Tag Archives: market overview

EMC World 2015 Highlights: Building For The Cloud

By | May 27, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchSOA as EMC builds for cloud and next-generation applications EMC World is the company’s traditional venue for major announcements, but this year the company’s premier event for customers, partners, analysts and journalists included more than just a laundry list of product updates. Sure, there was plenty of new hardware, like a… 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 »

Down, But Not Out: Still Time for IBM to Adapt to Cloud IT

By | February 17, 2015

Disruptive technologies are a time-tested means of upending the business environment. Remember Western Union? No, not the money order company, but the one that lost its communication empire to Bell Telephone. How about former business giants like Kodak, Motorola, WorldCom and most recently, Radio Shack, that once dominated their field and are no longer with us. All were undone by… 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 »

What’s a Personal ‘Computer’? It’s Complicated. Changing Technology and Usage Upset PC Hegemony

By | January 19, 2015

Every quarter tech watchers and Wall Street traders pour over the latest shipment figures from the big technology analysis firms looking for signs of renewal in the moribund PC business. The latest numbers for Q4 2o14 show an industry coming off the ‘sugar high’ induced by upgrades from Windows XP refugees needing hardware capable of running a modern OS,… 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 »

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 »

SDN Strategies Part 4: Big Switch, Avaya, IBM,VMware

By | May 3, 2014

This series on SDN products concludes with a look at Big Switch’s updated SDN strategy, VMware NSX, IBM’s hybrid approach, and Avaya’s focus on virtual network services. My last post in this series on vendors’ SDN strategies looked at SDN products from Juniper, Dell, Brocade, and Alcatel-Lucent/Nuage. In this final post of the series, I examine how Big… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 3: Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent

By | May 3, 2014

In the third part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I discuss Juniper’s network overlay approach and three other vendor strategies for tackling software-defined networking. In my last post in this continuing series on vendors’ SDN strategies, I looked at SDN products from Cisco, Arista, and HP. In this blog post, I will examine the various ways… Read More »

SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP

By | May 3, 2014

In the second part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista’s programmable approach, and HP’s commitment to OpenFlow. In the first part of this series on vendors’ SDN strategies, I discussed the SDN landscape and the most recent InformationWeek SDN Survey, which showed that most vendors have a long way to go… Read More »