EMC is the 800 lb gorilla of the enterprise storage industry, but the company has much bigger plans. Although CEO Joe Tucci kicked off his keynote by claiming "We are an infrastructure company and proud of it," EMC's ambitions must go way beyond IT infrastructure. Each acquisition and strategy announcement is an attempt by EMC adapt to a fundamentally-transformed enterprise IT … [Read more...] about EMC’s Tough Road to the Post-Infrastructure Future
Next week I will be returning to Storage Decisions after missing the last few in 2009. Although I've presented at dozens of TechTarget's storage shows, this will be the first time I will be representing a vendor (Nirvanix) with a show floor booth. Although my dislike for certain aspects of trade shows (especially booth babes and chotchkies) are well documented, I'll be … [Read more...] about What’s All This About Cloud Storage? Ask Me At Storage Decisions
Corporate IT is at a crossroads. The financial crisis has had a massive impact on budget priorities: Do more with less is the message of the day. But how can this be achieved? Challenges for Enterprise IT I've spent 15 years focused on the business of IT, with a special interest in data storage, since it makes up such a large part of modern information systems and … [Read more...] about Changing Times Demand Focus
While the bulk of Sun-related news this week relates to reported talks of a buyout by IBM, the company took a break from negotiations to introduce their own cloud computing and storage infrastructure, challenging Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and perhaps VMware, Microsoft, and Nirvanix. Sun is leveraging the assets they acquired from Q-layer earlier this year on top of … [Read more...] about Sun Launches Their Own Cloud, But For Which Market?
One of Mr. Toigo's readers posted a thoughtful question about why IT isn't more strategic in their thinking. I started writing this as a comment there, but it got longer and longer and I liked it more and more, so I put it here instead! I think this lack of strategic thinking is a reaction to the reality of life in IT rather than any deficiency on the part of IT folks. … [Read more...] about A Seat At the Table