IBM Continues its Leadership in Software-Defined Storage

“We’re #1!” is the proud cry that every team and organization would like to make, and IBM can claim that proud distinction for software-defined storage. The evidence comes from market research vendor International Data Corporation (IDC), which has ranked IBM #1 in the worldwide software-defined storage (SDS) market for the third straight year. This is a meaningful distinction as the software-defined storage market is large and is expected to continue its rapid growth. IDC estimates that the market for SDS would grow at a 40% CAGR in 2015-2020 and reach $1 billion in 2016. This is the fastest of any of the seven storage software functional markets that IDC tracks and shines in comparison to what IDC says is the low performance of storage replication and infrastructure solutions. In short, IBM has chosen the right functional storage market horse to ride (although, of course, it participates in the other functional markets where it is amongst the leaders in all storage software categories, as well as a large full-spectrum IT vendor). For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Dell Data Guardian…

Earlier this week, I was briefed on Dell Data Guardian—a new offering from what is now arguably the biggest tech company in the world, focused on making file level security braindead-easy to use. Big companies making things easy for users doesn’t happen that often, largely because the bigger a firm becomes the more focused on volume buyers, regulations/compliance, and politics it gets and users tend to drop into noise. So, when a firm of Dell Technology’s size brings out a tool focused to make a critical corporate requirement—security—easy for users, I find it interesting and a behavior we should all work harder to encourage. Apparently, and this should be no surprise, according to a recent Dell security survey the lack of an easy tool to better secure shared information is limiting collaboration both inside and outside the company. Dell’s Data Guardian solution is targeted at fixing the problem of secure file sharing both inside and outside the firm. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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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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