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Facebook and HP show different visions for Web-scale

Infrastruture architects face some interesting choices

by Forrester Analysts

Recently we’ve had a chance to look again at two very conflicting views from HP and Facebook on how to do web-scale and cloud computing, both announced at the recent OCP annual event in California.

March 26, 2015 11:38:00 AM Read Full Post

Rack-Scale Architectures get Real with Intel RSA Introduction

Standardised x86 servers are just the start

by Forrester Analysts

We have been watching many variants on efficient packaging of servers for highly scalable workloads for years, including blades, modular servers, and dense HPC rack offerings from multiple vendors, most of the highly effective, and all highly proprietary. With the advent of Facebook’s Open Compute Project, the table was set for a wave of standardised rack servers and the prospect of very cost-effective rack-scale deployments of very standardised servers

March 24, 2015 11:01:00 AM Read Full Post

IBM amps up the mainframe

Aggressively targets mobile workloads with new z13 announcement


On one level, IBM’s new z13, announced last Wednesday in New York, is exactly what the mainframe world has been expecting for the last two and a half years – more capacity (a big boost this time around – triple the main memory, more and faster cores, more I/O ports, etc.), a modest boost in price performance, and a very sexy cabinet design

January 20, 2015 9:45:00 AM Read Full Post

Hadoop isn’t for everyone...

But there are cloud-based big data solutions for us all

by Forrester Analysts

If you think you can do big data in-house, get ready for a lot of disappointment. If the data you want to analyze is in the terabytes in size, comes from multiple sources -- streams in from customers, devices or sensors -- and the insights you need are more complex than basic trending, you are probably looking for a data scientist or two.

January 07, 2015 9:57:00 AM Read Full Post

What I&O Leaders Should Look For At CES

BYOD, consumerisation and shadow IT mean you need a method for examining consumer tech innovation

by Forrester Analysts

I'm at Las Vegas this week for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) because Infrastructure & Operations leaders should – and do – need to keep tabs with the latest consumer tech trends.

January 06, 2015 10:05:00 AM Read Full Post

Bare Metal Clouds – Performance and Isolation Drive Consideration

Performance and Isolation Drive Consideration


Why use a bare-metal cloud if you are going to end up running your workloads on dedicated physical servers? Agiltiy is just one answer.

December 17, 2014 10:02:00 AM Read Full Post

The Data Digest: Five Urgent Truths About Wearables

Google Glass and Apple Watch are just the start

by Forrester Analysts

You don't need a wearables strategy that is independent from your mobile strategy, but you do need a wearables strategy....

December 09, 2014 12:18:00 PM Read Full Post

Cloud Becomes The Motivator In 2015

When Microsoft makes more profit from cloudthan on premises software, you had better be ready

by Forrester Analysts

We’ve been seeing for years in our surveys, that business users and application developers are the primary consumers of cloud services. SaaS and cloud platforms are not infrastructure or alternatives to the corporate data center but are instead application services your organization leverages to create new user experiences and greater efficiencies that maximize profitability and derive trends that result in business insights.

November 18, 2014 9:52:00 AM Read Full Post

As OpenStack Stabilises Big Questions Remain for the Foundation

Vendors have too loud a voice in the OpenStack community

by Forrester Analysts

At its Paris summit, the OpenStack community celebrated the 10th release of what has become the leading open source Infrastructure as a Service cloud platform software. What stood out about this latest iteration and the progress of its ever-growing ecosystem of vendors, users and service providers was the lack of excitement that comes with maturity.

November 12, 2014 9:31:00 AM Read Full Post

Microsoft and Dell change the private/hybrid cloud game with on-premise Azure

OpenStack is struggling for enterprise credibility, VMware is established but work in progress...

by Forrester Analysts

Microsoft quietly slipped in what looks like a potential game-changing announcement in the private/hybrid cloud world when, at TechEd, they rolled out Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), an integrated hardware/software system that combines an Azure-consistent on premise cloud with an optimized hardware stack from Dell.

October 30, 2014 9:55:00 AM Read Full Post

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