Data Centers – The New Industrial Estates

Digital data is the new raw material. It is being processed, stored and distributed in data centers. In the traditional economy the printing press created newspapers with ink and paper, in the digital economy bits are transformed into online news in the data center. In the traditional enterprise employees informally shared social news through watercooler […] Read more »

Where To Next For Systems Infrastructure Vendors?

Vendors of branded systems infrastructure hardware are reaching two major inflection points. First, system architectures are increasingly being sold as converged infrastructure (CI) that packages servers, storage, networking and infrastructure software into a single solution. Second, in order to gain agility, enterprises move away from on-premise solutions and increasingly adopt as-a-service infrastructure (IaaS) deployment options […] Read more »

The Future Of The Network Is Software Defined

Last week we attended the NetEvents EMEA Press and Analyst Summit. Part of the 2-day program was a debate session on Software Defined Networks (SDN) with panellists from Gartner, IDC, IBM, Dell, HP, Extreme Networks, Enterasys and yours truly. The debate centred on the question who is first to ride the SDN revolution, the Enterprise, […] Read more »

Business Computing: Past, Present and Future

We can learn from the past. We can act in the present. We can speculate about the future. With the 20th anniversary of the world wide web only just behind us, the mainframe’s 45th anniversary two years ago, and the iPhone’s 5th anniversary coming up next year, a brief discussion on the past, present, and […] Read more »

Data Centers and the Cloud

The METISfiles presented at the DatacenterWorks BICSI Conference in The Open, Tiel, on April 15. Pim Bilderbeek, Principal Analyst, wrapped up the event with a presentation on how Data Centers are changing under influence of the Cloud. The METISfiles argues that data centers are changing from vertical application oriented infrastructure pipes to horizontally connected layers. […] Read more »