Tag Archives: data center

Intel Still Rules the Cloud: Haswell Puts the Squeeze on ARM’s Server Plans

By | December 9, 2014

Update: A rewritten and condensed version of this report appeared as a Forbes column, available here. Cloud software stacks, like those used at Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other hyper scale operations, have radically altered how system architects design and build data centers. Out are big, gold-plated integrated hardware systems like fault-tolerant x86 boxes, mainframes and enterprise storage arrays. In… Read More »

The State of Open Source Enterprise Software: The GnuNew Manifesto

By | November 22, 2014

Open source software built the Internet, but for years was distrusted by large enterprises. That’s obviously changed with Linux servers, LAMP stacks and Hadoop cluster now common in enterprise data centers. But despite a history of strident debates, open source versus proprietary is no longer an either-or decision. Indeed, the distinction between the two is nuanced and hard… Read More »

NetApp Doubles Down on the Cloud: Execs Pitch Storage as the Foundation

By | November 6, 2014

In a city where “doubling down” evokes images of smoke-filled rooms filled with gamblers donning shades pushing stacks of chips around a green felt table, as I detailed in this column, NetApp used its Insight conference in Las Vegas to do exactly that with a cloud-centric strategy that moves the company further away from its heritage as a storage box… Read More »

Enterprise Server OS Update: Windows Domination at Risk

By | October 16, 2014

Server operating systems seem positively boring in an era of cloud infrastructure, omni-virtualization, mobilized business and big data, but they are a necessary component of enterprise applications that still influences many IT decisions. However, we’re undeniably in the midst of technology transitions that will have profound implications for the server OS landscape over the next product cycle, many of… Read More »

EMC Defederation? Its SDDC Engineers Haven’t Gotten the Memo

By | October 9, 2014

Ever since rumors surfaced of a possible HP merger, and particularly since the latter’s own breakup announcement, EMC has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. As I write in this column, breaking up EMC’s federated structure actually seem more likely now that HP is splitting. Worse yet for EMC’s status quo, activist investors are calling for it… Read More »

Private Clouds Come Down To Earth

By | September 24, 2014

Intrigued by the concept of a converged infrastructure but worry you lack the expertise to DIY? Big IT vendors see big business building insta-cloud infrastructure  For IT organizations wondering how to actually build a private cloud, my latest report is for you. Plenty of CIOs like the idea of a converged data center but get headaches thinking about the complexity. Even given… Read More »

IDF Analysis: Intel’s Mission to Power the Cloud Includes Silencing Noisy Neighbors

By | September 15, 2014

IDF, Intel’s festival for hardware geeks, better known as IDF, was largely overshadowed by some announcements from that not insignificant fruit company from Cupertino. The coincident timing was unfortunate since Intel provided plenty of news for both PC watchers and data center designers. On the server front, the company released a major update to the Xeon line based on the… Read More »

Intel Reimagining Data Centers With More ‘Intel Inside’

By | August 21, 2014

With Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) just around the corner, it’s a great time to assess the company’s current position and likely moves as it addresses tumultuous changes in its primary consumer and enterprise businesses. As I detail in this column, for IT managers, the focus should be less on PC and mobile processors, or whether Intel (finally) breaks into the smartphone… Read More »

The Benefits and Challenges of Colocation Data Centers

By | July 31, 2014

Or, Why your next data center should be a rental unit… A recent project provided an opportunity to revisit my thoughts on the use of colocation facilities in preference to new enterprise data center construction or upgrades. Although I have written on the topic several times (here, data center report here and another report here), the following paper condenses… Read More »

Facebook Hastens the Era of Open Source Hardware

By | June 23, 2014

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the need for cheap, efficient, compact servers and network equipment has made Facebook an innovator of gear optimized for cloud data centers and workloads. It’s leadership in the development of standard, hyper scale hardware using interchangeable commodity components led to the Open Compute Project (OCP), bootstrapped by designs and hardware… Read More »