Nutanix IPO Analysis: Suspect Timing, Significant Risks, But Thriving Business

By | December 30, 2015

Coming a couple days before Christmas, the timing of Nutanix’s IPO filing, a document that’s undoubtedly been in preparation for months, was more than a little suspect. What was the company trying to hide while everyone else was distracted by holiday festivities? As I detail in this column, a thorough analysis doesn’t uncover any smoking guns or even… Read More »

Former Allies Now Frenemies, Cisco and EMC Chart Similar Course To Maintain Dominance

By | May 18, 2015

 Commodification promised to kill old tech stalwarts like Cisco, EMC and Oracle as standardized, mass produced hardware paired with open source software undermined their high-margin businesses. However the road to irrelevance was detoured by an instinctive response: adapt or die. Each company’s resulting metamorphosis from peddling boxes to building full stack IT systems has been both predictable and impressive. Predictable… Read More »

Calculating Total Cost Of AWS Deployments Is Easier Said Than Done

By | May 14, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Calculating the true cost of AWS application development Cloud services are an easy sell: the continuously declining prices, frictionless setup, low cost of entry, offloaded admin headaches and inherent scalability are a compelling combination. It’s equally hard to argue with the long-term economic advantage of warehouse scale computing in… Read More »

Haswell Redesign of Intel Xeon E7 Made for Big Memory Workloads

By | May 13, 2015

Note: a version of this article appeared on TechTarget: The Intel E7 v3 processor entered the ring against IBM Power and other systems. But will the new BI features be enough to take over scale-up workloads? Intel’s tick-tock CPU development strategy of alternating between process node shrinks and new microarchitectures has a long, consistent track record of product improvements.… Read More »

Should IT Scale Up Or Scale Out? Intel, EMC Committed to Both

By | May 13, 2015

A juxtaposition of events last week saw several major technology companies reveal key strategies and product updates that collectively served to illustrate the ongoing struggles of old tech blue bloods from the client-server era striving for relevance in the world of mobile devices, social software, cloud services and big data analytics. Together, this amalgam of technologies are the… Read More »

Cloud Convergence: 6 Standards That Matter

By | May 9, 2014

SDN, big data, and scale-out storage architectures have increased the complexity of datacenter convergence projects since InformationWeek last surveyed its readership on the topic. ­Hybrid clouds are on the horizon for 65%, but to get there, IT must sort out everything from server architectures (internal vs. network storage, blades vs. rack mount) to storage protocols (FC vs. iSCSI… Read More »