Pund-IT Spotlight Interview: IBM’s Andy Walls

Data storage has an odd position within the IT continuum. Though widely recognized for the critical roles they play in computing infrastructures of every kind and size, storage solutions tend to receive less public attention than microprocessor and memory technologies. That is a serious oversight, especially when one considers how important storage is in crucial new use cases and workloads, including artificial intelligence (AI),...

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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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IBM and Red Hat – A Match Made for Hybrid Cloud

That barn buster acquisitions are more common in IT than other industries says as much about the dynamism of the tech sector as it does about specific business circumstances. The fact is that most IT vendors are constantly on the hunt for a competitive edge, and in an industry that changes as rapidly as tech, acquiring external assets often delivers a bigger bang for the buck faster than internal development efforts. That said, simply...

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IBM + Red Hat: On The Path Of Change

Today’s announcement that IBM was going to acquire Red Hat for $34B amazes me because it showcases how much change a company can achieve. Back when I worked at IBM, it was a very rigid, hardware focused company that resisted change like a 4-year-old resists eating his or her vegetables. Back then we used to bet how long a new external hire would survive in the firm with the most generally lasting in the 9-12-month range. Today’s IBM...

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Thoughts On IBM’s Impressive Storage Announcement

I used to work in IBM storage so I kind get a kick out of covering their announcements. Part of that kick is that I don’t have to do them anymore myself given what a PITA they were to get through approvals. This week IBM announced some interesting products. I’d say exciting, but the reality is that for a storage admin, the word “exciting” generally means something went very wrong so I avoid the term when talking about storage for fear...

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