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Before I start with my predictions, let me explain what I mean by a prediction. I believe that predictions should not be about the end of a technology cycle but the timing for when a issue begins to gain traction that will result in industry shifts.  As I pointed out in my book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Change Into Success (Josey Bass, 2011), important industry initiatives and changes usually require decades of trial and error before they result in significant product and important trends.  So, in my predictions, I am pointing out changes that are starting. a know...
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With the growing importance of data analytics, businesses are discovering that they must walk a fine line  in how they handle and manage customer data. Data privacy both  from both regulatory and reputational standpoints is requiring companies to move cautiously. The latest round of regulations, including the EU’s GDPR, comes with stiff financial penalties for those that fail to comply. Companies that fail to adequately prepare for the GDPR risk incurring fines of up to 4 percent of their annual revenue. As a result, organizations around the world are scrambling to address the new rules before the GDPR goes into effect...
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Can Open Source Companies Be Successful?

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Open source is dramatically changing the IT landscape on many levels. For example, open source helps existing software companies jump-start their entry into new markets. Rather than trying to convince customers and partners to adopt a proprietary platform, creating an offering on open source platforms allows users to leverage tools they are familiar with. In addition, open source platforms often have the support of active user communities and are continually evolving to support new technical and business capabilities. While there are clearly benefits in the use of open source, there are issues that you need to keep in mind. Companies...
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From the start of Larry Ellison’s Sunday night keynote on Sunday night, it was apparent that the dominant theme at the week-long  Oracle OpenWorld 2016 could be summed up in two words: The Cloud. Ellison, now Oracle chairman and CTO, signaled the direction the company is taking – a strong move to support cloud deployments on-premises, off-premises – or both, via hybrid cloud. He identified Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a prime competitor – and reinforced that positioning in his second keynote on Tuesday. Oracle executives spoke openly of the strong influence Ellison is having on Oracle product design, since he...
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  VMware, known for its software stack for virtualized environments, showed its expanded ecosystem at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas. It has made a decided effort to reach into mixed-vendor deployments in virtualized x86 infrastructure – and to connect with other vendor’s public clouds, starting with IBM’s SoftLayer. The company with the largest installed base of virtualized x86 infrastructure is moving, in multiple ways, to grow its total available market (TAM), even as its corporate parent, EMC, merges into Dell Technologies. Significantly, it highlighted its connections with open-source technologies that drive many of the cloud computing deployments, both in enterprise data...
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The new Dell Technologies stepped onto the worldwide stage last week (week of Sept. 7, 2016), bringing with it a new “take” on how to do IT services in the cloud computing world. The newly formed Dell Technologies services group, Dell EMC Services has a new mission: It will provide strategic advice and guidance for building out new infrastructure related to cloud and hybrid cloud. Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell and Dell EMC president David Goulden said the new combined company will help customers to consolidate traditional IT infrastructure – even as they also help customers modernize and expand their use...
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Oracle Corp. is introducing new SPARC processors to support scale-out cloud computing, just as many of its customers are looking to migrate some of their workloads to hybrid clouds. The new Oracle S7 processors, which are the processing engines on Oracle’s engineered systems, enable fast analytics and data security – supporting both of these chief features with on-chip, built-in acceleration technology.   End-to-end Computing for Hybrid Clouds End-to-end computing is key to the new S7-based systems, because they support the same Solaris/SPARC workloads that run on the Oracle SPARC M7-based systems, introduced in 2015. For purposes of consistency and compatibility,  Oracle...
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Data gravity is becoming an ever-more-powerful force in data center environments. In this view, it makes more sense to analyze data where it has the greatest density – which is often in on-premises databases or data repositories. This “data gravity” perspective is all about a new option to aggregate data in a cloud provider’s infrastructure, allowing it to scale to the petabyte stage, and analyzing that large dataset using high-bandwidth, low-latency fabrics.   The term “data gravity” was coined by Dave McCrory two years ago, based on the physics of gravitation. McCrory, who had worked at VMware and Cloud Foundry, started...
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