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A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

Apple's Surprising and Disappointing Marketing Fail - Software Malpractice?

Apple's Surprising Marketing Blunder Along with hoards of other people, I upgraded my perfectly good iPhone 4 for the new iPhone 4S. Why? Siri. Am I happy?  No. I "listened" to the iPhone 4S launch - from live blog streams. I was honestly quite disappointed.  A faster processor?  The iPhone 4 was fast enough for me. Same "defective" exposed-glass design that is guaranteed to shatter the first time you drop it (my first iPhone 4 lasted two days).  Heck, you can't even show your new iPhone off because it looks identical to the old one. No crowds of people asking you "what do you thi... (more)

How to Ruin Your Business in One Move - "Pull a Netflix"

Banks and Bad Decisions Let's face it, Bank of America hasn't exactly been the paradigm of good decisions lately - they purchased Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, two boat anchors that almost sunk the B of A ship. Countrywide in particular turned out to be the posterchild of "toxic assets" and bad mortgages.  But that's not what this article is about.  And I'm not a banker, so I'm not in a position to authoritatively write on those particular topics. But B of A recently did something that transcends categories like "banking".  They "pulled a Netflix". What Is a "Netflix"?... (more)

Is Netflix Having a "New Coke" Moment? Not So Much

Netflix is being compared everywhere to Coca-Cola Corporation and their famous "New Coke" fiasco back in the 1980s. What Coca-Cola Did Wrong Sam Craig, professor of marketing and international business at the Stern School of Business at New York University, pointed to what he and other marketing experts have long considered the critical blunder that Coca-Cola made -  “They didn't ask the critical question of Coke users: Do you want a new Coke?". So Coca-Cola backpedaled very quickly and re-introduced "old Coke" (calling it "Coke Classic") and, over time, phased out "New Coke."  T... (more)

Software Innovation from the Ground Up

One of the things that struck me at RedMonk's Analyst Conference was how much innovation was being driven by very small groups of software developers - and how those innovations are enabling even more innovation by lowering the technical and financial barriers to the creation of new software. This is one of two articles about the RedMonk conference - "Innovation to Shake Up the Software Industry" gives additional insights into and examples of software innovation at the analyst conference I just attended. Dr. Innovation from Harvard There's some very exciting research out there by a... (more)