With the blurring of technology lines, the rise of competitive companies, and
a shift in buying models all before us, it would appear we are at the cusp of
ushering in the next era in IT — the Third Platform Era. But as with the
other transitions, it is not the technology or the vendors that trigger a
change in buying patterns. There must be fundamental shifts in buying
behavior driven by business objectives.
The IT industry at large is in the midst of a massive rewrite of key business
applications in response to two technology trends: the proliferation of data
(read: Big Data) and the need for additional performance and scale. In many
regards, the first begets the second. As data becomes more available—via
traditional datacenters, and both public and private cloud environments —
applications look to use that data, which means the applications themselves
have to go... (more)
Amazon is indisputably the biggest name in cloud service providers. They have
built up a strong market presence primarily on the argument that access to
cheap compute and storage resources is attractive to companies looking to
shed IT costs as they move from on-premises solutions to the cloud. But after
the initial push for cheap resources, how will this market develop?
Is cheap really cheap?
Amazon has cut prices to their cloud offering more than 40 times since
introducing the service in 2006. The way this gets translated in press
circles is that cloud services pricing is approa... (more)
Sports fan strategists like to throw around the famous Wayne Gretzky quote: I
skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. The corporate
implications of the quote are self-evident: plot your strategic course to
where you think the market is going. Setting your sights based primarily on
the current State of the Union is a surefire way to get passed in high tech.
So where is the puck going to be?
The current dialogue is all about software-defined everything. A couple of
years ago, it was all about OpenFlow. This year, the conversation broadened
somewhat to include... (more)
As we embrace 2014, it’s important to focus on emerging trends to predict
any industry changes this year and in the coming years. Mike Bushong reviewed
2013 on the Plexxi blog and noted important events that will likely carry
into this year, including how 2013 initiated SDN deployments and marked the
year Cisco moved beyond networking. We will see what happens in 2014, but it
is crucial to reflect before looking ahead. In our Plexxi video of the week,
Dan Backman explains optics integration with electrical mediums like
Ethernet, and how this transition from optical to electrical ... (more)
There is probably never going to be a perfect balance in the industry between
Do-it-yourself (DIY) and Do-it-for-you (DIFY) networking. It seems
exceedingly unlikely that there is a one-size-fits-all type of solution out
there. And so we will invariably end up with a bifurcated market that
requires multiple solutions for its constituents. But if there is not a
perfect balance, which one of these is likely to see the most action?
If you were to base your guess on industry chatter, you would have to
conclude that DIY has the upper hand.
There is a ton of momentum right now with bo... (more)