Liqid Inc. is a company at the forefront in the composable hardware market. I was able to learn about their composable hardware solution during a presentation for Tech Field Day Extra at Dell Technologies World. It was my first time hearing about the technology, and it was eye-opening. Composable infrastructure takes compute, network, storage, and GPU from various servers and allows them to be reconfigured into virtual computers composed of some, or all, of the resources. This takes place by leveraging the commonality and speed and low latency of the PCIe bus. A special PCIe switch with the Liqid OS defines the computers and resources allocated to them. It’s a very clever idea that can be leveraged in some interesting ways.Read More
Dell’s announcement last week of the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC managed service offering is a game changer for enterprise IT in the medium / large / enterprise space. VMware announced it will sell a managed service offering consisting of VMware ESX, vSAN, VXRail, and a few other components in a rack that gets delivered to customers for a monthly fee. VMware will then leverage the skills they have gained in managing customer systems via the VMware on AWS service to customers who subscribe to this on-premises data center product. This brings multiple cloud benefits to the local data center. The move recognizes that some customers prefer gear to be onsite, yet they still want the flexibility provided by the cloud subscription model.Read More
Microsoft SQL Server is quickly approaching End Of Life. While most customers would prefer to upgrade to the latest release, that’s not always possible. Some customers, especially in large enterprises and government, simply need more time to clean up old code in order to address deprecated features. Others maybe plan to refactor the application completely. Either way, having a few more years to transition would help several user bases. Microsoft heard these concerns and and offered a lifeline. Customers who migrate SQL Servers to Azure cloud will get an additional three years of patches for free. While at Dell Technologies World, I discovered this offer also extends to the on-premises Azure Stack.Read More
At the end of Day 1 at Dell Technologies World, I had the great honor of sitting down with Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) of thectoadvisor.com as a guest on his CTO Dose Podcast. We discussed a few of the ideas coming out the keynote and our interpretations of those announcements. I always have a great time talking tech with Keith, and I feel like we could have gone on all day. Dell gave us quite a bit to think about and to put into context.
Note: This was after Day1. Day 2 went far deeper into the tech itself.
The video is below.
You can also get this in audio form by going to Keith’s Podcast which is available on most platforms.
Player.FM : https://player.fm/series/1534173
This week was super busy due to Dell Technologies World . Tech Field Day Extra also held an event at the Dell Technologies World conference where delegates to talk to Dell partners highlighting their products. Dell released a flurry of new products and services in the infrastructure space. Personally, I get far more from the analysis from places like CTOAdvisor and Silicon Angle around the announcements than the announcements themselves.Read More
Intel’s launch event held on April 2, 2019 served as a forum to announce new products designed to tackle three distinct areas in Enterprise IT. - compute, persistent storage, and networking. Combined, the products should lead to new servers optimized for better cloud computing platforms.Read More
Virtual Reality was pervasive at the Dell Technologies World show. Not only was it prominently featured in the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes, but several VR experiences could be had in the Village and in the several vendor booths in the Solutions Expo. One of the themes of this year's show was "Make it Real," and VR was shown as something that exists now and not just in the future.Read More
Now that the Dell Technologies World conference has ended, I've had a little time to reflect. This year's Dell Technologies World conference took place April 30 - May 2. It was a large show encompassing keynotes, breakout sessions, Guru sessions, Customer Meetings, Solutions Center, and so much more.Read More