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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Recovering from Digital Transformation – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, November 10th 2017

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Digital Transformation projects now abound within enterprise IT. Depending on the vertical industry segment we see IoT, Customer 360, Industry 4.0 and Insurtec to say nothing of the multi-cloud architectures cropping up across the IT landscape. As the operational techs now ease these systems into production,...

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Dell Makes a Big Bet on IoT – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, October 20th 2017

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I attended a Dell-hosted, two-day analyst event last week in New York City. The first day focused on IQT—Dell’s “intelligent” approach to the Internet of Things (IoT). Michael Dell was with us for the entire day. During the second day, company...

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Microsoft Azure Stack vs. VMware Cloud on AWS – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, September 7th 2017

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Customers, Start Your Pencil Sharpeners Enterprise hybrid cloud adoption is rising. It’s a trend that prompts vendors that serve enterprise IT to respond with hybrid cloud “in a box” solutions. In a previous post, I squared-off two such offerings—Microsoft’s Azure Stack vs. VMware’s...

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Object — Just Another Storage Technology or a New Business Proposition? – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, September 1st 2017

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“Data Tsunami” is a trite expression meant to convey to enterprise IT a sense or impending doom. If you as an IT executive fail to manage it, unnamed bad things will happen – like maybe you’ll drown? But the Tsunami...

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Today’s Challenge for the OpenStack Foundation: Move Beyond the Complexity Conundrum – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, May 11th 2017

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OpenStack Summits follow a six-month cadence and the first of this year’s shows is being held this week in Boston with OpenStack Sydney Australia following in November. Attendance here in Boston is said to be approximately 5,000 and the keynotes...

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Microsoft and VMware Will Square-off in the Hybrid Cloud – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, March 24th 2017

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In a previous blog, I noted VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s view of who he thought was VMware’s biggest competitor. It was (and is) Microsoft. He sees Microsoft “everywhere.” But let’s put “everywhere” aside for the moment. The arena where these...

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The Next as-a-Service: SRM – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, March 13th 2017

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I have been hearing recently that Digital Transformation is not about moving applications to the cloud, but rather moving enterprise IT from an internal Capex-oriented practice to a consumer of IT, self-service Opex model. IT vendors, taking their cue from...

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