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“I have over 1,200 Data Analysts, so we have it nailed.” When I heard this being uttered by the head of their “analytics” group, I knew the meeting was over. I knew that I could safely close my laptop, put away my notebook, and gracefully thank them for their time. It didn’t matter ...
My daughter is taking a class on entrepreneurship in her senior year of high school (yep, that’s the Silicon Valley for you). She loves the class, the energy of the teacher, and the creativity associated with the subject. As a result, we have had several conversations about what does i...
I have seen the future! Of course, I seem to say that every other month (maybe that’s because the future keeps changing?), but this is a good one. The future is a collision between big data (and data science) and application development that will yield a world of “intelligent apps.” Th...
We’re excited to report we have been named to CRN’s 2017 Software-Defined Data Center 50, a list of 50 companies on the forefront of the development of the software-defined data center (well, technically 49 companies, with VMware included separately from Dell EMC). We’re in good compan...
Server Storage I/O Converged (CI) Hyper-converged (HCI) overview This page provides insight in to Converged Infrastructure (CI), Cluster in box or Cloud in Box (CIB) along with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) topics along with links to companion resources. CI, CIB and HCI can...
Gartner cited the #1 challenge in Big Data as “Determining how to get value from Big Data.” Did I read that right? And by no a small margin! How to get value from Big Data? Shouldn’t it be shocking that such a fundamental question persists while businesses are spending billions on dat...
As International Women’s Day approached, I thought about what I could do to recognize this day. Recently the news has been filled with stories from women like Susan Fowler at Uber and AJ Vandermeyden at Telsa about the discrimination and harassment that is pervasive in tech. These stor...
Updated 3/7/2017 Cloud, Bulk, Object Storage Trends News Welcome to the Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined, Bulk and Object Storage trends news page, part of the objectstoragecenter.com micro site collection of resources. Software defined, Bulk, Cloud and Object Storage exist to su...
A recent article titled “We Are Likely 3-5 Years Out From Advanced Analytics Being Critical To The Viability Of A Company” (and I thought my titles were too long) interviewed Walter Storm, the Chief Data Scientist at Lockheed Martin. The article offers some great perspectives such as: ...
Okay, I am weird (tell me something that I don’t know, say most of my friends). For Christmas I wanted a Nike Apple Watch to go with my existing FitBit and Garmin fitness trackers (I look sort of like a cyborg in the photo below…which is always cool).
My son Max is home from college and that always leads to some interesting conversations. Max is in graduate school at Iowa State University where he is studying kinesiology and strength training. As part of his research project, he is applying physics to athletic training in order to...
If NVMe is the answer, then what were and are the various questions that should be asked? Some of the common questions include what is the difference between NVM and NVMe? Is NVMe only for servers, does NVMe require fabrics and what benefit is NVMe beyond more IOPs. Lets t...
Last week, HP Enterprise announced its agreement to acquire Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) vendor Simplivity for $650M. You can read the story here. Big news? I guess it depends on how you look at it. The HPE acquisition had been rumored for some time. So, it wasn’t a big surprise...
One year ago today, we announced GV (formerly Google Ventures) invested in Plexxi. GV’s investment enabled us to continue to scale our networking product offerings and company operations to meet the needs of the emerging cloud builder community and drive adoption of software-defined ar...
As more organizations try to determine where best to deploy their limited budgets to support data and analytics initiatives, they realize a need to ascertain the financial value of their data and analytics – which means basic economic concepts are coming into play.  While many of you p...
“Maturity models” can be very useful. Every analyst firm and most vendors have created some sort of maturity model. Not only can a maturity model benchmark where you are with respect to your cohorts, but good maturity models also provide a roadmap to help organizations advance along th...
In January 28, 2013, we released the “Big Data Storymap”. Since releasing the storymap, we have gotten lots of positive feedback. It really seemed to work in highlighting the key aspects and approaches to achieving big data success. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to re-visit the...
Going Cloud Native – Introduction In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and oper...
My daughter called with a frantic message. She was driving my car (why she was driving my car when she has her own is the subject for another time) and a warning message appeared on the car console: “Engine overheated! Stop engine and allow to cool down” (see Figure 1). Fortunately, m...
I’m a fan of Woody Allen movies, especially his earlier movies (can’t tell you how much I learned from the movie “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…” but that’s a topic for a different blog). In the Woody Allen classic “Annie Hall,” Woody Allen’s character (Alvy Singer) ma...
The first part of the CDO Toolkit provided the CDO with a process of identifying, assessing, and estimating the value of the organization’s data in support of the organization’s key business initiatives. CDO also needs a process for capturing, refining and re-using the organization’s a...
Yes, Internet communities can augment and expand thinking. Case in point: I want to thank Jean-Paul Bretons who replied to my blog “2016 Presidential Election: Did Big Data Just Get Lazy?” with the following observation: “Changing the way the pollsters asked the question might have cha...
NASHUA, NH – November 15, 2016 — Plexxi, a pioneer of software-defined data center infrastructure, today announced a partnership with RTP Technology, a premier integrator of technology solutions delivering innovative approaches to how organizations identify, assess, architect and imple...
“Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright, The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout, But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.” – Casey At The Bat Mighty Cas...
The Chief Data Officer (CDO) role is red hot!! If you don’t have one, then you are totally uncool and unprepared to reap the bounty of wealth offered up by Big Data and the Internet of Things (IOT). Gartner predicts that 90 percent of large companies will have a CDO role by the end of ...
A 110 years ago, people made toast by holding bread over fire and repeatedly flipping it. It was inconvenient, labor-intensive, somewhat dangerous, and most importantly, it produced burnt toast. Then Mr. Edison came along. Electricity was applied and 80 years of innovation later, we ac...
I know that I’ve hit the big (data) time when concepts that I developed start to appear as infographics.  Today I am very proud to announce the launching of the demystified Big Data Business Model Maturity Index (BDBMMI) infographic! Through the usage of clear, simple language paired w...
As a consumer, the recent revelation about a major U.S. financial institution creating fraudulent customer accounts in order to increase employees’ and managements’ bonuses was incredibly disturbing. Customer trust is so hard to gain, and there is a huge lesson in this story as organiz...
A question that I surprisingly never get asked is “what about putting the data lake in The Cloud?”  Now maybe I’m not asked that question because organizations are still confused as to what is a data lake?  Or maybe I’m not asked that question because everyone (but me) already knows th...
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events Here is the updated Server StorageIO fall 2016 webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O ne...
EMC is now Dell EMC and other server storage Updates In case you missed it or did not hear, EMC is now Dell EMC and is future ready (one of their new tag lines). What this means is that EMC is no longer a publicly traded company instead now being privately held under the Dell Te...
While on vacation, I had a most interesting conversation with my niece’s husband, Jason Jensen.  Jason is a leading architect and president of Wannemacher Jensen Architects.  Jason’s firm specializes not only in innovative design, but knows how to turn innovative design into practical ...
Forrester, a leading independent research firm, has ranked XebiaLabs highest in the category of strategy and named it a ‘Strong Performer’ in the newly released report, […] The post XebiaLabs Top-Ranked for Strategy Category in Latest Application Release Automation Report appeare...
How effective is your organization at leveraging data and analytics to power the business? It’s a question we pose at the beginning of nearly every customer conversation, and worth careful consideration. Why? Because organizations do not need a big data strategy; they need a business s...
The Customer: A global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider. The Challenges: Upgrade legacy data center network to better support Big Data workloads Enable low-latency, server-to-server traffic flows across the data center Eliminate workload placement constraints The Solution: P...
This year’s VMworld US was held at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, and it was an informative and exciting event. During the four days exhibiting on the Solutions Exchange show floor, the eG Innovations booth was abuzz with activity, and we also had the opportunit...
This year’s VMworld US was held at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, and it was an informative and exciting event. During the four days exhibiting on the Solutions Exchange show floor, the eG Innovations booth was abuzz with activity, and we also had the opportunit...
Server StorageIO August 2016 Update Newsletter