Mar2017

The Possibilities Could Be Endless: Virtual Assistant

The voice-activated personal virtual assistant has become a mainstream technology. You’ve probably used one, and you’ve certainly seen them used in advertising. Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Lifehacker, just to name a few, are becoming more common as time goes on. They are probably in your home, and on your smartphone. They’re everywhere we go.

Mar2017

News from the Storage World

News from the storage world. My last post reported on the virtualization vendors fourth quarter results and this post is reporting on some things from the storage side of the industry. The source of these results are the Cleveland Research, the individual company reports, CRC and Factset Estimates.
First let me present some year over year numbers from Dell / EMC, NetApp, HP, Pure, Nimble and finally Nutanix. Let me present the year over year numbers so we can get a better understanding on how the storage world is doing.

Feb2017

Virtualization Vendors 4th Quarter Results

In February, several of the top virtualization vendor companies released their fourth quarter results and guidance. From this release, we should be able to get an understanding of how the companies are performing. VMware, Citrix, and Red Hat are the companies for whichI have some data to share. The source of the revenue reports is Cleveland Research Company, and the sources of the individual company reports are CRC and FactSet Estimates.

Feb2017

Will Virtual Reality Have a Place in IT?

Will Virtual Reality have a place in IT? While Virtual Reality (VR) is still in its infancy it might be currently most associated with the computer gaming industry. However, there is a big interest from companies outside the computer gaming industry. As a matter of fact, Mark Zuckerberg over at Facebook has had quite an interest in virtual reality to expand the Facebook platform and there are some predictions that 2017 may be the year that Facebook VR finally emerges.

Jan2017

Is 2017 the Year When Cloud Migrations Really Take Off?

Is 2017 the year that cloud migrations really take off? First, let me preface that statement by defining the term cloud migrations to mean applications or workloads that have or will be migrated to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platform. With that said, Corporations in general, have been laying down the groundwork by training, hiring and or building a cloud services team that will also encompass a cloud migration group or what is also commonly referred to as the migration factories.  All the pieces have been put into place and what is left is the execution of the migration. For some companies, the overall cloud strategy is a strategy to not just get to the cloud, but also could be a strategy to get control of the workloads that may have been deployed to the public cloud along the way.

Jan2017

How Is Artificial Intelligence Development Going in Your Environment?

How is artificial intelligence development going in your environment? That question might make you pause for a moment as you ponder the idea and then find yourself scratching your head wondering what artificial intelligence (AI) I could possibly be referring to. Let me present this construct. Artificial intelligence, much like cloud computing, has a definition that varies depending on who you are talking to.