Keith Townsend, aka the CTO advisor, breaks down how he plans to make the move to an IT influencer work financially.
In this iteration of Gestalt Server News:
– Datrium makes its case for Open Convergence
– We find out what exactly is Big Data
– Disambiguating HCI and Hybrid Cloud
Plus, Cray is partnering to bring supercomputing as a service to the masses
Once a term gets pegged as trendy in enterprise IT, its actual meaning quickly goes out the window. It becomes less about what that word represents, and more about how you can skew your existing products to somehow claim to be part of this rising trend. This quickly leads to a morass of marketing bluster, and genuine confusion about how solutions and products fit into categories.
Keith Townsend tries to rescue two of the trendiest buzzwords in use today: hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid cloud.
It’s easy to be dismissive of the humble Raspberry Pi. In many ways it’s painfully limited by slow I/O, meager compute and a reliance on an microSD card to boot. But despite these shortcoming, and perhaps because of its bargain basement price, the board has found a hoard of devotees. Keith Townsend looks at how the Pi could find a home in the data center. He makes a good point, despite being low power, the compute on it comes like my favorite pizza, “cheap and deep”.
Gestalt IT has another cloud newsletter. In this week’s edition:
– Keith Townsend looks at how VMware’s NSX must evolve to stay relevant
– Data Control in a Multi-Cloud World
– And Who’s making money in the Public Cloud?
Plus a fun history of the ill-fated, but still occasionally relevant, PCMCIA slot!
Here are some predictions we’ve put together and gathered from within the industry for 2017. We’ve included some general technology, and more specific enterprise focused looks into 2017.
Have you heard of this Amazon Web Services thing? The AWS re:Invent 2016 conference concluded last week. In a lot of ways, their strategy resembles what Netflix does (which ironically runs on AWS). They currently have such a dominant market position, so they can afford to invest in a lot of the smaller use cases. A lot of the features they offered seem to only appeal to very niche cases. That’s just what Amazon wants, making themselves indispensable for a large number of small groups.
I’m still getting my sea legs in the world of enterprise IT. It’s not something I’m proud of, but there’s no sense denying it. One of the things that constantly strikes me is how often enterprise IT issues don’t involve actual technology. At some point, technology issues become subsumed in a wider lens: organizational problems. It’s something […]
This is post 1 of 2 in the series “Migrating to the Cloud with Sureline Systems” Whether you examine large webscale companies such as Apple or small startups, there’s a consistent theme regarding the leveraging of Public Cloud. That theme is that Cloud has a place for specific business and technical drivers. One of the […]
Keith Townsend of The CTO Advisor comments: There’re so many stories of failed ERP projects that some question if ERP ever delivered value to the business. The projects proved much more complicated than originally envisioned by vendors and project sponsors. Most cases the challenge had nothing to do with technology but business processes. IT infrastructure […]