Pure Storage’s AIRI platform provides a converged infrastructure approach for ML and AI workloads, combining FlashBlade and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers. Chris Evans sees this as a more fundamental achievement, creating reference architectures around specific applications to best take advantage of FlashBlade.
Greg Ferro gives some important to advice to any established or aspiring influencer in the IT world. He encourages everyone to take a stab at blogging and to stick with it because, eventually, someone will notice your hard work and make your effort worth it.
If I had to guess what the next buzzword was going to be in enterprise IT, “intent driven” seems to be the new hotness. For one, it sounds a lot more humanistic than saying automation. But it also represents a larger shift of companies moving away from the idea of how something has to be done, and toward looking for ways to implement how they want a given IT goal to proceed.
But as much as “intent driven” products seems to be catching on, we often see companies struggling to identify what is the actual intent behind their solutions.
Ray Lucchesi recently weighted in on where innovation is occurring in IT, hardware or software. He considered Dell EMC’s decision to kill their DSSD NVMe storage device, and frames it in the continuing debate. Ray thinks it’s further evidence that we are in a software innovation cycle. As further evidence, recent releases by both Excelero and E8 Storage. Both are using commodity hardware to achieve high level performance, over 4 million IO/sec with ~120 to ~230µsec response times. It’s an interesting discussion, and Ray gives both sides their due.
It seems a lot of companies are excited about the possibilities of whitebox networking. This applies not just to inside the data center, but outside as edge devices as well. I’ve never really considered that as a possibility. Kevin Myers outlines a bit of the history of whitebox networking, and what he’s seeing to convince him that they’re rapidly moving to the edge.
One of the things I’ve learned pretty quickly in Enterprise IT, words matter a lot. Just say the word “on-premise” to someone if you haven’t experienced yet. Especially in IT, where many problems are less purely technological and come down to communication issues, I can understand the need for precise language. I generally take a […]
Containers are in a weird place in IT right now. You can’t follow the space very far before you’ll come across someone talking about the inevitable containerization of IT. If you’re new to the space, you might have thought this has already happened. The prime example of this is Docker, which went from being a container company […]
The course of a career can take many twists and turns. Things that we least suspect can have lasting impacts, and what we think of as life altering can be little more than mile markers. In this spirit, Eric Shanks shares some thoughts after attending Tech Field Day last week. It’s a really thoughtful look […]
Bee’s are getting sick of how much buzz containers are getting these days. But there’s a good reason. If you’re feeling lost in all the noise around containers, check out Stephen Foskett’s keynote from the Deltaware Data Solutions’ 2016 Emerging Technology Summit. It’s a pretty nice cheatsheet to get you up to speed in the […]
Software defined networking solutions are a lot like opinions, just because you have one doesn’t mean it’s any good. Phil Gervasi gives a look at an offering from VeloCloud in anticipation of a Networking Field Day presentation and likes what he sees. Whereas some other SD-WAN offerings can be immature, VeloCloud appears to provide a fully thought […]