The red-hot container industry got another log added to the fire with the recent announcement that Red Hat is buying CoreOS, a company focused on container-based development and management. The deal, which was reportedly valued at $250 million, gives Red Hat a significantly larger footprint in...

I’ve written about Avere Systems recently, and how impressed I am with the company and its products. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who saw the potential in its storage solutions, as it was just acquired by Microsoft. Avere’s mission of optimizing flash storage for greater...

Contrary to popular perception in the IT industry, server sales are not dying out: in fact, they’re experiencing a growth spurt. And the type of growth says a lot about where we may be headed in the near- and long-term. Gartner Inc. recently released its worldwide...

The juggernaut that was Amazon Web Service's re:Invent conference took over Las Vegas at the end of November: about 43,000 attendees were spread across multiple venues along The Strip. The conference, as expected, had its slew of announcements, starting with a firehose of information during CEO...

A long-held tradition of enterprise security professionals is to inspect everything. Not a bad practice, really. But deciding that no traffic can enter or exit the organization's network without being inspected does have a tendency to introduce some interesting challenges with regard to network design. Imagine that...

Reality has set in and it’s probably safe to say that the hype about “cloud” has subsided. Business leaders today logically evaluate the benefits of public cloud services and determine where they may be able to improve their product, operations, or bottom line. Sometimes, their...

At Tech Field Day 14 in Boston a few weeks ago, the delegates had a chance to hear from Turbonomic. I had a special dose of excitement for this presentation for a few reasons. First of all, VMTurbo (Turbonomic’s old name) was a presenter at my...

At Tech Field Day 14, NetApp (@netapp) kicked off the event as the first presenter and also brought the biggest surprise of the event. In a refreshingly modern and progressive set of presentations, the presenters discussed NetApp’s open source contributions and their integrations with cloudy...

What if I told you that Oracle was building a public cloud offering that could rival the offerings from AWS, Microsoft, and Google? If you're like most folks in enterprise IT, you'd have one of two reactions: you'd either laugh me out of the room and...

I'm not sure where the obsession with nautical entities in the cloud/data center startup world came from, but from where I'm standing, it looks like taking an aquatic stance is a reasonably good predictor of success. Let's see...

[su_spoiler title="Disclosure" icon="plus-circle" anchor="disclosure"] This post is based on observations I made while attending Tech Field Day 12. I wasn't compensated for writing this post, nor was I compensated for attending the event. My travel and incidentals to attend the event were covered by Gestalt IT. For more...

At OpenStack Summit this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Madhura Maskasky, Co-Founder and VP of Products, of Platform9 about how they're dramatically shortening the time to value with enterprise OpenStack deployments by offering OpenStack - more or less - as a service. If you've...

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses operate. It has transformed infrastructure, networking, storage, backup and recovery, performance analysis, troubleshooting, development and testing, and so much more. And today, there’s much more to cloud than what AWS and Azure have to offer. There’s an immense...