Since the reality of COVID-19 sheltering-in-place hit the public consciousness, there have been conversations about how everything will change. In all this discussion of the “new normal”, remote work understandably comes up a lot. With innumerable organizations embracing remote work to stay viable, the question becomes how pervasive will it stay whenever we emerge on the other side of the pandemic? While the scale of remote work we’re seeing is unprecedented, remote work and the technology that supports it are nothing new. What can we learn from past remote work efforts, and will it end up as the new normal for most organizations?
News came out this week that Dell is reportedly looking to either spinoff or fully subsume VMware. This comes out of financial pressure the infrastructure giant is feeling, essentially having its remaining businesses seen as undervalued. What would be the impact for Dell in either scenario? Rich Stroffolino discusses which is more likely, and what the implications would be for the IT world.
Many of the discussions of Apple moving from x86 to ARM seem to be focused on how they’ll manage that migration. Less has been said about how Intel found itself going from the savior of Mac performance and efficiency in 2005 to the cause of product delays and stagnating innovation today. We break down the last 15 years of Intel’s x86 history, which saw a once-unstoppable march of technical progress grind to a halt, and signaling to a lot of industry observers that Moore’s Law had indeed ended. Aside from losing Apple as a major customer, where does Intel go from here? And will Intel look to the heady performance advantage it had in the past, or look to make a more well-rounded play for the future?
If you only paid attention to IT in the last five years, you’d think Microsoft is one of the premier voices in the open source community. From owning GitHub to developing on Android and making major contributions to open source projects, the company seems to be a stalwart open source citizen. Then why do so many people still conjure up images of the “evil empire” when it comes to the company? Microsoft has had a long history of hostility to open source, going back almost to the very founding of the company. Let’s look into the history and find out why this embrace of open source feels so weird.
To say virtual events have become common in 2020 is an almost criminal case of understatement. For almost every event, there don’t seem to be other options given the current pandemic. That’s why it’s so shocking to see events being planned for physical events like the CTA did when they said CES 2021 was going forward in Vegas. That got Rich Stroffolino thinking, why are we so quick to jump back into physical events? Is it just a craving for any type of normalcy? What are the actual advantages? And why are we so quick to turn away from the very real advantages of our virtual event reality?
It seems like the lifecycle for a wearable augmented reality product is to release an impressive tech demo, raise a ton of venture funding, utterly fail to attract consumers, then quietly pivot to the enterprise. While media coverage may be quick to declare these platforms “dead,” many of the most notable are thriving within the much less visible enterprise market. What is it about AR that makes it so hard to sell to consumers, yet attractive to large organizations?
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.
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.
Nvidia made waves early last year when it announced it was buying Mellanox. A scant 13 months later, and the acquisition has finally closed. Over the last decade, Nvidia has fundamentally redefined itself as a company, moving from a consumer graphics card maker to becoming an enterprise stalwart in AI and ML. So given that trajectory, where does the acquisition of Mellanox fit? Rich Stroffolino breaks it all down in this first episode of Checksum!