The Start of 2016 Brings the Start of Layoffs

The start of 2016, brings the start of layoffs. In my first post of the year, one of the stories from 2015 that has secured my interest to keep an eye on in 2016 is the Dell $67 billion dollar merger or acquisition of EMC and there has been some chatter that EMC, VMware and Dell have been struggling to get the merger across the goal line. I have heard of a couple different reasons for the cause of this struggle. One of the reasons I have heard was the extra funding that would be needed to cover the $10 billion or more in capital gains taxes that Dell would need to cover. These taxes were originally going to be covered by a tracking stock. This tracking stock was structured under a very fundamental provision of the U.S. tax code and was designed to represent the holdings of Dell as the parent company.


Will 2016 Be the Year When Containers Take Off?

Will 2016 be the year that containers take off? In my humble opinion we are not to a place where containers are mainstream yet, but all indications seem to indicate that interest in containers continues to rise. VMware has recently open-sourced its Photon Platform and to help channel people’s interest in the new platform, VMware has created the Photon Platform Devbox that brings the power of the Photon Platform right to your desktop or laptop via VMware Fusion and/or VMware Workstation.


Goodbye 2015, and Here We Go, 2016

Goodbye 2015 and here we go 2016. Since this is my first post of the New Year, I wanted to start the year with a post on one of my current favorite topics for discussion and that topic to start the year right is automation. For this post, let’s concentrate on the second day operations type of automation. Second day operations is really quite a different beast from the build and decommission automation in that second day operations incorporate several different approaches to the automation. It is these approaches that I discuss a little further.


My Thoughts on 2016

My thoughts on 2016. We are quickly coming up to the end of 2015 and this is the time that we, the analysts, like to make our predictions for what is in store in the upcoming year of 2016. First, let me start with one of the biggest announcements and surprises of 2015 which was the Dell acquisition of EMC. This acquisition is expected to close sometime in mid-2016 and I want to see the deal close before I shed all my skepticism that this deal will come to completion. I understand that it is pretty much a done deal, but nothing is truly finished until the final signature is added. So, keeping up with the status of this acquisition is one of the things at the top of my list of things to watch in 2016.