Pre Dell Technologies World Thoughts

It’s always fascinating to see how the truly big vendor events play out – and of course when it comes to Dell, “big” applies to both the vendor and the event. As such, DTW can be either or both a reflection and/or driver of the IT world.

Clearly, we won’t be talking about any of the actual news ahead of time, and just as clearly the tenor of the event cannot be determined today, but we can speculate, wonder and point out things we’d like to find out. That’s just what I asked my colleagues Scott Sinclair and Mike Leone to do – and you can see what they had to say in this short video. By way of a spoiler (although, perhaps, not really!?), they were not much focused on individual product introductions, important as those are within their own IT sub-ecosystems.

Topics: Storage

An On Ramp to Digital Transformation: How Google Next '19 Changes the Game

With the dust just settling from Google Next ’19, let me just say, there is a lot to unpack. If you had a chance to read my preview blog last week, you will have seen that I had two questions going into Google Next, and wow, did they ever answer them.

Before the event I wanted to know if Google was helping its customers transform digitally, and not simply giving them a solution once the transformation was complete. Well, enter Google Anthos.

Topics: Storage Google Next

Ready for Google Cloud Next? Two Questions before the Event

Next week is Google Cloud Next. Are you ready? Before we get inundated with all the cloud news over the next few days, I thought I would take a moment and share the two questions that are framing my expectations for the event next week in San Francisco.

  • What steps is Google taking to lead the IT and Business transformation? The cloud and innovative data services offered by Google are changing what is possible for businesses to achieve with their data. What is on the plate for 2019? And what should businesses be doing to position themselves to maximize what Google has to offer? How is Google helping them?
Topics: Storage Google Next

Pure Storage Bets on Cloud and File Storage

This week, Pure Storage announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Compuverde. According to Pure Storage, the addition of Compuverde will expand Pure’s file-based storage capabilities, as well as its ability to support hybrid cloud deployments. Those are the basics, so let’s look at what all this means.

This is a move in the right direction, but only time will tell whether it is the right move for Pure.

There are very few things I know for certain. The future is often unpredictable. If there were two things, though, that I would be willing to bet almost any amount of money on, it would be:

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Joe Tucci’s Next Phase

Lately I’ve been reflecting on the past, which is new to me since I normally only care about the future. But even I get nostalgic from time to time. ESG is in its 20th year! That’s crazy.

So whether it’s the romantic in me or the fact that I’m now experienced enough to reflect on the countless amazing things I’ve seen over my career, you’ll be hearing stories from my past with an eye toward the future. This tale is just that—the next phase of one Joe Tucci.

Topics: Storage

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.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection

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:

Topics: Storage

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.

Topics: Storage

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