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
According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and
services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver
appliances for deployin... (more)
Recent times have witnessed a huge shift in paradigm of data storage for
backup and recovery. As the legendary Steve Jobs said, "The truth lies in the
Cloud" - the introduction of the Cloud has enabled the fast and agile data
recovery process which is can be more efficient, flexible and cost-effective
than restoring data or systems from physical drives or tapes, as is the
Cloud backup is the new approach to data storage and backup which allows the
users to store a copy of the data on an offsite server - accessible via the
network. The network that hosts the se... (more)
Consider the following scenario-typical in many application development
organizations. A major new release of an application has just gone into
production. Although the development and QA teams endured many late nights of
coding and testing, and consumed large quantities of delivered pizza, the
project missed its ship date. Still, customers are happy with the product and
are giving positive feedback. By many definitions, the team has produced a
Then, a new, large business opportunity requires the rapid implementation of
a significant new feature in the product. ... (more)
I'm not in love with "requirements". There are some who think that
"Requirements" are the be-all and end-all for building great software.
They're not wrong, but they are off by a third of a bubble.
Great software companies come from creating and bringing to market (with a
great "go to market" strategy) quality software that solves one or more
significant problems for an appropriately chosen target audience - and does
so measurably better than alternative solutions.
How does such successful software happen? Certainly not by accident.
Understanding the Target Customer
It comes from... (more)
I like writing about "Infrastructure Software." One of the most challenging
things about being an advocate for a broad horizontally applicable technology
is that it does not solve a particular business problem.
Instead, it solves about 100,000 business problems.
That was an admittedly uber-geeky joke I made on my column "Integration Edge"
on ebizQ in an article about Legacy Modernization.
Although I was making light of the situation, the impact for a technology
advocate is real. The problem with writing about infrastructure software is
that everyone is impacted by it, yet nobody ... (more)