Roger Strukhoff

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, an... (more)
Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski (pictured below) 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 th... (more)
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. We'll see much of the current state-of-the-art at the upcomi... (more)
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 ... (more)
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... (more)
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... (more)
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... (more)
"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, Atme... (more)
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 th... (more)
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 Conventi... (more)
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 Clo... (more)
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 sand... (more)
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... (more)
"The Internet of Things is irrelevant," said Chad Jones (pictured below) 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 maki... (more)
I'm focusing my efforts on a 25-year view of the IoT. Without being morbid, this is as long as I can possibly see. It is also a time period of sufficient length to achieve real, measurable, sustainable societal progress through the IoT, but not such a long period as to be unreali... (more)
"Companies that don't leverage social will be extinct before long," noted Sandy Carter, IBM's General Manager of Ecosystem Development and Social Media Evangelist, in this exclusive Q&A. Sandy recently spoke to me about social media, the cloud, and all that it entails for Big Bl... (more)
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" ... (more)
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 sustainabl... (more)
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 c... (more)
"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 e... (more)
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