Hyperscale Systems Lead the New Age of Hardware

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

In a software-driven infrastructure world, the identity of hardware is getting lost, or even worse, being completely devalued.

InfoWorld recently declared that “the cloud is killing traditional hardware and software,” pointing to key trends that show that hardware purchases are on the decline.   

According to a report that InfoWorld and Baird Equity Research Technology ran, “Cloud services will drive a shrinking IT spending pie. As companies increasingly replace server and networking infrastructure with cloud services, we will see a meaningful direct impact on existing hardware and software vendors.”

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Topics: Software, Hardware, Cloud Computing

Businesses Need to Grow New Scales to Survive

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

If you think about physical hardware in relation to your IT infrastructure, it’s like trying to tighten a belt after Thanksgiving.

You can try to reach that last notch on your belt buckle, but the reality is either you won’t get there or the belt will just pop loose at some point. Similarly, physical hardware that was originally fitted for a smaller business environment only has so much wiggle room and capacity before it finally gives out. You can try to cram more data in on these machines, but they simply aren’t built for that level of scalability.

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Topics: Hardware

With Software Taking Over the World, Where Is IT Headed Next?

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

Don’t you feel like it’s a software driven world and hardware is just living in it?

Don’t get me wrong, the importance of hardware shouldn’t be minimized. Hardware is still vital as the backbone of large-scale software systems, and servers remain a needed cog to power data centers (even if these servers are coming in bite-sized, virtual formats). However, software is largely influencing hardware purchases these days.

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Topics: Software, Hardware

From Cooking to Saving Lives: Why IBM Watson Is Always One Step Ahead

Posted by Ron Shink on Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 01:35 PM

If you needed any greater proof of the power and wonder that software holds, look no further than IBM Watson.

Have you met Watson yet? You must have seen Watson on Jeopardy. If you didn’t catch the appearance Watson made, you can check it out here.

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Topics: Software, Hardware, IBM Watson