The Lost Boys – Where has the storage gone?

March 22, 2016 11:24 am Published by -

In the Fortune article by Jonathan Varian, Declining Data Storage Market Hurts EMC, Dell, and IBM, it is interesting to see the storage giants trying to turn the ship and be agile to maintain their markets.

Growing up with the storage business, it was only a matter of time before Moore’s law became obsolete. Server processors became exponentially faster with more cores while memory footprints became extremely dense. Then Flash came along…the hardware component that took its time towards general adoption but has made a huge impact.  Today we have all flash arrays that use little power with 100,000+ IOPs.

Over the last two decades as a manufacturer, the best thing about selling storage was your customer would always be back. Whether it is for more capacity or performance, you could count on a return visit. Every successful business strives to build a recurring model and this was the genius behind the bigs; EMC, Dell, HP, NetApp and IBM. They knew businesses would be consuming at a predictable rate.  But times are changing – rapidly – the boys are struggling.

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This post was written by Gerry Fleming

What’s causing slow container and DevOps adoption?

March 8, 2016 8:53 pm Published by -

Analogical Reasoning and DevOps

A couple of weeks ago writer Clint Boulton posted an article titled “CIOs aren’t ready for Docker and Container technology“, where he discusses that CIOs are slow to adopt containers and DevOps. It is a pretty good read, providing more substance than other pieces covering emerging technology. In fact, it was largely supported with data derived live from 80 CIOs that were in attendance at a Wall Street Journal event. As an empirical data guy this is a good thing. But I kept finding myself taking issue with the “CIOs aren’t ready” part of the title. At Nebulaworks we are working on DevOps enablement projects daily and containers are a key piece of the puzzle to drive pipeline productivity. So why are CIOs slow to embrace the technology and adopt DevOps?

I went back and reread the article and put myself in the place of a CIO who was sitting in the audience listening to the various speakers, including Docker CEO, Ben Golub. Hearing Ben’s high-level comments, the initial value proposition; i.e., use cases, would be pretty easy to understand for the technical leaders of organizations. But apparently that wasn’t the case. Why? While many explain slow adoption as a function of risk, while others using reasons like regulatory compliance, these and other justifications are the result of:


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This post was written by Chris Ciborowski