications and users access data), while NFV virtualizes those hard-coded functions that used to be delivered […]

17 Oct Five Questions IT Should Consider Before Buying Any More Enterprise Storage

Stop buying enterprise storage and read this. Modern companies now recognize their most valuable asset is the data running their business. This data (and keeping it or not) may be the most challenging IT discipline. Not only is the underlying technology changing unbelievably quickly, its growth is astronomical. Some estimate worldwide storage will reach >40ZB in […]

14 Oct Tech Giants Create New OpenCAPI Standard For The Hottest Server-Accelerated Workloads

While there has been a lot of debate on what “open” means, what everyone in technology can agree on is that open standards are one of the key drivers of industry growth and prosperity. Open technology standards enable profitable growth by allowing companies to share common specifications so everyone isn’t recreating the wheel every time. […]

13 Oct Microsoft Ignite 2016: Stepping On The Enterprise Accelerator

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and “Neon” Deion Sanders ham it up on-stage with NFL chat-bots at Ignite (Photo credit: Patrick Moorhead) At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Atlanta, Microsoft announced a series of major capabilities across Windows, Office, Azure, Dynamics and Cortana. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella highlighted, like he has in so many other of […]