Although most of the attention at NetApp’s “Data Driven” event yesterday in Boulder, CO was focused on the new HCI offering, my interest was aroused by a different announcement: NetApp is now powering an enterprise-class storage offering integrated with Microsoft Azure. In the long run, this move into the cloud might well prove more important than even a solid entrant in the hot hyperconverged infrastructure market.
Windows 10 S has a chance to combat the surge of Chromebooks. Education is a market Microsoft understands, and it’s clear this release is almost exclusively catering to its needs. In a lot of ways the OS is a result of the lessons they learned with Windows RT. They kept with a x86 platform for technical compatibility, and gave users a way to use legacy apps, albeit with a paid upgrade. But if deployed too widely, where users chafe at the constraints inherent in the OS, it may become know as Windows 10 Minus.
With RecoverX 2.0 from Datos IO, big data may finally feel at home in the cloud.
With all the billion dollar deals with Google and AWS in the Snap Inc IPO, Microsoft just announced a substantial deal of their own. The Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart entered into a strategic partnership with Redmond to adopt Azure going forward. This is a big get for Microsoft, but perhaps not as big as it appears on face. What’s important isn’t so much the size of this particular partnership, but rather its implication for Microsoft overall Azure strategy.
Welcome to the first Gestalt IT Server News for 2017. Here are some of the stories on tap.
– The Gestalt IT 2017 Predictions!
– We take a visit to a digital server graveyard
– Plus, why Red Hat makes more money on Docker than Docker
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.
Today, Microsoft is now supporting Docker natively on Server 2016. Jon Hildebrand seems pretty excited in his piece about it. For him, the big feature is that Windows is supporting two different cores for their Docker images. The first is a more legacy heavy full featured blend of Windows, minus the bloated GUI elements. But the more exciting is the Nano core, which is extremely lightweight, and points the way for the future of the platform in the data center.
Hungry Microsoft is the best Microsoft. This is my first experience getting to know this leaner behemoth. By the time I became technologically aware, I remember Microsoft having such a tired sense of inevitability. That was the Microsoft that left us to use Internet Explorer 6 for years on end. I never got to experience the company during its triumphant march across IT as it steamrolled competition during it’s earlier days.
I won’t go so far to say that the company has been truly humbled, but we see a very different company from Redmond today. The essential turn away from Windows and into a cloud services company has led to some truly bizarre moves. As a former Linux hippie, I’m used to worrying that Microsoft would sue Linux out of existence. Now, we live in a world where they’re bringing SQL server to the platform.
Jeff Wilson of Agnostic Computing comments: On Tuesday Microsoft surprised me by announcing an open switching/networking plan in partnership with Mellanox and as part of the Open Compute initiative. Wait, what? Microsoft’s building a switch? An interesting look at Microsoft and the future of open networking. I think the move towards and OCP reference switch has […]
Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOm comments: It took a few years of denials and rumors but Microsoft Office for iPad is officially available. The company debuted the software for free on the iTunes App Store on Thursday with the news coming from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in his first public appearance as the company’s leader. […]