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Predictions for 2014

I read my predictions for 2013 again today and feel that I did a pretty reasonable job of highlighting the key trends that actually did impact IT in the last 12 months.  I spent some time over the holiday period thinking deeply about what 2014 has in store for us and the new trends that […]


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IBM win huge Pure Flex Order from European Union

IBM’s strategy of integrating application orchestration into their converged infrastructure offer, PureFlex appears to be starting to pay off handsomely with a significant 6,100 system order from the European Union.  IBM have been focussing for some time on the quality end of the market maintaining a revenue leading position (number one by sales value) with […]


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Which enterprise technology startups have the most promising technologies?

London, 19th November 2013 - After a fantastic second outing for The Tech Trailblazers Awards, the enterprise information technology startup awards today announced shortlisted finalists across the nine categories: Big Data, Cloud, Emerging Markets, Infosecurity, Mobile, Networking, Storage, Sustainable IT and Virtualization. The second edition of the awards received an increase in both the quantity and quality […]


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Ron Bianchini’s Avere seamlessly integrates Glacier into the data centre

Want to integrate Amazon Glacier and S3 into your data centre NAS environment? This is the best solution I have seen so far.


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IBM PureSystems stands up complex converged platform in less than 20 days

I received a very interesting press release from IBM about a new PureSystems installation in South America that is worthy of comment because it emphasises one of the key value propositions of converged platforms, agility. Converged, integrated systems can be configured and delivered extremely quickly and in point of fact the IBM platform is particularly […]


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Steve O’Donnell is a consultant and advisor, he was Chairman and CEO at GreenBytes a Providence RI based manufacturer of cloud scale Virtual Desktop appliances. He was a member of the Advisory Board for Salt Lake City Utah based Fusion-io (FIO) a maker of Solid State PCI based storage systems, he currently chairs both the advisory board for Mountain View California-based Violin Memory a maker of solid state storage controllers and the advisory board for Folsom CA based Rackwise a software vendor in the Data Centre Infrastructure Management area. He is a founder at Chalet Tech a Taipei based Database Security business and Chairman at Preventia a UK-based Security systems reseller and at Lanix a UK-based Managed Services vendor. He is the author of What Every CIO Wants – A guide for global technology salespeople and the original inspiration behind the Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model.
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Providence, R.I. – August 19, 2013 – GreenBytes®, Inc., a developer of full-featured virtual desktop optimization solutions that uniquely support existing infrastructure, today announced that it has been named a 2013 Emerging Virtualization Vendor by UBM Tech Channel’s CRN Magazine.  The annual CRN list highlights hot tech startups making an impact on the channel and […]
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Sometimes it is a single gradual and insidious technology that creeps up on us, more often it is the intersection of multiple innovations that (unnoticed) creates a tipping point and then everything is changed. The data center will never be the same again. Here are the colliding technologies that come together and change everything forever: […]
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In an attempt to reduce cost or improve performance at scale, some organizations are introducing low functionality, shared or cloned desktop operating systems within their virtual desktop environment. This article sets out to show that this approach is flawed, is simultaneously limiting and unnecessary and that it increases operational risk and reduces agility. New developments […]
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Why do many small businesses spend more money on coffee and tea than on their information technology systems?  Working with Dell Computers, I recently moderated an expert Think Tank in Amsterdam covering how small and medium businesses invest in technology for growth. This was an incredibly insightful discussion from owners and managers in all types […]
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  Every year I spend time thinking about what changes we will see in technology during the next year. It’s always a tough call as most changes only gain a foothold slowly and gradually over time. They creep upon us so that they become the new normal, stuff that we can’t imagine not having or […]
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My friends at Rackwise (RACK.OB),have just won another DCIM deal with Sandia National Laboratories to install and deploy Rackwise  in Sandia’s multiple data centers located at its principal facilities.   Sandia is a multi-program engineering and science laboratory operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of […]
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The demand for thin-client (VDI) deployments is increasing driven by a combination of Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC), Security concerns and the scheduled release of Windows 8. This is not a new business requirement, it’s been around for a while, only held back by the twin problems of achieving a sensible ROI and getting VDI […]
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I just finished writing an interesting white paper on Data Center Infrastructure Management for Rackwise Inc.  DCIM is not all about cost, although we would be remiss not to take the significant cost advantages available by properly managing our data center estate. The white paper picks up on a number of key themes in Data […]
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Not all business applications are equal. Some are high profile, visible and customer experience affecting. For a bank, the ATM systems, card processing platforms and Internet banking applications generally fall into this category. In my book “What Every CIO Wants“, I call these Invest category applications. Behind the scenes there are hundreds, sometimes thousands of […]
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All entrants win something: Prizes for winners include CTO and VC/IPO boot camp and mentoring, plus products and services worth tens of thousands of dollars London, UK – June 19th 2012 - Today the Tech Trailblazers Awards (www.techtrailblazers.com) were officially launched to champion innovative tech startups from around the world. The Tech Trailblazers Awards, open for entries July 18th, represent a new […]
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Since IBM launched the Smarter Planet initiative in November 2008, we have seen a consistent linkage of data analytics and analysis driving better and smarted business and societal behaviours. A new IBM global study of midmarket Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) indicates that nearly twice as many midmarket CEOs see creating a more collaborative work environment […]
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I just received a really stupid scam email – even the iCloud SPAM filter picked it up.        
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I have been working long and hard on writing a book – “What Every CIO Wants – A guide for global technology salespeople“. For many years I have lived a double life as a senior IT Executive with a salesman inside, desperately trying to get out. This book outlines my observations of what salespeople get […]
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I am participating in a tweet chat on sustainability on June 1st 6PM UK, 1PM time. If you want to understand how cities can become more sustainable please participate and follow @SustainableIBM and look for hashtag #zerowasteIBM. ARMONK, NY & SAN FRANCISCO, CA — May 31, 2012 — IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced today a collaboration with Recology, […]
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IT resellers operate in two key market segments left to them by the large IT vendors: The mid-market (firms of up to 1000 staff) for general IT systems and platforms Tight vertical markets where the reseller has a great deal of skill and capability often supported by intellectual property In both these areas customers and […]
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Looks are deceiving, and in the data center they can be confusing. If you are doing a good job your Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) might get worse! Energy consumption in the data center is the result of two interactions: the cumulative IT Load from all the information technology hardware combined with the facility power and cooling […]
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There are three generalised approaches to using flash memory in storage architectures, categorised in the diagram below: Three Categories of Solution Design The Performance Optimised category takes a no-compromise-on-cost approach to designing for performance. A centralised storage controller that leverages flash memory characteristics to dramatically reduce IO latency and improve IOPS. Significant new engineering work […]
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I interviewed Ron Bianchini CEO of Avere Systems about their new third generation FXT appliance. (Ron was the CEO of Spinnaker Networks acquired by NetApp in November 2003 for $300M). We started the conversation by looking at the key values of Spinnaker, it’s ability to scale and cluster NAS filers, a technology long since incorporated […]
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I just finished reading EMC company blogger, Chuck Hollis article about EMC VFCache, a server side flash storage technology that competes with the Fusion-io, ioDrive head on.  Most interestingly, the product name is chosen carefully to ensure customers don’t get confused that VFCache might be designed to replace the normal disk based EMC storage array controller products.  […]
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Around this time, I usually pull together a ten point list of predictions for the coming year. I am interested in the Data Center (around power, cooling, reliability and economics), IT Security (particularly Database and Mobile), Big Data and Storage (Particularly Solid State). So what’s different this year from prior years? Strengthening fundamental drivers are likely to […]
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