Do your friends and family glaze over when you explain to them what you do? Ever find yourself falling asleep at an IT conference? Not anymore with your very own Cloud Bingo card. If terms used to describe the cloud were a drinking game I don’t think I’d make it through an IT conference sober. So how did we get[…]Read more
Decoding COVID and solving the software problem
‘The original Human Genome Project required 13 years of work and cost more than $3 billion, now we can sequence the Genome overnight’ I’m often looking for interesting examples of progress, not just in IT but more generally and this one really struck me. The COVID genome was sequenced early as the first cases were cropping up in Wuhan, China[…]Read more
Tech companies should always start by asking WHY?
When you’re building a product or solution then you have to start with the reason why you are building it and this has to encompass the value that it brings to the people you’re going to sell it to and the value that it’ll bring to you as the company selling it. And this is what I don’t really see[…]Read more
If it doesn’t connect to, or integrate with the cloud, you shouldn’t buy it
According to the latest ESG research 97% of companies are already either using cloud or have active plans in place to start using the cloud, regardless of what your position is within your companies IT operations you have to ask the question as to how any technology that you buy will enable you to connect to or integrate with the[…]Read more
Are you Cloud first! or Cloud first?
It’s funny how something as simple as punctuation can fundamentally change an idea, an approach or a strategy. Looking back a few years ago then it definitely felt like most companies strategy was Cloud first! I think there were many reasons for this Everyone was talking about the Cloud, it was truly moving up toward what Gartner’s Hype Cycle likes[…]Read more
Data Visionaries Wanted!
I saw this slide the other day presented by one of our Chief Architects, he was discussing how the relative importance of Infrastructure, Applications and Data has changed over time and how this will continue to change into the future, it made me realise very clearly that as the bubbles grow and shrink so does the importance of the conversation.[…]Read more
Data Fabric; it’s enabled by End Points, Connections, Services and Applications
Phil Brotherton our VP for the Data Fabric Group introduced me to this way of discussing the layers that make up our Data Fabric Strategy, it really resonated with me so I’ve started to use it in my own way as well. I find it’s a great way to have a more strategic discussion without heading too quickly into the[…]Read more
Data Fabric Part 3 – Delivering the Benefits
In the first two of these blogs I focused on Why and How our Data Fabric is an important and elegant strategy for businesses. In this one I want to focus more on ‘What’ the technologies are that underpin it.Read more
Data Fabric Part 2 – Enabling the Hybrid Cloud
This is part 2 of my 3 part series on the NetApp Data Fabric, you can view part 1 here. The rapid evolution that we’re seeing across all industries today is placing greater demands on IT than ever before. IT is truly at the heart of todays increasingly digital business and it’s an exciting place to be, but what are the key business objectives and what do[…]Read more
The new Hybrid; Flash to Disk to Cloud
Hybrid has evolved. When we consider Hybrid in terms of storage it’s very often in the context of mixing different media types inside the same array, which is okay for many traditional workloads but, in a world of scale out and cloud scaling, does this still make sense? Some would say that to truly make use of Flash you need[…]Read more