This week on the Gestalt IT Rundown, we’re reviewing some of the big announcements coming out of Microsoft Build, Google IO and a NetApp Analyst Day.
NetApp’s Cloud Volumes is now available in preview on Google Cloud Platform. With this, the service is now available across the three largest public cloud providers. By combining NetApp’s long history of advanced data services with a delivery model that appeals to cloud-native organizations, Cloud Volumes serves as an important part of the company’s transformation into a data company.
It seems like seeing Booth Babes at shows should be a relic of a Mad Men past. Something we look back at in dejected wonderment, that seems so incongruous with modernity that it must have come from another world entirely. At least, as someone who doesn’t go to many industry shows, that was my assumption.
Thom Greene is one of the good guys in IT, and it was a privilege to interview him for IT Origins. We discussed how he moved from bookkeeping into IT, the change of IT as a whole into a service industry, and his work with vBrownBag.
This week on the Gestalt IT Rundown, we discuss the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release and the launch of Storbyte.
Storbyte launched to start the month, unveiling ECO-FLASH, a new architecture approach for an SSD. Using a combination of ASICs, a RAID 0 configuration within the drive, and real-time garbage collection, Storbyte claims it can offer ten times the endurance of competing flash storage without sacrificing performance.
If you haven’t been keeping up with OpenFaaS, it’s one of the more exciting projects in the emerging serverless space. It basically uses Docker to make Functions simple. Now the team has released OpenFaaS Cloud, designed to make it easier for developers (as opposed to DevOps engineers) to build functions in a familiar workflow.
Ben Thompson put together a great piece looking at the transition of Microsoft over the last five years. While the company’s embrace of services is no secret, what Ben shows is that this wasn’t a 360-degree shift. Under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft had many of the same assets, but applied them as a way to promote Windows. It shows that their shift is as much a cultural one if anything else.
With the release of Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical included some compelling new features, like support for updates without rebooting and Snap software installs. But in some ways it’s a return to form for the distribution. The most notable blast from the past is returning to GNOME after a long dalliance with Unity.
This week, our IT Origins series interviewed Dan Frith. We discussed how he moved from the helpdesk through his IT career, enumerated the worst trends in IT, and gave some love to data protection. Be sure to check out the full interview!