Is x86 going the way of the mainframe? Chris Evans lays out a historical case and considers how modern offload accelerators are serving the same need that EMC and StorageTek did to supplement the mainframe.
This week on the Rundown, Rich Stroffolino and Tom Hollingsworth dig into a new survey of IT pros asking how COVID-19 is impacting digital transformation. Are these changes long term strategic changes or short term mixes? Plus HPE announces aggressive cost savings, 44.2 Terrabit per second internet is a thing, and GDPR hits the terrible twos. All this and more on the Rundown this week.
The Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract was always going to be a hotly contested affair, worth well over $10 billion over the course of a decade. But when it was announced in 2017, no one could have imagined the bizarre twists the turns the bidding process would take. This winner-take-all contact has dragged on for more than three years, and while Microsoft has been declared the official winner, the legal wrangling makes this feel far from over. If you haven’t kept up on the news, Rich Stroffolino is here to give you a comprehensive overview.
This week we’re focused on the big announcements from Microsoft Build. Tom Hollingsworth and Rich Stroffolino break down the latest updates with Office, Azure, AI, and open source. There’s a lot to unpack from this major Microsoft event.
The rise of cheap but capable ARM processors, and the saturation of internet connectivity with Wi-Fi and cellular, has led to the rapid spread of Internet of Things devices. IoT can now be found across the consumer and enterprise landscape, finding itself particularly well suited for industrial, campus, and municipal applications. But has security risen to meet the sudden influx of IoT devices? Not quite. Rich Stroffolino breaks down the problem, why enterprises will eventually catch up, and what the regulatory landscape might look like when they do.
ARM in the datacenter used to be little more than a square in buzzword bingo. But we’re seeing companies continue to invest in the idea, including AWS. With instances based on their second generation Graviton processors now available, ARM in the datacenter seems to be gaining some momentum.
Application Performance Management often faces the thankless task of trying to monitor and manage increasingly complex applications. SolarWinds’ APM suite smartly views apps through three distinct philosophical lenses to provide IT will a full spectrum of visibility.
When an organization gets breached by malicious actors, it often follows a familiar script. Often the intrusion is the result of someone running unpatched or out of date software. One the one hand, given the inertia of a lot of large organizations, it’s easy to see admins taking an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fit it” approach. But as quickly as that excuse comes to mind, the Cassandras can be heard wailing, “Patch all the things!” But a recent Saltstack patch shows the practical limit of patching in stopping security issues.
Dell EMC releases PowerStore to unify its midrange storage options, Windows and Linux PCs have a big Thunderbolt vulnerability, and Google unifies the leadership for its messaging products. Tom Hollingsworth and Rich Stroffolino discuss all of this and more this week.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Riverbed’s network security posture. At a recent Tech Field Day presentation, the company gave an overview of how they are addressing the increasingly complex world of security, and used the metaphor of the Roman Empire to frame their response. History buff Rich Stroffolino was fascinated by that framing, and breaks down the implication in this piece.