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 Expo in
Janae's been in the storage business a long time, having put in stints at IBM
as well as two companies that were acquired by EMC. She's been at Quantum
I asked her a bunch of questions as I was preparing for New York, and she
provided a bunch of detailed answers. Now that I've had some time to recover
from New York (even as we prepare for Cloud Expo Silicon Valley in November),
it seems like a good time to report on what she said:
Cloud Computing Journal: Could you briefly describe where Quantum is at with
regard to cloud computing and big data? How does its... (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 eliminate
poverty and save humans from destroying ourselves.
Pretty big objectives, but we have to believe they're achievable. It is in
this spirit that we approach the upcoming @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara,
co-located with @CloudExpo. I'm honored to serve as Conference Chair for both
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 network Point of
Presence (PoP), according to IBM.
"We're excited to give our large customer base in London a full SoftLayer
data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and
control the SoftLayer platform offers," said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer CEO.
He also said that "organizations o... (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 Blue. She outlined an ecosystem of traditional partners and
"influencers," a diverse group that includes customers, academia, agencies,
as well as technology partners.
"The cloud has really changed the game," she said. 'It's really opened the
door for these new types of partners."
Listen to what else she h... (more)
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. One of them
will be Distinguished Engineer Mac Devine who will discuss "The Perfect Storm
of Cloud Computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things." He will present on
the Internet of Things Track at 11:40am, Tuesday, June 10.
"Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet-of-Things but how can