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)
by Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi
My entire career has been spent finding disruption and cultivating the
technologies needed to convert that disruption into real business value for
customers. It is with that objective in mind that I am thrilled to join the
Plexxi team as Chief Executive Officer, alongside my good friend and
colleague Dave Husak, who will lead our product development efforts.
We are in a unique moment in time, with massive technological and business
model changes underway in parallel. Everything we know about compute,
storage, networking, and applications is in tr... (more)
The shift from the mainframe to modern epochs in IT infrastructure has been
well documented numerous times. Depending on the particular storyteller, the
tale starts with deeply-integrated, vertical stacks that encompass everything
from compute to networking in large systems that required small armies of
people to deploy and manage.
As technology matured and the Internet exploded, what were once integrated
functions were broken out into standalone components. This led to the second
real epoch in IT infrastructure, most notable because it gave birth to the
best of breeders.
This ... (more)
The primary indicator of success is success. That is to say that the number
one thing people look to as a predictor of future performance is past
performance. In the product space, this means that things like adoption are
important as much for what it signals to other people as they are for bottom
line revenues. And this is true even in the open source world.
As SDN speeds its way towards mainstream adoption, this means that projects
like OpenDaylight will need to establish early on that they are not only
deployable but also deployed.
Open source adoption
People frequently point... (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)