Thoughts on IBM Think[ing] 2019- includes video

IBM’s Think 2019 event was made to do just that – make you think. Unlike many vendors, whose events can be like giant market stalls, Think was more more like a visit to your old college; and that's  not a pejorative, it’s a compliment.

Sure, it could get a tad calculated or even over-earnest at times, but overall it was a refreshing take – stopping and thinking...though in San Francisco last week it was advisable to undertake your contemplations inside the Moscone Center, as it poured with rain on the main mid-week days! Weather aside, the move from Vegas to San Francisco was a good one.

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Lenovo Takes the Worry Out of IT with Its TruScale Service

Today, Lenovo announced Lenovo TruScale, a new IT subscription service with a wealth of benefits for businesses seeking to offload the complexity of IT, thereby freeing resources to focus on higher-value activities. In other words, Lenovo takes care of the day-to-day minutia, and IT can free up the resources to focus on maximizing the value of their data and competing in the newly proclaimed digital economy.

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NetApp's Change: In Conversation with John Rollason (Video)

The positive changes at NetApp over the last few years have been impressive and hard to ignore. One can argue about what is chicken and what is egg in terms of strategy and execution, but the bottom-line results speak for themselves. 

On a recent visit to the UK, I had time to pop in to NetApp's Uxbridge headquarters and chat through the topic of 'change' with John Rollason, NetApp's European marketing lead. The interview is pretty much unedited, but broken into two logical parts:

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2019 Data Storage Predictions: More Cloud Missteps, FC Is Back, and Finding Data Holds Back AI

It’s that time of year again. As we enter 2019, let’s take a moment to slow down, look ahead, and predict some of the IT- and data storage-related trends that will emerge the next 12 months.

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NetApp Insight: Both a Conference Name and an Apropos Comment  (Includes Video)

NetApp’s 2018 Insight event was nothing if not engaging: not just for what this vendor is doing (in a traditional announcement and product sense), but for what it is rapidly becoming (in terms of its place in the burgeoning information-based-world).

Of course, NetApp’s impressive – and continuing – recovery and re-formation is only possible because of its excellent execution over the last few years: Focus, finances, and futures have been the emphases, and they are paying off. Take a look at ESG’s On Location video to get a feel for this year’s event and some key takeaways.  

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

IBM Improves Storage with NVMe and AI, while Delivering the Tools to Tackle a Universe of File Data

Today, IBM released a massive storage-related announcement with a variety of new innovations offering value to modern, data-driven businesses. There is a ton in this release, so let’s look at some of the highlights, which I have conveniently divided into two categories.

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DDN Partners with NVIDIA Targeting AI

Today, DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced a partnership with NVIDIA to deliver infrastructure designed for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning workloads. The solution combines the DDN A3I with the NVIDIA DGX-1 and is preconfigured to eliminate the guesswork associated with infrastructure deployment and configuration. Additionally, DDN claims the system offers both the high performance and the massive capacity scale required for the intense demands of training AI algorithms. According to DDN, the solution delivers 200 PB (yep, that says petabytes) of capacity in a single namespace, and more than 1.4TB/s of performance.

Topics: Storage Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

Hitachi Vantara Talks What’s Next at NEXT (Video)

Last week saw the 2018 Hitachi Vantara NEXT conference. For those of you not following along closely, Hitachi Vantara is the artist previously known as, well, many other things...!

One of the ongoing challenges the company faces (both for itself, and indeed to a greater extent when we consider it in association with its Hitachi parent) is how to describe its panoply of abilities, both IT and otherwise, in a cohesive manner.

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Talking NVMe and Optimized Hybrid Storage Management (ESG 360 Video Series)

This conversation is an update with Scott Sinclair on a couple of the key trends in the storage part of the IT ecosystem as we move towards the end of 2018. While the terms discussed here might not be brand new, the extent of focus and interest is moving extremely rapidly. The things Scott wanted to emphasize were NVMe and optimized Hybrid Storage Management.

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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.

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