This week on IT Origins, we spoke to Alastair Cooke. In the interview, we learn how Alastair got his start in IT via Novell Netware, some insight into the early days of the New Zealand Internet, and where he hopes to see the IT industry going in the next few years.
In this iteration of the Gestalt IT Server Newsletter:
– Scale Computing rethinks HCI from the ground up
– Nvidia keeps growing in the data center
– Alastair Cooke reviews how to make an app fit into a container
Plus Diablo Technologies terabyte memory solution, and a look at a compact hyperconverged home lab!
Alastair Cooke of Demitasse comments: Tech Field Day can be an interesting event, not just from the technology side. One of the early questions for Violin Memory was basically: How are you still in business? The answer was that they still have cash and are selling product. The core of their presentation is that this is not the […]
Alastair Cooke writing for The Virtualization Practice comments: Whenever an innovation or buzzword gets popular, it is natural for marketing to pile on and apply the word to products. We are starting to see “hyperconverged” achieve this sort of recognition. Early hyperconverged vendors built their solutions from the beginning to be hyperconverged and deliver a […]
Alastair Cook of Demitasse writes: Living in a small city, in a small country, I see a lot of small businesses. These customers will never have a virtualisation specialist on their staff, they barely have an IT specialist. These same customers find that their IT needs have grown beyond a single Windows server and some desktops. Some sort of […]
Alastair Cooke of Demitasse comments: This learning moment came from a health check that I did with a client. They had a small VMware estate with only three ESX servers and a small SAN. They asked for a health check because they had been let down by VMware High Availability (HA) when one of their […]
Alastair Cooke of Demitasse writes: Some flash array vendors want to make the fastest flash array they can. Pure’s array isn’t the fastest, that is by design. Pure Storage want to bring the benefits of flash storage by being price competitive with hard disk based arrays. Pure is targeting being a mainstream storage array that […]
Andrea Mauro of the vInfrastructure Blog writes: Tech Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived […]
Alastair Cook of Professional VMware writes about Tech Field Day 9 presenter Infinio: I wrote a few weeks ago about Infinio and their NFS acceleration product for NFS datastores on vSphere. Since then I realised that one of the clients I’m working at is an ideal candidate for the product. The customer has […]
Alastair Cook from Demitasse comments: There seems to be a lot of companies with new storage solutions, lots of very smart people finding new ways to do make your storage better. Many of the startups are doing something very different to what the big storage vendors have been doing for years. So why are these […]