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Pund-IT Executive Spotlight: Denis Kennelly, GM of IBM Storage

By Charles King, Pund-IT®

Denis Kennelly’s passion for technology and leading enterprise transformations has resulted in a remarkable career spanning multiple continents and major vendors. Following senior roles at DEC, EMC, and Motorola, Kennelly became SVP of engineering at Vallent Technologies, a mobile solutions start-up that was purchased by IBM a few months later. Leadership positions in IBM Tivoli, IBM Security, and IBM Hybrid Cloud followed the Vallent acquisition. In August 2020, Kennelly was appointed GM of IBM Storage. He leads the team that delivers industry leading storage solutions and supports client journeys to hybrid cloud and AI. Continue reading

Dell’s Sam Burd and the Renaissance of the PC

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  November 11, 2020

Disasters impact people and organizations in different ways. Some wither and fall under enormous pressure while others rally and hold on. Still others discover unexpected capacities and characteristics that can help them not just cope with seemingly overwhelming events but thrive to explore new options and opportunities.

These dynamics can similarly impact commercial technologies and products, including personal computers (PC). In a discussion with Tiffany Wallace during the recent Dell Tech World Digital Experience, Sam Burd, president of Dell’s Client Computing organization, discussed how the Covid-19 global pandemic has impacted the company and customers, and is leading to new behaviors and trends driven in large part by Dell’s innovative client solutions and services. This “Renaissance of the PC” as Burd calls it, is helping organizations, including Dell, reinvent themselves and the ways that they do business. Continue reading

IBM Announces Cross-Portfolio Expansion of Hybrid Multi-Cloud Capabilities

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  November 4, 2020

If you follow enterprise computing, you know that hybrid multi-cloud technologies and solutions are driving many companies’ IT discussions, strategies, plans and implementations. The reasons for that are pretty straightforward. Though organizations continue to enjoy the easy access of public cloud, few are embracing those platforms for most or all their IT needs.

In fact, a recent Forrester study found that 85% of respondents are increasing funding for IT infrastructure outside of public cloud. But how and how effectively businesses achieve their hybrid multi-cloud goals is another thing entirely. The vast majority enlist trusted vendors to help them on that journey, but the results of those engagements can vary significantly. That’s why IBM’s recent announcement of new hybrid cloud capabilities spanning its IT infrastructure portfolio is worth investigation.

Let’s consider what the company is doing and how it will impact IBM customers. Continue reading

Lenovo DCG – Helping Customers Move Beyond “IT Survival Mode”

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  October 28, 2020

If garnering the full value of business information and data assets was important for companies prior to Covid-19, it will be absolutely imperative as businesses begin to recover and heal in the wake of the pandemic. How IT vendors respond to the needs of their customers and partners, and what innovations they offer to speed the process, will help determine how well organizations survive and succeed.

Those are points explored in a new blog by Kamran Amini, VP and GM of Lenovo’s Data Center Group (DCG) that considers modern business and market evolution, and how Lenovo is aiding “data-centered” enterprise customers with mission-critical High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) systems. Let’s consider how Lenovo DCG is aiding its clients. Continue reading

IBM and R3 Enhance Enterprise-Class Blockchain for Financial Services

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  October 28, 2020

Blockchain is being promoted for a wide range of business and industrial processes. However, the technology is especially well-suited for financial services use cases where securing highly sensitive data, including digital identities and currencies, tokenized assets, payment information and smart contracts is paramount.

That point is central to the new beta program announced by IBM and R3 which will support R3’s Corda Enterprise blockchain platform on premises with IBM’s LinuxONE systems and in hybrid cloud scenarios via IBM Cloud’s Hyper Protect Services. Let’s consider what the two companies offer separately and aim to achieve together when the beta program begins on November 2nd. Continue reading

Dell’s Project APEX: Enhancing as-a-Service Choice, Simplicity and Consistency

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  October 21, 2020

As-a-Service (aaS) solution offerings are commonplace in the tech industry. For years, hardware vendors offered customers aaS-based options to replace the capital expenditure (CAPEX) sting of equipment acquisition with easier to manage operational expense (OPEX) payments. That is a particularly important issue for financially constrained companies, including start-ups and small businesses. In addition, aaS-based solutions can reduce the cost and complexities of adding or reducing compute capacity to mirror business demand and market fluctuations.

Robust online and network technologies have helped broaden the aaS model to include everything from subscription-based software and services to buy-as-you-go access to public clouds. But less common are vendors that have developed a holistic approach to aaS that extends across and enhances virtually all their solution and service portfolios.

That is precisely what Dell Technologies has done with the new Project APEX it announced this week at Dell Technologies World 2020. Let’s consider what the company is planning and doing with Project APEX. Continue reading

The Case for IBM Spinning-off the “NewCo” Global Infrastructure Business

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  October 14, 2020

IBM’s recently announced plan to spin-off the Infrastructure Services business unit in its Global Technology Services (GTS) group as a new, freestanding organization was both surprising and unsurprising. Surprising because formal separation from a group that had long reflected the company’s core value proposition and also drives a substantial portion of other revenues is not a decision any organization would take lightly.

But unsurprising because elemental changes among IBM’s enterprise customers and in global markets are shifting emphasis away from traditional infrastructure services, including assembly and testing, product engineering and IT economics consulting. Let’s consider the reasons for IBM’s decision and why it makes sense for the company, the “NewCo” organization and both groups’ customers, partners and shareholders. Continue reading

IBM Partner Profile: SimpleCloud and IBM Cloud

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  October 7, 2020

Strategic partner programs have been around the tech industry for decades, and typically involve regional-specific or industry-focused resellers and specialist firms with close ties to their business clients. The results can be good for all involved, providing end customers valuable services and solutions, and building sustainable commercial relationships for both IT vendors and their partners.

The evolution of public cloud computing is delivering new options and opportunities for partner programs, especially among IT vendors that are managing their own cloud platforms and services. IBM Cloud has been especially active in this regard so it’s worth considering how the company’s service offerings are being leveraged by strategic partners and their customers. This is how one IBM Cloud partner, SimpleCloud, is making the relationship work. Continue reading

Cloudera: Helping Enterprises Address Radical Changes and Emerging Challenges

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  September 23, 2020

Discussions of leading cloud computing often focus on the handful of U.S.-based companies – AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM and Google – that lead the industry in terms of market share. That makes sense on one level but tends to obscure numerous other vendors whose assistance is crucial to enterprises determined to capture the greatest value from their cloud computing and related investments.

One of the key players in this space is Cloudera. Founded in 2008, the company was an early mover in big data platforms and applications. However, Cloudera has also evolved steadily through organic development, acquisitions and strategic partnerships with key enterprise and cloud vendors to become a trusted partner for organizations of every kind.

Last week, the company announced new and upcoming data services based on the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP). Coming a year after the company purchased Arcadia Data, a provider of cloud native, AI-driven business intelligence and analytics solutions, makes that acquisition seem particularly prescient. Let’s consider these new offerings and what they say about Cloudera’s position in the rapidly evolving and growing market for enterprise cloud. Continue reading

IBM Z and Linux Innovation – The First 20 Years

By Charles King, Pund-IT®  September 15, 2020

The phrase “IT modernization” has been around for well over a decade but what does the concept mean? Often, it is simply a sales pitch by IT vendors who hope prospects will swap out aging systems for fresh equipment. But on a more nuanced level, it underscores the pressing need for businesses to invest in technologies powerful enough to meet their current requirements, and flexible enough to address future challenges and opportunities.

In essence, IT modernization is more about adaptability than trading in your old car on a shiny new set of wheels. However, that begs the question of which IT vendors and solutions are best at meeting the demands of modern enterprise computing?

A strong case can be made that IBM and its Z system mainframes stand at the very top of that list, in large part due to the company’s announcement some two decades ago to adopt and substantially invest in Linux on Z. The 20th anniversary of that decision offers a chance to consider why it has been vitally important to IBM, its customers and the IT industry. Continue reading