Cutting Costs in AWS: Look beyond the obvious to Tame your AWS budget

By | January 25, 2016

A version of the following article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Four principles of AWS cost management The cost calculus of moving applications from on-premise infrastructure to cloud services like AWS is akin to going from a fixed-price, all-you-can-eat buffet to an à la carte cafeteria. Gone is the incentive to consume as much as possible in order to… Read More »

Privacy and Security Tensions Illustrate a Clash of Cultures Between DC and SV: Authoritarian vs Libertarian

By | January 19, 2016

This article originally appeared in Diginomica as Authoritarian versus libertarian – intractable privacy and security concerns between the Valley and Washington? Ever since FBI Director James Comey decried the use of unbreakable encryption as a national security threat by enabling terrorists and other suspected malefactors to “go dark”, the Internet has been ablaze with criticism over the prospect of… 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 »

Consumer Technology Market In Decline: CES Searching For The Next Big Hit

By | January 11, 2016

This article originally appeared on Diginomica as CES Market update: Still searching for the Next Big Thing Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, New Year’s revelers have barely cleaned out their rooms before hoards of tech execs, entrepreneurs, marketeers, journalists, PR flacks, technophiles and gawkers descend upon Las Vegas for the annual gala to gadgetry that is… 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 »

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 »