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‘Arming’ enterprise data centers with efficient processors

By | November 12, 2021

We’re all familiar with how Arm processors enabled the mobile computing revolution and are now disrupting cloud and desktop computing. Recently I had the opportunity to work with Bamboo Systems, a startup whose goal is providing the same Arm-powered benefits to enterprise data centers. I was a panelist in two webinars at GestaltIT where Bamboo described its company… Read More »

Discussing energy policy and climate science with Vinnie Mirchandani

By | November 11, 2021

I greatly enjoyed an extensive discussion with my friend Vinnie Merchandani (@dealarchitect) on the many nuances underlying energy policy and why simplistic narratives around climate and the Earth’s ecosystems serve to distort the discussion and resulting policy proposals. As Vinnie says on his site: We discuss the slow progress at which renewables – solar and wind in particular… Read More »

In 2019, DevOps is about execution, not cultural assimilation

By | December 31, 2018

2019 marks a decade since the term DevOps first entered the nomenclature and ever since, developers, operations teams and IT executives have struggled to both precisely define it and, more importantly, apply it to their organizations. Like most new ideas, DevOps went through a hype cycle in which evangelists exuberantly touted the concept as the solution to a… Read More »

What to expect from AWS in 2019

By | December 31, 2018

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way up front. Making predictions about the behavior of a company that innovates as rapidly as AWS is simultaneously safe and risky: safe because AWS introduces so many new products and services that there’s a good chance some of the predictions will come to pass, risky because you’re anticipating things from a position… Read More »

Amazon RDS Options: Ample Choices For Every Database Scenario

By | September 21, 2016

With scores of different services, AWS can be daunting to new users. Indeed, it exemplifies the paradox of choice, namely that having more options and degrees of freedom creates complexity that makes it harder to make a decision. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the choice of databases. AWS has six database products, including two different relational… Read More »

Bimodal IT Can Help Turn Raw Data Into Information Assets

By | September 20, 2016

The combination of an accelerating rate if data generation and drastic changes in IT infrastructure, software and development environments leaves most organizations unable to keep up with, much less exploit new technologies while also maintaining critical IT business processes. Indeed, an organization’s IT legacy can leave it at a disadvantage to nimble, disruptive new competitors building digital businesses… Read More »

Hyperconverged Appliances Are The Next Front For Control Of Enterprise Data Centers

By | February 21, 2016

A version of this column was originally published on Diginomica as EMC-VMware, Nutanix Battle For Enterprise Virtualization Platform Supremacy Vendors and analysis regularly wax enthusiastic about the cloud, and for good reason when you consider the phenomenal growth rates at AWS and Microsoft Azure. Yet most enterprise workloads still run on internal systems. Indeed, spending on public cloud… Read More »

Making IT Safe For Innovation Using A Bimodal Organization

By | February 20, 2016

A version of this article first appeared on TechTarget SearchCIO as BiModal IT Opens Up Opportunities For Innovation By establishing a framework for IT strategies, BiModal IT can help organizations act more like a startup and tackle some high-risk, high-reward digital business moonshots It’s easy to think of BiModal IT as little more than a way to segregate… Read More »

Replacing your Data Center with IaaS: Opportune Scenarios

By | February 16, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchDataCenter as These IaaS examples show data centers can share the load You might not be ready to go all in on AWS like GE and Netflix, however it’s both feasible and advisable to start moving some applications online The emergence of rentable, online software and infrastructure, aka The Cloud,… Read More »

Building Apps UIs: A Tool Walkthrough

By | February 15, 2016

A version of this column originally appeared on TechTarget SearchCloudApplications as The stark contrast between UI design software and manual coding What can you expect when using higher-level UI development and prototyping software versus manual coding? Think of the difference between Visio and a pencil. A walk through the UI development lifecycle The first (and often last) impression for client… Read More »