The End of the All Together

And then there was one. I've written before about the end of "end-to-end" IT solutions, but yesterday was a defining moment in the market. HPE sold off its software division, including all big data and analytics assets like Vertica and IDOL. Dell and EMC closed their merger, creating a new hardware powerhouse, but only after selling its own Dell Software group which encapsulated Statistica and TOAD. Intel carved out McAfee security. In the not so distant past, IBM also shed its server division to focus more on analytics and Watson offerings. What all these actions signal is a seismic shift in the market, a rift between the hardware and software and the idea that a single vendor can win everywhere. The sole remaining exception may be Oracle, and if the movie Highlander taught us nothing else, it is that there can be only one.

Topics: Cloud Computing Data Management hardware software

Importance of Software in Networking

I've written an ESG brief on the Importance of Software in Networking. It's available to ESG subscription clients only, but I have summarized a few points below.

Topics: Networking software

How Database-as-a-service can Reduce Costs and Drive IT Innovation

It’s hard to innovate when nearly 65% of the IT budget is spent just keeping the lights on. Yet many organizations find themselves allocating a significant percentage of their annual budget on maintaining static IT infrastructure--facilities costs, hardware and software maintenance costs, licensing renewals, labor and housekeeping, etc. This leaves fewer resources available for innovating on strategic business initiatives like data mobility, business intelligence (big data), and “web-ifying” business applications. 

Topics: Networking database Oracle hybrid cloud software