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)
"There's a new class of technologies poised to shake up the Server market -
the Microserver, sometimes called the ARM Server. But the Microserver will
do more than shake up the X86 server market. It is going to shake up the
software market as well." That's the message software and technology
executive Chris Piedmonte, CEO and founder of Austin, TX-based Suvola
Corporation delivered as we discussed the topic over coffee earlier this
As I wrote in "ARM Server Microservers Seek to Transform Cloud, Big Data",
ARM Server represents an entirely new generation of highly parall... (more)
You'd think that we'd be smarter about IT projects by now.
You think that we'd be tired of the horrifying rates of failure, and the
crushing consequences of those failures.
But if you are not spending more time understanding your customers - and
developing tightly scoped requirements to make great software to meet their
real needs, not some imagined "needs mash-up" cobbled together by the
squeakiest wheels in your organization - you're part of the problem, and
you're accepting failure as an ever-present option.
It's time to stop the madness.
It's time to reduce the waste of multi... (more)
In a world of iOS, Android, Windows 8 - who needs another Mobile Operating
One has to wonder what the folks over at Mozilla are thinking with their
newly announced Firefox OS for mobile devices.
The Mobile OS Market
According to the latest IDC Research reports, Android, iOS, BlackBerry,
Windows and Linux accounted for 98.7% of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2012
(IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, 2/14/2012).
That leaves scant market opportunity for anyone trying to get into this
The top five players have already established their positions in the market -
Developers are Changing the Software Landscape
That was big takeaway that I got from Monktoberfest. We are talking about
sotware innovation that is coming from developers - typically individual
developers or developers who are self-selecting themselves to work on
projects in small, medium or large groups. These projects are becoming the
platforms, frameworks, enabling technologies and foundations that the rest of
the world's software will increasingly be based on.
It is these individual developers and self-selecting groups of developers
that are the innovators. And these innovat... (more)