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Intel’s Optane Memory and Incremental Revolution

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  April 26, 2017

Vendors love the big splash. Being first to market with major new technologies or delivering wholesale revisions of existing solutions and platforms generates numerous headlines and kudos. But secondary ripple effects can reveal significant progress, too.

That’s the case with the new Optane SSD DC P4800X Series offering that Intel announced last month, a solution targeting data center storage applications. That was followed on March 27th with the official introduction of Optane-based memory modules for PCs. Continue reading

Dell, The Linux Foundation and EdgeX Foundry – Reducing the Complexity and Cost of IoT Development

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  April 26, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the subject of such attention, so much opinionating and so many remarkable claims of progress that it would be natural to assume that IoT is wheels up, rapidly gaining altitude and heading toward a future of eternal sunshine. That is, in a word, foolishness.

Though it is true that numerous IT vendors and their customers have successfully implemented IoT solutions and infrastructures, many of those were one-off efforts that required substantial effort, time and customization. Those aren’t bad things necessarily but if IoT is ever to achieve the kind of global acceptance and success that proponents envision, it needs to become more simple, standardized, certain and cost-effective.

That’s why The Linux Foundation’s announcement of its new EdgeX Foundry project is so intriguing. Continue reading

Intel Evolves Events/Retires IDF

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  April 19, 2017

Anyone who doubts the natural evolution of businesses and markets hasn’t spent much time around the tech industry where fame is ephemeral, riches are quickly won and lost, and market trends follow the merest customer whim. But at the same time, certain events fall into the bellwether category, including Intel’s announcement this week that it is retiring the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) program just short of its 20th anniversary. Continue reading

IBM & Anaconda: Reducing Complexity and Risk for Cognitive Development

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  April 19, 2017

Solutions designed to reduce or eliminate complexity and risk are mainstays in the IT industry, especially when it comes to emerging technologies. The short and long term intentions of such efforts are pretty straightforward; by doing so, vendors aim to ease customers into trying on new offerings in hopes that the experience will result in future sales opportunities.

That’s been the case with a number of efforts IBM has initiated around its Power Systems and technologies, including Continue reading

Dell and JTG Daugherty: IoT Innovation Meets System Thinking

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  April 12, 2017

The growing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) seems both natural and real to me. In the former case, IoT represents an evolutionary step ahead for numerous technologies, including digital sensors, wireless gateways, cellular networks and data center systems. In the latter, businesses looking for a competitive edge increasingly recognize and appreciate the potential benefits of IoT solutions.

However, I also believe there are fundamental flaws in how people perceive IoT technologies and solutions. Continue reading

“IBM’s focus here is in providing financial organizations the tools and services they need to adapt quickly and successfully to changing circumstances. It’s certainly about IBM’s technical innovation but it’s also deeply informed by the company’s understanding of its customers’ businesses and requirements.” The New Stack March 22, 2017

“Considering the disastrous fires and lengthy recall efforts that marred the Note 7 and hammered Samsung’s brand, the stakes surrounding the S8 are huge. I’m certain that the company has done all that it can to prevent similar events from happening this time around but I also expect many within the company and its partner ecosystem will be holding their breaths.” Fox News March 29, 2017