Microsoft Ruling Hurts All US Cloud Providers

A few months ago, the US government did a completely insane, and massively far reaching thing – it forced Microsoft to hand over e-mails and personal information of customers of US companies on a server that is in IRELAND. It’s essentially like telling the FBI that they have a right to barge into someone’s house in Cork because some U.S. cousin might have sent them something illegal. As far as I know, that’s...

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Why Doesn’t IT Back Up BYOD?!

I have always been confounded why IT, the custodian of corporate data, doesn’t feel obliged to protect that corporate data when it resides on an endpoint device, and more particularly when the corporate data resides on a BYOD endpoint device. I understand the excuses – it’s hard to do well, the solutions are expensive, and it’s difficult to quantify the business impact and therefore the ROI of the solution. In fact, in...

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IBM – Transformation Is Commonplace, Evolution Is Hard

IBM’s System and Technology Group (STG), the company’s core hardware product organization, has been hosting annual analyst summits to discuss current events and future plans for about as long as I’ve been an analyst. That said, the summit held last week in Greenwich, Conn., finds STG and IBM at what some might describe as a crossroads facing significant changes in and challenges to its traditional markets. The title of former IBM CEO...

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IDF 2014: The Four “A’s” of Industry Standard DC Computing

Last week, while most of the world was mooning over the latest revolutionary iPhone launch extravaganza in Cupertino, a different sort of revolution was taking place in San Francisco at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014. Amidst a host of other new and/or improved products and initiatives, Intel introduced the newest addition to its Xeon processor line for servers, storage, networking and workstations—the E5-2600/1600 v3 families...

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Intel: In Search of the Better Idea

Most businesses live very tactically – focused like a laser on every quarter they are in and on optimizing sales – but with no view of what is coming 12 or more months out. This is why so many of the companies that were successful 30 years ago are no longer around today. Events occurred that they didn’t anticipate and the market left them behind. Since there is no accurate crystal ball showcasing the future, the only way to accurately...

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IBM IBV Study: Why Infrastructure Matters

For several years, the IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV) has conducted surveys of both CIOs and CEOs to determine their strategic goals and priorities and the role that technology will play in organizational growth. In a 2013 CEO Study — for the first time — technology rose to the top of the list as the biggest business influencer. This outcome prompted the IBV to launch an additional “Infrastructure Matters” study to...

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