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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’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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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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  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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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 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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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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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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Yesterday Chris Leahy (my Technical Facilities Manager) and I were agonising over why we had low plenum pressure in our Data Center and why we were seeing symptoms of hot air trapped in the roof void. We looked at all the normal stuff: Leaks in the plenum space Badly sealed floor Cable access holes improperly […]

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Throughout my 20 plus year career in IT consulting, I have noticed that the most successful businesses often have something in common – they run their IT like a business and they treat IT like a key part of the business, and not like an add-on function.  I have been in Qatar for only just […]

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The problem with computing is everyone wants to make it uniform – fit it into a neat box, categorise it as ‘all the same’, make it autonomic, self-managing and move on. In fact, IT is anything but uniform, so these simplistic approaches fall at the first hurdle. Smart CIOs understand applications need to be treated […]

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I wanted to share with you my latest news.  A little over a year ago Steve Duplessie and I created ESG EMEA to help reach out and serve new European clients as well as provide local support for many of our ESG US based relationships.  We have been immensely successful in building this business, working […]

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Cloudera struck lucky in getting a $5M A-round away just before the markets shut down in response to the collapse of the global financial system. Backed by Accel Partners and more recently Greylock Partners they are making a bet that Hadoop with a smart scale out approach to managing large amounts of data is a […]

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My old CIO at BT, Al-noor Ramji had a most delightful and endearing way of describing just how unimportant and disconnected IT Infrastructure is from reality by describing us as “The toilet cleaner’s toilet cleaners”. Like other successful CIOs Al-noor had the ability to cut through the noise and explain things as they are. In […]

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My good friend and ESG colleague Terri McClure @esganalysttmac recently blogged about a thought leadership piece I had presented at an analyst call last week. She made a very good job of explaining it and so I thought that I would write a little more about it here: I call the concept the “Golden Triangle” and […]

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There is cloud and then there is cloud. Cloud with take it or leave it service levels or cloud with service availability that supports the UK’s emergency services (911, 999, 112). I know about this life or death service level because a few years back I actually ran the BT IT operational department that supported the […]

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I recently chaired a very interesting panel debate and discussion Hosted By BLADE Network Technologies in London. The panel was made up of: Harkeeret (Harqs) Singh, Global Head Data Centre Energy Optimisation, Thomson Reuters Finlay MacLeod, VP IT Infrastructure, EMEA, First Data Corp Charles Ferland, VP of EMEA, BLADE Network Technologies Brian Peterson, VP International […]

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My friend and colleague Steve Duplessie over at Steve’s IT Rants just recently wrote about Enterprise customers consolidating vendors.  At ESG we have been conducting a Spending Intentions Survey for years and one of the recent outputs is that 34% of enterprise IT operations have a stated corporate objective to “reduce the number of vendors we […]

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Have you been noticing how unimportant hardware has become? Having the biggest. fastest, most reliable piece of equipment in the data center doesn’t cut it anymore. A few weeks back I was talking to Dave Hitz, one of the founders of NetApp and author of How to Castrate a Bull. He explained the phenomena really […]

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For some time I have been working on and thinking about a Data Center Efficiency Maturity Model to help us poor operational folks work out just how well or badly we are doing on a scale of one to five. I have also been doing some thinking about a Continuous Migration Architecture (CMA) that recognizes […]

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I have just spent the last few days at EMC World in Orlando (Florida) getting wet hearing the cloud and virtualization story unfold. We saw lots of clouds in the skies over Orlando as we endured a pretty constant downpour from Sunday when I arrived. There is no doubt that virtualization is warming up with […]

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I’ve been working on an idea with my old colleague Harqs Singh (@harqs) who is Head of Data Center Strategy at BT and a big cheese at The Green Grid.  Well actually.. Harqs told me about the idea and I liked it so much I suggested we try and fill the gap for a Data Center […]

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I published a brief article last month about a set of test we were doing on a production data warehouse that was performing very poorly. Running the database on a Dell Server with 4 x 73GB SAS drives configured in RAID0 we got a respectable 575 IOs per second (IOPS) on a random write test. […]

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