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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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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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You know when you get that feeling that you have experienced the same situation in the past. You can’t put your finger on it but you know you have been here before. Well that is how I feel when I think about the emerging world of containers and microservices. I actually think this feeling of déjà vu is a good thing -- containers and microservices are beginning to see the glimmers of the commercialization of a service oriented approach to computing. In 2007, I co-authored my first book called Service Oriented Architectures for Dummies. For the next few years, I...
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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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Why SDI Will Rock Digital Transformation

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Digital transformation enables organizations to leverage their structured and unstructured data with advanced analytics and machine learning, in the form of cognitive computing, to anticipate and respond to business shifts. This gives businesses the IT flexibility, and the business agility, to deal with changing business conditions. IBM’s InterConnect Conference in Las Vegas focused on digital transformation, which leverages hybrid cloud services to deliver advanced data services to business end-users. In an age when the focus is focused on software and cloud, it’s important to note that a new generation of software-enabled hardware infrastructure (SDI) is increasingly taking center stage. It will...
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