Tag Archives: disruptive technology

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 »

Google Isn’t So Much Waging War on App as Making Them Irrelevant

By | June 24, 2015

Browsers, the quintessential and supremely flexible Web application that can morph from video player to newspaper to photo gallery with the simple change of a URL has been usurped in the mobile era by the app. These single purpose walled gardens create an irresistibly convenient alternative that is optimized for the small screen and limited navigational space of… Read More »

Hybrid Cloud, Bimodal IT? Buzzwords Reflect New Ways of Building Services

By | June 16, 2015

IT analysts are like fashion designers, always searching for something new, even if that means recycling age-old concepts in new terminology. Yet the creative linguistics can often mask more important truths about effectively building and operating IT services. Like successful fashionistas, IT leaders need to stay on top of the latest trends if only to be prepared when… Read More »

Intel Sees Future of FPGA-Accelerated Hardware, But it Requires New Software

By | June 9, 2015

With last week’s big Altera acquisition Intel made an expensive bet on a future of data center hardware that uses significantly more customized designs than today’s monolithic racks of commodity x86 servers. As I wrote at the time, “The only justification for Intel’s move can be its perception of a secular technology shift from commodity processors to custom… Read More »

Former Allies Now Frenemies, Cisco and EMC Chart Similar Course To Maintain Dominance

By | May 18, 2015

 Commodification promised to kill old tech stalwarts like Cisco, EMC and Oracle as standardized, mass produced hardware paired with open source software undermined their high-margin businesses. However the road to irrelevance was detoured by an instinctive response: adapt or die. Each company’s resulting metamorphosis from peddling boxes to building full stack IT systems has been both predictable and impressive. Predictable… Read More »

PC Fixation Blinds Wall Street To Strategic Pivots By Intel, Microsoft: Thriving In The Post-PC World

By | April 21, 2015

It’s a tiresome routine. Every quarter Wall Street analysts calibrate their earnings estimates for Intel Intel, Microsoft Microsoft, Micron and other ‘old tech’ companies according to the latest IDC and Gartner Gartner PC sales figures. PC sales down? Intel and Microsoft are sure to take a beating. It’s as if these are still monolithic businesses stuck in 1995.… Read More »

Why Bad News For IBM Is Good News Your Business, But Only If IT Exploits

By | February 8, 2015

The news from IBM, which has been uniformly grim for years, gives the impression of a venerable tech giant in a death spiral. I don’t succumb to such fatalism and believe Big Blue’s problems aren’t terminal, indeed my next column will offer suggestions for how it can adapt to the new world order of cloud IT. Still, there’s no denying… Read More »

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 »

Enterprise Cloud Use to Skyrocket in 2015: Will AWS Be Your Next Data Center?

By | December 3, 2014

As we close another year full of IT changes, there are more signs that enterprise adoption of public cloud services will…wait for it…soar in 2015. As I write in this column, big enterprise IT vendors used to charging 6- and 7-figures for hardware and 20% or more of that per year for ongoing support could be in for… Read More »

Mobile Security Isn’t an Oxymoron: Startups Up the Protection with New Tech

By | November 19, 2014

A year ago, Target was in the midst of being pwned by cyber criminals that turned the season into anything but a Merry Christmas. The retailer ultimately discovered that more than 70 million customers had their credit card information stolen by an exploit that cost the company upwards of $400 million and the CEO his job. The year… Read More »