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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)

Flourishing ARM Server Market Creates Opportunity – for Software

"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 week. As I wrote in "ARM Server Microservers Seek to Transform Cloud, Big Data", ARM Server represents an entirely new generation of highly parall... (more)

Question: Why Is IT Project Failure Always an Option?

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)

Mozilla FirefoxOS – a Classic Marketing/Technology #FAIL

In a world of iOS, Android, Windows 8 - who needs another Mobile Operating System? 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 market. The top five players have already established their positions in the market - with... (more)

Innovation to Shake Up the Software Industry: RedMonk's Analyst Conference

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)