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Jean Bozman

Bozman HeadshotJean S. Bozman is a seasoned industry analyst with more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and industry analyst focused on the worldwide IT markets for databases, servers, storage and software. Jean's full bio
  Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Internet of Things (IoT) solution gained attention at the HPE Discover 2016 conference in June by leveraging HPE’s converged technology in systems designed for IoT data collection and analytics. Details about the announcement can be seen here. HPE sees IoT – and the new IoT edge servers – as an important avenue for expanding its server business.  Use-case examples for this category of edge servers include analyzing the sensor data generated in retail, manufacturing, oil/gas, health care, transportation and engineering. Scenarios include failure prediction, machine learning, preventative maintenance, and real-time monitoring of industrial processes and manufacturing devices....
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IBM’s public discussion of its POWER processor roadmap shows that there will be scale-out and scale-up versions, starting with POWER9 in 2017. Key workloads for POWER9 will include cloud computing, visualization and HPC for scale-out servers, and transactional workloads and advanced Big Data analytics for scale-up servers. The scale-out versions will support intensive cloud computing from hyperscale cloud providers like Google and Rackspace, both of which are active members of the OpenPOWER Foundation, and both companies have said they will leverage POWER processors as part of their datacenter infrastructure. The scale-up versions will support enterprise on-prem computing, including traditional transactional and...
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The world of analytics is expanding – and the complexity is expanding right along with it. Data is stored in distributed file systems, on clustered server nodes, and on scale-up systems. It may be structured, or unstructured, data. And, applications that access the data can be written to run on physical servers, virtual servers (VMs), or containers. The result is a rapidly growing, complex environment for customers. IBM’s approach to addressing these customer issues is to provide a new generation of advanced resource-management IBM Spectrum Computing software that supports software-defined infrastructure (SDI). The SDI functionality abstracts the control plane away from...
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The OpenPOWER consortium, which met in San Jose, CA, last month, identified key workloads that have an affinity to the IBM POWER processor’s capabilities. Following its founding in 2013, and more than two years into organizing a worldwide consortium, more than 200 members have joined the OpenPOWER Foundation. Last year’s Summit had 15 products based on OpenPOWER; this year’s had 59. The growing ecosystem shed light on the deployment use cases for OpenPOWER, which leverages IBM’s multi-core RISC processor for a variety of demanding workloads. Three things drew the consortium together: Leveraging IBM’s POWER chip designs, including eight-threaded processing, for scale-out...
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OpenStack use, and the pattern of users’ new deployments, were shown at the OpenStack 2016 conference in Austin, Texas, via the highlights of the OpenStack Foundation’s own survey of more than 1,600 respondents worldwide. The overview of survey results, accessible online via a Google search, casts more light on an important technology affecting the build-out of new cloud infrastructure. The April, 2016, survey was the seventh one conducted by the OpenStack Foundation, to see how user adoption patterns are changing, over time. The shift in deployment types it reveals is significant, because new OpenStack releases are rolled out each year. This...
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As the OpenStack Foundation's twice-annual conference returned to its roots in Austin, Texas, the focus of the OpenStack 2016 conference was integration into mainstream IT. The rapid increase in hybrid clouds is creating demand for OpenStack-based software that can be supported by a broader group of enterprise platform vendors – most of which are openly supporting OpenStack APIs for interoperability between clouds. The presence of 7,500 attendees at the Austin conference underscores the broad interest in adopting OpenStack for multi-cloud deployments. Much of the discussion centered on the challenges of hybrid computing – with workloads spanning enterprise data centers and cloud service providers’...
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The move to disaggregated components in servers is well received by cloud providers. However, ironically, the disaggregated servers (compute/storage/networking switches) doesn't work well in marketing/messaging to enterprise customers, who would like to buy servers as workload-based solutions.  What’s interesting here is that the same technology is appealing to both buying communities – enterprise IT and cloud providers. But they’re asking system vendors for different packaging and different messages about the products. Case in Point Last week, I chaired the Future of Open Servers panel discussion – the closing session at the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara, CA. One customer, two analysts, and...
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Google is taking a differentiated approach to providing cloud services to the enterprise. Mindful that its primary competitors in the enterprise cloud space have already built substantial installed bases, Google will leverage made-by-Google software to add value beyond re-hosting and lift-and-shift workloads. Its Google Cloud Platform NEXT 2016 (GCP NEXT) conference in San Francisco (March 23 – March 24, 2016) showcased these next-gen workloads, as early adopter customers described their use of Google-hosted applications. Deep investments have already been made – with $9.9 Billion invested to build out the GCP business – and customers will be able to deploy workloads...
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