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Behind The Scenes At Super Bowl 50: Impressive Network Technology

By | February 6, 2016

Levi’s Stadium, where the Broncos and Panthers will tangle in the Golden State’s golden anniversary Super Bowl, bills itself as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. How could it be otherwise for the newest home to an NFL team right in the heart of Silicon Valley? Sitting just a mile from corporate sponsor Intel’s headquarters, with… Read More »

Painless, Bulletproof Wi-Fi Ideal For SMBs: I Find Cisco, Ruckus Deliver The Goods

By | January 18, 2016

It has long been clear that the days of wired Ethernet networks were numbered as an endpoint connection and while most homes long ago ditched switches and CAT5 cables for an all-in-one Wi-Fi router, however building a business-class WLANs still takes planning and skill. WLAN configuration and management is still something of a black art that often leaves… Read More »

Intel CES Keynote Is Long On Disjointed Ideas, But Missing A Big Trend: Autos

By | January 11, 2016

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had the leadoff spot in the lineup of big name CES 2016 keynotes and used the opportunity to highlight Intel’s work with just about everything except PCs. However, absent from Krzanich’s presentation was any mention of car tech, which is notable since the transformation of cars into self-driving, mobile entertainment centers is a major… Read More »

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 »

What’s Next In Tech? Some Obvious Changes, Plus The Ultimately Most Significant Unknowables

By | December 23, 2015

This column previously appeared in Forbes.   The annual deluge of year-end predictions is as predictable as the winter solstice and about as dispiriting. Ironically for such a dynamic industry, those in the tech world are among the most predictable. That’s because most technology predictions extrapolate existing trends. Granted, most ‘experts’ will throw in a couple outliers, the… Read More »

Cloud Services And The Demise Of Storage Arrays, But Intel Won’t Own Server Side Storage

By | December 16, 2015

Enterprises large and small have been flocking to cloud services and it’s sent the server business into a tailspin. Storage vendors are next to feel the disruptive pain. Recent market estimates show that storage industry growth has moved to ODMs and niche vendors targeting hyperscale cloud services. Indeed, most of the incremental storage, which is going into hyperscale… Read More »

Picking the Best iPad Pro Keyboard: Apple’s Smart Keyboard Not the Smartest Choice

By | December 5, 2015

Unless you recently came into an inheritance, or that special someone has been extraordinarily good this year, the iPad Pro is a bit pricey for most holiday gift lists. However for those Apple fans in your life that have already upsized to the Pro, there are plenty of accessories that make nice gifts. For business users and students,… Read More »

The iPad Pro As A Work Machine? Yes, But Apple Has Work To Do

By | November 24, 2015

In using the iPad Pro over the past week, it’s clear it’s different in kind, not just degree, from both other tablets and Mac laptops. This means that in order to fully realize its potential, developers can’t treat the Pro as merely a big iPad. However, the responsibility is on Apple and ultimately, Cook to ensure that doesn’t… Read More »

Bell Labs’ Vision Of A Connected World Includes New Networks, Cloud Designs

By | October 28, 2015

This article originally appeared in Forbes as The Omni-Connected World: Bell Labs Plans For Future Although it’s a shadow of the R&D powerhouse that brought us the transistor, laser, fiber optics and evidence of the Big Bang, Bell Labs is still around and planning for a future beyond the horizon of today’s technology. The latest evidence of the organization’s… Read More »

Classic Mistake: Dell-EMC Smacks Of A Reactive Move In The Face Of Cloud Disruption

By | October 15, 2015

The Dell-EMC amalgam makes a lot of sense through the close-focus lens of short-term synergies, protecting established enterprise customers and horizontally filling out a legacy product portfolio, however strategically it looks to be more an act of reactive weakness, if not desperation. While the combined entity will be a powerhouse of traditional enterprise IT products, it does nothing… Read More »