Intel’s Optane Memory and Incremental Revolution

Vendors love the big splash. Being first to market with major new technologies or delivering wholesale revisions of existing solutions and platforms generates numerous headlines and kudos. But secondary ripple effects can reveal significant progress, too. That’s the case with the new Optane SSD DC P4800X Series offering that Intel announced last month, a solution targeting data center storage applications. That was followed on March 27th with the official introduction of Optane-based memory modules for PCs. This week, Intel announced the commercial availability of Optane memory modules for PCs and other systems leveraging the company’s 7th gen Core processors. Those use cases demonstrate both Optane’s flexibility and how Intel can leverage individual breakthrough developments to pursue multiple markets and deliver substantial benefits. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Dell… Reducing the Complexity and Cost of IoT Development

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the subject of such attention, so much opinionating and so many remarkable claims of progress that it would be natural to assume that IoT is wheels up, rapidly gaining altitude and heading toward a future of eternal sunshine. That is, in a word, foolishness. Though it is true that numerous IT vendors and their customers have successfully implemented IoT solutions and infrastructures, many of those were one-off efforts that required substantial effort, time and customization. Those aren’t bad things necessarily but if IoT is ever to achieve the kind of global acceptance and success that proponents envision, it needs to become more simple, standardized, certain and cost-effective. That’s why The Linux Foundation’s announcement of its new EdgeX Foundry project is so intriguing. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Apple and the Dangers of Lock-In

I’m wading through the Qualcomm answer to Apple’s lawsuit against it and when I hit page 46 (item 4 bullet 4) I had an “oh crap” moment. Qualcomm is alleging that Apple is intentionally crippling certain iPhones so that users can’t tell they are using inferior parts in some of them. It seems Apple has gone to a dual-supplier model in an apparent attempt to force Qualcomm to drop its prices, but the second supplier apparently builds a significantly inferior product—so inferior in fact that even after Apple cripples the Qualcomm-based iPhones they’re still significantly better. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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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 around its Power Systems and technologies, including open sourcing its POWER processor architecture and helping to found the OpenPOWER Foundation with vendors interested in leveraging Power across a range of innovative new enterprise and data center solutions. But it’s also apparent in the company’s recently announced partnership with Continuum Analytics to offer its Anaconda Open Data Science platform on IBM’s POWER-based Cognitive Systems and to integrate Anaconda with the PowerAI distribution for machine learning. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…IoT Innovation Meets System Thinking

The growing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) seems both natural and real to me. In the former case, IoT represents an evolutionary step ahead for numerous technologies, including digital sensors, wireless gateways, cellular networks and data center systems. In the latter, businesses looking for a competitive edge increasingly recognize and appreciate the potential benefits of IoT solutions. However, I also believe there are fundamental flaws in how people perceive IoT technologies and solutions. That’s largely due to how many IoT discussions are being driven and hyped by niche technologists and specialty vendors. While it’s true that they can provide valuable contributions to eventual solutions, their products often represent “micro” portions of offerings whose true impact requires taking a broader “macro” point of view. In fact, the most fully realized IoT visions are those that leverage “system thinking” to develop solutions with closely knitted, strategically integrated component parts and services. That’s one reason that Dell EMC’s recently announced NASCAR sponsorship of JTG Daugherty Racing is so intriguing. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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