ThinkPad 25 Celebrates 25 Years of Solid Innovation

It is not often we get a collectible notebook. I’ve had a few over the years—the ThinkPad Butterfly, the Acer Ferrari Laptop, and there have been several Dell collectibles like the Dell Adamo. Unlike most laptops, even when these are “done” from a computing sense you generally keep them because they are a part of history. One of the most iconic brands in notebooks however is the ThinkPad. The ThinkPad arguably had the first “collectible” (the only one I sadly didn’t keep) and they just recently announced their 25-year anniversary edition—the ThinkPad 25—in limited quantities. Unlike many of the collectibles I’ve mentioned—which were often both pretty and relatively fragile—the ThinkPad 25 reflects its business roots. Like a collectible truck—as opposed to a collectible sportscar—it is comparatively robust. Let’s talk ThinkPads this week. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM’s LTO-8 – Building a Bright Future for Tape Storage

Hang around the IT industry long enough and you notice that rumors of the impending demise of some product or class of products are always making the rounds. Sometimes they’re honest opinions expressed by canny industry-watchers. More often they reflect the hopes of desperate vendors trying to poke holes in competitors’ cash cows and/or businesses. Most importantly, they’re generally wrong. Why do I say that? Because if you examine the evidence, you find that technologies tend to die for one of two reasons. The first are vendor-led extinctions where a vendor decides to pull the plug on a given technology (or the market pulls the plug on the vendor). For example, HP’s 2000 acquisition of Compaq and its subsequent adoption of Intel’s Itanium CPUs resulted in the company killing its own HP-UX chips, as well as Compaq’s Alpha and Tandem silicon. Technologies also die when they fail to keep pace with alternatives or lose the faith of core customers. Data storage technologies provide a rich smorgasbord of examples, including the appearance/disappearance of 8-inch, 5¼-inch and 3 ½-inch floppy disks, and Iomega’s Zip and Jaz drives, all of which were driven under by decreasingly costly/increasingly popular HDD and CD/RW technologies. Which brings us to tape storage, particularly data center-focused tape technologies. Those have been under a death-watch since 2002 when EMC introduced its Centera platform, the industry’s first HDD-based solution for data archiving, long a tape bastion. More to the point, despite surviving well beyond competitors’ hopes and expectations, tape storage also continues to evolve as evidenced by the new generation LTO-8 offerings just announced by IBM. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Intel, IoT and the Next Phase of…

The decided shift toward industrial IoT over the past 12-18 months is hardly surprising since the value of IoT to and investment capacity of businesses makes them attractive prospects to vendors. But there are problems ahead in IoT, especially in terms of efficiently scaling and speeding IoT deployments while securing customers’ networks and other resources. Those challenges have seemed nearly insurmountable, especially if estimates of the IoT markets scaling to tens of billions of connected devices by 2020 are to be believed. That goal is clearly what Intel aims to help customers and partners achieve with its automated Secure Device Onboard Zero Touch model and Enhanced Privacy ID security features. Thanks to Intel, the future of industrial IoT just got a whole lot brighter. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Intel/Waymo/AI.. Autonomous Car Dominance

Autonomous cars likely represent of the biggest potential technology waves since the Smartphone. This is because, to function properly, they’ll not only have to carry some of the most powerful computers ever created, they also will have to have a network that is even more ubiquitous than the cellular network, and have a secure management overlay that would dwarf that of Nuclear Power plants. And, right behind autonomous cars and trucks, we have autonomous flying drones coming some of which will replace these autonomous cars which aren’t yet in market. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM Launches… Analytics System with Machine Learning

Information analytics has never been a “one size fits all” proposition. That applies to the hardware and software technologies organizations employ, the information being parsed and the goals of specific projects. So it’s worth examining how individual vendors approach analytics and the way they evolve their solutions and services to reflect changes in commercial markets. That’s certainly the case for IBM’s Integrated Analytics System, a new solution that builds on previous company database, software and hardware innovations, along with its longstanding support for open source projects and organizations. Let’s take a closer look at that. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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