Author Archive | Steven Beaver

SDS and Docker: The Beginnings of a Beautiful Friendship

Software-defined storage (SDS) has usually meant storage that augments, optimizes, aggregates, and presents some form of cloud gateway. It is storage manipulated by an automation with an orchestration layer that ties differing data functions together. The ultimate in automation and orchestration for storage is the inclusion of Docker. Docker, or… Read More SDS and Docker: […]

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News from the Storage World

News from the storage world. My last post reported on the virtualization vendors fourth quarter results and this post is reporting on some things from the storage side of the industry. The source of these results are the Cleveland Research, the individual company reports, CRC and Factset Estimates. First let me present some year over […]

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Microsoft’s New Golden Goose Is Azure

When I look at large tech companies, I always get the feeling that they have a strategy based on maximizing revenue from one or two core products. Every decision about the other products tends to be made on the basis of protecting or increasing sales of these core products. It… Read More Microsoft’s New Golden […]

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Security Operations Center: Not Just Visibility

On the March 9, 2016, Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast, we spoke with Sridhar Karnam, director of product marketing for Arctic Wolf, a Security Operations Center (SOC) as a Service provider. In our ongoing series on scale within IT security, a SOC is the next logical stop. The scale of… Read More Security Operations Center: […]

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From Googliness Comes Containers—and Kubernetes

Most companies screen for intelligence and experience in potential recruits, but Google also looks for “Googliness,” a mix of passion and drive that is difficult to define, but on the other hand can be pretty easy to spot. What Google has found is that these qualities often come intertwined with a desire to use technology […]

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Stacking Up Rackspace Options

Rackspace’s future has been in question since CEO Lanham Napier stepped down in February of 2014. While Rackspace is a profitable company, it must be feeling the squeeze from larger players like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. Amazon and Google in particular have slashed prices for their Platform as a Service (PaaS) products, leaving […]

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Bionic as a Service

I can remember that, as a child, one of my favorite television shows was The Six Million Dollar Man. In case you’re not old enough to remember the show, it was about an astronaut named Steve Austin, who is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. He is “rebuilt” in an […]

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Are US Tech Companies Suffering a Slow and Agonizing Death?

Are technology companies in the United States now suffering from a slow and agonizing death? In what is being called “The Snowden Effect,” the infamous former National Security Agency contractor’s disclosures revealing the extent of NSA worldwide spying efforts have prompted companies to avoid or leave US technology firms in droves. This has been especially true with regard to […]

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