The IBM Blockchain Platform Now Runs Anywhere

IBM is currently and intends to remain the worldwide market leader in enterprise blockchain business networks. To date, the company’s “IBM Blockchain Platform” has been offered as a cloud-based Platform-as-aService (PaaS) that runs on backend IBM’s LinuxONE servers, providing clients with a managed, full stack supporting numerous live production networks. IBM has just announced, however, that it will greatly expand its blockchain...

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..IBM’s Acquisition of Red Hat – Is it a Game Changer?

IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat has been termed a “game changer” by many, but what is the real impact of this deal? Where will the acquisition have a significant impact and where will the combination be less effective? I’ve written up a new brief for our ESG subscribers about the IBM/Red Hat deal. In summary, while the deal is significant in scope, the near-term impacts will be limited by the lack of existing synergies in the...

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…Infrastructure Compatibility and VMware Cloud on AWS

Much of the discussion when it comes to moving workloads from on-premises data centers to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is about the need to lift and shift VMs. The problem is that much of the discussion is about what happens after the lift and shift, in terms of the operational and cost-side of running VMs in IaaS. What has been missing is the discussion of how to get those VMs into the cloud in the first place. I can...

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The Case Against AWS – And It’s Not AWS’ Fault

Recently the NSA, a highly secure US government entity, left an unprotected disk image loaded with classified information right out in public on AWS. The NSA left it there on an “unlisted” server, but it didn’t have a password. Thus, if you stumbled across it, or someone went looking for it (a cybersecurity person at UpGuard did just that), it was yours for the taking. I will bypass all the ironic commentary/jokes that could/should be...

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AWS Is Not Slowing Down at re:Invent

AWS, as an established public cloud leader, can afford to rest on its laurels, but with competitors sprinting behind it, it is not slowing down in any way. During the Global Partner Summit at the re:Invent trade show, there were numerous announcements, including the Networking Competency for AWS Partners and the availability of PrivateLink for customer and partner network services. Are there any patterns I see? The most obvious item...

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