Privacy breaches, information dragnets, darknet, hacks, cybercrime, leaks, sometimes it makes you wonder what good information technology actually brings to human kind. Sure, media has always focused on things that can go sour; our first interest is in what disasters or negative effects inventions and innovations bring to us. And, they usually do. Alfred Nobel’s […] Read more »
Betting on the Blockchain
With the Bitcoin exchange rate going skyhigh (1 XBT = € 2232 at 4/7/17) one could easily forget about the underlying technology: the blockchain. The Bitcoin blockchain technology can be regarded as a distributed ledger system in which the transactions are permanently time-stamped and stored on many computers simultaneously and made secure by cryptographic means. […] Read more »
IBM adds new all-flash hardware to its evolving software defined storage strategy
I can identify 4 developments for a storage system supplier from the provider of point products, through unification (getting all storage systems under a single management schema), to federation (adding the ability to address other vendors’ arrays) all the way to ‘software defined’ – which in this context means the ability to manage numerous storage […] Read more »
BMC Walks the Walk But Can It Talk the Talk?
Earlier this month The METISfiles joined BMC’s analyst conference in London. Some analysts had a vague memory of the last BMC analyst meeting about 7 years ago but nobody was really sure. The reason is probably the fact that, after BMC was taken private in 2013, it took them 2 years to restructure the company […] Read more »
Where To Next For Systems Infrastructure Vendors? – Part II
Nearly three years ago we wrote about the existential crisis that systems infrastructure vendors faced: will the future systems infrastructure vendor be selling on-premise systems to enterprises, on-premise systems to independent IaaS players, or selling IaaS services to both? The crisis has not gone away and vendors are reshuffling their cards and stacking the deck […] Read more »
Wooing the Startups – Worth your While?
Last week Visma announced the launch of a national road show to reach startups. The theme is ‘yes you can’ and startups are invited in Visma’s Volkswagen Transporter to pitch their business. The pitches are collected and distributed via social media and the winner gets a free trip to Silicon Valley. With this initiative Visma […] Read more »