Infrastructure & operations
Momentum buiilds behind OpenStack
In a world where OS and low-level platform software is considered unfashionable, it was refreshing to see the Linux glitterati and cognoscenti descended on Boston for the last three days, 5000 strong and genuinely passionate about Linux. I spent a day there mingling with the crowds in the exhibit halls, attending some sessions and meeting with Red Hat management.
June 26, 2015 10:02:00 AM Read Full Post
Don't let the hype put you off the real business benefits of rapid, automated, business-focussed software delivery
Everywhere I turn, I hear about how some product or service is geared towards DevOps. It feels like the “cloud washing” we all just went through. “Cloud washing” continues to cause problems as even today it remains difficult to understand how products and services really affect our ability to create and manage clouds and applications in the cloud.
June 08, 2015 11:10:00 AM Read Full Post
Chinese infrastructure giant is greater than the sum of its parts
In late April I once again attended Huawei’s annual analyst meeting in Shenzen, China. As with my last trip to this event, I approached it with a mix of dread and curiosity – dread because it is a long tiring trip and doing business in China if you are dependent on Google services is at best a delicate juggling act, and curiosity because Huawei is one of the most interesting and poorly understood of the large technology companies in the world, especially here in North America.
June 02, 2015 10:31:00 AM Read Full Post
There is correlation between employee satisfaction and good customer experience
Forrester's Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) shows that the key determiner of a company's success is customer satisfaction. We can also prove that there is a strong correlation between employee satisfaction and customer perception and opinion, which is more pronounced with those employees who have a greater impact on your customers.
May 26, 2015 10:41:00 AM Read Full Post
Disrupt or be disrupted - internally and externally
With the threat of Digital Disruption all around us, we all need to up our game.
May 22, 2015 10:37:00 AM Read Full Post
Moving to a 3-year replacement cycle changes your buying and design criteria
Investment protection is hogwash in today's fast moving business and technology environment.
May 18, 2015 10:17:00 AM Read Full Post
Infrastruture architects face some interesting choices
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
Standardised x86 servers are just the start
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
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