Segmenting The InterCloud Opportunity

We wrote about the InterCloud before, defining it as a globally interconnected data center grid offering elastic store and compute capabilities. The most prominent builders of the InterCloud today are Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Rackspace. They are all building general purpose global clouds with a focus on elasticity (see Figure below) and providing APIs for […] 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 Four Types of System Architectures

In the past, data centre computing was characterised by large, integrated resources called mainframes. As shared computing resources became more decentralized and affordable, these resources split into distributed computing layers of servers, storage, networks and software. To curb the proliferation of distributed IT sprawl, these computing layers were pooled and virtualized for maximum efficiency and […] Read more »

The Future of the App is inside the Store

2012 was the year of the enterprise app stores. All of a sudden partner solution catalogs morphed into enterprise app stores. IBM recently launched its PureSystems Centre, SAP recently demonstrated its latest enhancements of the SAP Store at Sapphire Madrid. So what’s the big deal? For a long time partners have been able to publish […] 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 »

The Mobile Voice And Text Messaging Platform Is Burning

And KPN is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. For operators, the impact of an increased uptake of mobile VoIP and chat (mVoIP/Chat) is potentially devastating. Operators run a very real risk that voice and SMS revenues will dwindle. A study by GSM/Wireless Intelligence estimates global mobile service provider revenues will be $1.1 trillion […] Read more »