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"In this blog I look beyond the obvious and try to find out why people and companies do what they do - and what it means for the rest of us." -Steve Duplessie

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    Jan 28, 2016

    Dell-EMC Buyer Sentiment Research Redux

    As you might recall, ESG conducted our own research after the announcement of Dell acquiring EMC to find out what actual people — those who buy stuff — thought. At that time, we really wanted to focus on only what Dell and EMC customers thought about the deal. But recently, we conducted some additional research to specifically gain insight into what non-customers of Dell and EMC thought.

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    Jan 26, 2016

    Plexxi Draws Google’s Attention – and Money

    Plexxi is one of those “intelligent infrastructure” companies I’ve been harping about as of late. And by intelligent, in this case I mean a network that can self-actualize and alter its very being based on real-time application and usage demands. It’s way cool.

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    Dec 10, 2015

    The new buying dynamics for storage, servers, and converged infrastructure

    For 50 years we’ve bought stuff based on what the “box” could do – how much capacity, how fast, how expensive. We made our decision, picked our vendor, and we lived with it. When we ran out of something, we bought another box. And another. We loved our first box, and hated our 87th. Such has been the life of the infrastructure buyer.
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    Nov 17, 2015

    Dell-EMC Deal: The Customers Speak

    Today, ESG released a non-sponsored brief on customer sentiment of the Dell/EMC deal. It’s important to note the emphasis – “non-sponsored.” We did this all by our lonesome – because we wanted to know what real people really thought about the deal. No offense to you non-real people.

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    Oct 20, 2015

    Dell and EMC - Sanity Check

    In our ESG Lab group, we have a saying: “It’s easy to prove something doesn’t work, but it’s really hard to prove something does.”

    Even so, I’m a little surprised at the volume of naysayers that are popping up post Dell/EMC merger announcement. Some of the things I’m hearing and reading are just plain dumb. Thus, allow me to straighten you all out.

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    Sep 29, 2015

    Data-aware infrastructure: it’s about time!

    2015 has been my year of nonstop ranting about the need for us to get out of the IT Stone Age and into the 19th century. Dumb infrastructure will be our demise. But it’s not too late. There are signs of life starting to appear. All hope is not lost.

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    Sep 23, 2015

    I May Be Losing My Mind – I’m Believing In Oracle Hardware

    Last year I became a huge Microsoft fan, and now Oracle. Me. Oracle. What is happening to me???? I’ve made a living telling Microsoft and Oracle jokes. You’ve probably heard them. I’ve mocked Oracle endlessly for using the middle finger as a sales tool. And now this. I don’t know who I am anymore.

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    May 27, 2015

    State of the Hadoop Market

    In this ESG Video Blog, I discuss the current and future state of the Hadoop market.

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    Mar 30, 2015

    How To Multiply Your Value To Your Organization

    I watched Geoffrey Moore at something a few months ago, stole this concept from him, and made it way more intelligent as applied to our happy little lives in the world of IT. I fully credit him for the concept, and fully credit me for making it relevant. In the world of IT, specifically the world of IT operations and infrastructure, our entire industry is predicated upon you or some vendor finding a way to save you money. It could be direct cap-ex savings, op-ex savings, “time” savings, etc. – but it always comes down to saving that IT guy money. And saving money is good.

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    Oct 2, 2014

    The Internet of Things (IoT)

    I've been thinking about the internet of things (IoT) for a while, but am only now finally starting to grasp the magnitude of what is going to happen - in short, everything (literally) is going to change.  Everything.

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    Sep 17, 2014

    How The US Government Is Trying To Ensure No One Uses US Cloud Service Providers

    A few months ago, the US government did a completely insane, and massively far reaching thing - it forced Microsoft to hand over e-mails and personal information of customers of US companies on a server that is in IRELAND.

    It's essentially like telling the FBI that they have a right to barge into someone's house in Cork because some U.S. cousin might have sent them something illegal. As far as I know, that's not ok.

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    Jun 18, 2014

    Things I Learned At HDS' Analyst Day - The Internet of Things

    Here's the bottom line:  HDS is in a primo spot to take advantage of the internet of things.  Perhaps no one I can think of outside of GE is in as good a position.

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    May 30, 2014

    Why Did Google Admit It Has A Diversity Problem?

    Google, with its marketing genius, just did the greatest talent recruitment exercise I've ever seen.

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    Apr 10, 2014

    The Non-Compete Debate - with Myself

    Today the Boston Globe published an article suggesting that the great (sarcasm) state of Massachusetts should repeal a longstanding law allowing Non-Compete agreements to be enforced (though oddly, ONLY for Tech Companies - so it's totally fine for everyone else).

    It specifically called out EMC as a long-standing enforcer of these agreements.

    Thus, my two cents.

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    Mar 3, 2014

    The Data Center of Tomorrow

    In this video blog, I discuss considerations and requirements for the Data Center of Tomorrow, and how we make the leap from the Data Center of Today (well, really, Yesterday) to the Data Center of Tomorrow.

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    Dec 6, 2013

    Forbes Article Talks About Actifio and EMC - A Point of Clarification and How To Make A Few Billion Dollars

    First, I can't believe that after changing the name of ESG from Enterprise Storage Group to Enterprise Strategy Group almost 13 years ago, I still got called the former in this Forbes Article.

    The author quotes me somewhat incorrectly a few times, but the overall point was correct.  I didn't say EMC follows the "5 step program" outlined specifically, I said all incumbent players tend to do this.

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    Nov 7, 2013

    Time to Stop Creating Aggregation Points. Everywhere.

    What if networks (or RAID controllers) were horizontal versus edge/core vertical?  What if we didn’t even have switches?  What if the server did its own switching and used a big mesh fabric to create a transient direct connected tunnel from point A to whatever point B is – another node, storage, whatever.  You wouldn’t need buffering or queueing, etc.  You would just open the pipe and rock and roll.

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    Oct 21, 2013

    Software Defined - Defined

    For your consideration - how I think about "software defined."

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    Oct 15, 2013

    Software Defined = Everything Is A Server (Bye Bye Storage, Bye Bye Networking...)

    A server is a box with CPU cores, memory, flash, and storage. A storage array is a box with CPU cores, memory, flash, and storage. A network switch is a box with CPU cores, memory, flash, and storage. Thus, really, what's the difference between a white box server and storage array or a switch? Ports? Capacity? Big deal. The difference is the software function that is defined to execute on the various personalities involved. It's not the hardware anymore.

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    Sep 18, 2013

    Fail Factors: Why Startups Die - There Are No Fed Funded Tech Business Models

    It's been a while since I've seen a new way to fail in business, hence the dearth of additions to this series. But now we have a new one - the fantasy business model.


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Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at ESG, is an internationally recognized expert in IT infrastructure technologies and markets. An acclaimed speaker and author, Steve’s insights have been featured in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, USA Today, China Daily, The Moscow Times, and many other print and online publications. Steve is a valued strategic advisor to many of the largest technology providers in the world, including IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, HDS, and other global IT organizations.

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