In this piece, Gabriel Chapman makes an interesting case for the demise of the storage admin. He compares the state of storage to the smartphone pre-iPhone. The market is poised for someone make storage radically simpler, from providing a service that has to be laboriously constructed, to something that’s more of a platform to be built on with accessible APIs.
Apple announced a partnership today with Accenture. If you’re not familiar, Accenture is a prominent consulting firm, which according to their website “partner(s) with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500” (so at least 376). They’re the outsourcing solution for CTOs that want to modernize a creaky IT backend, but just want someone else to deal with the headaches.
Ars Technica published a look back at the rise and fall of Firewire.
Some highlights that jumped out to me: the connector was based on the original Game Boy connector, down to the pins. The original working name of the standard was ChefCat. Sony didn’t use the name “Firewire” in Japan because they thought it made Sony sound boring.
In the seemingly endless onslaught of announcements from Apple’s WWDC, there didn’t seem to be any specific updates or news on the Touch Bar. Released about six-months ago as “a revolutionary new way to use your Mac”, I was expecting to get something out of the event. Perhaps a roll out of the Touch Bar to the desktop keyboards. Maybe some statistics about how many developers have adopted the new interface. But instead, we got nothing…
The Croesus-like revenue typically seen in Apple’s quarterly earnings can be a little blinding at times. When your revenue is regularly above $40 billion every three months, it’s easy to see single digit fluctuations as rounding errors. But in the end, these large overall numbers can often hide local fluctuations that would otherwise change the narrative around the Cupertino giant. Ben Thompson sees just such a problem in the company’s China strategy.
To say Apple can be cagey with announcements is a bit of an understatement. They’re usually a stonewall of “no comment” until a product announcements, even as leaks seep out to inform the press of new products. So I was surprised to see such a frank discussion about the future of the Mac Pro with a group of journalists, including John Gruber.
It was a bit of a shock to see yesterday that Apple will be moving to in-house GPU designs for all their mobile products. They’ve had a good run of products on the back of Imagination Technology’s IP. It left me wondering how long they’ve been working on this, and if any acquisitions had quietly set the stage for the move. Perusing their recent acquisitions, I didn’t really see anything that obviously foreshadowed the move.
When I heard that Apple was going to be updating millions of iOS devices to their new file system, I wondered how the rollout would go. I should have had a clue when Apple debuted a new file system in a relatively minor update for iOS 10, rather than wait for the next big revision.
At Cisco Live Europe last week, we finally saw some of the results of the partnership between Cisco and Apple. It was stressed that this wasn’t the end-result of the collaboration, simply the first deliverable result. It’s interesting enough on its own to make we wonder what else is on the roadmap.
In this week’s Gestalt Server News:
– Get a look at how Dell EMC is handling their merger in the VxRail division
– Next IT is finding ways to put AI to work
– A New York airport finds out why your should check your server configuration.
Plus, what else can you buy for $8988 instead of Intel’s top of the line Xeon.