Like Apple, IBM doing its own thing

Steve Lohr, perhaps one of the most underrated tech writers at the New York Times in a post argues that I.B.M. is no longer a tech bellwether as it is no longer part of the pack and instead it is pushing the envelope. Much like Apple!

The server architecture debate rages on

Big processors or little processors, scale-up or scale-out, on-premise or in the cloud: the answers might not be as easy as one would think. Web-style, scale-out architectures, low-power server processors and cloud computing are getting more attention by the day, but they have their limits.

How to Thrive as a Hardware Vendor in a Cloud-Centric World

For storage and server vendors torn between selling to public cloud providers or pushing the internal cloud message, the solution might lie in rethinking the either-or strategy. Hybrid cloud capabilities offer the opportunity to keep selling gear to everybody, and investment in cloud-based software products could open new revenue channels should hardware sales slow significantly.

Today in Cloud

It’s funny to me that a story about the success of Dell’s Data Center Solution division runs on the heels of Microsoft’s decision to at least supplement its previously Dell-based Azure data centers with HP hardware. Dell actually led the charge toward selling webscale-optimized boxes with its DCS division, and I have no doubt it is every bit as successful as it claims to be, but it seems its lack software partners in the public cloud space might end up being quite detrimental. Cisco has VMware, HP has Microsoft and IBM has IBM, but — aside from customers like Yahoo and Amazon — who does Dell have?

The Future of the Data Center is Murky

Is there anyone who can say with certainty what the next generation of enterprise data centers will look like? A recent Network World article, for example, handicaps the field of data center vendors, picking HP, IBM, Cisco and VMware as the odds-on favorites (where is Dell?). Given the move toward clouds and fabrics (in which computing, networking and storage are interconnected tightly), this group makes perfect sense for the enterprise. But Google and Amazon have charted a different course, eschewing specialized gear for commodity hardware and secret-sauce software. Which configuration will win out?