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Forget File Sharing, Box Wants to be CMS Hub for All Apps and Data

By | October 8, 2015

Box has always tried to differentiate itself from the plethora of cloud file sync-and-share startups by focusing on enterprise customers and their requirements. This led the company down the path of providing greater management control over users and content. At the company’s recent Boxworks developers conference, Box made clear its larger ambitions of becoming the content management platform… Read More »

How SoMoClo Helped Me Heal (yes, really) with Lessons For Business Collaboration

By | October 4, 2015

This article originally appeared on Forbes. I recently had an accident that entailed a lot of pain and emergency surgery. Indeed, it was the most significant medical trauma I have ever had to endure and required a lengthy, 5-night hospital stay. Unfortunately, my closest family and primary support group are parents whose ability to get around is quite… Read More »

VMworld Retrospective: Betting on Hybrid Cloud, but do VMware’s Customers Care?

By | September 10, 2015

The news out of VMworld 2015 was less significant than its overarching theme of hybrid cloud. My summary of the news, along with a photo album, are available here. Although there were plenty of announcements, indeed one analysis contends VMware is trying to do too much, other than the Photon container project (which is still experimental) they were mostly… Read More »

Data Analytics Meets Farming in Precision Agriculture: A Recipe For Cloud Services

By | August 25, 2015

Agriculture marches to its own version of Moore’s Law, with crop productivity steadily increasing for decades. While past improvements were the result of better plant hybrids, fertilization and production equipment, information technology will be the key to sustaining and perhaps accelerating agricultural productivity. Precision agriculture, a collection of data collection, analysis and prediction technologies that looks like something… Read More »

Google Fi Frees Mobile Users from Carrier Lock-In, Onerous Pricing Models

By | August 18, 2015

Lost in the alphabet soup that is Google’s new holding company is one of its many experiments in changing the business rules for network services while nudging the technology in a direction that ultimately benefits consumers. No, not Fiber, although it’s a fantastic broadband disruptor for those that can get it, but Project Fi, Google’s mobile service. After… Read More »

Micron Has a Rosy Future, But Faces Bumpy Product Transition

By | August 18, 2015

Micron Technology provided its view of the memory market, technology trends and company strategy at an analyst conference where executives stressed the company’s R&D investments and product roadmaps designed to exploit changing customer requirements and new memory applications. The company has a thorough understanding of the memory business, a compelling vision and strong product roadmap, however its near-term… Read More »

Networks For The Next Generation: OpenDaylight Hits Critical Mass

By | August 3, 2015

An overarching trend sweeping the industries that combine to create IT infrastructure is the embrace of open, inter-company collaboration on core technology. There have been plenty of examples of corporate affection for open source of late, however the trend was on full display at the recent OpenDaylight Summit where network hardware vendors, component suppliers, telecom companies, software developers… Read More »

Composite Applications and Next-Gen APM: A Fusion of Dev And Ops

By | July 22, 2015

Applications used to be so simple, some self-contained code linked with a few system libraries that accessed local data: a distinct bundle where everything required was on a single machine. Client-server software complicated things a bit, but the demarcation was clean and the hub-spoke design pattern straightforward. No longer. Apps are now composite mashups, often mixing custom and… Read More »

Security’s Silver Bullet Is Virtualization: Bromium, Microsoft, VMware Show How

By | July 15, 2015

Virtualization has long been used to wring efficiency out of over-sized, under-used systems, but isolating applications and operating systems from the underlying hardware also produces immense flexibility that cloud services like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud exploit to deliver infrastructure on demand. Yet virtualization has become instrumental to solving the most vexing and serious problem facing IT providers… Read More »