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 »

AWS Security Management: In Need of Automation

By | December 27, 2015

A verson of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Rely on cloud security policy — not tools — to protect AWS Managing security policies and incidents on IaaS can be complex and challenging. Here’s what vendors are doing about it Once enterprises move workloads to cloud infrastructure, they soon realize that the tools for enforcing security policy… 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 »

AWS Operations Management: Improvements Needed

By | December 17, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Where AWS monitoring tools fall short  AWS has a rich set of management APIs, automation tools and a central management console, but it can’t yet provide end-to-end performance and troubleshooting data AWS has an overwhelming list of services, but piecing together a multi-tier application design and then… 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 »

Powering IoT with Cloud Backends: New Front in the Platform Wars

By | December 2, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared as IoT cloud services market spurs products from cloud giants on SearchCloudApplications at Techtarget.  IoT Developers Can Learn From Mobile Apps and Exploit Cloud Services for IoT Backends The past year has seen IoT evolve from IT buzzword to strategic business imperative as a steady drumbeat of big business projects and vendor… Read More »

Open Wi-Fi Means Open Season For Hackers: How To Secure Mobile Connections

By | November 25, 2015

The world’s Going Mobile: The Who’s song about life on the road has taken on a prophetic new meaning in the smartphone era; unfortunately, mobile networks are typically about as secure as a tent trailer. There are now over 7 billion mobile subscriptions, over 30% of those with smartphones, and global mobile data traffic grew by 69% last… 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 »

Cloud Price Wars: Have We Hit Bottom or Are AWS, Others Just Hitting Pause?

By | November 9, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared in TechTarget SearchAWS as Cloud cost comparison foggy at best News of continued price cuts were noticeably absent at AWS re:Invent and scarce in 2015. Have we hit bottom and what does it mean for enterprises? Buying cloud services used to resemble shopping for sweaters right before Christmas: the longer you wait,… Read More »