“Software-defined” is a powerful concept, and what it means is taking the underlying resources that are in any data center — the compute, the storage, and the network — and serving them up in a more consistent, software-controlled and software-automated way to the applications and the users. Continue reading
Many years ago when being quizzed as to whether ‘Web Services’ were the next big thing, Larry Ellison commented “I’ve spent too much time in Italy to know that you shouldn’t ignore fashion”. In tech, we like nothing better than a new trend – and we all know that fashion matters, so we get on board with it. As an industry we’ve proven to be masters at hyping new trends, setting unrealistically high expectations for them and then, when dust settles, sometimes making money.
So what are the big tech trends for 2015? Here’s my take… Continue reading
In November, a group of EMC and Pivotal data scientists and platform architects teamed up with members of the Earthwatch Institute and the Schoodic Institute, braving the driving wind and freezing temperatures in Acadia National Park in Maine to study bird migration. The goal? To showcase how, with best of breed data lake architecture, big data can do more than just predict our grocery lists; it can illuminate and illustrate the impact of climate change on the environment we live in. Continue reading
At the New Year, some people struggle to identify a bad habit that they want to end. Their co-workers, of course, instantly produce a long list of irritating behaviors. Similarly, every IT team’s business partners have a 2015 New Year’s Resolution for them – “Stop Being Dr. No.”
Lines of business complain that when they ask their IT for anything new, the answer is always “No.” Sometimes the rejection is instantaneous, with laments about reduced budgets, complex regulations, and distributed operations. Other times the refusal takes the form of “we’ll look at it,” and nothing ever happens. Lines of business don’t aspire to set up rogue IT environments; they feel like they have no alternatives. Continue reading