Wearables - Will 2015 Be the Year They Take Off?
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Mont Blanc shows off their "smart watch band" for
your fussy $5000 mechanical watch - what an potentially foreshadowing
development in the wearable market. To date, wearables have been such a
disappointment in the market. It seems like every year for the past 3 years
has been "the year Apple might ship an iWatch", and the market is rife with
ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a
3-star rating on Amazon.
Will 2015 be any different?
When the first generation of smart watch wearables first came out, I
dismissed their impact on the luxury watch market. Seriously - who would
swap out their Ulysse Nardin or Patek Phillippe for some ugly, buggy,
limited-functionality digital watch that only works when you are within 30
feet of your iPhone or Android device? As T... (more)
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... (more)
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)
SaaS and Cloud Sprawl - What IT Doesn’t Know Can Definitely Hurt You
The advancement of technology has led to widespread Cloud data and SaaS
application usage throughout enterprises - ask anyone who uses applications
such as Dropbox, Salesforce, Jive, Marketo, NetSuite, Google Apps, Twitter,
Workday or any of the thousands of other software titles out there. And CIOs
are largely unaware of the "SaaS Sprawl" in their organizations - and
unprepared for the implications of this invasion.
These Cloud applications are available for just about every role in a company
- from human resou... (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)