All posts by: Jean Bozman

About Jean Bozman

Jean is a senior industry analyst focusing her research on server technology, storage technology, database software and the emerging market for Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI).

April 20, 2018

IBM OpenPOWER Consortium Expands POWER Technology to a Broader Customer Base

By Jean S. Bozman IBM is expanding the base of customers who will deploy the IBM POWER9 processor and OpenPOWER technologies, by extending its POWER architecture for use in new and emerging workloads. This approach, born with OpenPOWER’s inception in 2013, is building a larger ecosystem around POWER than would have been possible if IBM […]

April 20, 2018

IBM’s POWER9 Targets AI, ML and Cognitive Workloads

By Jean S. Bozman IBM’s POWER9 processor has emerged as an engine for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Cognitive Computing. Long anticipated on the IBM processor roadmap, POWER9 was announced in Q417, and is already moving into production at IBM Power Systems customer sites. Through the OpenPOWER consortium, partners will leverage IBM’s POWER9 […]

April 11, 2018

Container Security Should Be Top-of-Mind for DevOps Teams

By Jean S. Bozman Containers are being readily adopted for born-on-the-web workloads by hyperscalers, cloud providers and DevOps organizations. Now, as more enterprise applications and databases are migrating to containers, developers must be mindful of the continuing need for security. Driven by digital transformation to modernize traditional IT infrastructure, container adoption is showing strong growth. […]

February 26, 2018

What Is Persistent Memory — and Why Do We Need It?

  By Jean S. Bozman Some may think it’s a bit too soon, but Silicon Valley is already thinking about persistent memory (PM) and its use cases. What is persistent memory – and why is it needed? Persistent memory is silicon-based solid-state memory that stores data – even if there is a power failure – […]

February 5, 2018

IBM Shows Its Approach to Transforming Retail Business at NRF2018

By Jean S. Bozman Differentiation is the name of the game in today’s retail marketplace. Amazon.com’s direct business model has become a market disruptor, forcing retailers to re-evaluate their in-store and online sales strategies. At the same time, their traditional competitors are also discovering that they must transform their business processes in big ways, and […]

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December 27, 2017

OpenStack’s Survey Focuses on Next Wave of Customers’ Cloud Priorities

  By Jean S. Bozman The OpenStack Foundation’s semi-annual survey of more than 1,000 OpenStack customers has revealed new priorities for future OpenStack production deployments. OpenStack has used surveys of its customer base to take snapshots of OpenStack adoption. This was the case for the recently announced interoperability testing initiative that is being launched in […]

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December 7, 2017

IBM Shapes a New POWER System Focused on AI and Cognitive Workloads

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive capabilities are likely to lead IBM’s marketing for product differentiation for years to come. As a result of this corporate direction, IBM Systems is moving away from a technical roadmap approach for its POWER-based servers – and toward an approach to marketing that is centered on analytics capabilities and […]

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November 22, 2017

Oracle Exadata x7 + Oracle Database 18c = New Engines for Oracle Cloud

By Jean S. Bozman The Exadata engineered system has already proved itself to be a foundation for Oracle’s overall strategy for the hybrid cloud. As a modular system, its resources can be scaled out, adding nodes for compute and storage independently. That fits the bursting and flexing model for enterprise clouds. Now, Oracle is looking […]

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November 17, 2017

OpenStack Changes Its Testing Process to Widen Adoption

By Jean S. Bozman The OpenStack Foundation is moving into a new stage. Known for its community-style development of open-source building-blocks for cloud infrastructure, the organization has realized it must change the way it presents the OpenStack platform so that its technology can become more widely adopted. Those changes were made clear at the OpenStack […]

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September 20, 2017

VMware is Building a Multi-Cloud Strategy for Hybrid Cloud

VMware’s partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the subject of the lead keynote at VMworld2017, is the latest sign of VMware’s conviction that its future is enabling a multi-cloud, hybrid IT world. The multi-cloud strategy is based on the idea that most customers have multiple paths to public clouds as they migrate workloads, often leveraging […]

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