Talking About the Next Steps in IT Automation (ESG 360 Video Series)

It’s easy to talk about automation within IT as an inherently ‘good thing’; but, as Steve Duplessie explains in this conversation, things in IT are invariably done for far more pragmatic reasons than just some vague intrinsic nice-ness! As we move from functional automation (where the real value usually emphasizes cost saving) to more holistic or system-wide automation - both across and between systems – the motivation is more about getting better ROI from better and faster business decisions; moreover those improvements can often be based upon inputs from disparate data sources and applications.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Talking IT Evolution (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, Steve Duplessie and I consider the dramatic shifts that have occurred in the nature of IT in the last few years. What was once an industry dominated by technology - its attributes, shortfalls and specializations - has shifted to one where the outcome is king. As entire organizations have digitized, so the internal lines-of-business are increasingly the decision makers. IT, and its foundational technologies, is demonstrably more important than ever, but it serves horizontally as opposed to being master of a vertical domain.  

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Blockchain Progresses in the Enterprise IT Space (Video)

As blockchain continues to progress outside of cryptocurrencies and into the enterprise IT space, organizations are beginning to look for ways to leverage the benefits of blockchain. Let me stop right there. You’re probably thinking, “What benefits? It’s just Bitcoin.” While Bitcoin gets the headlines, as it should since it’s the top use case within the financial vertical and has a massive consumer-based following, blockchain is so much more than Bitcoin. It’s truly disruptive technology that will enable organizations to recognize massive efficiency gains and cost savings across all verticals, from communications & media, and transportation & logistics to business services and retail. Check out my video below where I talk about the top reasons why blockchain should matter to you.

Topics: Blockchain Cybersecurity Data Management IT Infrastructure

Making Infrastructure Less Visible Shines a Light on Other Issues

In my recent blog and video covering my predictions for infrastructure in 2018, I promised to return to the key themes, saying that I thought their simplicity could obfuscate their importance. So, here goes on adding a little more color to the first one.

The onward march from IT as infrastructure technology [back] to IT as information technology makes for memorable semantic fun…but it covers way more than that. Yes, it’s important to have IT focused on the overall delivery model, SLAs and – most important of all – the achievement of relevant business outcomes. However, the move of individual infrastructure elements somewhat out of the immediate spotlight and more into the (literal and figurative) IT shadows should never be interpreted as any lessening of the value associated with, or attributed to, these elements. Quite the reverse. As we increasingly rely on more integrated IT systems – convergence, cloud services, and software-defined being three common contemporary manifestations – so we inevitably also increasingly rely on those systems being “better.” In this context “better” does not necessarily mean things like price-performance – which remain nice-to-haves of course – but absolutely means things like reliability, ease of use, automation, and interoperability.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Infrastructure Predictions 2018 - includes video

So, with the Christmas presents unwrapped, and yet with New Year resolutions still to be self-negotiated, it's about time for me to put forth my predictions for infrastructure in 2018.  

Topics: IT Infrastructure ESG Predictions

IT Infrastructure’s Comings, Goings….and Stayings (Video)

Recently Steve Duplessie posted a video blog; he was inspired by sights during a trip to Italy to ponder the fact that much in IT doesn’t go away. That in turn (perhaps motivated by my lack of an Italian visit!?) made me think about the things in IT that we actually do want to get rid of, or at least reduce…and how those very things are the main reasons why some infrastructural approaches stay with us for the long term! Here’s my video commentary:

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors in Recent ESG Research (Video, Part 2 of 2)

If the words that follow seem more than a tad familiar to those of you that saw the first installment on this topic,  I am thrilled that you pay such close attention!

Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here, while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.

Topics: Internet of Things IT Infrastructure Storage

What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors In Recent ESG Research (Part 1 of 2)

Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Cybersecurity Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

The Contemporary Opportunity for Traditional IT Hardware (Video)

Despite the fact that most things in the big wide world of infrastructure actually change relatively slowly in the practical air of data centers, we nonetheless love to talk about actual and impending changes in far more hyperbolic and dramatic ways. I guess cataclysmic statements are more exciting than pragmatic progress!?

Anyhow, while I am certainly a believer in the value of many, varied types of cloud deployments, I am certainly not a believer in the meteor-hits-earth type of prognostications about the end of on-premises infrastructure, neither by type nor location! Traditional hardware is not going away - at least not for the foreseeable future.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Driving Infrastructure Value (includes Video)

 

As a lover of analogies I often find that I am using comparisons to cars and other vehicles in this job; having spent decades concentrating on the data storage market it has consistently been convenient to compare various product releases to various car brands and/or types - thus we can see Rolls Royce or Toyota Camry type products, or perhaps compare the general purpose attributes of an SUV-type storage system against those of something more akin to the storage equivalent of a sports car or truck. Everyone uses cars - and vehicular transport more generally - and so it's a very easy and colorful way to get the point across.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure IT Infrastructure