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VMware has transformed the enterprise computing model more than any other company in the past decade. Now, with the latest release of vSphere containing several new storage features, VMware is set to disrupt storage. Its parent company, EMC, and NetApp may want to stay alert. Read more »

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We’re in the midst of a computing implosion: a re-centralization of resources driven by virtualization, many-core CPUs, GPU computing, flash memory, and high-speed networking. We have a lot to watch over the next few years: what I like to call the coming of the Super Server. Read more »

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In the last 18 months, Dell, HP, IBM and EMC spent almost $10 billion on data storage and warehousing companies. This all-out gold rush was driven by a massive consolidation wave sparked by Cisco’s entry into the server market and Oracle’s acquisition of Sun. Read more »


In 2009, Cisco launched its Unified Computing System. It signaled to data center equipment vendors that the separation between servers, networking, and storage was gone. With that single move, the industry set forth on a course to consolidate. Here’s a play by play since then: Read more »


It was a big year for NoSQL and big data, but now those vendors need to buckle down on their revenue models and make a head-on charge to the enterprise. Because, let’s face it; while the web leads the innovation, the enterprise leads the economy. Read more »

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Today’s cloud computing platforms give rise to a new class of web-accessible application support functions, or infrastructure apps, that replace costly integrated hardware and software. Here are five apps that can help with transactional email, compute-intensive cycles, network services, database as a service, and indexing and search. Read more »

In introducing Exalogic, Oracle has made a big bet on tightly integrated solutions thinking that enterprises don’t want to be in the systems integration business and has made a networking technology choice that favor performance in place of interoperability and broad data center applicability. Read more »


Cloud and mobile computing represent two of the biggest technology trends today, with each pushing processing closer to the edge. Today, announced tools to make propagation of video content across mobile devices a simple click-and-go process for publishers, further solidifying the matchmaking of cloud and mobile. Read more »

One of the most fun areas of any tradeshow is the startup pavilion: a place where smaller companies can rent a kiosk. So I wandered through the pavilion at VMworld and discovered plenty of interesting startups attacking the hot market segments today. Here are some. Read more »

One area where VMware did not disappoint this week is breadth of vision. In just a handful of years, the company has gone from the defacto hypervisor provider to an all-encompassing software infrastructure vendor for virtualization and cloud computing. The volume of announcements can be overwhelming. Read more »

At first look, the idea of Hewlett-Packard paying $1.6 billion for 3PAR and outbidding makes no sense. But it needs 3PAR in order to compete with EMC, IBM and Hitachi Data Systems in the storage arena. Too bad that leaves Dell out in the cold. Read more »

Just ten years ago, deploying applications involved assembling the entire food chain down to the physical hardware. The process was lengthy, expensive, and complex. Product choices existed, but infrastructure deployment was a requirement. Today, one can use services consumed as applications. I call them infrastructure apps. Read more »

Dell agreed to acquire 3PAR for $1.15 billion for one simple reason: 3PAR is the only smaller independent company that competes at the high end of EMC’s product lineup, letting Dell join EMC, IBM, and Hitachi Data Systems at the high end of the storage market. Read more »


Device proliferation combined with the desire to deliver clean video is giving rise to a new market for hosted video encoding. The goal is simple: provide the right format to the right screen at the right time without requiring content producers to invest in infrastructure. Read more »

There is a resurgence of activity around virtual desktops — where enterprises take desktop compute environments and make them configurable, deployable and manageable from a central location. Since it’s so hot, we look at companies that will challenge Citrix and VMware in this emerging sector. Read more »

We are settling in to cloud deployment models and can see how it will play out on the infrastructure side. But now cloud computing vendors need to go from selling ideas to selling products and services, while end users need to invest in more than experiments. Read more »

Dave Wright, who founded the Amazon S3-based Jungledisk storage service, is back in the entrepreneurial saddle with today’s launch of the cloud-focused SolidFire. It’s building a scale-out block storage offering, which will try to address the growing and vexing problem of storing virtual machine images. Read more »

Since an API alone is not going to get the enterprise to the cloud, a new crop of companies are aiming to bridge this divide with familiar enterprise-style storage interfaces and bridge them to the cloud, or in some cases to a choice of cloud providers. Read more »

Public clouds are the new storage service providers. So for those keeping an eye on the enterprise storage future, it makes sense to consider whether the infrastructure challenges being faced by these large service providers today indicate what the largest enterprises will face tomorrow. Read more »

With the web and cloud computing generating new data sources and consumption patterns, a fresh crop of software solutions and companies have emerged to tackle big data. In order to better understand the trends, let’s take a look at some of the popular solutions. Read more »

Business Intelligence is a multibillion-dollar market made up of enormous software projects from the likes if various IT giants — think high barriers to entry, long enterprise sales cycles and expensive software licensing. But several cloud-based solutions are in the process of disrupting that market. Read more »

NetApp’s move to acquire Bycast this week was just the latest investment by a major systems provider in scale-out storage — but are they really ready to ride the commodity hardware cost curve embraced by large web and cloud providers? Read more »

Following a string of acquisitions, new product development and vendor chest pounding this year, the cloud collaboration wars are shaping up to be a key competitive battleground. Cloud collaboration has now expanded well beyond the core of e-mail communications, giving users have more choices than ever. Read more »

This week Microsoft finally launched its Azure cloud computing platform. The offering is distinct for a few reasons not directly connected to the platform, but more linked to Microsoft as a whole. Azure may well stand out and drive significant cloud revenues in 2010. Read more »

For companies protective of their IT operations and data, wholesale public cloud computing adoption can be a difficult pill to swallow. Enter the hybrid cloud–a panacea of sorts, letting companies maintain a mix of on-premise and off-premise cloud computing resources, managed through common frameworks. Read more »

As the ramp-up towards the January launch of Microsoft’s Azure platform reaches a crescendo, the software giant, of all companies, could be the most significant revenue driver for the cloud in 2010. Here are several reasons why. Read more »

Hadoop, as a pivotal piece of the data mining renaissance, offers the ability to tackle large data sets in ways that weren’t previously feasible due to time and dollar constraints. But Hadoop can’t do everything quite yet, especially when it comes to real-time work flow. Fortunately, […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] With the annual VMworld confab coming next week, we are bound to come away thinking that virtualization is the guiding light to take us to the promised land of cloud computing. The reality is different. Virtualization and cloud computing aren’t always the answer. But we […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] Collectively, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon and Google are rewriting the handbook for big data. Startups intending to reach these proportions must also change their thinking about data, and enterprises need this model for internal deployments as a way to retain an economic edge.The four leading web […] Read more »

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