“Can the Storage Industry be Up and Down at the Same Time?” John Webster’s “Inescapable Data” Forbes Blog

By John Webster, Friday, October 4th 2013

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In a recent blog post, Dan Crain, CEO of WhipTail (recently acquired by Cisco) concluded that: “We are seeing a new generation of data storage technology from companies that are pioneering new ways to think about “Big and Fast Data.”...

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“The Big Brother Backlash” – Inescapable Data, a Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, August 6th 2013

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I just read an article written by Kevin Roose and published recently by New York mag that starts: “At 6 a.m. on Friday, I wake up, fumble for my alarm, and roll out of bed. As I walk to the...

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Dell Enterprise Forum And Dell’s Future – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, July 15th 2013

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Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty regarding founder Michael Dell’s proposal to Dell private via leveraged buyout (LBO), Dell hosted its Enterprise Forum recently in Santa Clara, CA for about 1,600 attendees that included customers, channel partners, analysts, and Dell...

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EMC’s Pivot Point – Forbes Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, May 3rd 2013

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Paul Maritz (Photo credit: Dell's Official Flickr Page) On March 15, EMC EMC +3.1%’s Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci announced the division of EMC into three groups: EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II), EMCVMware VMW +1.64%, and EMC Pivotal. In the grand scheme of all things...

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“When Big Data Doesn’t Tell the Truth” – Blog Posting By John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, April 16th 2013

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It is now clear that the Retail segment is investing in Big Data analytics sources and processes. The often cited reason is that retailers across the board are now seeing Amazon as a formidable competitor. The result is a desire...

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“A Storage Guy at GigaOM Structure Data?” – Blog Posting By John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, March 27th 2013

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GigaOM’s annual Structure Data event, held typically during March in New York City, is billed as a Big Data analytics event.  But I’m a self-confessed storage bigot and I saw this latest edition as a storage event. Cloud computing aficionados likely saw...

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Hadoop Appliances — the Lengthening List

By John Webster, Thursday, February 28th 2013

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I noted in a previous blog post that Hadoop needed a number of enhancements to make it more acceptable to enterprise users. One of them was simplicity. Indeed, even some of the purveyors of Hadoop distributions privately admit that Hadoop,...

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Blog: Whither Dell Storage Post LBO?

By John Webster, Thursday, February 7th 2013

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Eric Savitz, Forbes San Francisco bureau chief posted a very informative piece on the proposed Dell LBO that had been rumored for weeks and finally announced yesterday. The links he provides to documents Dell submitted to the SEC as part of its 8K filing are particularly...

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Hackers at the Big Iron Gates

By John Webster, Friday, January 18th 2013

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This week’s Facebook-initiated Open Compute Summit has been depicted by TechCrunch blogger Alex Williams as an event that benefits Facebook first and foremost as it builds out its data source business model. His well-written post basically says that significant revenue growth for Facebook can come...

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The Great Enterprise Hadoop Land Grab — Inescapable Data blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, January 10th 2013

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As CES kicks off, someone who follows the progress of Hadoop could well wonder where Hadoop fits—as an enabler of consumer-focused apps, an enhancer of enterprise business intelligence, or both. It is now clear that Hadoop has enabled the growth...

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