Understanding The Hype Around Hyperconverged Infrastructure

There is a lot of hype around hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All the big vendors and a number of lesser-known smaller ones are in the game. Dell EMC has doubled down on its HCI portfolio investments; NetApp is entering the market leveraging its Solidfire technology; HPE is investing in growing its SimpliVity line; Cisco acquired Springpath so it could offer its own line, but it also partners with Nutanix, HPE and just about...

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IBM & Anaconda… Cognitive Development

Solutions designed to reduce or eliminate complexity and risk are mainstays in the IT industry, especially when it comes to emerging technologies. The short and long term intentions of such efforts are pretty straightforward; by doing so, vendors aim to ease customers into trying on new offerings in hopes that the experience will result in future sales opportunities. That’s been the case with a number of efforts IBM has initiated...

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SAP/IBM Announce T&E Program for HANA on Power

Last week’s SAP Sapphire NOW user and partner conference in Orlando was something of a love fest for the company’s HANA in-memory database technology. That was hardly surprising, since SAP has made it clear that HANA represents far more than just an innovative solution for a variety of big data, analytics and business intelligence workloads. In fact, the HANA platform, along with an evolving number of complementary solutions,...

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Even if Disk Were Free You’d Still Want Tape

The cost of disk capacity has come down dramatically over the last two decades and, thanks to technologies like scale-out NAS and object storage, the ability to manage petabytes of data is certainly a possibility. But the cost to power and cool this storage plus the cost of data center floor space have increased dramatically. The net impact is that even if storage vendors gave disk capacity away, the cost to maintain that capacity...

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Emerson… Forecasts Major Data Center Challenges & Changes

Emerson Network Power released “Data Center 2025: Exploring the Possibilities,” a report summarizing four months of global research designed to identify industry experts’ vision of the data center in the year 2025. Based on interviews with more than 800 data center professionals from around the world (and contributions from dozens of others who shared their thoughts via email and video), the results ranged from the expected to the...

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