AWS Outposts: Reinventing the On-prem/Off-prem Debate – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, December 10th 2018

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At re:Invent 2018, AWS let loose a flurry of services announcements. One of the most interesting and perhaps the most consequential is AWS Outposts. Outposts is a fully managed, on-premises ITaaS platform that is essentially an extension of an AWS public cloud region...

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IBM to Acquire Red Hat for $34 Billion-Wow – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, October 31st 2018

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IBM has announced its widely unexpected intention to acquire Red Hat. For me and others I’ve spoken to, this is a stunning event that represents more than the $34B bet that IBM just placed on cloud and open source. But...

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Abolish the Cloud Data Toll Gate – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, October 8th 2018

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It is now common for public cloud services provides (CSPs) such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure to charge data egress fees. These are monthly fees levied on top of charges for cloud services whenever a customer retrieves...

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Does Public Cloud Storage Cost More? Yes and No – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, September 18th 2018

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Recently published research on hybrid cloud storage use cases sheds light on the ongoing debate over which storage environment costs more: the cloud or an on-premises data center. It this increasingly advanced stage of public cloud storage usage within the...

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What VMworld 2018 Said About VMware – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, September 10th 2018

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VMworld 2018 drew a crowd of approximately 20,000, down 10,000 from last year’s attendance of 30,000. Why the fall-off in attendance isn’t exactly clear, but containers and public clouds are possibilities. Both are surfacing as potential threats to VMware’s dominating...

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Pay-as-you-go is OPEX, Right? – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, July 12th 2018

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Cloud computing ushered in an increased appreciation and appetite for treating enterprise computing infrastructure as an operating expense (OPEX). The pay-as-you-go model works for off-site computing resources so why not on-site as well? “Why not just make it all OPEX,”...

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HANA – SAP’s Strategy is now In-Memory – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, March 20th 2018

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The ideal computational system keeps all data in the fastest accessible place – typically system memory. However, memory volatility and cost have traditionally limited its size. Data that needs to be persisted shuffles back and forth to and from disk....

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The Coming Intersection of HPC and the Enterprise Data Center – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, February 20th 2018

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High Performance Computing (HPC) traditionally exists as a separate and distinct discipline from enterprise data center computing. Both use the same basic components—servers, networks, storage arrays—but are optimized for different types of applications. Those within the data center are largely...

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Big Data Meets Data Fabric and Multi-cloud – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Sunday, January 14th 2018

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As cloud computing progresses forward, an ages-old problem for IT is resurfacing—how to integrate and secure data stores that are disbursed geographically and across a growing diversity of applications. Data silos, which have always limited an organizations ability to extract...

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Who Will Be the Haves and Have Nots? – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

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Tis the season for industry analysts to make stunningly insightful predictions about the coming year. They make interesting reading at best. Rarely do analysts review what they wrote the year before to see if they actually got it right. Years...

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