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The agreement between IBM and Apple to collaborate on mobility and Big Data will certainly rank as one of the big stories of the year in global enterprise IT. In addition to Apple's devices and IBM's custom apps, an absolute key to this deal will be telecommunications. As we all know,...
Ukraine sits on the precipice of civil war. Beneath the ostensible storyline of protests against the government of Viktor Yanukovych and recent laws it's enacted lies what is likely an insuperable rift between the eastern and western regions of the country. The east, archetyped by ...
A web of large-scale business and trade connections is making it difficult to imagine a successful strategy and tactics to counter Vladimir Putin's Crimean land grab. Putin himself seems to be unconcerned with nuance and complication, as he bulldozes onward. Russia's abrupt takeove...
I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) a couple of weeks ago about cloud computing, Big Data, and the IoT. Mark runs BigData-Startups.com in Den Haag, Netherlands. We were mutually amused that he had chosen the name Think Bigger for his new book just as I had ch...
With Octoblu emerging from stealth mode, it seemed like a good idea to talk to a couple of key people there. We were able to do just that with company co-founders Geir Ramleth and Chris Matthieu. Geir Ramleth serves as CEO. He was named to CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2008, and ser...
Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski was joining the company as its new chairman. What better time to find out what's going on there? We had a few questions for him... Cloud Computing Journal: What are your key objectives as the new Chairman? ...
The IoT is coming, as inevitably as the earth circles the sun. It's just a matter of how many laps the planet will take before we have an IoT society characterized by smart things, buildings, grids, cities, and nations. One question to ponder is which of those nations are best equip...
A new SoftLayer facility in London with a capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers is the most recent of IBM's ongoing campaign to invest $1.2 million in 15 new datacenters worldwide. The new facility will complement an existing SoftLayer datacenter in Amsterdam and London networ...
I've done a little more thinking abou The Zettabyte Age, and the continuing, astonishing drop in storage costs. No reason to get distracted by dreamy scenarios of the future, but I think it's worth considering how quickly we've progressed in recent years and how quickly we should conti...
I recently led a panel discussion for SYS-CON.TV on the topic of “Cloud Computing 2.0,” a term I decided to employ just a few minutes before we started recording. A few years ago, any right-minded person would wince at the use of “2.0” to describe anything, as it had long become a m...
Technology in general and the Internet of Things in particular has the potential to drive vast improvements in the lives of people worldwide. In addition to its potential to create a renaissance in manufacturing, its potential to make the globe smarter about energy use could help elimi...
“Everyone loves standards so much, they each want one of their own.” This bit of wisdom is one of the oldest chestnuts in the tech business. The Internet of Things will not change it. In that context we saw the creation of the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), with Intel, Atmel, B...
The rather stunning deal between Apple and IBM—described as “exclusive” by both parties—has been hailed as a victory for Apple, a victory for IBM, and a “victory for design.” Actually, it's a victory for Big Data. Apple has cultivated an image as the coolest of companies from the t...
Remember when John Sculley predicted a trillion-dollar convergence of consumer and enterprise technology by the year 2000? It turns out he was thinking small. As I sit here a few months before our upcoming @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, to be held Nov. 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention C...
Storage is part of cloud computing's brain, as essential as the microprocessors that work with it to bring cloud computing alive. Along these lines, I was engaged in a short, interesting conversation with Quantum Corp.'s SVP of Strategy Janae Lee in the days before our recent Cloud Exp...
As Conference Chair of @ThingsExpo, I have the good fortune to get exposed to a lot of forward thinking and research about the IoT. I just read an interesting report on the IoT from the UK's Vodafone. This telco giant—the world's second largest, its 400+ million subscribers sandwich...
We're expanding the Internet of Things Expo—aka @ThingsExpo—from one track to three, from 15 sessions to 45, with additional general sessions as well. The event will be held November 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. For the Ages That which we...
“The Internet of Things is irrelevant,” said Chad Jones during his presentation at the recent @ThingsExpo in New York. Now that he has your attention, perhaps I should add some context to this quote. Chad, who is VP of IoT Strategy at Boston-based LogMeIn was making the point that ...
The Internet of Things has taken on a traction this year the likes of which I've not seen during my 25+ years in the global IT industry. Even the birth of the PC and of the Worldwide Web didn't generate the instantaneous momentum I've seen regarding the IoT so far this year. I reali...
"Companies that don't leverage social will e extinct before long," noted Sandy Carter, IBM's General Manager of Ecosystem Development and Social Media Evangelist. Sandy recently spoke to me about social media, the cloud, and all that it entails for Big Blue. She outlined an ecosystem ...
I spoke the other day with Scott Jenson, a UX strategy and design exec at Google. He's been doing user-interface design for 25 years, and was the first member of the System Software Human Interface Group at Apple in the late 80s. Today he has a prototype called the “Physical Web” t...
IBM is pushing forward with cloud-based Smarter Cities management centers for transportation, water, and emergency management services. “From improving traffic management, responding rapidly to incidents, using effective communication channels with citizens and ensuring sustainable ...
The Intel Inside campaign, which continues today, has proven to be one of the most successful in the industry's history. It established Intel firmly in the minds of consumers as the go-to technology when it comes to their prized personal computers. Now the IoT cometh. Intel is consi...
“Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before--turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economi...
I am as excited as anyone about the potential of the IoT. But let's step back a second, and think about its security. With trillions and trillions of things deployed in the future, it might be an issue! I addressed my concerns to Malte Pollmann, CEO of Utimaco, who had this to say... ...
Commvault is working with UbiStor to enable the former company's Simpana 10 software “to scale modern data protection solutions and deliver insights on operations for both its business and for customers,” according to the two companies. What does this mean? We asked a key person at ea...
Each major technology vendor sees the Internet of Things in a slightly different way. For IBM, the IoT is taking us down the path to the Smart Home, Smart Grid, and Smart Cities. The company promises that the IoT “by combining technology with societal interests...will change business m...
A highlight of the upcoming Cloud Expo and co-located @thingsexpo will surely be a lunchtime keynote by Dr. Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager of Rational Software, IBM. Kristof (pictured below) will be one of five speakers from IBM during the three days of the event, being held Ju...
IBM is devoting increasing resources to the Internet of Things, and a nice chunk of that commitment will be visible during the upcoming @ThingsExpo, co-located with Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 10-12. There will, in fact, be five speakers from IBM on the program....
The IoT is inundating my world like a monsoonal energy wave this year. No doubt many of you are experiencing the same thing. As we enter the final run-up to @thingsexpo in New York on June 10-12, I am lining up interviews and meetings over what I can see will be an insanely busy we...
A brief item here. I'm curious as to how much competition – as well as “coopetition” and collaboration – the biggest players will be doing as the IoT unfolds. I've reached out to all the key IoT people at Cisco, Intel, IBM, HP, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and EMC – the biggest of the b...
I smiled yesterday when I saw someone tweet about the discrepancy between an IDC report that siad there will be 23 billion “things” in the IoT by 2020 and a Gartner report that said there will be more than 200 billion. A few people commented, making serious-minded rationalizations abou...
Blink your eyes and five years have gone by. That's my feeling as I posed questions to Ross Turk (pictured below), VP of Community at Inktank. I first interviewed him almost five years ago, at an event in San Jose, when he was with SourceForge. Since that time, the entire cloud com...
With just a few weeks left before @thingsexpo in New York June 10-12, I thought I'd post a little survey at my research firm's website. With a few hundred people responding so far, I see the IoT receiving support at a 76% rate. More than three-quarters of this self-selecting ICT aud...
Sandro Mazziotta, Senior Director of Product Management at Paris-based eNovance, attended the recent Red Hat Summit in San Francisco and answered a few of our questions about what's going on with the company and with OpenStack. Here's the second part of our interview with him. The ...
Roger: Could you explain for our audience the significance of containerization, and how it differs from virtualization? Ben: Traditional virtualization was created over a decade ago, when applications were long-lived, monolithic, and deployed to a single server. In this world, when ...
Faster. I said “faster.” This could be the motto of Solarflare Communications and Bruce Tolley, VP of Technical, Solutions and Partner Marketing. As databases inexorably grow and get distributed throughout clouds, the need for speed does not go away, even as overhead can work against t...
SolidFire is a solid (and fiery) open-source company, and was at the recent Red Hat Summit. I had a chance to ask Cloud Solutions Architect Aaron Delp (pictured below) some questions about what's going on at the company. Roger: So, what is the future of open source? More complex env...
Azul Systems was at the recent Red Hat Summit, and so it seemed only logical to catch up with CTO and co-founder Gil Tene (pictured below). I last interviewed him more than five years ago, which is hard for me to believe. The sands of time and all that. This is one of the original grea...
Just as no year is complete for me without a viewing of Blazing Saddles, no Red Hat Summit is complete without a talk with someone from MongoDB. We therefore posed a few questions for Paul Cross, Vice President of Solutions Architecture at MongoDB, and here's what he had to say. ...